28 Feb 2019
February Sports Round up

Rugby 7s

All four age groups have been training hard since the start of term with 2-3 Rugby 7s teams having a training sessions every week. Players have worked on their specific conditioning, ball skills, decision making and playing structure in sessions on the Bourbon pitches over the last five weeks. The Seniors had a competitive warm up match against MCS Oxford on Sunday 3 February while the Colts side had a practice match against Akeley Wood, this was also videoed to highlight the players tactical awareness of the game. Unfortunately, three tournaments were cancelled due to the snow and frost but each age group has three more tournaments this term culminating in the Rosslyn Park National 7s on Wednesday 27 March. Will Parkin, Northampton Saints Academy coach, has been coming in to help develop the boys’ handling skills with sixteen Stoics currently training with Northampton and Wasps Academies on a weekly basis. Grant Seely, Director of Rugby

Skiing

Two boys’ teams and one girls’ team departed for Wengen and Flaine on Friday 25 January to represent Stowe at the British Schools Ski Championships in Europe. Both teams performed admirably, with stand out performances for the boys coming from Matteo Pangherz (Fifth Form, Chandos), who came in the top 20 in both the Giant Slalom and the Slalom, Xan Kenlock (Fifth Form, Chatham), who posted an excellent Giant Slalom time, and Luke Holland-Bosworth (Fourth Form, Chatham), whose Slalom showed huge promise for years to come. Tom Scott (Lower Sixth, Chandos), Louis Hay (Lower Sixth, Grafton), Marlow Turner (Fifth Form, Cobham), Archie Page (Fifth Form, Chatham) and Trennon Bettany (Fourth Form, Grafton) also contributed to solid team performances. Our girls’ team, composed purely of Third Formers; Harriet Perris (Lyttelton), Alice Butler (Lyttelton) and Sienna Bettany (Stanhope), also showed great promise for the future with a string of good performances. Thank you to Mr Smith who runs competitive skiing at Stowe and Mr Floyd and Mrs Browne who helped the trip to run smoothly. Craig Sutton, Director of Sport

Swimming

On Sunday 10 February, a great afternoon of racing and competition for this year’s Inter-House Swimming Finals took place, showcasing some very talented young swimmers. There were great swims from Larissa Campbell in the 50m Freestyle, Robbie Haigh in the Intermediate 50m Back and Bruce Senior Boys in the Medley Relay, with them all just missing out on a School Record. The only record broken was the Seniors Boys’ Freestyle Relay, where Bruces’ Senior boys took it by four seconds. The Open events this year went to Lucas Davis in the 50m Freestyle and Holly Stradling in the 100m Freestyle. Individual Champions: Junior Boys: Marco Mykhlaus (Third Form, Walpole), Junior Girls: Larissa Campbell (Third Form, Nugent), Intermediate Boys: Robbie Haigh (Fifth Form, Grenville). Intermediate Girls: Louise Blomqvist (Fourth Form, Stanhope) Senior Boys: Lucas Davis (Lower Sixth, Bruce). Senior Girls: Holly Stradling (Lower Sixth, Lyttelton). House Winners Junior Girls: Lyttelton, Inter Girls: Nugent, Senior Girls: Lyttelton, Overall Girls’ House: Nugent, Junior Boys: Walpole, Inter Boys: Grafton, Senior Boys: Bruce, Overall Boys’ House: Grafton. Cheryl Davis, Head of Swimming & Water Polo

Cross Country

The Buckinghamshire Cross Country event held at Stowe on Wednesday 6 February was a huge success. Over 1,000 young athletes between the ages of 11 and 18 ran on the testing course around the undulating fields on the North side of Stowe. With mercifully mild weather, the venue provided a wonderful opportunity for the best Cross Country runners in the County to race against each other. Highlights for Stowe included; Dan Roberts (Fifth Form, Grenville) who came 8th in the U16s, Larissa Campbell (Third Form, Nugent) who came 14th in the U14s and Milo Vieceli-Mellor (Third Form, Temple) who came 25th. Thirteen other runners also took up the challenge to race and did themselves proud in the high standard event. The whole event was a great showcase for Stowe and our thanks to Mark Austen for the coordination between Stowe and Bucks Athletic Association. Craig Sutton, Director of Sport

Football

Our Senior teams have been competing against more established football teams and although the matches are close, they are still searching for their first win. However, the 2nd XI did manage two draws on Wednesday 5 February against Bedford Modern School and Saturday 9 February against King’s Ely School.


Boys’ Hockey

The 1st XI have had an excellent run, with a win against Northampton School for Boys, 4-0, on Wednesday 6 February another beating St Edwards 4-0 on Saturday 9 February. The Stowe groundsmen did a wonderful job in clearing the Astros of snow in preparation for further matches to go ahead. The Yearlings C team took a win against Rugby School on Saturday 2 February, with a goal from Captain Rhys Jordan (Third Form, Bruce) and Max Pascal (Third Form, Bruce) saving an excellent six shots!


Netball

On Thursday 31 January the U15s beat local schools Buckingham and Sir Thomas Fremantle, whilst the U14s won against Buckingham. Our U14B and U14C team along with the U15B team beat Wellingborough at Home on Saturday 9 February, whilst the A teams fought hard against the well-organised Wellingborough girls.


Basketball

The Senior basketballers suffered their first loss of the season against Abingdon on Thursday 31 January, but bounced back to beat Rugby School convincingly on Saturday 2 February. Our Senior team also beat Uppingham 61-39 on Saturday 9 February with Captain Ed Anderson (Upper Sixth, Bruce) leading the way with 22 points.


Squash

Well done to the Senior 1st and 2nd teams who beat Oundle School away on Tuesday 5 February.
Girls’ cricket In the Third Form Indoor Inter-House Cricket Festival on Saturday 2 February, Queen’s played Nugent in the final. Queen’s hit the winning runs in the final and won the trophy. Mr Knott was very impressed with the overall standard and is planning to have a Senior and Junior girls’ cricket team this Summer.

Lacrosse

On Wednesday 30 January the 2nd and 3rd XIIs both played the University of Birmingham 5ths, winning 11-0 and 5-5 respectively. On Saturday 9 February, the 1st XII had wins of 7-2 over Haileybury and 9-6 over St Albans School in a triangular, the 2nd XII and 3rd XII both beat TASIS comfortably, whilst at Home the U15As drew 5-5 and the U14As won 12-0 against Uppingham.