Girls sports round-up - 29 June
Mixed Tennis - vs Cranleigh, Wellington, Sevenoaks, Charterhouse
1st VIII - Wellington tournament
v Wellington Lost 1-2
v Sevenoaks Lost 0-3
v Cranleigh Lost 1-2
v Charterhouse Lost 1-2
A good day’s play against an assortment of schools, with some great tennis at times even in losing situations. Justin Hurst (Fa) and Natalie Olsen (R) at first pair struggled to find their rhythm, and were always up against strong opposition. Third pair Matt Green (F) and Hanna Alfalahi (M) looked a little lacklustre early on and only got going later in the afternoon. Pair of the day was Daisy Reid (W) and Charlie Taylor (F), whose matches were always last to finish and could have won more with some sharper volleying. By their own admission pairs one and two saved their worst tennis for the last round - a shame.
U15A - Sevenoaks tournament
v Wellington Lost 1-2
v Cranleigh WON 2-1
v Sevenoaks WON 2-1
v Haileybury WON 2-1
Some outstanding pair play, symbiotic sliced serves followed by vicious vocal volleys almost injuring the opposition. There was athletic covering of the court by pair 1 Cameron Khan (P) and Izzy Mitchell (R). Ben Gilchrist (C) and Jess Haigh (R) were unbeaten as pair 2 - impressive with clear communication during every set. Comeback of the day was pair 3 Clara Alexis (R) and Josh Shayesteh (Rn) who fought hard from 1-5 down to face a tiebreak but were sadly pipped at the post but found the grit, strength and determination to win their final set against Sevenoaks 6-2.
U14A - Epsom tournament
v Wellington Lost 0-3
v Cranleigh Lost 0-3
v Sevenoaks Lost 0-3
v Haileybury WON 2-1
What a lovely tournament! There was fantastic tennis played by all three pairs. Jacob Hansson (C) and Gina Liebenberg (Rv) beat Haileybury in a close tiebreak 6-5 and even though they lost their other matches they were very entertaining to watch with fantastic volleying from Hansson. Zach Alfahai (C) and Freya Calvert (Rv) were the second pair and they beat Hailebury 6-0 and again showed great teamwork in their other close matches. Juliette Walsh (R) and Angus Horan (Rn) as third pair were unlucky not to win but had a close match against Cranleigh.
2nd vs Cranleigh
Sunshine, stand-ins and late arrivals for both teams made this very much an ‘end of season’ affair against a gracious and talented Cranleigh squad. The 2nds came second in each set they played with Harry Milne (P) and Anastasia Grant (M) coming closest.
3rd vs Cranleigh
Cameron Ewins (F) and Rosie Payne (Rv) won their first two sets. However, these proved to be the only victories as Epsom wilted in the heat and allowed the season to end with a whimper.
U15B vs Cranleigh
The teams got off to an excellent start and secured an early lead. The doubles were well matched in terms of ability and some tough games followed. Eva Gray (Cr) and Hans Yu (H) showed off very impressive skills working as a pair, securing two wins out of their three matches. Lulu Candlish (Rv) and Christian Collier (P) also secured two wins with lots of games to spare. Ysella Oliver (Rv) and Zac O’Connor (P) secured one win but had two very close losses, one of which went to a tough tiebreak. Excellent play and great to finish the matches for the year on a high.
U15C vs Cranleigh
A great afternoon of tennis with the players showing impressive skill to take the win. Poppy Penney (R) and Max Way (C) won two of their matches, with their one loss just 5-6. Arina Shcherbina (Cr) and Max Doyle (G) also won two matches, with their last match also being lost 5-6. Margaux Soin (Cr) and Ting Ting Wang (G) played some excellent tennis but unfortunately lost two of their matches to secure one win overall. A good effort from all involved and a great end to this year’s matches.
U15D vs Cranleigh
A good effort from all the players with James Marquand (C) and Jemima Kenyon (R) winning a set and losing two other sets by a close margin. The other two pairs struggled to find consistency on the Chapel Astro but all games were played in a lovely spirit.
U14B vs Cranleigh
An excellent fixture that was nicely poised at 3-3 and came down to three close last round matches, all of which went to the opposition. Alessia Boot (R) and Nick Wong (H) played two outstanding sets and battled back from 4-1 down in the last to lose out in a tense tiebreak. Josh Hirtenstein (Rn) and Bella Watkins (R) were superb in three long matches, losing one set 5-7, winning one on a tiebreak before losing the final set on another tiebreak. Emily Long (R) and Luke Gordon-Pullar (G) played well in three close sets but could not quite convert any into a win.
U14C vs Cranleigh
Pair of the day was Seb Crabb (Fa) playing with Lily Taylor-Fitzgibbon (4W) who won their first two sets and lost out 6-4 in the third to strong opponents. Tancrede Lamort De Gail (Rn) and Alexia Tams (R) won a set and played well all afternoon, while Ruby Aragi (R) and Aidan Tang (F) tried hard without much luck.
U14D vs Cranleigh
There were four close sets out of nine. Lewis Price (F) and Jess Neeme (M) combined to good effect to win one set and lose another on a tiebreak. Harry Edwards (P) and Zoe Wildenberg (4R) showed great character to turn their afternoon around and win their last set.
Girls Cricket vs St John’s
Starting on 200
St John’s 326
Despite an outstanding performance from Epsom it was St John’s who walked away winners. Epsom scored 271 from their 18 overs, a blistering partnership between Francesca Meek (4W) and Holly Hewins (4E), putting the home side in the driver’s seat. Unfortunately, it was not enough with St John’s scoring 326 from their allotted overs. Amy Scerri (4E) and Elizabeth Lowndes (4R) were the pick of the bowlers, with Amy Scerri being awarded bowler of the match, and Holly Hewins batter of the match. All in all, it was an enjoyable game with Epsom showing great team spirit. The girls should hold their heads high. With one match to go, the girls definitely have enough talent and ability to go out on a high against Cranleigh.
Players of the Match: Amy Scerri (4E) and Holly Hewins (4E)
Lost by 55 runs
Starting on 200
St John’s 264
The U13B girls finished off their season with an impressive win against local rivals St John's. Epsom won the toss and captain Meely Thesiger (4W) chose to field first. What followed were two very impressive maiden overs from Thea Thompson-Brown (4W) alongside some fantastic pace bowling from Delphine Ayitey-Hammond (4R). Epsom took a few wickets and kept the run rate down with five maiden overs in total. Going into bat, Epsom knew their run rate only needed to be just under five to win. Some initial steady batting was mixed in with some boundaries from Edie Pettit (4R) and Lucy Pickering (4R), and Nikita Dhar (4W) and Sophie Mathews (4W) as the second and third pairs respectively. Leonie Olu-Williams (4R) and Thea Thompson-Brown, in the fourth and fifth pair respectively, both hit four 4s alongside many other good shots to push Epsom to victory. A great game to end the season with a 66% win rate.
Players of the Match: Delphine Ayitey-Hammond (4R) for her pace bowling, Leonie Olu-Williams (4R) for her batting and Thea Thompson-Brown (4W) for her all-round play.
WON by 81 runs
Starting on 200
St John’s 289
This looked as if it would be a close game but Epsom found the boundary more than St John’s and made fewer mistakes when fielding with, in particular, marked improvement in the bowling with the number of wides far fewer than in previous games. A great way to finish a successful first season.
Player of the Match: Amy Henwood (3B)
WON by 39 runs
St John’s 231
A strong performance from the girls. Epsom went in to bat first and did well by gaining runs from no balls, wides and some missed catches. Anna Gillespie (3S) did well to hit a four and worked well with Alice De Groot (3S) who scored 22 from their two overs. The highlight was the bowling. Everyone has improved massively over the term and this was shown today. The stand out was Phoebe Gordon (3B), who bowled a cracker to hit the middle stump. Gabby Sesay (3S) did well in the field to catch a high ball and also was good at quickly passing the ball back to the wicketkeeper. An excellent win to finish the season with a 100% win record.
Players of the Match: Alice De Groot (3S) - batting, Gabby Sesay (3S) - fielding.
WON by 38 runs
Girls and boys Athletics – Epsom meeting
Epsom hosted the final co-ed match of the season and the girls performed extremely well, finishing first overall against St John’s, Cranleigh, Caterham and Brighton.
There were some outstanding individual performances including two new school records
In the Inters, Grace Crompton (R) ran 25.73sec in the 200m beating her previous record of 26.1sec.
Ellie Taylor (Cr) set a new Junior record in the Javelin throwing 31m 26cm.
Overall Co-ed - Epsom (A) 1st, (B) 6th
Junior Girls - Epsom (A) 2nd, (B) 6th
Inter Girls - Epsom (A) 1st, (B) 6th
Senior Girls - Epsom (A) 1st, (B) 3rd
Adahna Ekoku (Rv) - 1st Hurdles, 1st Long Jump, 1st 100m
Jess Haughey (Wh) 2nd Long Jump
Ellie Cooke (R) 1st Javelin, 2nd 200m
Sophie Gee (R) 1st 400m
Hannah Hughes (W) 2nd Triple Jump, 2nd Javelin
Rose Ewins (Rv) 2nd Discus
4x100m Relay 1st (Ellie Cooke, Adahna Ekoku, Hannah Hughes, Sophie Gee)
Grace Crompton (R) - 1st Triple Jump, 1st Long Jump, 1st 200m (new school record 25.73s)
Ella Nigrelli (Rv) - 1st Javelin, 2nd Discus
Emma Gleave (R) - 2nd 800m
Emily Malone (Rv) - 2nd 1500m
4x100m Relay 1st (Maggie Diri (W), Grace Crompton, Issy Evans (R), Molly Needham (W)
Ellie Taylor (Cr) 1st Long Jump, 1st Javelin (new school record 31m 26cm)
Lois Lillie (Rv) - 1st 100m, 2nd 200m
Ella Beswick (W) 2nd 800m
Anna Russell (R) 2nd 1500m
Jess Alexander (Rv) 2nd Discus
4x100m Relay 2nd (Ellie Taylor, Anna Russell (R), Alex Nienow (R), Lois Lillie)
Volleyball – Ashcombe tournament
Epsom Girls’ Volleyball Team travelled to Ashcombe to play in a four-a-side tournament. With good weather, the girls were eager to start a day of matches. Epsom met the Greenhouse Lions in their first match with a convincing victory 40-10, Yee Lam Sze (Wh) leading the way with seven spiking attacks. In their second match they faced strong competition from South Hants but still managed a comfortable win 40-23. The girls went confidently into their third match against Ashcombe Divers where Jeannie Neth (Cr) impressed everyone with her strong serve, getting five aces in total. This led the team up to their fourth and final regular game against the Greenhouse Jaguars, securing an undefeated day with a final score of 48-16. This resulted in a comfortable first place playoff position where they faced the Ashcombe Divers once again. In a nail-biting finals playoff match, the girls played their best game of the day securing their gold medal with a 35-31 win. Well done to all the girls and special mention to Chloe Poon (Wh) for her strong and consistent setting all day; Kay Chan (Wh) for her attacks at the net and Rachel Wong (Cr) for her defence along the front line. Congratulations to all the girls on a well-earned gold medal tournament.