18 Dec 2017
Sports Round Up December 2017


Stowe v Uppingham

The 1st XV started their last home match of the season determined to put on a show against their old rivals Uppingham. After dominating the line out Stowe were able to force their way over at close range by Josh Landau (Upper Sixth, Grafton) and converted by Ben Spiess (Lower Sixth, Grafton). Shortly afterwards Uppingham responded with a try in the corner but almost from the restart, Stowe were able to put pressure on their opponents line and after a finely judged cross field kick from Callum Renshaw (Upper Sixth, Bruce), Ed Anderson (Lower Sixth, Bruce) was able to collect on the full and dot down in the corner. Josh Armstrong (Upper Sixth, Temple) got the third try before half time to put Stowe in the driving seat at 19-5. Stowe then extended their lead with a Ben Spiess penalty forcing the visitors the need to score three times and when they pulled a try back that cushion was necessary as they put pressure on the home line. Taju Atta (Upper Sixth, Temple) scored a well-crafted try with Spiess adding the extras before Uppingham got their reward for pressure at the end but Stowe were able to hang on 29-19, a very satisfying result for those playing their last home fixture on the North Front.

Alan Hughes, Head of Rugby


Stowe golfers have had an exceptionally busy and competitive Michaelmas Term with a wide range of Inter School fixtures and National competitions. It is wonderful to see so many Stoics from across the whole School either playing or learning the game and notable improvements have come from Pierse Odell (Upper Sixth Grenville) Captain, Lochie Shillington (Lower Sixth, Grafton), Tom Youds (Fifth Form Chandos), George Hooper (Fourth Form Chandos) and Archie Barnes (Fourth Form Chandos). Unfortunately, our Senior golfers were beaten in a closely contested match by a very strong Warwick School in the second round of the ISGA National Championship so all attention and preparation now turns to the annual Gerald Micklem Trophy in March at the most prestigious Woking Golf Club. This extremely high profile event will feature Stowe, Eton, Harrow, Wellington, Charterhouse, Winchester, Bradfield and Rugby and our selected team of five golfers will be returning to Woking having won the Micklem Plate last March. With a number of Stoics continuing to improve, selection for this event will prove to be very competitive. In addition to the Micklem Trophy, we will be preparing for a very busy schedule of Inter School fixtures against the likes of Eton, Harrow, Radley, Winchester, Bedford, Malvern and the Old Stoic Golf Society. Indeed, we will be visiting some superb golfing venues throughout the Lent Term such as Sunningdale (Old Course), Woburn, Woking and Stoke Park.

The inaugural Stowe ‘fathers and sons’ Golf Event is scheduled to take place at Stowe on Sunday 18 March 2018. More information regarding this event will be released after the Christmas break, but in the meantime please do contact Andrew Hancox here in order to register your interest.

STOWE PUTTER 2018 - We are delighted to announce that the annual Stowe Putter and Junior Jigger will take place on the iconic Stowe Golf Course on Wednesday 22 August 2018. More information will be released after the Christmas break but in the meantime should you have any queries in regard to this event please contact Andrew Hancox here.

Andrew Hancox PGA Golf Professional & Head of Golf

Senior House Fives

A very competitive event took place on Sunday 3 December. Each House was represented by one pair from Fifth Form upwards. Some had never played before but soon got into the spirit of things. The week running up to the event saw some houses sending along players for practice and coaching. The boys’ event was won by Chatham, and the girls’ by Nugent. We look forward to the Junior competition next term.

John Skinner, Head of Tennis & Fives


On Wednesday 29 November the 3rd XV beat Kingham Hill 53-0 and the Junior Colts Bs won their game 19-17.

On Saturday 2 December in the block fixture against Uppingham the 1st XV led the way with a 29-19 victory. In the other Senior games the 3rd XV won 22-0 and the 4th XV 49-7.

The Juniors travelled to Uppingham and all three Junior Colts sides were victorious. The As won 62-7, the Bs won 36-0 and the Cs won 19-7.

On Wednesday 6 December the Junior Colts A team suffered a last minute 8-7 defeat in the semi-final of the County Cup at the hands of Aylesbury Grammar School. They bounced back on Saturday 9 December against Oakham with an excellent 19-17 victory.

The Colts As led for the whole game but were edged out 28-24 in the last play of the game. The Colts B team secured a good 18-10 win.

The 4th XV came home with a fine 17-5 win against Oakham.


Coco Brooks (Lower Sixth, Lyttelton), Carla Combastet (Lower Sixth, West) and Polly French(Lower Sixth, Nugent) took part in the affiliated show jumping competition at Moulton College. They jumped two rounds each, entering in the 1m, 1.10m and 1.15m classes. They all rode extremely well and are looking forward to competing in more affiliated show jumping.

Another great achievement this term was Francesca Macleod Matthews (Fourth Form, Nugent) being placed second in the NSEA national championships in the 1.10m show jumping class.

Angela Churcher, Equestrian Centre Manager


On the weekend of Saturday 2 December we took three teams to play matches against Wellington College at Emsworth polo club in Berkshire. All played really well, in particular Rafi Mahmood and Arthur Channon in their first ever match for Stowe C team after only starting polo in September. A fantastic achievement!


Congratulations to James Pocklington, Aryton Patel, Archie Morley and Oscar Hill who have been awarded their rowing colours.

Boys’ Hockey

On Wednesday 6 December the Yearlings A and B teams finished their season in fine style with the As beating RGS High Wycombe 6-0 and the Bs winning 6-1. In the Inter- House Third Form competition Grafton beat Cobham 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.


Chandos are this year’s winners of the Senior Inter-House Football Leagues.

Water Polo

The U18 and U16 Boys’ Water Polo Team visited Radley for the last game of the season, drawing 6-6. Ending the season on an unbeaten run, players of the term go to Kit Rigby (Upper Sixth, Grenville) Captain and Harry Middleton (Upper Sixth, Walpole) for exceptional commitment and play.


Three Stowe pupils enter the Ox and North Bucks County Qualifier in Aylesbury. Congratulations to Lucas Davis (Fifth Form, Bruce) and Angus Pollock (Fourth Form, Grafton) for qualifying and we wish them luck for the County Championships in February 2018.


On Sunday 3 December, Queen’s and Lyttelton contested the final of the girls’ House squash competition. In a first-to-five-matches format, Sonya Sander won all three of her matches for Lyttelton, but Queen’s fought hard as a team unit to secure the majority of the other contests, resulting in the score being locked at 4-4 with one match to go. Eventually, Ellie Blane (Third Form, Queen’s) managed to claim the decider for Queen’s, making them 5-4 winners on the day and girls’ champions for 2017. This is a remarkable feat given that all three of their players are only in the Third Form. The victorious Queen’s trio were Fleur Fenwicke-Clennell (Third Form, Queen’s), Violet Arkwright (Third Form, Queen’s) and Ellie Blane.

Following yesterday afternoon’s girls’ final, it was time to turn our attention to the hotly anticipated boys’ House squash final between Grafton and Chatham. Remarkably, this proved to be just as closely fought as the girls’ final earlier in the day, with the scores once again being locked at four matches all with one to go after Arthur Dobbs (Fourth Form, Grafton), ranked School number 3, won all three of his matches. Hugo Manners (Fourth Form, Grafton) then dug deep to pull through a very tough decider and take the contest for Grafton by a score of 5 matches to 4. The 2017 boys’ squash champions Grafton’s team, were represented by Arthur Dobbs, Hugo Manners and Angus Pollock (Fourth Form, Grafton).

Ed Smith, Head of Squash


On Thursday 30 November, the U15Bs beat Tudor Hall 5-1. On Saturday 2 December, the 2nd XI drew 0-0 with Downe House and the U14Bs won their match against Downe House 10-0.

On Wednesday 6 December the 2nd XI had an emphatic 9-0 win against Magdalen College School and the 3rd XI had an impressive 8-1 win. The 1st XI put in an outstanding performance to beat Repton 2-0.