After ten days of sporting successes, we entered the second weekend of full fixtures with enthusiasm running high. It was certainly a weekend of high-octane sport, with some hard-fought victories and losses, but most importantly huge levels of commitment, resilience and effort from the Marlburians proudly sporting their blue and white strips.
The boys took on Cheltenham College in a block hockey fixture and the XI led by example as they battled hard bring home a 2-1 victory. Across the board the standard of hockey was high and Colts 1s and Junior Colts 1s both overcame their opposition.
Special mention should go to the 4th XI who took on an accomplished Cheltenham 3rd XI (with an outstanding ‘keeper) yet still managed to battle through for a 1-1 draw. Likewise, in the Yearlings the 2nds and 4ths were successful, with the 4ths playing a 3rd team. The Yearlings 1st XI, although taking a little time to find their feet, on Wednesday competed in their county tournament with success and will progress through to the next round.
Netball faced tough opposition in the face of Wellington and there were some extremely close matches. The 1st VII, after a slow start, dug deep and played a much stronger second half, making their connections and finding some fluidity with their attack. The 4ths and 5ths senior teams, U16 As and U16Bs and U14C and U14E should all be commended on their victories and many of the other sides for their determination and fantastic attitude in the light of some close losses.
Football, once again, brought in some fine results. The 1st XI played extremely well against Bristol Grammar School to secure a 6-3 win. The 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI also played superbly with decisive 7-2, 5-1 and 7-3 victories respectively. The U16A had a competitive and exciting fixture against Commonweal resulting in a 4-4 draw. The Junior Colts 1st team continue to battle hard and I have no doubt that their results will come as they get more training under their belts.
The lacrosse teams returned in high spirits from their tournaments, with both victories and losses. They had clearly played some of their best lacrosse and were pleased and up-beat about their performances.
Shooting continued their roll of success by winning against Cheltenham College. The following Tuesday brought another collection of fixtures as the U16A hockey girls took on Millfield in their quest to reach the final eight in the National Schools Tier 1 competition. Sadly, it wasn’t quite their day and a strong Millfield side, who Marlborough had already beaten last term, took command. The boys 1st XI had the first match of their National Cup Tier 1 league competition, also against Millfield, and after a thrilling encounter sank a final goal to close the game at 3-2. This was a huge game for the boys and their passion and determination, along with skill ability to take their opportunities shone through. Special mention must also go to Elliot Pears (LI L6), in goal, who made some fantastic saves at crucial times.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd senior netball teams faced midweek opposition against Cheltenham Ladies’ College and it was clear to see that they had all drawn from their experiences against Wellington. They all played with a far more confident and commanding style, resulting in a series of victories. Water Polo faced Cheltenham College in what proved to be a classic clash, with a well-matched encounter finishing with an 8-8 draw.
On Thursday before Exeat, there was a clean sweep for football in their fixtures against Radley, with a 7-2 win for the 1st XI perhaps the highlight. There was a full fixture list for boys’ hockey with an unbeaten programme for the Colts against Dean Close and Eton and a mix of wins, draws and losses elsewhere. The U18s lacrosse had stern set of matches against Wellington whilst the U15s were on the end of a 6-5 defeat to Cheltenham in an entertaining encounter.
In netball, there was a competitive set of results at Open level, including a 23-18 win for the 4th VII and a range of successes elsewhere against opposition including St Helen & St Katharine, Bromsgrove and Dean Close.
Thank you to all pupils, parents and beaks for their efforts during a busy and productive start to the Lent term across all sports. We look forward to continuing the fixture programme with squash and water polo fixtures on Tuesday 29th January.
Director of Sport