Sports Update: summer 2017 week three

The first quarter of the Summer Term has passed by in the blink of an eye and with it find Teddies sports in the best of health having recorded 25 victories from the opening 32 fixtures across all sports.

The School’s athletes were in fine form, both individually and collectively. The event at Marlborough College on Saturday 29th April saw the senior boys come first, the senior girls, and intermediate boys third, and the intermediate girls fourth overall, out of 11 boys and 7 girls teams, despite having missed the relays and high jump which were running behind schedule. A truly fantastic result, perhaps trumped only by some exceptional individual displays: Brandi Akpobome winning the shot, the discus and the javelin events; and Poppy Webb winning the 800m and the 1,500m among many other successes on the day.

The tennis clubs’ fixtures against Tudor Hall featured the junior block only, with the girls in excellent form to win the U15 and U14 fixtures at A, B and C, team level, with the U15D team drawing their fixture. The tennis club have been in great form so far this season, with good wins and great performances across the board, and the Master in Charge, Duncan Buckmaster, has reported of some particularly excellent play throughout the club, and every pair contributing to the overall success.

On the water, the boat crews had a good weekend at the Wallingford Regatta. In a particularly classy field, the boys’ 1st VIII placed a very competitive fifth, whilst the senior girls’ crew, who have been focusing on sculling this year ended up an equally strong sixth. At the Junior Sculling Head the senior girls’ quad again did well, coming seventeenth in an incredibly competitive field.

The cricket club, in another busy week were away to Cheltenham on Thursday. The Yearlings and Junior Colts were in action, as were the 1st XI in the first of their John Harvey Cup matches. The Yearlings A and B sides, as well as the Junior Colts As had tough and high scoring matches, with many highlights, though an ultimately unsuccessful day, whilst the Junior Colts Bs encountered a true rarity: a tied game. The 1st XI had another excellent performance to take victory by nine wickets, with Ben Charlesworth 112*, Brandon Allen 84, whilst Jamie Curtis and Ben Charlesworth recorded bowling figures of 3/32.

The School’s golfers were also in action during the week, competing against Radley College. Although they fell just short of the win this time, it is a tremendous credit to the players and to the School at large to be able to actively compete across so many sports in any given term.

Finally, outside of the pupils’ strong showings this week, Zak Jones, Master in Charge of Hockey at St Edward’s has coached the senior British men’s hockey team to not only their first final in 23 years, but to victory over Australia in Malaysia in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Congratulations to Zak and the British team.

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