Saturday saw a tough set of matches for the boys against Dulwich, but the girls enjoyed more success against King Edward VI, Southampton (KES) and KCS Wimbledon, and overall the girls should be very happy with their start to the season.
Hockey vs King Edward VI, Southampton (KES) and KCS Wimbledon.
The senior girls were in excellent form, although the 1st team let in two late goals to slip to a 2-1 defeat, their first of the season. Lottie Burton (M) scored again and Tassy Williams (R) shone in a match that could have gone either way. KES took their chances and that proved the difference.
The 2nd XI enjoyed a resounding 5-0 win in a much better performance. Alice Taylor (Rv) scored two goals and Izzy Mitchell (R) was player of the match.
The 3rd team won again, also by 5 goals to nil, with Jess Haigh (R) scoring twice and Molly Needham (W) the star player.
The goals continued to come with the 4th team also winning 5-0, this time against KCS Wimbledon, with Emily Vandrau (R) scoring a hat-trick.
In the junior games the U15 teams were undefeated with two goals for Tilly White (R) in the A team win.
The U14As won 6-0 with Sophie Edison (M) scoring a hat-trick and Katie Evans (M) two goals, while the B team won well 5-0 with Holly Hewins (W) scoring twice.
Amelia Burke (Wa) also scored a hat-trick and Ella Stephens (Wa) twice for the U13As in their 5-3 win while there were encouraging performances from all the U12 teams in their first regular matches for the College, with wins for the A and D teams and a draw for the Cs.
Hockey tournament at Cranleigh.
In midweek the U12s built on this good start with success at the Cranleigh tournament. Playing against some excellent hockey schools the A team finished 2nd only losing out on penalties after a fantastic set of performances from goalkeeper Mia Herbert (GH).
The B team went one better, winning their tournament thanks to a last gasp goal from Ali Rugina (Wa) in the final against Danes Hill.
After a good return of 7 wins out of 14 games last week against St Paul’s, Dulwich proved to be tougher opposition for the boys this week.
Rugby vs Dulwich
The 1st XV never got going and a Jack Jesty (G) try was not enough to defeat Dulwich.
Sadly, the 2nd team game was abandoned early and the 3rd team lost out in a close match despite two tries from Rufus Dent (H) and a great performance from Oliver Healy-Millet (P).
The 4th team could not replicate their good win from the previous week, beaten well despite a superb try from Dan Gotsman (P).
In the juniors the highlight was a terrific 34-17 win for the U15As, with Jude Clark (G) scoring three tries in a powerful, disciplined performance.
The U14As were frustrated to lose by just a point in a very tight match. However, the C team won again thanks to a last-minute try from Louis Saint (G).
The U13 and U12 A teams took part in a round robin of matches. Both sides won against Ewell Castle, both lost to Reading Blue Coat, and honours were shared with Shiplake College. Milo Fitzhugh (Wa) scored two tries for the U13s, while Oscar Lent (Wa) scored three for the U12s.
U19 Surrey Squash Championship.
The College Squash Captain, Ben Harris (Rn), competed in the Boys’ Under 19 Surrey Squash Championship. Ben reached the final comfortably, without losing a game in any of his matches. In the final, Ben came up against a player in the year above him, Leon Griffiths. Ben took a game off his opponent, but he eventually lost 3-1 in a highly competitive match.
The Smarden Bell at Tonbridge School.
The Smarden Bell (hosted by Tonbridge School) involves 9 schools: Sevenoaks, Eastbourne, Cranleigh, Dulwich, Tonbridge, King’s Canterbury, Reigate, Brighton,
The format: playing in singles, stableford points, scratch (no handicaps) team and singles competitions.
The team (Darragh Monaghan (29 pts) Harry Marchesi (21) Lucas Fildes (25) Liam Colohan (19) and Alex McWilliam (8) performed really well in difficult blustery conditions coming 2nd with 102 points.
U13 ISGA Cup
On Thursday 20 September a Lower School Golf team consisting of Joss Wells and Oscar Lent travelled to the Sunningdale Heath Golf club to take part in the Independent Schools Golf Association Cup. With 18 of the top Golf schools in the UK participating the boys were keen to follow their good early season form at the Radley event.
With the modified stableford format in place the boys made a pleasing start in windy, and at times stormy, conditions. Joss was particularly strong on the par 4’s finishing these only 1 over par. Oscar on the other hand excelled on the greens holing a series of giant putts. Having finished on 121 points the boys were in contention for the overall title but finished narrowly behind the top two. 3rd form student Oscar, who shot a remarkable 6 over par, finished in a comfortable first place from a 40 strong field of top golfers. Both boys were a credit to their school and the future of Epsom golf looks very bright.