26 May 2021
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 5

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 5

Wednesday 19th May

Cricket v St Edward’s, Oxford: National Schools T20 - Reginal Semi-final (h)

St. Edward’s didn’t hesitate to bat first, despite rain clouds gathering, and their innings was briefly interrupted early on causing a reduction to 16 overs per side. The run out from the first ball of their Glamorgan contracted keeper set the tone for a good bowling and fielding display that helped us restrict Teddies to 111-8. Zain Malik returned 2-8 from 2 overs, including a generous return catch from the opposition skipper. Seb Morgan closed out the innings with 2 wickets too as Byers made good choices in switching his bowlers at the right times.

Captain Byers then produced the innings of the match, dispatching 3 sixes through crisp ball-striking before being caught behind for 42 from 20 balls. Given the low total to chase he did the damage early. We rarely needed more than a run-a-ball for the rest of the innings, however, wickets began to fall towards the end as the quick bowlers returned. Finally needing 8 off the last over, Morgan hit a cover drive for 4 off the Teddies captain before Batten and Hall scrambled the remaining singles required to win off the last ball and claim the match by 4 wickets. (JMB)

Thursday 20th May: Athla

With numerous fingers and toes crossed in the hope of fine weather the sun remained firmly absent for the 2021 edition of Athla. Despite the poor conditions plenty of enthusiasm was on show along with some fine individual performances from many of the athletes.

The overall Team trophy, the H.D. Taylor Athletic Challenge Cup, went to Furley’s along with the Senior House award (The Greenjackets Trophy) and the Senior Paarlauf trophy (The Graham Cup). These victories were very much a team effort but a significant contribution was made by Senior Victor Ludorum winner Frankie Shropshire. The Junior House Trophy (Mark Harris Cup) and Junior Parlauuf (The Invisible Pot) went to Toye’s with congratulations to Gus Bowden (F) for securing the Junior Victor Ludorum

Saturday 22nd May

Cricket v Abingdon

Unfortunately, another day when the weather affected the start time of the Lords match resulting in a change of venue from Abingdon to the College. However, thanks to another great effort from our groundstaff, we were able to play a 40 over game on a wicket that was dry(ish!) at both ends but damp in the middle!

We won the toss at last and batted first. A sound start by openers Fontaine Jackson and Nicholls, but we then lost 2 quick wickets. Caspar Byers pushed the scoring on well, making 40 off 44 balls to take us to over 100 with 17 overs left. Further contributions were made by Chris Batten and Dom Hall. Both ran extremely well between the wickets in their partnerships with Wilf and we eventually made 224-5. Wilf LFJ scored an unbeaten 112 and we accelerated the innings at just the right time scoring 65 off the last 6 overs. This was Wilf's maiden century for Lords, the first of many we hope.

Abingdon also started their innings solidly, but thanks to spinners Malik and Fisher who both bowled tight spells at exactly the right time they were always behind the rate. Our ground fielding was much improved and we eventually won the game by 44 runs. (PNG)

The 2nd XI held on for an excellent win in their encounter against Abingdon. Will Cresswell helped the team achieve a 140 total with a fine 44 runs and with the wickets shared amongst the bowlers Abingdon came up 13 runs short of the required total.

Despite the poor conditions for a game of cricket, Tom Burge lost the toss and Winchester 3rd XI were put into bat. Despite a steady partnership between Kleingeld and Nashier leaving us at 47-1 the batting collapse started leaving the game at 84-9 after 30 overs. This did seem a decent score as the outfield was large and wet meaning that it would be slow. Multiple foot holes were opened up by the opponent’s bowlers giving the captain a reason to open with spinners to aim for the foot holes. Abingdon were 12-2, both wickets taken by Thakur, the Oxford side then sped off with the game with an almost useless wicket taken by Kleingeld. Abingdon were 85-3 after 17 overs, winning the game by 7 wickets. (Luke Kleingeld)

The Jun Colts teams were greeted by tricky conditions in Abingdon. The As bowled well to restrict the home team to 80 as Wimbush and Kulkarni took 3 wickets each. Claisse (26) and Williamson Jones (27*) then knocked the runs off in 15 overs. The Bs had done well in the field (East taking 3 wickets) but could not build any partnerships to help them chase down the target. (JMB)

The Yearlings A were in trouble on Doggers until Bristowe (28) and Husband helped them to reach 99. They took some early wickets through Humphreys and Bowder before introducing Morgan and Bristowe who took 3 wickets each. Wickets fell regularly in the chase but the low score kept Abingdon in the game until they were bowled out 7 runs short. (JPT & MCE)

The Yearlings B & C Teams unfortunately came out on the wrong end of their encounters with Abingdon.

Tennis v Eton

This match always holds high significance and is apparently one of the oldest school fixtures of any sport on record. Furthermore, it was pleasing to see parents supporting for the first time this season.

The 1st VI welcomed a new member in Theo Sokol who, together with his partner Ollie Gibbon, had a remarkable afternoon pulling off all 3 wins. The combination of Ollie’s consistency and Theo’s aggression proved too much for the opposition. With Hamish Duncan and Rigby Swarovski-Adams succeeding in 2, and Jack Lonergan and Te Pungpapong losing a tight tie-break but still winning 1 match, the final scorecard displayed a highly respectable victory. W6-3

The 2nd V1 found themselves in a much tighter contest. The new partnership of Percy Winter and Axel Blakey performed well but were still finding their feet. However, after round 1, Winchester were winning. Eton fought back and the tie became deadlocked at 4 matches all. This meant the tie was to be decided in the last contest of the day. Impressively, George Nutting and Archie Cliff held it together under pressure, posted the win and sealed the team’s victory. W5-4 (TERC)

WinColl Senior Colts were narrowly edged out by Eton with some excellent tennis being played. Lee and Van Every saw off the B and C pairs but were outgunned by Eton's excellent first pair. Buccellati and Sokol, and Moghadam and Cliff both chalked up one win each. L4-5

A solid win for the Senior Colts Bs, with both pairs seeing off the Eton first pair. The match play was particularly impressive against some decent technicians, but Wykehamical guile prevailed for a 3-1 victory. Tom Howman's no-nonsense brand of tennis was backed up by the College dream team of Apostolides, Schultz and Karapetyan. (RHJM)

The U15s stayed cheerful through a predictable pasting by Eton, despite a torrential downpour which left them soaked and cold for their pains. Particular credit to our first pair Nick Graham and Simon Ormond who managed to win a tie-break nail biter against Eton’s A3 and then had the strength to follow that with a 6-0 drubbing of Eton’s A1 pair. So that perked us all up. Overall, we went down 2-7, 0-9, 1-8 and 0-9, but most of our pairs made a match of it and managed to win a game or two. It is a credit to the year-group that we put out four full teams, 24 boys, not far off a fifth of the whole MP. Eton of course have twice our numbers so no disgrace at all. (AJS)

Despite the inconsistent weather the Winchester U14s managed to play some very consistent tennis against Eton. There were some hard-fought matches but Eton coped ever so slightly better with intermittent rain and gusts of wind affecting play. Harry Latimer and Oscar Oldenhove for the As produced a fine display winning two out there three matches. Whilst Adan Rubin and Tunt Pungpapong played some similarly dazzling tennis to win two matches from three as well. Well done to all involved. (JP)

Sailing vs Bryanston and Sherborne

Conditions at Spinnaker Lake were excellent for sailing, as we welcomed Bryanston (who now sail at Spinnaker too) and Sherborne to the fixture. There was some excellent team racing on display, and both matches were close. We won our fixture against Bryanston 2-1 and lost to Sherborne 2-1. Some of the finishes were exceptionally close – in one of the Bryanston matches we pulled the victory out of the bag with only a few inches to spare between boats on the finishing line. Our team is shaping up well, with boys from top year (our captain Alec Orr Prosper) and first year being represented. We are excited by our up and coming lower school talent which bodes well for the future of WinColl sailing.

Athletics match v Dauntsey’s, Canford, Sherborne, King’s Bruton, Leweston, Clayesmore, Bradfield (a)

The rain stopped and the sun came out just as we arrived at Dauntsey’s fabulous athletics facility and the fine weather was reflected in many of the performances from the WinColl boys. A full compliment of Juniors & Seniors was led out for the first athletics match of the season by club captain Frankie Shropshire. VIBk2 sprinter Jordan Thompson was arguably athlete of the day, claiming a sprint double in the Senior Boys 100 & 200m as well as the long jump. Pushing Jordan for top honours on the day was VthBk Harry Draper Barr who having bagged himself the shot and discus wins in the Inter-Boys competition, also took 1st place in the Senior Boys shot put and a second place in the senior discus. Jeshaiah Murray jumped to first place in the senior triple jump whilst Jack Pascoe ran a well-paced race to take the Inter Boys 400m top spot. As well as these event wins there were runners up spots for Mark Magura in the SB 1500m, Pascoe in the IB 800m, Poom Phetkeereskul and Jayden LU in the SB and IB Javelin respectively. There were also top three placings for Shropshire in the SB 400m, August Deeming in the IB 100m Hurdles, Lu in the IB High Jump, Hamish Rogers in the SB 110mH and the Inter Boys 4 x 100m relay.

All members of the team contributed significantly and it was great to see so many gain a huge amount of confidence from participating in their first major inter-school athletics match. (MSB)

Rowing: WCBC vs St George’s Match Race

The J174+, stroked by Will Simmons, travelled to Weybridge to have their first proper race of 2021. They have been training exclusively in the 4+ since the beginning of the summer term making huge improvements as a crew ahead of the National Schools Regatta this weekend. They arrived in Weybridge to good conditions, a slight breeze and a fairly strong stream, which made lane choices and steering essential.

Their first piece was a 1250m rate capped at 32. The WCBC crew got off aggressively and quickly showed dominance in the first half. Both crews managed the conditions well and the WCBC boat went on to win by over a length.

Following the defeat on the first piece, the St George’s crew made a substitution and switched the racing lane. They had two boats lined up again for another racing start and this time St George’s had a more competitive opening, leading the WCBC crew by half a length at halfway. The WCBC boat was then hit by the strong currents in the second half and allowed that lead to increase to just over a length by the end.

The third piece was conducted downstream (thereby negating the effect of the stream). Both crews chased the rate up to 34 and held it there for the duration. WCBC, coxed by Dom Du Boulay, pushed the opposition right to the line but narrowly missed out on victory, losing by ⅔ of a length.

It was great to be able to get out and race with a degree of normality again. Both crews will race each other again at Dorney for National Schools and we’re sure that there will be some fiery wrongs to right!

The J16 8+, coxed by Alex Winton, were thrilled to be side-by-side racing for the first time since 2019, when they were J14s in octos and quads. Their last Head race was in Worcester in February 2020, but Captain of Boats Caspar Gray’s excellent preparation of the crew in recent weeks, both mentally and physically, set them up well for their four races against St George’s. Working out when and how to settle into a race pace was the aim for the day, and good lessons on this were learned.

As with the J17s, the first two races were 1250m upstream, the first off a rolling start, rate-capped at 32, with occasional forays up to 34. An aggressive start saw Wincoll nudge ahead, but the power of the St George’s crew saw them pull level and then ahead by around half a length at the finish. The second race confirmed that WCBC have a solid racing start, with the 8+ working through the sequence well and once again pulling ahead. This lead was overhauled by the mid-point, but a concerted effort from the J16s at this point meant that St George’s did not pull ahead, and Wincoll again finished around half a length down. The stream makes estimates of parity uncertain, but the 8, with so little rowing under their belts this year, acquitted themselves very well. These two longer races represented valuable coxing experience for Alex Winton, who navigated a bottleneck caused by a moored barge in mid-race, and the ensuing blade clash, with aplomb. It will not be a factor in Dorney, but was significant and encouraging in that it did not seem to faze either him or the crew during the race.

The last two pieces were shorter, at around 750m, also upstream. The third was a dead heat, and probably the most successful race in terms of transitioning from a start sequence to maintaining a longer race stroke and rhythm at 34 strokes per minute. The fourth race saw us pull ahead quickly, catch a crab after 10 strokes and recover equally quickly to remain in touch at half a length down. The crew looked tired but happy at the end of racing: another two aims fulfilled. (WRH)

Essential Characteristics Developed Through Sport

Sport at Winchester College should achieve a number of things. Of course, we want to see our teams and individuals successful in their sporting endeavours but a focus on developing essential qualities and traits through the sport programme at the school is a longer lasting and more holistic indicator of success. I would like sport at the school to enhance the following characteristics amongst the pupils:

Willingness A readiness to undertake the necessary time and effort to prepare and perform to the best of one’s ability

Inspiring Be prepared to set an example to one’s peers and set standards for younger pupils to follow

Nobility Play sport with a competitiveness and desire to succeed that never loses sight of the importance of respect and sportsmanship to officials, the opposition and our teammates

Courage Be willing to push oneself with a mindset focused on trying to succeed and not being fearful of losing or failing

Organised Develop essential life skills of self-organisation and self-reliability and not rely on others to get things done

Loyalty Recognise the importance of one’s teammates and peers in achieving success and committing to group goals and targets

Leadership Lead others by displaying the actions and behaviours above

Over this half term a number of pupils have impressed their Dons and Coaches by displaying many of these qualities. Amongst the JP tennis players Vincent Gueguen has encapsulated Loyalty with his reliability and versatility. He has been willing to change partners and move teams without any complaints and always supports the needs of the team so readily. Within the Senior Colts tennis squad Oscar Schultz has typified Nobility through his humility to ask advice and work on his weaknesses, a trait too little seen amongst many pupils He has subsequently become an important part of the Vth book squad. JP cricketer Seb Morgan has also embodied this Nobility. Not only is Seb a major talent with bat and ball but his recognition of the importance of his peers in supporting his team mates was evident when thanking boys from his year group who had given up their time to support and score for the U14A cricket team.

Amongst the Lords players there have been several who have illustrated Willingness and Courage. Wilf la Fontaine Jackson and Henry Nicholls have notably invested significant time and effort in honing their technical skills all year and scoring multiple runs so far this season is just reward for this. Alongside these two players Dom Hall, Chris Batten and Paddy Fisher have applied themselves in training and matches with a mindset focused on improving and wanting to succeed rather than playing simply to not make a mistake. Understanding that occasionally failing is a means to success is key to this mindset.

Similarly, several of the junior sailors, JPs Rupert Balmain (K), Oscar Oldenhove (X) and Nestor Montagu (C) along with MP Noah Hensher (D) have shown great commitment and all been working courageously to improve their sailing and contribute to training and team matches.

At the Boat House the whole J16 crew, as well as the boys who have been left out, have certainly displayed the essential characteristic of being Organised. They have done really well to juggle exams, revision and rowing in the last 4 weeks, and have the National Schools’ Regatta this weekend to test themselves against some of the best crews in the country.

Caspar Gray’s coaching of the J16 8 has epitomised real Leadership. He has set aside disappointment as captain of Boats at not having a crew to cox for a big race this year, and has enthused the next generation of rowers. He is both encouraging and demanding, and also precise in his instructions and in communicating the anticipated outcome of everything he asks them to do, as well as getting them mentally geared up for National Schools.

Other pupils Inspiring by their behaviour this term have been Frankie Shropshire, Axel Blakey and Caspar Byers. Frankie lead the Furley’s team to success at Athla, securing the Senior Victor Ludorum but rather than seeking to bask in glory he was the last pupil at the track helping to clear away the various gazebos and equipment. Axel has been a driving force with the football sessions this term and been particularly supportive and encouraging of the JP and MP boys who have joined these sessions. Caspar’s presence as skipper of Lords has not just been evident with his swashbuckling batting but more meaningfully in his recognition and thanks of the sterling efforts of the College’s ground-staff in getting so many of the cricket matches on this term despite the poor weather.

My thanks to colleagues for their suggestions and contributions to this section.

All fixtures details can be found on: https://sportsfixtures.winchestercollege.org/

Sporting quote for the week:

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." - Michael Jordan

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport, Winchester College

25th May 2021

Twitter: @WinCollSports