Week 4: Sporting Reflections
Week 4 brought about a busy week for football with some inspiring action. An emphatic win on the Thursday led into some stiff competition against Commonweal and with draws across the board for the 1st XI, 2nd XI and Colts A – it was a solid set of results.
Robert Milne (C2 L6) once again secured MVP, giving an outstanding performance in goal. Colts’ golf also stepped up the bar in a triangular where they were unable to secure victory, but came away pleased with experience gained and progress made.
Lacrosse saw the best of their season so far with two wins and two draws against Tudor Hall; excellent results and a well-earned reward after four weeks of hard work and determination in training.
The Girls’ Hockey saw some outstanding performances with the 3rd and 4th senior XI’s producing some superb set plays and short corners. The 1st XI were unlucky not to convert any of their chances, of which there were several, and paid the price against a clinical Dean Close short corner routine. The 2nd XI also fell foul of short corners and both teams were left with clear targets to achieve in the following week of training. The U16A’s were impressive and clinical bringing home a 2-0 victory and although the U15A’s were a little unbalanced due to personnel changes the U15 B and C’s and U14’s, across the board were equally in control.
The rugby played at home was inspired and the Colts and Yearlings really impressed against Eton, both in their attitude and skill on the pitch and in their superb behaviour and approach off the pitch. Away at Eton, the day was a little more of a challenge, preparation was impacted by problems with changing for the JC’s, but the Eton opposition was also well drilled and played well. The XV, although slow to start, came back with an inspiring last quarter, only narrowly losing the game, but hopefully learning valuable lessons about starting strongly. I am sure that they will take this forward into their game with Clifton at the weekend. The XL deserve special mention for another superb performance with several tries and Felix Henderson (TU L6) outstanding at scrum-half as MVP.
Rackets were impressive once again; with Charterhouse as their opposition, they secured four wins and one loss. The boys are playing some fast and exciting sport and the rallies are at times breath-taking. They take on Winchester next week.
An up-lifting interlude in the week saw several Primary schools and Prep Schools attend a Rugby Taster Day. It was a wonderful experience to see so many young boys and girls learning or refining rugby skills thanks to some inspiring coaching. Tom Fogerty and Jack Howden (Bath Rugby Academy) joined Russell Earnshaw (ex-England U18 coach and now of the Magic Academy) in supporting Marlborough College rugby staff for the event. It was certainly a morning full of smiles and enthusiasm. This week also gave us a taste of what might be on offer for our own potential Sports Scholars as we ran a Taster Day across a range of sports. It was exciting to the see the prospects for the future.
Netball has seen area tournaments for the U14’s and U16’s, with both teams returning victorious ready for the County rounds at Marlborough on the second exeat and water polo were convincingly impressive with a 9-2 win over Cheltenham College. This was another full and successful week for sport and as one-week draws to an end we look forward to the shooting, squash, swimming and rackets matches that await on Thursday. The weekend brings Clifton for rugby, Bradfield for football, St Mary’s Calne for lacrosse and Cheltenham College for hockey; I am sure that there will be many fine contests among these fixtures.
Director of Sport