Girls sports round-up - 18 May
Tennis v Brighton
1st – WON 4-2
Despite testing conditions, with constant rain and heavy rain-sodden tennis balls, the 1st IV produced some superb tennis.
Drenched supporters were treated to some match play of real quality from both of the senior pairs. Cecelia Sacklen (M) and Jess Liebenberg (Rv) narrowly lost out to a talented Brighton 1st pair 4-6 but battled hard to gain a two sets to love win over their opponents.
Natalie Olsen (R) and Daisy Reid (W) produced the tennis of the day with attacking groundstrokes and effective poaching at the net. A nail-biting match against the 1st pair ended with honours even, one set all, with both sets decided in a tiebreak; they produced some of the best tennis of their Epsom careers to come back in both sets from a 0-3 deficit. All players should be commended for the quality of the matches and for the resilience they showed throughout to ensure the Epsom win.
2nd – WON 6-0
Emilie Walsh (R) and Hanna Alfalahi (M), together with Anneke Butt (R) and Anastasia Grant (M), proved too strong for the Brighton IV. The depth of Epsom’s groundstrokes and tenacity at the net proved decisive and despite some close games Epsom dominated in all sets. A professional performance from all the players, demonstrating the strength in depth of the senior squad.
U15A – Lost 2-7
Issy Mitchell (R) and Jessica Haigh (R) played some fantastic tennis in testing conditions and won two sets 6-4, 6-2, only just losing 4-6 in their final game. Lulu Candlish (Rv) and Clara Alexis narrowly lost one match 5-7 and their play improved throughout the afternoon.
U14A – Lost 1-8
A lot of very close matches in wet conditions. Angelina Ivanyuzhenkova (Cr) and Freya Calvert (Rv) won one of their matches 6-4, closely lost one 4-6 and then very closely lost another 5-6 in the tiebreak, which went to 6-8. These two showed great play and there were some thundering serves from Angelina. Gina Liebenberg (Rv) and Juju Walsh (R) were very unlucky to lose 4-6 in two of their matches, with great tactical play on display. Emily Long (R) and Alessia Boot (R) also played well, narrowly losing one match 4-6.
Cricket v Prior's Field
Starting on 200
Prior’s Field 264
Prior’s Field batted first and started strongly. However, a great catch from Amy Henwood (3B) followed by strong bowling by Yasi Fryer (3S) stopped them in their tracks. Further catches by Maddy Conway (3Y) and Alice Hurst (3Y) helped limit Prior’s Field’s run total to 264. First into bat for Epsom were Yasi Fryer and Imi Stoole (3Y) who put 32 on the scoreboard in their two overs. The remaining batting pairs followed their lead. The final pairing of Maddy Conway and Maddie Pearce (3S) finished strongly, with four hits to the boundary including a six from Maddy Conway to give Epsom a total of 310.
Players of the Match: Yasi Fryer (3Y) and Maddy Conway (3Y)
Starting on 200
Prior’s Field 271
A cracking performance by the U12B girls. After a solid warm up, the girls were first into bat. There was strong batting from Amber Roberts (3B) and Isabella Cannon (3S) who scored a total of 29 off their two overs. Gabby Sesay (3S) and Francesca Silvano (3S), who went into bat last, scored a grand total of 46 from their two overs, which helped give Epsom a healthy lead and something for Prior’s Field to chase.
There were some displays of excellent communication from the girls on when to gain extra runs when some poor fielding decisions were made by the opposition. Fielding work was impressive with some excellent positioning to stop the opposition hitting the ball to the boundary. Amber Roberts controlled the field well and repositioned the girls when it was needed. Anna Gillespie (3S) took a spectacular catch to take a wicket and great fielding resulted in taking another wicket. The stand out bowler was Alice De Groot (3S) who only allowed the opposition to score one run off her quick accurate bowling. Another great win for the girls!
Players of the match: Best batter - Isabella Cannon (3S), best fielder - Amber Roberts (3B), best bowler - Alice De Groot (3S)
Rounders v Prior’s Field
U13D v Prior’s Field U13D
Lost - 10½ - 21
The first innings started off slowly, with the girls’ highly-experienced opponents scoring 14 rounders to Epsom’s three. However, as the game progressed so did the girls’ confidence, skill and teamwork. The Prior’s Field girls opened the batting in the second half but were less successful in this innings due to a great catch by team captain Lauren Gurney (4R) off the first ball. This boosted Epsom’s confidence leading to four more catches made by Kirsten Head (4R), Sara Hawkins (4R), Rae Emmett (4R) and Hanna Taylor (4R). By the end of their innings, the opposition had only made 6½ rounders, a great improvement.
In the final innings, Epsom decided to take more risks and employ a higher level of game awareness, and Sara Hawkins opened with a rounder straightaway. The girls started hitting rounders and half rounders much more regularly, ending with a final innings score of 7½. The result did not reflect the phenomenal effort, skill and teamwork displayed by each Epsom girl. Special mention to top scorer Sara Hawkins, and player of the match Lauren Gurney for their significant contributions and constant support for their less experienced teammates.
Player of the Match: Lauren Gurney (4R)
U12C v Prior’s Field U13B
WON - 9 - 5½
What a lovely game. At the end of the first innings the girls were winning 5-3½ and converted that into an overall comfortable victory. Two rounders were scored by Arabella Alderman (3B), while Nadia Ahmad (3B) and Jemma Mapp (4E) also scored one. Nadia, Jemma, Ava Marks (4W) and Isabel Buhagiar (3B) also scored half rounders. The girls batted strongly and fielded with intelligence.
Player of the Match: Arabella Alderman (3B)
U12D v Prior’s Field U13B
WON - 12½ - 11½
The girls had a rocky start, trailing 3-6½ after the first innings. At hahalftimehey pulled together and evaluated their performance to construct a strategy to maximise everyone’s individual strengths. The girls then managed to score 9½ rounders to give them a convincing lead. The challenge was then holding off Prior’s Field. The girls did amazingly well, with Grace Gardner (3Y) on second post, Eva Sesay (3Y) on second post and Beatrice Digance (3Y) fielders who all caught out their opposing players. The communication within the team was impressive as they worked together to stump out the rest of the opposition, minimising their chance at scoring more rounders.
Player of the Match: Charlotte Townsend (3B) - who bowled superbly for both innings.
Athletics – Brighton Co-Ed meeting
Competing against Brighton, Cranleigh, Hurstpierpoint, St John’s and Wellington at the Withdean Stadium in Brighton in difficult wet conditions brought out the best in the boys and girls in this tough Co-Ed fixture. Individually, the boys came second and the girls third. Overall the combined boys and girls result placed Epsom second to the home team Brighton. Great credit is due to all the athletes who showed commitment and determination, it was a real team effort on the day.
Girls’ Overall - Epsom 3rd
Girls’ U15 - Epsom 3rd
Girls’ U17 - Epsom 4th
Girls’ Open - Epsom 2nd
Stand out results (girls)
(A String) Adahna Ekoku (Rv) 1st - Long Jump 5m 18, 2nd - 100m Hurdles 18.40
Ellie Cooke (R) 1st - 100m 13.0s
Sophie Gee (R) 1st - 400m 64.4s, 2nd - 200m 29.2s
Naomi Witts (M) 2nd - 800m 2.30.7s
Jasmine Bingham (M) 2nd - High Jump 1m 40
4x100m Relay 2nd - 53.7s
(B String) Jess Haughey (Wh) 1st - 200m 28.8sec, 1st - Long Jump 4m 62cm
Naomi Witts (M) 1st - 400m 66sec
Ellie Cooke (R) 1st - Triple Jump 9m 79
Gabi Shea (Rv) 1st - High Jump 1.30m
Adahna Ekoku (Rv) 2nd - 100m 13.9sec
Zoe Long (R) 2nd - 800m 2.48.9sec
(A String) Grace Crompton (R) 1st - 200m 26.4sec, 2nd - Triple Jump 9m 74
Emma Gleave (R) 2nd - 1500m 5.43.7
Ella Nigrelli (Rv) 2nd - Discus 23.30m, 2nd - Javelin 22.48m
Isabel Evans (R) 2nd - High Jump 1m 40
(B String) Emily Malone (Rv) 1st - 1500m 5.45.6sec
(A String) Lois Lillie (Rv) 2nd - 100m 13.9sec
Jess Alexander (Rv) 2nd - Discus 17m 83cm
(B String) Ellie Taylor (Cr) 1st - 100m 14.2sec
Anna Russell (R) 1st - Long Jump 4m 21cm
Jess Alexander (Rv) 1st - High Jump 1.20m, 2nd - Javelin 17.6m
Meredith Briggs (Rv) 2nd - Shot Put 6.42m
Volleyball (Boys/Girls) – Epsom College Tournament
After a few withdrawals left the ladies tournament short of teams, this was a mixed tournament this year. The poor weather forced it inside, but this added to the atmosphere.
In the pool stage Epsom’s A team were all-conquering, with Christ’s Hospital’s A team improving throughout the afternoon to take second place.
In the other pool, Epsom’s B team topped the group on points difference over Rikkyo A.
The semi-finals saw Christ’s Hospital continue their progress to prevent the possibility of an all-Epsom final, with some excellent serving and their emotional approach worked in their favour. In the other semi-final, Epsom A maintained the possibility of a home win with a good win over Rikkyo.
The final saw an edgy start followed by an emotional middle, as Christ’s Hospital moved into a small lead before some superb serving from YeeLam Sze (Wh) and then Daniel Kweon (Rn) allowed Epsom to pull away, a key block by Victor Cheung (H) helping to soothe the nerves. A 25-19 win made it look easier than it was, but a good team performance.