05 Dec 2020
Short Half - Sports Report 6

Short Half - Sports Report 6

House Football

Over the last few days a number of the house football competitions have reached their final stages. Last Friday saw the Ellis Pot semi-final placing games to determine the final ranking matches this week. The bottom three played off in a mini round-robin to determine the final positions and Trant’s claimed a win and a draw against Phil’s and Kenny’s respectively to take 9th place, Kenny’s finished 10th and Phil’s brought up the rear. The remaining matches this Friday will determine 8th through to 1st with the top game between Furley’s and Hopper’s. The Foster Pot finals will take place on Saturday with ranking matches from 12th through to 1st and it is Phil’s and Toye’s playing off to decide the junior house champions.

Last Saturday saw the Chawker Pot Final take place between Chawker’s and Toye’s. Toye’s went in front after 15 minutes from a wonder strike outside the area by Fergus Brant which sailed into the top left-hand corner. Chawker’s replied when a Percy Winter corner delivered into the six-yard box saw a towering header from Harry Wilson go past keeper Ivar Bullen. Then right on half time, a ball broke to the edge of the box for Casper Hall to drill the ball through a crowded penalty area past James Lumby in the Chawker’s goal to make the score 2-1 to Toye’s.

The second half was much the same story as the first with some excellent play by both houses. James Lumby made two excellent 1v1 saves from Harry Coombs and Casper Hall respectively but Chawker’s grabbed the equaliser via a left foot shot from Fred Falk to make the game evenly posed. Toye’s went back in front after a ball in from the left by Wilf la Fontaine Jackson allowed Fergus Brant to finish with his weaker left foot, the ball squeezing under the body of the unfortunate James Lumby. With the score 3-2 but Chawker’s pushing for an equaliser Toye’s made some poor decisions and gave away two penalties which Percy Winter put away comfortably. For me this was is what House football should be about: committed and passionate from both teams making it enjoyable to play in and referee. Well done. (JRD)

The other placing matches saw Beloe’s pip Kenny’s in a penalty shoot-out in the 3rd / 4th final, Furley’s beat Hopper’s 1-0 to claim 5th and Cook’s defeated Trant’s 3-1 to determine 7th and 8th. In the three-way play-off for the latter places in the tournament College beat Freddie’s and Phil’s to take 9th whilst a 1-0 victory for Phil’s over Freddie’s saved them from the wooden spoon.

On Monday this week the Flower Pot Final saw Furley’s take on Beloe’s in a well contested affair on Doggers. Furley’s looked for Zach Bell and Ollie Winter to control the middle of the park and distribute balls forward for Paul Edwards to run in behind but their first goal came from a corner. Bruno Parker put in a great ball for Tom Burkill to rise and power a header home. You couldn’t fault the work effort of many Beloe’s boys but they were undone with an excellent finish by Ollie Winter striking one from outside the box into the top right-hand corner with twenty minutes left. Beloe’s had a chance to cut the deficit when they were awarded a penalty but Ben Manson’s spot kick was saved by the diving Will Cresswell and that was the last chance they had to get back into the game. In the end Furley’s came out on top 2-0.

In the 3rd / 4th final Trant’s beat Kenny’s 2-1 and Hopper’s claimed a comfortable victory over Toye’s to take 5th place. Furley’s took 7th, College 8th, Cook’s and Freddie’s couldn’t be separated so shared 9th place, leaving the ‘Z’s’ to beat Phil’s in the wooden spoon play off. (JRD)

The Nation’s League and Junior Home Nations competitions kick off again this week with games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday so it’s a full week of competitive football!

Junior Part Physical Education

Throughout the term the JP PE programme has been focusing on athletic development, specifically looking at fundamental movement skills and how these movement patterns form the basis for better performance. Having been assessed across a number of components at the start of term (power, agility, strength, flexibility, endurance) the boys were re-assessed last week to gauge progress. There were significant numbers of boys who made progress in multiple components but well done in particular to the following boys who achieved improvements across the full range of the assessments:

Jack Bristowe (A) Nick Wang (A) Anthony Cloke-Browne (B) Henry Ryan (B)

Hugo Bastone (C) Jad Garlick (C) Alessandro Padovani (E) Peter Allen (F)

Josiah Essiam (F) Max Antoniou (G) Felix Edmondson (Coll) Max Collison (K)

August Deeming (X) Felix Oliver (H) Ton Ton Namchittai (X) Edison Xu (X)

Eugene Perekhozhev (X)

John Sadie (I) missed out on this group by just 20 metres on his rowing erg but he can be content with two impressive year group records though: 280 cm standing jump & 16.74 seconds for the Illinois speed and agility test. (JMB)

Part 2 of How to be a better teammate

Following on from last week’s introduction to what makes a better teammate here are the second set of characteristics which will hopefully interest and motivate you to think about the way in which you can contribute most effectively to your teams.

  • Can be relied upon to commit fully to the needs of the team.
  • Sets the highest standard when it comes to appearance for training and matches always wearing the correct kit.
  • Remains disciplined at all times and never shows any dissent to referees.
  • Never responds to any negative comments from spectators.
  • Congratulates and thanks the referee and opposition players and staff at the end of every game.
  • Ensures the changing room has been left in a clean and presentable condition after use.
  • Ensures all equipment and kit is collected in and stored on the bus before departing from away venues.
  • Ensures all training equipment is cleared away after use and stored correctly.
  • If not selected for the match day team asks what he can do better in order to help the team
  • Sets high standards with dress and appearance off the pitch.
  • Enjoys being a role model to peers and younger pupils and embraces this role responsibly.
  • Behaves and communicates with peers and staff in a humble and respectful manner at all times.
  • Supports other teams and other sports when peers are performing for the school.
  • Abides by the general rules reading school conduct and any specific team code of conduct.
  • Strives to be highly organised in all aspects of school life.

Can you match these kinds of qualities and characteristics? Are you prepared to try? A willingness to do so will undoubtedly lay the foundations and instil the processes essential to producing improved performances, whatever level team you play in.

Striving to make improvements in performance, be that in sport, music, drama, art and academic arenas often requires a more proactive approach to developing one’s mental skills. We may well have the technical skills base and knowledge to succeed but when pressure mounts our performance can sometimes deteriorate and so enhancing our psychological ability is something everyone can consider. For those interested I can provide access to the BelievePerform website which has a library of articles, videos and infographics across whole a range of topics including but not limited to goal setting, improving mind-set and developing self-confidence. Please email me if you are interested and I can set you up with access to the website.

Sporting quote for the week:

“Mentally tough players get there first. First to practice, first to meetings, first to focus in, first to speak up and first to step up.”

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport, Winchester College

1st December 2020