28 Jan 2019
January Sports Round up

Round up – Jan 2019.

Hockey

The opening fixture of the season saw the Stowe Boys’ Hockey Club take on Kimbolton on Saturday 12 January. A 2-2 draw for the 1st XI was a promising start, but the 3rd XI grabbed the headlines with a 5-0 win. Our U16 and U15A teams both drew and all other matches were very closely contested. On Saturday 19 January, an extremely competitive and well-balanced block fixture of 12 sides against Uppingham. Stowe won 5 matches, drew 3 and lost 4. The Yearlings had a particularly pleasing afternoon, winning 3 out of their 4 matches.

Swimming

Wednesday 16 and Wednesday 23 January saw the Girls and Boys Inter-House qualifying heats take place, all Houses took part with over 175 pupils swimming over the two afternoons. The quality of swimming was high, with the pupils vying for places in the House finals, taking place on Sunday 10 February. 38 Individual Cups and eight House Cups are up for grabs, so every point counts, it is set to be a gripping final. - Cheryl Davis, Head of Swimming & Water Polo

Basketball

On Saturday 12 January the Seniors 1st basketball team beat Pangbourne 32-1 in the Wellington College Tournament. The very young side we unable to pick up any more victories but showed great potential for the future. In the Junior Inter-House Basketball Competition, Queen’s won all three matches for the girls to win the tournament. Temple beat Grenville 8-6 in a very intense final to win the boys’ tournament. On Saturday 19 January, the 1st team had a fine home win against Cheltenham 62-24. In the Senior Inter-House Basketball Competition, Bruce beat Grafton in the final and the girls’ competition was won by Nugent.

Lacrosse

Stowe took on Moreton Hall, one of the top lacrosse schools in their first fixture on Saturday 12 January. The aim was to learn as much as possible from very experienced players and set targets for the season ahead. Two sides, the 3rd VII and U15B VII did however manage to gain victories. The U14s also played their first ever game of lacrosse. On Saturday 19 January, the Lacrosse teams faced St George’s Harpenden. The Stowe teams took on a team above their level in order to test themselves. Most of the end results went to the opponents, but our teams will have learned a great deal from the experience. The U14As enjoyed a promising 10-3 win in the second ever match. On Sunday 20 January the 1st XII went to the Greater London tournament and gained wins over Walthamstowe Hall & St Helen’s Northwood and finished in 5th place overall after a gripping 3-2 win over hosts North London Collegiate School.

Netball

Wellingborough were the first opponents for the Stowe Netballers on Saturday 12 January. Stowe won three out of four matches with particularly impressive strength in depth in the Senior teams as the 2nd VII won 48-11, the 3rds won 50-16 and the U16s won 21-13. On Thursday 17 January, the U15As had a draw against Cottesloe and there was a comfortable win for the U14As. On Saturday 19 January Stowe put out five Senior teams which is very encouraging for the netball club. Stowe won two matches with the 3rd VII having a particularly thrilling win 28-26.

Football

The 2019 season got off to a positive start with three Senior matches versus Uppingham on Saturday 19 January. There were draws for the 1st and 2nd XI and a win for the U16s.

Cross Country

Congratulations to Dan Roberts (Fifth Form, Grenville) who won the Colts race in our first outing for the Cross Country team at Welbeck College.

Squash

The Stowe team enjoyed a convincing 8-1 win against Bromsgrove on Tuesday 15 January.

Fives

Well done to the Stowe Fives team who had a win against Uppingham in the first match of the season on Thursday 15 January.

Fencing

During the Christmas break Ed Don (Lower Sixth, Chandos) won a Silver medal in the Cambridge Winter Open, a competition that attracts international fencers. Ed also recently entered the U23 Men’s Épée Competition. His National ranking was 47 in the country going into the event but after his excellent results his ranking has gone up to 27.

Rugby Scholarship for Chandosian

Kristian Kay (Chandos 18) has been awarded one of three coveted John Macphail Rugby Scholarships for 2019, he has travelled to South Africa to train and play with the Stellenbosch Academy until June this year. Kristian’s rugby career began with Buckingham RFC before earning a Scholarship here at Stowe, he then joined the Wasps’ Academy. Scotland Rugby see huge potential in Kristian. He is in the Scotland U20 development squad, attached to Glasgow Warriors and plays for Glasgow Hawks. Our congratulations to Kristian on his achievements.