18 Dec 2018
Sports Round Up - December 2018

CRICKET

James Cronie (Fifth Form, Cobham) has been awarded the English Schools Cricket Association Thomson Fielding Award for 2018 for his performances in the Bunbury Festival. He has been invited to The Oval to receive his award on Friday 29 March 2019. This is yet another award for his Bunbury Festival appearance where he finished as the 2nd highest run scorer. James is certainly in illustrious company; past winners, since 1968, include the likes of Graham Barlow, Geoff Miller, Paul Parker, Kim Barnett, Graham Thorpe and James Taylor, all future England Test cricketers.

James Knott, Head of Cricket

GOLF

Sky Sports Junior European Golf Open 2018

Over 100 of the best Junior Golfers in Europe gathered at Alcaidesa Golf Club in Cadiz Spain during the last week of November. Battling very changeable weather conditions on both of the two wet and difficult golf courses, Chanel Fontaine-Geary (Third Form, Queen’s) managed to reach 25th position in the Girls’ Division, improving her score on each of the four days played. Most of the competitors were 3-4 years older and had mostly played the courses previously, but Chanel performed very well.

The event was filmed by Sky and highlights will be shown on Sunday 16 December. We are unsure whether Chanel will appear in their edited version but it will give viewers a good idea of how the event played out.

A huge well done to Chanel from all at Stowe!

Stowe golfers have had an exceptionally busy and competitive Michaelmas Term with a wide range of Inter-School fixtures and National Competitions. It has been excellent to see so many Stoics from across the whole School either playing recreationally or taking advantage of our expert PGA coaching. Notable improvements this term have come from Tom Youds (Lower Sixth, Chandos), Tom Riley (Lower Sixth, Bruce), Ed Snushall (Lower Sixth, Temple), Edward Davis (Third Form, Bruce), George Carpmael (Fourth Form, Chandos) and Golf Scholar, Chanel Fontaine-Geary (Third Form, Queen’s). Indeed, Chanel flew the flag for Stowe Golf when she competed in the Sky Sports European Junior Golf Championship in Spain last month. It was also good to see Golf Scholar Max Faulkner (Fourth Form, Temple) representing Stowe in the ISGA Alexander Quin Invitational (an official WAGR event) at Prince’s and Royal St George’s GC in Kent. It was a great learning experience for Max to play at two championship venues. We hope that these recent experiences will stand both Max and Chanel in good stead for the future.

Unfortunately, our Senior golfers were beaten in a closely contested match by a competitive and well prepared Perse School in the 1st round of the ISGA National Championship at Collingtree Park Golf Course 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 golf competition will feature Stowe, Eton, Harrow, Wellington, Charterhouse, Winchester, Bradfield and Rugby and our selected team of five golfers will be returning to Woking having reached the final of the Micklem 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, Wellington, Bradfield and the Old Stoic Golf Society. Indeed, we will be visiting some superb golfing venues throughout the Lent Term such as Sunningdale, Woburn, Woking and Stoke Park. We also much look forward to the Stowe PGA Coaching and Development Trip to Portugal in April 2019.

NEW GOLF COURSE We are very pleased to report that the maturation and establishment phase is well underway and ahead of schedule. The construction phase was completed in September and following a successful seeding programme, we have been very encouraged with turf establishment. More detailed information about our superb new golf course will be available in the New Year.

GOLF ACADEMY Exciting plans continue to develop as we prepare to launch the Stowe Golf Academy in conjunction with the opening of our new golf course. The Golf Academy will include state-of-the-art coaching facilities by way of a dedicated indoor training studio and simulator.

The Golf Academy will provide Stoics with an unrivalled opportunity to combine expert golf coaching and development of the highest quality with a first-class academic education.

STOWE PUTTER 2019 We are delighted to announce that the annual Stowe Putter and Junior Jigger will take place on the iconic Stowe Golf Course on Wednesday 21 August 2019.

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.

HOCKEY

Girls’ 1st XI v Old Stoics

On Sunday 11 November, the Old Stoics took on the 1st XI girls in an epic clash. It was great to see recent Leavers, Thalia Felton and Charlotte Oswald (Queen’s 17), Imogen White (Nugent 17), Jack Foreman (Cobham 17), Rory Hunnable (Grafton 17), Oscar Holmes (Grafton 17), Lottie Hopkinson (Stanhope 18) and Clara Haggie (Nugent 18). The match was even throughout and it was the girls that took the lead from a short corner after good work from Alyssia Dockerty (Lower Sixth, Queen’s). The Old Stoics equalised soon after and took a 2-1 lead into half-time. Stowe pressed for an equaliser in the second half but were undone on the break. The Old Stoics won 3-1 in what was a competitive and well spirited match. There were over 60 people watching, the crowd was made up of Old Stoics, Stoics, family and friends. The OS team are looking forward to taking on the boys in the Lent Term!

Ben Scott, Head of Hockey

Ellie Bewes (Upper Sixth, Queen’s) has been a fixture in the 1st XI this season starting with the pre-season tour to Brussels and helping Stowe with some excellent performances against MK Ladies, Oakham and more recently Towcester. While Ellie has been an integral part of the 1st XI, sister Imogen (Fifth Form, Queen’s) has been playing for the U16A team and was an important part of the U16 Cup team that progressed through to the Regional Pools at Reigate and have also enjoyed victories over Kimbolton, Aylesbury and Rugby School. On Saturday 10 November, both Imogen and Ellie represented the 1st XI against Omagh Academy and also played in an Old Stoics match on Sunday 11 November. Most recently, Imogen was selected again against Towcester Ladies, lining up alongside her sister for a third time and also scoring twice! Both Ellie and Imogen won ‘Most Valuable Player ‘of the season for their respective teams as well!

Youngest sister Hannah (Third Form, Queen’s) has enjoyed a successful season with the U14A team who have enjoyed fantastic results against Oakham, Oundle, Rugby and Trent College as well as progressing through to the Regional Pools.

A very talented family!

Ben Scott, Head of Hockey

Stowe Hockey ends with a bang!

On Saturday 8 December, the Stowe girls took on Bloxham in the last set of fixtures before Christmas. In what was a hugely competitive block, Stowe performed extremely well, winning six of the seven fixtures. The U14A won 3-0 and the U14B won 1-0. The U15A had a solid 2-0 away win before the U15B won 5-0 ending their season unbeaten with 10 wins and 1 draw! The 3rd XI lost at home 1-0 thanks to a last minute winner from Bloxham before the 2nd XI won 1-0. The 2nd XI dominated the match but only found the net once but luckily this was enough to seal victory. The 1st XI were involved in a very competitive match with a lot of support for both teams on the side line. Stowe started well and took the lead through Charlotte Would (Lower Sixth, Queen’s) before Bloxham equalised from a short corner. Alyssia Dockerty (Lower Sixth, Queen’s) restored Stowe’s lead with a thunderous reverse stick strike to take Stowe into half-time with a narrow lead.

Stowe didn’t let up and worked extremely hard in the second half to keep Bloxham’s chances to a minimum. Alyssia scored her second from a well-worked short corner after receiving a smart pass from Would and Una Barclay (Upper Sixth, Stanhope) swept in Stowe’s fourth goal.

It was a great way to end another very enjoyable season. The girls finished above Trent College and Bromsgrove and 6th overall in the Midlands ISHL Super League, their highest-ever finish.

Thank you to all parents for your ongoing support and to the brilliant hockey staff.

The U14As have gone from strength-to-strength this half of term, developing as a cohesive team and enjoying much success. They had an impressive 4-0 win against Rugby School in the lead up to the Regional Heats. At this tournament they drew tough opposition in their group but showed real character and determination playing extremely competitively against Surbiton High School (1-2), Wellington College (2-0) and St Edward’s, winning 1-0, making us coaches very proud! Since then, they have played some superb hockey to defeat Trent College 8-1 and Bloxham 3-0 to end the season.

Sarah Sutton, Hockey Coach

RUGBY

The Spirit of Stowe Sport award was won by Jack Colebrook (Lower Sixth, Bruce) who started the season in the 4th XV but through perseverance and hard work rose through the ranks to win his 1st XV place on Saturday 24 November.

On Wednesday 5 December, Stowe 5th team, otherwise known as the Gentlemen’s XV, finished their season on the North Front with a thrilling display of champagne rugby, beating Kingham Hill 39-12. Unfortunately our U15 side didn’t manage to progress past Bromsgrove as they attempted to reach the last 16 in the National Cup on Wednesday 5 December. However, they do deserve special mention for remaining unbeaten for the whole of the regular season fixtures after another win against Oakham and for their unwavering effort all season. In other matches against Oakham, there were wins for the 3rds, 4ths, U15Bs, U15Cs, Yearlings A, C and D teams. Managing a winning block against Oakham is an impressive achievement so well done to the Stowe Rugby Club for finishing the term so strongly.

Rowing

Stowe competed at the Evesham Head of the River on Saturday 24 November. Well done to Archie Morley (Upper Sixth, Walpole), who won the Open Single Sculls event and was the fastest sculler on the day over the 4km course. The Senior Quad of Oscar Hill (Upper Sixth, Temple), Theo Finlan (Fifth Form, Temple), Barnaby Peppiatt (Fifth Form, Chatham) and Archie Morley came second and were the third fastest crew of the day which included entries for adults as well as students.

Josh Green (Fourth Form, Chandos) and Fixy Hill (Fifth Form, Queen’s) completed their first race in single sculls showing great promise for the future.

Fencing

Congratulations to Stefano Beni (Upper Sixth, Chandos) for winning a Silver medal in both the Foil and Épée competitions, beating fencers from Aylesbury, Luton, Bedford and Welwyn-Hatfield Schools.

Fives

This year’s Junior Inter-House five’s Champions are Queen’s (Girls) and Chatham (Boys).

Equestrian

Stowe competitors have been out representing the School in Dressage, Show Jumping, Cross Country and Eventing.

There have been numerous placings and a great team spirit shown across all disciplines.

Achievements of particular note:

Chloe Livesey (Lower Sixth, Stanhope) won her Elementary Dressage Class at Bury Farm on 16 September.

The Stowe Team achieved 1st place at the Beachborough Eventers Challenge on 14 October in the 100cm class. The riders were: Josh White (Upper Sixth, Cobham), Jemima Howden (Fourth Form, Stanhope), Sofia Wright (Fourth Form, Stanhope) and Rosie Grayson (Fourth Form, Nugent). The team qualified for Hickstead, which is a very prestigious event to be held next year.

Josh White was also placed individual 2nd which qualifies him for Hickstead individually too. This is the 3rd year in a row that Stowe has won the 100cm class, well done to all, what a fantastic achievement.

Lila Hill (Third Form, Lyttelton) won the 90cm & 100cm class at the Akeley Wood NSEA Show Jumping on Saturday 10 November.

The Stowe Team achieved 1st place in the 100cm Show Jumping, the riders were: Lila Hill, Jemima Howden, Sofia Wright and Polly French (Upper Sixth, Nugent).

Some truly fantastic results, well done to all.

The Ernest Dillon clinics are still running successfully and training for the BHS exams has also increased in popularity. If you are interested in taking part in any equestrian events, please do contact a member of the team.

Angela Haycock, Equestrian Centre Manager

Cycling

As well as road cycling and spinning, the Stowe Cycling Club also took part in races called cyclo-cross. This is racing around a cross-country course which also involves hurdles, so at points you run, carrying your bike, before jumping back on. On Sunday 25 November, Round 11 of the Central Cyclo-Cross League took place at Swanbourne House School. Larissa Campbell (Third Form, Nugent) was on the podium in third place in the Under 14 girls category, Daniel Roberts (Fifth Form, Grenville) came 6th in the Under 16 boys category and Harry Kirby (Lower Sixth, Temple) and Ethan Collins (Lower Sixth, Temple) came 12th and 15th respectively in the U18 category. If you would like to have a go at this sport please get in contact with Mr Grimble.

Badminton

A young Stowe team played a triangular against Bromsgrove and Wellingborough on Saturday 24 November. Stowe came 2nd, Rosia Li (Fifth Form, Stanhope) and Ben Li (Fourth Form, Cobham) as 1st pair won 7/8 matches; and well done to those who represented the School in their first match.

Inter-House badminton results:

Boys - Temple beat Grafton 2-1 in the doubles final.

In the final of the singles competition, Michael Spencer (Third Form, Temple) beat George Owen-Thursfield (Third Form, Temple).

Girls - Queen’s beat Stanhope and Nugent to win the doubles competition.

In the final of the singles competition, Emily Sutton (Third Form, Queen’s) beat Tallulah Morris (Third Form, Queen’s).

In a match against Rugby School, the Stowe 1st VI won 6-3 and 2nd VI won 5-4. The 1st pair of Eleanor Butler (Fifth Form, Lyttelton) and Rosia Li and the 2nd pair of Ben Li and Oliver Butler won all three of their matches each against Rugby without dropping a single game.

Football

Congratulations to Chatham who are this year’s winners of the Senior Inter-House Football League Trophy.

Lacrosse

On Wednesday 28 November the 1st XII won 12-10 against a very strong Tudor Hall side and on Saturday 1 December had a more comfortable win against Uppingham 19-1. The 2nd XII also had a good afternoon in a quadrangular tournament at Oakham, beating Uppingham 2nds, Oakham and Denstone.

Swimming

Our strong and enthusiastic Junior and Intermediate boys and girls all beat Bloxham comfortably at Home on Tuesday 20 November.

GB LUGE TEAM

Old Stoic Elsa Desmond (Lyttelton 15) has recently started her first season with the GB Luge team and competed in her first Senior event in Germany where she was able to produce a Personal Best. We wish her the very best of luck in her competitions.