01 Oct 2017
Sports Update

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Rugby

Rugby The 4th XV had an impressive 41-0 win against Cheltenham on Saturday 16 September. In the Junior matches there were also fine wins for the Junior Colts Bs 24-15 and the Junior Colts Cs, 7-5. Badminton On Saturday 16 September, in the badminton triangular against Wellingborough and Bloxham, the 1st badminton team had a resounding victory - gaining 22 points out of a possible 24.

Boys’ Hockey The Yearlings As had an excellent start to the term with a superb 11-0 win against Northampton School for Boys. They followed this up with a 0-0 draw against Oundle on Saturday 16 September. The D team had an impressive 4-0 win against Oundle. Congratulations go to Rhys Noble (Fourth Form, Chandos) who has been selected for the England Hockey Performance Centre Programme for the 2017/18 season at U15s regional level.

Equestrian

Our first outing of the year was the NSEA eventers challenge at Keysoe which was a Hicksted Qualifier. Cecily Hopkins (Third Form, Queen’s) was just out of ribbons in the dressage in seventh place. The jumping team, Sophia Galione (Fifth Form, Queen’s), Cecily Hopkins and Tilly Hawkings-Byass (Third Form, Queen’s) had excellent rounds with one refusal between them. Coco Brooks (Lower Sixth, Lyttelton) rode a quick round in the individual class with one pole down. We are currently organising teams for the Beachborough Eventers Challenge on Sunday 15 October. Angela Churcher, Equestrian Centre Manager

Lacrosse

Lacrosse World Cup The Lacrosse World Cup was played at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford from 12-22 July and we had a number of Stoics involved in The Festival which ran alongside the senior World Cup matches. The festival consisted of over 60 teams with 7 separate divisions. Milla Harvey-Scholes (Stanhope 15), India Chadwick (Nugent 15), Philly Stacey (Nugent 16) and Olivia Thomas (Upper Sixth, Nugent) all played for teams in the Festival. Philly and Olivia (pictured) were both representing England U19A team and they won all of their matches bar one which they drew. This eventually put them in the final where they unfortunately lost to an American side 2-4. Olivia has another couple of years at this age group but Philly will be going to England Senior Trials in September. Jayne Duckett, Lacrosse Coach

Cycling

National Youth 10 mile Time Trial Championships After successfully qualifying in the Summer term, Harry Kirby (Fifth Form, Temple) competed in the National Youth 10 mile Time Trial Championships in Cambridgeshire on Saturday 9 September. Harry came 13th in his category out of 61 other qualified riders from all over the UK, in a time of 12 minutes and 23 seconds. An incredible achievement following lots of hard work last year and during the summer holiday. He has already kicked off the new year in style winning the Novice category at the Bison Hill climb on Sunday 17 September, a 1.2 km climb averaging 6.7% and including a maximum of 24%. Chris Grimble, MiC Cycling

Hockey

The girls’ 1st XI hockey team beat Saints Ladies 3-0 on Saturday 9 September building on their excellent unbeaten pre-season tour to Eastbourne. In the matches against Beaconsfield High the U14As had an excellent 3-1 win, the U16As had an impressive 4-0 victory and the U15As drew 2-2. On Saturday 16 September the 1st XI had a convincing 8-0 win against Oakham 2nd XI with Olivia Flood (Upper Sixth, Queen’s) scoring a hattrick and the 3rd XI beat Oakham 4th XI 1-0. The 2nd XI drew with Oakham 3rd XI 1-1. Congratulations to Vicky Beglin (Upper Sixth, Nugent) who was selected to represent England Blue at the School Games at the end of August. The Games was set up to mirror an Olympic tournament and give a taste of what it would be like to represent your Country during a major international tournament. Vicky’s team won Gold! Ben Scott, Head of Hockey

Lacrosse

Lacrosse The 1st team had a great day at the Moreton Hall Top Test tournament on Sunday winning three matches and tying three matches. They beat Shrewsbury School 4-3, Birkenhead 5-4 and Queen Margarets 4-3. Olivia Thomas (Upper Sixth, Nugent) led the scoring with 14 goals. Congratulations to Holly Phillips (Fourth Form, Nugent) and Tilly Jones (Fourth Form, Stanhope) who have been invited to join the England Talent Pathway.

Fencing

Fencing Congratulations to Chandos Fifth Former Ed Don who won the gold medal at the Nationals Fencing U17 Epee Elite Junior Series event in Leicester on Saturday 16 September.

Golf

Golf at Stowe continues to thrive and we are delighted to welcome Max Faulkner (Third Form, Temple) as Stowe’s inaugural Golf Scholar. Max’s performances thus far have been very impressive indeed with a particularly good +2 gross score in somewhat challenging playing conditions at The Berkshire GC. Since returning from the summer break, Stowe golfers have had an extremely busy few weeks with a string of high profile InterSchool fixtures – our Senior team recorded fine victories against the mighty Wellington College, Cranleigh and the Old Stoic Golf Society whilst enjoying some of the finest golf courses in the country – The Berkshire GC and Stoke Park. In the first round of the ISGA National Match Play Championship, our Senior team recorded a superb 3-0 victory against a competitive Rugby School and we eagerly await our next round opponents. Led by Captain, Pierse Odell (Upper Sixth, Grenville), our Senior Golfers were awarded ‘Senior team of the week’ with particular praise going to Lochie Shillington (Lower Sixth, Grafton), James Watkins (Lower Sixth, Grafton), Tom Riley (Fifth Form, Bruce), Tom Youds (Fifth Form, Chandos) and Edward WentworthStanley (Lower Sixth, Chatham). Junior Golf also looks very promising with a record number of younger Stoics either playing or learning the game. Our U16 team, led by Tom Riley (Fifth Form, Bruce) recorded a fantastic 5-1 victory over Radley College here on home soil with excellent victories coming from Tom Youds (Fifth Form, Chandos), Archie Barnes (Fourth Form, Chandos) and Ed Snushall (Fifth Form, Temple) – we now look forward to our return fixture after the Exeat weekend. Over the summer, we welcomed over 65 Prep School golfers to the 51st Stowe Putter - the oldest and most prestigious Prep School Golf Competition in the UK. We were thrilled to have Bernard Gallacher OBE in attendance as our Guest of Honour – Bernard has had a remarkable career as both a tournament professional and PGA Club Professional but many of us will remember his three consecutive campaigns as European Ryder Cup Captain in 1991, 1993 and, of course, the infamous victory in 1995 on American soil at Oak Hill. Bernard spoke very highly of the Stowe Putter and was hugely impressed with the quality of golf on display, along with the overall golf programme that is on offer here at Stowe. A full breakdown of results from this year’s Putter can be viewed on our website.

Sailing

Schools’ Week at Itchenor Sailing Club For the first time in a number of years Stowe took a team of sailors to compete in Schools’ Week at Itchenor Sailing Club at the end of June. The team took part in three days of sailing in the sheltered, but tidal waters of Chichester Harbour. As it turned out, the shelter wasn’t required as the winds were very light. The team sailed against 48 other Firefly dinghies from other schools across the country, so it was quite a different experience for them and a great deal was learnt about sailing in light airs in tidal waters. Given the nature of the weather and the lottery that made of some of the race results both boats scored in the thirties, which was respectable. The team that went on the trip was Captain Will Trumper (Upper Sixth, Grenville), Alex Holmes (Upper Sixth, Grenville) and Will Warde-Norbury (Fourth Form, Grafton) and I am indebted to Mr Giles Cuddy who came with us on the trip and looked after the team in the evenings. We are already planning returning to the event so any sailors who want to join us can sign up for sailing in the second half of the Lent Term and we’ll put together a team to further challenge the results table.

Rowing

In the ISIS Sculls on Saturday 16 September the Stowe 1st IV were delighted to record the fourth fastest time of the day, out of over 226 boats. After racing the mile-long course, the crew of Oscar Hill, Ayrton Patel (Upper Sixth, Cobham), James Pocklington (Upper Sixth, Grenville) and Archie Morley (Lower Sixth, Walpole) finished one second behind the winning crew. In the competitive Junior-17 singles, Archie Morley finished an impressive 6th out of 17. James Pocklington and Aytron Patel finished second in Junior-18 doubles, to a very fast Westminster boat. Elliot Patel (Fifth Form, Cobham) and Tom Fox sculled well, finishing 5th in Junior-17 doubles. In the J15 doubles Charlie Chick (Fourth Form, Chatham) and Theo Finlan (Fourth Form, Temple) were sandwiched between Winchester crews, finishing a promising fifth out of 8.