17 Mar 2019
March Sports Round Up

Cricket Coaching with Graeme White

The Stowe cricketers have been working hard over the course of the winter with a mix of both one-to-one sessions and squad training. I have been impressed by the focus and commitment of the pupils and some have made rapid progress. We have a strong coaching team which was assisted this winter by former Stoic and current Northants County Cricket Club player - Graeme White (Bruce ‘05) who has recently completed his Level III coaching award. The players have thoroughly enjoyed tapping into his experience - particularly our spin bowlers. The biggest focus this winter was for players to develop game plans and strategies for various match situations they may face in the summer. Most of our one-to-one sessions are filmed and the boys review their performance on the Stowe Cricket YouTube channel. We have also recently purchased a Bola Fielding Machine which has been a great asset for the wicket keepers to use for diving practice, using the machine and deflection mats, and it will be a great tool to work all of our fielding unit hard once we can get outdoors. After six months indoors the players are now very much looking forward to getting outside and we are hoping the weather will be good enough to do so before Term ends.

Roll on summer!

James Knott, Director of Cricket

Equestrian

Lila Hill (Third Form, Lyttelton) has had some great results with her riding.

She has qualified for the Winter 1m British Show Jumping National Pony Championship Final
on her new pony Oreo Patches. She has also qualified for the British Show Jumping Schools Championship Final on her pony Lissroe Melody for 1m and 90cm and will be representing Stowe in Wales on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March.

Ellie Martindale (Third Form, Queen’s) competed at Aston le Walls on Sunday 3 March. Jerry was flying! He finished on his dressage score of 32.5 and came 3rd in the BE90. Kathy had a dressage score of 34 dressage, clear cross-country but unfortunately had one down in the show jumping in the BE100.

For Stoics, further competition training dates are now available with Ernest Dillon on Sunday 31 March and at the Addington Equestrian Centre on 20 March, 5 June and 26 June. Please contact the Equestrian Team for further details.

The Grafton Hunt meet took place at Stowe on Tuesday 22 January. It was a very fast day, covering some amazing country along with some great jumps. Pupils were all immaculately turned out and extremely well behaved, as were the horses! We were very fortunate with the weather as the snow did not arrive until the very end of the day.

Seventeen pupils took time out of academic studies to join in:

Megan Churchill, Polly French, Hattie Goodrich, Rosie Grayson, Ottlie Hewlett, Isla Holman West, Jemima Howden, Arthur Irvine, Bo Jenkins, Sophie Lee, Chloe Livesey, Ellie & Krissy Martindale, Francesca McCloud Matthews, Charlotte Morgan, Lydia Taylor and Josh White.

Angela Haycock, Equestrian Centre Manager

Polo

We had a fantastic day at the SUPA Polo National Competition on Sunday 3 March. Stowe took four teams, one in each section, which was the most teams of any school entered in the competition!

Our A team - captained by Billy Hawkings-Byass (Upper Sixth, Cobham), Ivan Quirot de Poligny (Lower Sixth, Walpole) and Jamie Baille (Upper Sixth, Cobham) played brilliantly with some breathtaking goals. They won two matches and lost one, coming fourth in the country.

Our B team - captained by Louis Hink (Upper Sixth, Walpole), Julian Ma (Upper Sixth, Bruce) and Rafi Mahmood (Fourth Form, Walpole) played a tough selection of matches and came fifth in their intermediate division.

Our girls’ team who played in the novice section were incredible and only lost their final by one goal. Captained by Bella White (Upper Sixth, Nugent), Ella Almeyda (Lower Sixth, Queen’s) and India Baille (Third Form, Queen’s) coming second in their division.

Finally for the Beginner section captained by Mark Kanjana (Upper Sixth, Walpole) who scored some incredible goals with Cody Skinner (Upper Sixth, Walpole) and Freddie Farrell (Third Form, Grenville) this was their first proper match and they came fourth.

A very pleasing result from all involved and they did a great job representing the growth of Stowe polo!

On Sunday 10 March, Rosie Grayson (Fourth Form, Nugent) represented Stowe in a combined schools team at the Girls’ National Polo Competition and scored the winning goal to become the National Girls’ Champions which is a fantastic achievement.

Fiona Corthine, Head of Polo

Badminton

On Wednesday 6 March the U16 boys’ had a comfortable 13-3 win against Akeley Wood School.

Badminton Championships

Stowe entered the National Schools’ Year 9 Badminton Championships for the first time and got through to
the quarter-finals of the County round. They were then defeated by a strong Webber School team. On Tuesday 12 February, the team consisting of Oliver Butler
(Third Form, Grenville), Michael Spencer (Third Form, Temple), George Owen-Thursfield (Third Form, Temple) and James Gray (Third Form, Temple), competed in

the Championships and beat John Hampden and Buckingham School 5-0.

Hockey

The boys’ U16B, U15A and U15B had strong wins against RGS High Wycombe on Wednesday 6 March.

In the matches against Bloxham on Saturday 9 March, we shared the overall results with four wins and two draws each.

In the boys’ Third Form Inter-House Competition on Monday 4 March, Bruce became Champions with Temple winning the plate.

Prep School

Hockey

Tournament

On Monday 11 March, Stowe hosted its annual boys’ Prep School Hockey Tournament. Twenty-one teams were entered from ten schools across three age group competitions - more than 200 boys took the field! The tournament structure was a round robin group stage, before proceeding to cup and plate competitions with certificates and medals for runners up and winners. The afternoon was frantic with over fifty 7-a-side matches taking place.

Congratulations to Beachborough School for winning the U11B tournament, Northampton School for Boys for winning the U11A and Winchester House School for winning the U13A tournament. Thank you to all schools for making the trip and making the tournament such a success.

The boys taking part in the tournament were also able to see the new Stowe Sports Film during their visit, whilst also taking some shelter in the sports tent!

I would also like to thank all parents and supporters as well as the Stowe staff for their hard work during the afternoon.

Ben Scott, Head of Hockey

Lacrosse

The U15As went to the National Schools’ Tournament on Monday 4 March. They beat Dunottar School and held a top school, St Paul’s to 3-1.

The U14As had a good learning experience at their first Nationals. Lizzie Knott (Third Form, Nugent) was outstanding in goal, recording 23 saves.

The U14Ds played The Dragon School on Friday 8 March, winning 5-1 with all of them leaving the field of play as better players than when they had entered it.

On Saturday 9 March, the 1st XII team were defeated by Cheltenham Ladies’ College 8-3, but our 2nd XII won a 7-6 nail-biter. Our U15As lost 7-3, and the U14As won 11-4, making up for the 3-1 loss to them at Nationals. Tallulah Morris (Third Form, Queen’s) and Lyla Mulcahy (Third Form, Nugent) led the team very well.

Basketball

Since Half Herm the Stowe basketball teams have been unbeaten. On Saturday 9 March, The U18 boys have had two comprehensive victories beating Pangbourne School 59-23 and Bradfield School 67-41. In their first game of the season the U16 boys also had a very exciting 55-46 win against Bradfield School. Not to be outdone the girls also played their first match of the season against Thornton and had a fantastic 47-32 win.

The U18 and U16 squads continued their impressive seasons, with two more wins away against Bradfield on Saturday 9 March. The Stowe basketball club is currently on an impressive 80% win record.

Rugby

It was a gruelling day of wet and windy conditions at the Solihull Tournament on Thursday 7 March. The boys’ Junior Colts won their group with tight wins over RGS High Wycombe and Warwick Schools. The Stowe team then showed great character to come back from two tries down in the semi-final against Sir Thomas Rich’s School, to set up a final against bitter rivals Bromsgrove School. Josh Weru (Fourth Form, Grafton) raced away to score the first try and Ryan Thomas (Fourth Form, Cobham) doubled the lead shortly afterwards. Despite conceding

a try on the stroke of half time, the Stowe boys hung on with some brave defending, to hang on to claim a 17-10 victory.

On Monday 25 February we hosted the Georgia National Rugby Team. Hundreds of Stoics watched the session on the North Front basked in February sunshine.

On Wednesday 27 February, Mr Rickner and Mr Seely took the Stowe 1st XV team to the Rugby Tonight Show, shown live on BT Sport. The boys were treated to Austin Healy’s humour and expert comments by former Wales Captain, Sam Warburton, as well as a photo with the Rugby World Cup trophy itself!

On Thursday 28 February, six staff were hosted by former England player Richard Hill as they were given full access to the England training session in Oxford.

Grant Seeley, Director of Rugby

Rugby 7s

It has been an excellent week for all the 7s squads. The Senior squad reached another final and ended as runners up at the Stratford tournament on Wednesday 6 March. On Thursday 7 March the U15s went to Solihull where they came through a gruelling day of 8 matches, winning every one in testing weather conditions. This impressive squad showed they had the strength of character to back up their outstanding rugby ability and finished the day as Champions. On Sunday 10 March the U14s went all the way to Ipswich for a tournament. In a similar manner to the Fourth Form, they showed the combination of skill, resilience and team organisation to come through their 6 matches unbeaten and return as Champions.

Netball

Our Senior sides performed well at the St Helens and St Katherine’s Tournament on Wednesday 6 March. We took two teams, both reached the semi-finals and one team went on to finish the day as runners up which is a great result. Our Third team also competed, defeating Cokethorpe School.

Fives

We had a very close match with Mill Hill and Belmont School on Wednesday 6 March, having lost the first game Stowe fought hard and went on to win the 2nd and 3rd game.

Swimming

On Friday 8 March, the Senior swim teams headed to the Olympic pool in London, to compete in the prestigious Bath Cup, along with eighty schools from all over Great Britain. The Senior boys’ Julian Muhoho (Upper Sixth, Bruce), Julian Ma (Upper Sixth, Bruce), Ian Hsu (Lower Sixth, Chatham) and Lucas Davis (Lower Sixth, Bruce) came a very respectable 17th in the Freestyle Relay and 13th in the Medley.

The Senior girls’ team of Holly Stradling (Lower Sixth, Lyttelton), Emily King (Fifth Form, Lyttelton), Louise Blomqvist (Fourth Form, Stanhope) Larissa Campbell (Third Form, Nugent) impressed with one of our best placings from the last five years. Finishing 16th and 15th in the Freestyle and Medley respectively.

Congratulations to Larissa Campbell (Third Form, Nugent) who qualified for six races in the Oxfordshire and North Bucks County Championships and Angus Kennedy (Third Form, Temple) who qualified in four races in the Scottish District Swimming Championships both held in February.

Cheryl Davis, Head of Swimming

Stowe Performance Programme

The Stowe Performance Programme is designed to support our Sports Scholars and elite athletes through strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition advice and more. The programme was redesigned and relaunched in September 2018 with a new team of coaching staff and a new look programme.

The Senior Performance Programme Team have a session every Monday afternoon and the Junior (Third Form and Fourth Form) every Wednesday. During the Michaelmas Term the PP squad covered a range of different areas including; weight-lifting with specific emphasis on technique, speed and agility, co-ordination and teamwork. The idea behind these sessions is to firstly improve the technical and physical capability of our elite performers but also educate our students so they are prepared for high level training outside of School, whether that be academy sessions during their time at Stowe or at university and professional clubs after they leave.

In November, Sports Psychologist Rich Hudson gave a lecture on ‘Playing Under Pressure’ and the pressure myth. He presented the idea that pressure does not exist and what we perceive

as pressure is a culmination of other factors we allow to affect our mental state.

After Christmas, the PP sessions were more and in specific two week blocks. Our agility session at the track focussed on quick foot work, turning and turn of pace. Both Seniors and Juniors have taken part in three strength circuit sessions that

got the blood pumping!

The PP team were also given a leadership seminar with plenty of coach/athlete discussion about their role and what the athletes can do to get the best from those around them. Every member of the PP squad saw themselves as
a leader as we discussed just how much we can impact our team mates.

Our second talk was from Dr Tony Baross
on Sports Nutrition. Dr Baross discussed
our dietary requirements and recommended proportions of different food types. He also spoke to us about snacks and what we could and should be eating before and during sports events.

The Performance Programme has been a huge success as we aim to reach that ‘next level’, whatever that next level may be for our students.

Ben Scott, Head of Hockey