The Sports Report: Week 4

Friday 12th May 2023

  • Historic moment for girls’ football
  • National cup progress in cricket
  • Aberdare Cup report

After returning from a restorative extended exeat weekend, Marlburians have returned to action this week in a variety of sports both in training and competitive matches.

On Tuesday, Marlburian golfers took on Radley College at Frilford Heath Golf Club. Playing the Green Course, top pairing Albie P and Mickey W pushed their opposition all the way and there were impressive performances too from Ollie B and Rory S, albeit in defeat to a strong Radley outfit.

There was also action for the Girls’ Tennis 1st IV who took on South Wilts Grammar School for Girls in the Aberdare Cup, finishing up 8-4 ahead with some particularly impressive singles play from Sophia M. The team now play Prior Park in the semi-final.

Thursday saw history made in football – as the girls’ XI played their first ever-away match. The side travelled to Haileybury and took part in a competitive encounter, captained by Iona G. Congratulations to Iona – and her teammates Georgie C, Tillie D, Lucie G, Milly G, Najina G, Rosie H, Alice K, Jojo K, Serena M, Annabel P, Mima P, Tati R and Amber S on their continued progress in a growing sport at Marlborough.

In Thursday’s tennis, the boys 1st Junior Colts were 4-2 winners at Bishop Wordsworth School and the U15E and U15F girls hosted Cranford House School.

Only two cricket matches have been played this week due to the wet grounds, with the Junior Colts 1s progressing through to the last 16 of the National U15 ESCA Inspiresport Cup with a 10-run victory at Canford. The Yearlings 5s went down by 41 runs against Farleigh 3rd XI. Congratulations to Max D who played for Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Surrey in the Second XI County Championship scoring 13 & 32 in his two innings.

This Saturday there are 63 fixtures scheduled with a home athletics meeting (Girls Invitational) and the Lord Burghley Trophy at Eton. There is a block cricket fixture against Winchester College – with the XI travelling away from home – whilst there are two girls’ fixtures against Lord Wandsworth College.

It has also been a busy week for OM sporting achievements with Freddie Kottler (C2 2016-21) a member of the Cambridge University side that secured an impressive 7 wicket win at Lord’s on Thursday. Freddie scored 36 and took two catches. In football, Xander Walters (SU 2007-12) finished the Arthurian League season as one of the division’s top ten goalscorers whilst in rugby, Byron Lloyd Gilmour (SU 2020-22) played in the BUCS Super Rugby 7s tournament – taking the field against his brother, Fin.

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