27 Jan 2020
Stowe Sports Summary Jan 2020

A wonderful first weekend of Inter-School sport saw 33 Stowe teams taking on seven different schools in five sports. Particular mention should go to the Junior girls who made our first ‘Super Saturday’ a great success as they took on the challenge of playing matches in both lacrosse and netball on the same afternoon. Read the individual sports reports for more details.

Rugby

Huge congratulations to the Fourth Form boys who beat Felsted on Thursday 16 January to reach the Quarter-Finals of the National Cup. To become one of the top eight sides in the country out of the 256 schools who entered is a fantastic achievement and the team is training hard for their next match which will be against Stockport Grammar School on Thursday 13 February.

Hockey

Two encouraging victories against Rugby and Bedford kicked off a positive pre-season afternoon on Monday 6 January and the 1st XI continued in fine form scoring four first half goals against Kimbolton. The second half saw the momentum swing heavily to the opposition and the match ended in a draw. Well done to the 2nd XI for scoring six unanswered goals and the U16A team who have particularly impressed the coaches this week and got everything right, turning last year’s defeat into a 2-0 win. A good first block of results with six wins for Stowe, two draws and just two losses.

Fives

Junior Girls’ House Fives On Sunday 19 January, the Junior girls had their annual House matches. The year group selection was from the Third and Fourth Forms, and it was good to see a mix of both year groups playing together as a team. Some girls had never played fives before, but after a quick run through of the rules and some practice points, they all got stuck in. In the first match, Stanhope beat Nugent and in the second match, Queen’s beat Lyttelton. In the final, Queen’s and Stanhope had a great match and Queen’s came out on top to retain their title for the second year running.

Basketball

Two Senior boys’ teams travelled to the Wellington tournament on Saturday 11 January to test their basketball skills against the likes of Harrow, Eton, Wellington and Bradfield. The A team nearly made the Semi-Finals but just missed out on goal difference. The young side gained tremendously from the experience. The 1st team had two strong wins in their matches against Magdalen College and Abingdon on Thursday 16 January. Inter-House Basketball The Inter-House Basketball took place on Sunday 19 January. Congratulations to Queen’s who won all three of their matches, beating Nugent 8-6 in the deciding match to win the girls’ competition. In the boys’ competition, Grafton beat Cobham and Bruce beat Chandos in the Semi-Finals. In a thrilling Final, Bruce beat Grafton 9-8 to win the competition.

Football

The 1st team opened their season with a 6-0 win against Akeley Wood on Wednesday 15 January. On Saturday 18 January, the opposition was far tougher at Loughborough Grammar School, but all three Senior teams had competitive games with the 2nd XI earning a draw.

Cross-Country

On Saturday 11 January, the team travelled to Uppingham for their first race of the season. George Hopkinson-Woolley (Fifth Form, Chandos) was 20th in the Inter-Boys, and Will Hanson (Third Form, Chatham) came 21st in his first ever race.

Badminton

On Saturday 18 January, a weakened 1st team lost against Cheltenham, however, with the score in matches level 4 a-piece going into the last match, the B team clinched a great 5-4 victory.

Lacrosse

On Saturday 11 January, Moreton Hall and TASIS both brought teams to play on the most picturesque lacrosse pitches in the country on the Stowe South Front. Moreton proved a strong first challenge as we shared the results with three wins for each school and a nail-biting 10-10 draw for the U15As. The two matches against TASIS were shared with one win each. Holly Phillips (Lower Sixth, Nugent), Ellie Martindale (Fourth Form, Queen’s), Lyla Mulcahy (Fourth Form, Nugent) and Clara Capella (Fourth Form, Stanhope) had excellent performances. Stowe also hosted Marlborough on Saturday 18 January. Well done to the 1st team for winning 12-10 with Captain Georgie Mercer (Upper Sixth, Queen’s) netting five goals. The 2nds won 7-5, the 15As won 16-2 and the 14As won 12-3 on an excellent afternoon on the South Front.
Lacrosse Success Whilst our Senior teams have also been enjoying a strong season, there have been other successes for individual players, Old Stoics and coaches. Olivia Thomas (Nugent 18) has been selected for Senior England at the young age of 20. Philly Stacey (Nugent 17) and India Chadwick (Nugent 16) have been selected for England U23. Amber Capurro (Upper Sixth, Nugent) has been selected for Wales U19 training squad for the Home Internationals in 2020. Holly Phillips is training with the U17 Regional Academy. Lyla Mulcahy and Hattie Goodrich are training with the U15 Regional Academy. Lyla Mulcahy (Fourth Form, Nugent), Hannah Bewes (Fourth Form, Queen’s), Emily Sutton (Fourth Form, Queen’s) and Lizzie Knott (Fourth Form, Nugent) have all been selected for the U15 Super Counties Teams. During the holidays and on Sundays throughout the term, two of our coaches - Rob Ingham Clark (Head of Lacrosse) and Kieran Garvey (Assistant Head) have been coaching the Wales U20 and U19 teams in men’s lacrosse. Rob is Head Coach and Kieran is Offense Co-ordinator and they took charge of the men’s team in Prague last July at the Europeans, finishing with a sixth place success. They are currently working with the U19s in preparation for Home Internationals (3-5 April 2020) and then a 24 team tournament in Limerick in July 2020.

Rowing

The Northampton Head of River took place on Saturday 18 January. It was great to see the Stowe Rowing Club enter more events than we have ever done in the past. The weather was perfect and the teams were well supported by many parents. Highlights were wins for the boys’ 1st VIII and the Senior Quad and first appearances for the girls’ 1st Quad, boys’ Colts VIII and Junior Colts Quad.

Netball

On Saturday 11 January, Stowe played Oundle in our first-ever, full block fixture on a Saturday. The fixtures turned out to be very evenly balanced on the whole, with Stowe winning five out of 11 matches. The closest match was a thriller at 1st team level where the score ended 26-27 to Oundle. Our U14A team is beginning to make quite an impression and they started their season with a 45-16 win. Two further wins for the U14 teams suggest they have a particularly strong year group. Well done to Mrs Dias and the whole netball club for such a strong start to the season.

Equestrian

Well done to the Stowe 80cm team of Helen Sharp (Third Form, Lyttelton), Constance Sharp (Third Form, Lyttelton), Jasper Hayes (Third Form, Bruce) and Lucy Rigler (Third Form, Stanhope) who came 2nd in the Bloxham School Eventers Challenge on Sunday 12 January. A special mention should go to Lucy Rigler who came third individually out of over 30 starters.