Sports Update: Spring 2017 Week Two
It has been another busy week for Teddies’ sports teams, despite the freezing conditions. Our netball teams had the best of the action this week with a senior fixture block versus Wellington College on Thursday, and a reduced calendar of fixtures due to the weather on Saturday at Malvern College.
Thursday’s games against Wellington saw some highly competitive games, with some particularly close score lines. The Wellington College 1st VII includes two Super League players, and the experience gained in competition against players of this calibre was invaluable preparation for the challenges ahead in the coming weeks. The 3rd VII had an outstanding game, eventually losing by just four goals to a hard-working Wellington team.
Saturday’s matches were heavily reduced owing to the weather, but the 1st VII won another tight and competitive game against Malvern College, and the U16As were equally impressive in their win against Malvern’s 2nd VII. In our home fixtures, the U14As and U14Bs both won their games, playing to an exceptionally high standard both individually and as teams.
Elsewhere, the squash club were in action on Thursday against Marlborough College, with a good win for the 1st team, whilst the football fixtures suffered heavily from the impact of the weather, seeing only three games taking place, and some tough results against some strong Abingdon teams.
Meanwhile, members of the climbing squad travelled to Sevenoaks for a bouldering fixture on Saturday. Climbers tackled 15 perplexing boulder problems led from the front by stand-in captain Oli Ferneyhough, who gained a perfect score for the team. Ultimately Teddies were pipped to the post, but the team look in great shape ahead of the Independent Schools Competition in March. A huge thank you must go to Liz Boast for making this event happen.
On the hockey pitches the U16As were in action on Friday for the County tournament. Although the shortened match format proved a challenge to adapt to, producing many scoreless games, Teddies managed to secure a good 1-0 win against Bloxham. Unfortunately, all the matches against Wellington on Saturday had to be cancelled owing to frozen pitches, but the pupils have the stern challenge of matches against Cheltenham College on Thursday to look forward to.