30 Sep 2020
Sept Sports Round up

Cricket

Holly Phillips
Holly Phillips (Upper Sixth, Nugent) was awarded a special mention as part of Northants #womenscricketmonth social media campaign.
In 2016, Holly Phillips became the first girl to play in a Northants boys’ game! She was the wicket keeper in two U13 boys’ fixtures, firstly against Stowe School and then against Derbyshire!
Holly has scored over 1,600 runs for the County, with a top score of 132, she has also taken 57 wicket keeping wickets.
What a fantastic achievement. Well done for making history Hols.

James Cronie
James Cronie (Upper Sixth, Cobham) was invited to take part in a threeday trial match for England’s U19s. The match took place on 17-19 September at the ECB Headquarters at Loughborough University. He has also been called up to the 50 white ball England U19 trial games over the Exeat weekend.
Congratulations to James on his continued success.

Autumn Cricket Summary

Having missed the Summer, it was fantastic that the pupils were allowed to play cricket on their return in September.
A selection of 2020 Leavers were allowed to play in the first four matches against the Old Stoics, Bucks U18s, Northants U18s and Berkhamsted.
Stowe won the match on Tuesday 1 September against the Old Stoics comfortably with James Cronie (Upper Sixth, Cobham) top scoring with 73. There were also valuable contributions from George Hooper (Upper Sixth, Chandos) (24), Rhys Noble (Upper Sixth, Chandos) (20) and Jack Mercer (Upper Sixth, Grafton) (42*). Stowe reaching 210 for 4 in their 40 overs. In reply, the Old Stoics got off to a solid start thanks to fifty from Brandon Lee.
However, as the required run rate climbed, wickets began to fall with James Cronie taking 2 wickets and Jacob Ford-Langstaff (Upper Sixth, Winton) 2 wickets. Rhys Noble finished the innings off with four wickets in seven balls including a hatrick.
On Wednesday 2 September against Bucks, Stowe batted first posting an imposing 246 for 6 in their 45 overs. There were contributions throughout the order with James Cronie making 32, Jack Mercer 27, Sam Birch (Upper Sixth, Grenville) 25 and Rhys Noble 31*. The major innings was played by Rohan Hesketh (Upper Sixth, Grafton) who scored 94. In reply Bucks were 75 for 2 off twenty overs when the rain came and Stowe were awarded the game by the Duckworth/Lewis method.
A T20 match followed on Friday 4 September with a strong Northants U18 Team who smashed 169 for 6 in their twenty overs. In reply Stowe started rapidly with James Cronie (35) and Rohan Hesketh (57) hitting the ball to all parts. Jack Mercer also hit 33 valuable runs but it was not quite enough to get Stowe home as they fell 3 runs short six wickets down.
Away at Berkhamsted on Sunday 6 September Stowe fielded first. Oli Taylor (Chatham 2020) picked up three early wickets before Charles Shore-Hollingworth (Chandos 2020) got four more coming on first change. Berkhamsted all out for 81. With the wicket seaming and taking considerable turn, the run chase was not going to be straight forward and so it proved with the Stowe XI reduced to 30 for 6. However, George Hooper and Oliver Taylor got stuck in and produced a superb partnership of 40. Defending solidly but pouncing on anything loose.
Taylor fell for 25 with 17 runs still required. Charles Shore-Hollingworth defended well and Hooper managed to farm most of the strike until one of the opening bowlers came back on and he smashed a four down the ground and then a pull shot for four to win the match. George finished 35 not out in a ‘man-of-the-match’ performance.

Badminton and Basketball

New girls and boys to the Third Form will have their first taste of competitive badminton and basketball at Stowe in the form of Inter-House competitions.

First up is badminton on Sunday 4 October with each Boarding House providing a team of six players (three pairs) and four of these players go on to compete in the singles competition.
After Half Term on Sunday 8 November, we have basketball where the boys’ Houses are split into two groups of four with the top team and runner-up in each group playing in the Semi-Finals. Cheshire, Lyttelton, Nugent, Queen’s and Stanhope will all play each other to decide the winning House.
Isaac Michael, Head of Badminton and Basketball

Equestrian

On 13 September, Stowe pupils attended the NSEA Show Jumping and Dressage Championship qualifiers at Bury Farm Equestrian Village. For many, this was their first event since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown which saw all equestrian sport suspended for a number of months.

First to go in his first event for Stowe was Toby Bursnall (Fourth Form, Grafton) riding Lady Karabella for the 70cm class. The duo produced a flawless clear round but unfortunately just missed out on the placings this time by milliseconds.
Next it was the turn of the 80cm team with another Stowe newbie Araminta Spencer-Churchill (Third Form, Stanhope) and Deise Lady leading the charge and picking up an unlucky 4 faults. Araminta was closely followed by Kitty Scott (Fourth Form, Stanhope) riding Decky Boy with 4 faults and another flawless round from Toby Bursnall and Lady taking the team into 3rd place, just narrowly missing out on a championship qualification.
The 90cm and 1m classes both saw Libby Hayes (Lower Sixth, Lyttelton) and Cryptic Clue work as a team to navigate some tricky turns, unfortunately resulting in 4 faults in each class.
The dressage classes then saw Amelia Storer (Fourth Form, Queen’s) and Dito VH Vissenbroek Z produce a flawless novice test. Earning them a second place and a Championship qualification.
A great day was had by all and despite some unlucky poles, it was a pleasure to have the pupils out representing the School after such a long break.

British Dressage Winter National Championships
Louise Gallavan, who works at Stowe Equestrian Centre, won both her classes at Regional level qualifying for the British Dressage Winter National Championships in the Novice Silver class and the Petplan U21 Novice class with 70+% scores. The Championships were supposed to be held in April 2020 but due to Covid-19 they were postponed and took place on 17 to 23 August.
The weather at the Nationals was torrential rain most of the week and the arenas had to be dug out to drain whilst riders were competing! The first test on Wednesday 19 August did not go as planned… Oliver, 6yr old Hanoverian, reacted badly to someone dropping and crashing something in the corner of the arena during their test, and he decided he didn’t want to go near it again. Putting that behind them they then looked forward to the second test.
Three days later the sun started to shine and they did their second test. Oliver was still a little spooked but pulled off a great test to give Louise first place with over 70% in a huge class.
The usual mounted prize giving was cancelled due to Covid-19, but British Dressage sent their photographer to Louise’s home to recreate the moment and take some photos for the British Dressage magazine. Louise is now qualified for the next Regional competitions at Medium and Advanced Medium levels and getting ready to do her first Advanced.

Inter-House Football

On Sunday 6 September, the traditional first Inter-House competition proved to be another fantastic afternoon with 142 separate matches being played with the right mix of enthusiasm, fun and competitive spirit.
The winners of the girls’ tournaments were as follows:
Third Form | Queen’s Fourth Form | Cheshire Fifth Form | Nugent Lower Sixth Form | Nugent Upper Sixth Form | Nugent
And the winners for the boys’ tournaments were as follows:
Third Form | Bruce

Fourth Form | Grafton

Fifth Form | Cobham

Lower Sixth | Cobham

Upper Sixth | Cobham

Blenheim Palace Triathalon

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, I competed in the delayed running of the 2020 Blenheim Palace triathlon. The main event, the Sprint discipline, consists of a 750m swim in the lake followed immediately by a 19.8km cycle and 5.4km run. Having been blessed by perfect weather, the race was genuinely enjoyable, especially around the breath taking palace grounds. Overall, I finished 264th out of 2087 with a time of 1 hour 27 minutes and managed to come out with a first place in the Youth age category.

Massive congratulations to Dan Roberts (Upper sixth, Grenville) as well, who competed in the half-length Super-Sprint at Blenheim the same weekend, winning the entire discipline by a monumental 9 minutes.
All in all, a pleasure to race and train for over the Summer, and highly recommended to anyone who’s up for a challenge.
Ben Hartigan (Lower Sixth, Grafton)

Rugby

Stoics making their mark in the world of professional rugby
A number of old Stoics are currently enjoying their careers as professional rugby players:
John Hawkins (Grafton 2015) Captained Stowe 1st XV in the 2014/15 season, represented England U18s and made his Premiership debut for Bristol Bears last season.
Rotimi Segun (Chandos 2015) Played in the Stowe 7s side that won Rosslyn Park 7s in 2015, represented England U16s, 18s and 20s and scored his ninth try for Saracens in their win over Exeter.
Kristian Kay (Chandos 2018) represented Scotland U18s and signed a professional contract with Glasgow Warriors last season.
Devante Onojaife (Grenville 2016) Stowe 1st XV Vice-Captain in 2016, represented Scotland U20s and made his Northampton Saints debut in 2018.
Jordan Onojaife (Grafton 2013) represented Scotland U20s, was a member of the Northampton Saints Premiership winning side in 2014 and now plies his trade for Bedford Blues.
Taju Atta (Temple 2018) Captained Stowe 1st XV in 2017, represented England U17s and made his Wasps debut in 2017 - whilst only 17 years old. (The first and the youngest Stoic to debut for a Premiership side whilst still at Stowe).
Charlton Kerr (Cobham 2016) won the Rosslyn Park 7s title with Stowe in 2015, and represented England 7s having signed his professional contract in 2016.
Ewan Baker (Fifth Form, Chatham) was selected into the England Academy Player programme by Northampton Saints. Ewan has played a key role in helping the Stowe Junior Colts side reach the Final of the National U15s Schools’ Cup at Twickenham last season. He is one of eight Stoics in the current Saints U16s programme.