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Shooting Bradfield are a very up and coming team keen to compete. They came in strength with a well-seasoned squad and immediately opened with three high scores putting Wellington on the back foot straight away. The match swung too and fro until the last few shooters who sealed a win almost with the last few shots. A narrow escape but Wellington ran out the winners with a 4-point win and the Captain, James Hollingdale (M), gaining top score.
The annual trip to Marlborough for a 3-way match, teams of 8 and a reserve pair on the British Match 10 bull target took place on Saturday.
2 shooters from each school shot at the same time on the Marlborough 6 lane range and the opening pair from Wellington were the Captain, James Hollingdale (M) and adjutant Roy Hu (M). Mixed results all round at first gave no team any advantage but consistency from Wellington shooters over the next few pairs started to show a small lead. Enter Jemima Hince (C) and Chris Vonchek (R), a cracking pair of 98s, the highest scores in the whole match thrust Wellington into the forefront and there they stayed.
The reserve pair did not disappoint also winning their match, victory for Wellington once more.
Rackets The 1st pair of Jack Davies and Charlie Vleck beat Tonbridge and Jack with Freddie Bristowe went on to beat Malvern College 3-1.
Polo Wellington played Harrow at Emsworth Polo Grounds, our first match of the New Year. Over four highly competitive chukkas, our A team were victorious with a 23 goals to 13 win after giving Harrow a six goal lead due to handicaps. As now expected, Niels van der Hoeven captained his side confidently and received great support from Ned Hine and James Crossley, Ned coping with some big hits from the Harrow boys and James making some excellent breaks and goals. All three scored goals and their teamwork was outstanding, passing the ball to each other and creating effective blocks. A real team effort and a well-deserved win. Our B team also came away with 12 goals to two win, Issy Algar and Ossia Montgomerie showing the Harrow boys what girl power is all about! Ossia captained her side effectively and both Issy Algar and Alexander Bridges created some exciting goal scoring plays. A very enjoyable match to watch.
Swimming On Tuesday, Swimming faced St. John’s at home, narrowly losing but pushed to lots of fast times. PRs came from Zack K. in the junior 100 Breast, Melody Jennison in the girls 100 Free, Gabriel Gutulan in the senior boys 200 Free and senior boys 100 Free, and Oscar Chambers in the senior boys 50 Free. First place finishes in the junior boys events to Toby Redshaw in the 400 Freestyle and Zack Kaemmerlen in the 100 Breaststroke for a final score of 48 – 45. A first place finish in the senior boys events to Jamie Baudry in the 200 Freestyle for a final score of 52 – 46.
Basketball On Tuesday the Basketball teams played Charterhouse with the U16 team including a number of 3rd and 4th form players made a great start to the season. New boys Edson Loh and Shiva Bala both had outstanding games. Consistent shooting from Conor Lim and Patrick Bilgutay meant that we were in the game until the final quarter but eventually lost by 9pts 51 – 42. The senior team ably led by Captain Tom Petrie had a tough match against Eton with players missing through trips and illness they lost 18 – 56 but can hopefully take much from the game and use this in the rest of the season. The team did however bounce back with a 56 – 25 win over Pangbourne College and special mention to Aidan Kilby top who scored 20pts with Nick Homan also scoring some useful inside baskets.
Hockey The weekend saw another tough set of fixtures for the boy’s hockey against Cheltenham. There were several very close games with 5 draws in the 13 game block. Well done to the 2nd Xl who won 4-3!
Good luck to the Yearlings on Wednesday Feb 8th as they take part in the Berkshire county competition.
Netball The block fixture against Brighton College created lots of tightly contested fixtures throughout all age groups with the majority going in Brighton’s favour. The 1st VII had a brilliant win with the end result a comfortable margin of 44-27, all players contributing to the performance with numerous slick passages of play through the court. Another great performance from the U16Cs also saw them victorious with a win of 35-15 with an outstanding game from Elithia Child.
Football The girls first XI won 4-3 against fierce competition from Sevenoaks. Raph Robeson scored the first goal which was swiftly followed by a goal from Daisy Bristowe. In the second half Mia McCreesh fought through Sevenoaks’s strong defensive line to score the third goal and Daisy got her second with only minutes left to play in the match. Special mention must also go to Katie Kim and Maya Stock for some great clearances in the defence. Man of the match was Raph Robeson who not only scored our opening goal but made some brave saves in goal in the second half. Overall a fantastic win for the team and a brilliant start to our Lent term matches. Sticking with Football, after a wonderful victory in midweek away at Harrow, the boys 1st X1 continued with a fine home victory today against Oratory. Looking rather jaded from the midweek fixture, we were not at our best. However, we had more than enough quality to beat a rather physical Oratory side. The game was all over by half time after a brace of goals from Sam Sweetland and a third from Finn Sykes. Jamie Glennie completed the scoring half way through the second period. A great 4-0 victory leads us nicely into the half term break. Special mention to the College football 4th X1 on beating not only the College 2nd X1 and 3rd X1 but for demolishing local rivals The Oratory 9-0 on Saturday.
Cross Country On Saturday we hosted the 22nd Wellington College Relays with 22 schools and 75 teams competing. Thank you to all runners, coaches, and the cross country team for supporting the relays and making it the event that it is. We changed our course for 2017, which is a scenic 2km, very spectator friendly and the terrain being a mixture of playing field and muddy woodland track around our lakes. The course went down very well with runners and spectators and the Inter house relays event on Tuesday will follow this new route. Congratulations to our Inter girls who came third in their category and Ben Wills, Alicia Siddons and Rebecca Kerr- Jarrett who ran for Berkshire in the inter country school’s completion on Saturday
Rugby 7’s A young Wellington U18 side comprising 6 Colts won the Plate at the Portsmouth Grammar School 7s. Beating both Canford and Lord Wandsworth in the group they moved on to tight quarter final game v Reigate where the boys battled but lost 12-7. They then best Sherborne in the semi of the plate to meet Canford again which they comfortably won. Well done to all the boys involved.
Real Tennis On Tuesday we hosted The Oratory at home winning 3-2. The outstanding performances coming from Charlie St Quinton and Dimitri Ausperg-Bruner to win their match convincingly and then Sam James and Charles Stillwell to clinch the deciding match to give us the overall win. Excellent tennis and great to see some new players in the team performing so well. On Sunday we had 3 pairs in the Public Schools Doubles Championship. Our first pair at Queens came third overall missing out to Radley 1 & 2 but beating Tonbridge convincingly in the 3rd place play off 8 – 5. The standard of their tennis improved throughout the tournament. Considering Sam Corbett and Charlie Vleck have only been playing Real Tennis for 5 months this is an outstanding achievement. In the second pairs competition at Queens our second pair of Niklas Homan and Orlando Mallinson played some excellent tennis. Niklas in particular showed marked improvement in his tactics and shot execution. They missed out on the semi-final in a close game to Eton’s first pair where almost every game went to deuce with us on the wrong side each time. Our third pair of Rupert Vleck and Jamie Innes in the same competition (Junior Colts playing in the Seniors competition) played some excellent tennis with a notable win over The Oratory coming from 1-4 down to win 6-4. As juniors playing against seniors they held their own which is very encouraging for the future. In the Under 16s competition at Radley newcomers to the game Oli Strode and Alex Reagan found it tough but rewarding playing against some top class opposition. The highlight of the tournament was seeing Raghuv Kanwar and Freddie Bristowe progress to the final after winning all their pool matches. A superb final against Radley which went to 5-5 going into the final game. Radley took the match 6-5 but the standard of play was sublime and the boys whilst disappointed should be proud of their achievements in this prestigious tournament.
TOW Netball 1st V11 – The change and focus in performance today was something to really credit and it was throughout the match that they set their tempo.
The Football 3rd XI after being 2-0 down v Harrow mid-week to draw 2-2 and then on Saturday beating The Oratory 7-1. All this with a mixture of 3rd and 4th team players.