12 Oct 2021
Sports Report: Short Half, Week 5

Sports Report: Short Half, Week 5

Tuesday 5th October

Rackets v Cheltenham College (a)

The First Pair, Ollie Gibbon and Archie Sillars, playing together in earnest for the first time, produced a polished display to win 4 - 0 mastering the foreign court adeptly. 2nd pair, George Nutting and George Gardiner battled robustly but lost without taking a game. Our J.C's, a new pair of Jack Bristowe and Lukas Brunner, played 2 matches. Lukas had only played a couples of times before and managed to execute an amazing array of volleys to nullify the complexities of the walls. They managed to take the match to a final game which was a massive achievement bearing in mind the opposition had played a year more than Lukas. In the 2nd match they managed to come away with a win, 2 - 1, a noteworthy achievement. (TERC)

Squash v Epsom U18A L2-3 (h)

The 1st V began their home matches against a very strong Epsom team which we narrowly defeated in our last match in the Roehampton final. Although once again the Epsom team had a number of England players the Winchester team gave their best but lost 2-3. 5th string Freddie Fisher and Oscar Henshaw at 4th played well but were unable to hit their shots tight enough and were punished by their opponents winning shots. Tom Burge the Winchester College's team's captain put up great resistance against England player Ronnie Hickling who, taking the ball earlier, won 3-0 with two of the games having to be set 13-11 , 12-10 ! The top Winchester players now were given the task of putting points on the board for their side and they duly did in style both winning 3-0. Harris Faizi at 2nd string overpowered his younger opponent 3-0 as did Oliver Coulcher-Porter who playing great length and drops on his forehand put his opponent under too much pressure. For the first real test of the season for the Winchester College side the team showed great promise for their next fixture Away v Wellington.

A fresh new 2nd team also played in a tough first fixture with Alessandro Patel, Will Gladston and Arm Udomrat playing well but against very strong opposition recording 3-0 defeats. James Morgan at 1st string showed great tenacity and shot placing, defeating his opponent 11-9 in the 5th with great shot making. A good finish to a very competitive match. (RAA)

Thursday 9th October

Fencing v RGS High Wycombe

The team suffered without Porter and Goltz and so lost in the sabre and Epee but were victorious in the foil with Gleb Koval and Sebastian Yap putting in good performances.

Football: U17 XI v RGS Guildford

A mixed team of 2nds/3rds and Senior Colts boys travelled up to Surrey University Sports Park’s 4G pitch to take on RGS Guildford. RGS had the edge in the 1st half but not really troubling Will Whitehead until a shot squirmed into the bottom right corner to put us 1 behind just on half time.

We changed the system at the break and the boys were fantastic, bossed the 2nd half and produced numerous chances until eventually Will Matthew’s rose and buried a header into the net. This left us with 10 minutes to find a winner and after a few chances from set plays, the final kick of the game saw Leo Zhao ghost in at the far post for a right foot finish but their keeper made an excellent save. Some real positives came from the match but the collective will to get something from the game made me really happy. D1-1 (JRD)

Squash v St Edwards (a)

A team consisting of experienced and 'new' players travelled to St. Edwards Oxford. Recovering from their defeats in their earlier fixture of the week v Epsom, Tom Burge (Captain) , Oscar Henshaw and Freddie Fisher were too strong and determined against their opponents and had strong wins. In their first matches for the school, James Hunter and Jake Wing played very well but found it hard to hit consistent length and were both defeated. Last player to complete the match was Brian Chan who had an incredible battle. Both players at times playing good squash but then making unforced errors. The match culminated in both players having match balls in the 5th with Brian playing a great forehand drive to finally win his the match 16-14 and for Winchester 4-2! A great win in a well contested fixture. (RAA)

Rackets v Marlborough College (h)

A solid performance by the 1st pair, Ollie Gibbon and Archie Sillars, resulted in a 3 - 1 victory against a decent opposition. The 2nd. pair, Ollie Reynolds and Arthur King, engineered an impressive comeback in which the final game went down to the wire. Arthur courageously held his nerve and served the set out to secure the win. Sen Colts, Henry Nicholls and MP Jack Bristowe who was playing up a year, convincingly overcame their opponents, 3 - 0, an exciting win.

The other matches involved quick-fire round robin games involving 8 of our under 15 participants; high level at times and raw at others. However, all showed encouraging potential. (TERC)

Golf v Bradfield College (h)

Against some highly skilled opponents the golf team, missing several regulars, batted bravely but could not stop Bradfield winning 0-3. Lead pair Hampel and Joly went down by 1 and to illustrate the quality on show JP pupil Arthur played to a 2+ gross score. Stepping in for their season’s debut Wilf La Fontaine Jackson and Shiloh Wu played well but unfortunately went down by 2 and Harry Xu’s winning streak came to an end as he and partner Hugo Cartwright lost by 1 against scratch opponents.

Sat 9th Oct: Football v Lancing

The opening stages of Soccer XI’s match against Lancing saw the ball being moved quickly and effectively with Caspar Hall having a couple of shots on goal. As the half wore on Winchester’s dominance began to create some gilt-edged chances but unfortunately Luca Ryan and Luke Paviour saw their efforts go over the bar. Paviour didn’t let this affect him and delivered a great ball into the box shortly after half time which saw Caspar Hall grab the opener. Concentrations levels dipped unfortunately and Lacing’s star player showed some brilliance to strike ball into the top corner and level things up. Back came Wincoll and an indirect free kick from Freddie van Every flashed past the post and another strike from Hall was struck off for offside. Lancing began to play a little more direct and after a great save by Ollie Graham the Lancing centre forward got to the rebound first to force home a goal against the run of play and take the lead. Time was running out as Soccer XI continued to press forward and after some excellent build up work from debutant Alex Claisse his fellow Vth Book player on debut, Rafiq Kasumov, smashed home the equaliser with just seconds to spare. A draw was the least the boys deserved. D2-2 (MSB)

The 2nd XI game not for the faint hearted, which we managed to edge after a frantic second half! We started the game very well, with some good attacking football and were using our wide men to great effect and scored two good goals from Jack Holden, who came in behind to score at the far post and Hugo Barnes who rifled home after some good wing play from Freddie Von Finck.

We then conceded a sloppy goal just before half time, which seemed to affect our mentality, however we started the start of the second half well as Alex Foster scored a fine goal somehow stretching out his left foot to volley in at the near post. The next 30 minutes was a very frenetic affair conceding straight after scoring followed by 2 quick goals from Foster. This should have put us in the ascendancy, but we lost our shape, dropping too deep and lost our nerve completely, resorting to too many long balls. Lancing scored 2 further goals and at 5-4 we were hanging on, but we managed to find enough resolve to see out the last 10 minutes and secure the win.

In the first 5 minutes of the 3rd XI match Lancing were through on goal twice, and rattled the Winchester post with a long shot. Winchester had their chances too, but the visitors had started on top. Shape, patience, discipline and control were needed, and this has been what the 3rds have built their season on so far. The tide started to turn and after a period of Winchester pressure came McNeil's tidy finish and a now deserved 1-0 lead. Then Lancing fought back and equalised, before dogged pressure from the Winchester forwards forced a mistake which Winter capitalised on from a fine angle. 2-1 to Winchester at the break.

In the second half Winchester came out strong, with typically positive work from Batten, Allen and others stretching the Lancing midfield/defence and setting up several chances without luck. Then, with 8 minutes to go, and against the run of play, a free header from a Lancing corner made the scores level. 2-2. Defensive general Pascoe said immediately, 'we're not losing this!' And he was right. Within a minute of the restart, a series of intelligent passes resulted in Del Mar receiving the ball near the left side-line. Del Mar cut inside took aim and fired a curling 30 yarder that sailed into the top right corner of the Lancing goal. The last 7 minutes were tense, but Winchester held firm and a 3-2 victory was a fair reflection of the match. Highlights included a strong debut from Matthews and a brave performance from Khan in goal, but also the trust in the system, supportiveness and relentless determination of all of the team. 5 wins out of 5 games. (LNT)

Captain and man of the match Weaver (K) dominated in midfield as the 5th XI turned around a 1-0 deficit at half time to win 2-1. Goals came from Graepel (A) from a corner and a Jiang (C) deflected shot. In the end it was a comfortable win - we also missed a penalty and several other chances to extend the lead. (MJR)

A disappointing defeat for the JCA. Despite the fact we dominated the ball, some sloppy defending and an inability to clear the ball in the 6-yard-box allowed Lancing to capitalise. We need more personal responsibility in defending and ensuring we track runners more effectively. Our cause wasn’t helped by giving away two penalties, although one of them was spectacularly saved by a strong, full-length left glove from Anthony Cloke Brown. Two goals from outside of the box from Moyo and Jason meant the ice cream Mr Clay and I picked up was not the only thing that left a sweet taste in our mouths for the long journey home. L2-5 (BMG)

After some high scoring fixtures so far this season JC B found their trip to Lancing a more closely fought affair. Winchester had the majority of the play but Lancing were always a threat on the counter. With strong defensive organisation from Ted Miers, Winchester kept their shape and repelled many a Lancing attack. A combative midfield performance from Kostia Riabyi often kept Winchester on the front foot and Francis Cleary fired the visitors ahead with a neat finish on the volley. Francis would later have a top corner effort from 25 yards well saved by the Lancing keeper. Miscommunication at the back led to a leveller but Martin Moreno de Barreda restored Winchester’s advantage; being the first to a bouncing ball in a crowded penalty area midway through the second half. With the match carefully poised at 2-1 and mere seconds on the clock, Lancing seized on a loose ball in midfield to launch a late attack on goal. Working the ball into the box at speed and dispatching a shot that looked destined for the bottom corner, Winchester let out a rapturous cheer when Angus Hay leapt to his right and managed to claw the ball away from the goal. The final whistle blew, and with Angus’s save being the last action of the game he was treated to a hero’s welcome as he strode back to the changing rooms. Man of the match: Angus Hay/ Kostia Riabyi (JCP)

Th YAs began the game positively, seeing lots of the ball in the opposition half without creating many clear cut chances. Street and James-Duff kept constant pressure on the Lancing forwards to not allow them any outlets and in front of them, Boon Long and Xiao quickly broke up play and linked well with the forwards. Our pressure eventually told when Kingsbury turned smartly in the box and snuck his shot under the advancing keeper. There were plenty of pin-ball moments in the opposition box too, without anything falling nicely to a Winchester player. However, it took Lancing just 25 seconds to score after half time, in a manner we felt we could have dealt better with. Still, we moved the ball well into the channels and more half chances fell our way but were either saved or blocked by the many defenders bravely putting their bodies in the way. This bravery was something we lacked slightly and it cost us as we missed opportunities to break up a Lancing attack which eventually saw them score. Jin had a goal disallowed for off-side and when Boon Long''s excellent strike from outside the box looked destined for the top corner the ball was headed off the line to sum up our afternoon at Lancing. L1-2 (JMB)

I imagine that years ago, peasants would have toiled under the looming presence of Lancing's chapel. The YBs did not, well not at the start of our game. We started purposefully and scored a slightly bizarre goal from a corner. We all expected to score more goals but instead, we decided to play rugby against their players in our own penalty area. Two penalties were given against us, one scored. We started to look like peasants, ploughing furrows to nowhere. But in the second half, we showed a lot of character to continue to press and were rewarded with a penalty, dispatched by Stanley Askew for his second of the game. We carried on pressing, perhaps a little too much, and won the game. Man of the match: Hugo Brett for being everywhere in defence. W2-1 (PAH)

The YEs produced their best performance of the season, competing well throughout the match before conceding in the final minute. They were unlucky not to have taken the lead in the first half, hitting the woodwork twice. As the second half went on, though, both teams tired and resorted to long balls. It was one such effort that led to the Es undoing, as a speculative punt upfield was crossed with accuracy into the six yard box and was buried by their centre midfielder. The boys performed very creditably and look forward to the return match. L0-1 (ATHL)

Other results:

4th XI v Lancing W10-2 (h) JCC v Lancing W7-1 (a)

YC v Lancing W8-0 (a) YD v Bradfield E D1-1 (h)

Team of the week:

1. A Hay (JCB)

2. A Claisse (1st XI) 5. H Brett (YB) 6. S Askew (YB) 3. S Del Mar (3rd XI)

7. A Foster (2nd XI) 4. S Mogadham (1st XI) 8. G Weaver (5thXI) 11. K Ryabi (JCB)

9. C Hall (1st XI) 10. W Matthews (3rd XI)

Rowing: Monkton Blue Friars Boat Club

We were very excited to be able to field a J14 crew so early into the year. The crew of Shloak Sha (B), Hugo Dunfield Prayero (E), Hugo Poland Bowen (C), Will Millory Goulding (D) and Will Knapman (B) have shown themselves to be diligent and professional in training. A very impressive performance saw them take the win in a category that included competitors in the year above. We are certain that these oarsmen have a bright future ahead of them. Very well done.

Another crew racing for the first time were the J15s 4x of Lucas Hall (B , Inigo House (A), Henry Baxendale (G), Ashton Smith (A), Fergus Law (A) and with only a few weeks of sweep rowing training under their belts, this crew showed grit and determination that carried them through an impressive row. They did not have any direct competition, but this did not stop them putting full power down the course, setting a faster time than a quad in the same age group. We look forward to seeing what this year group can achieve, especially when we look forward to getting in the eight.

The J16’s are a very talented group of athletes and we used this to our advantage, able to test a few combinations for the coxed fours and utilise a range of skills with two single sculls. The coxed four of Koval, Hagger, Crehan Mills, Travis, and McKinnon set the fastest time of any coxed four on the day, Maxim Koval remarking that this kept his unbeaten head race record. George Travis and Jake Crehan Mills showed sculling talent in the afternoon division, with two commendable single scull performances. George Travis coming out on top in a closely fought battle.

Coming into their final years of rowing, we are keen to push our senior rowers on to reach full potential. With some larger events on the horizon, it was a chance to see how different crews worked together. Across the board, we saw that the athletes came together to produce accomplished performances whichever line-up they were in. The four of Jurdjevic, Dore Green, Bucknall and Searle looking especially well drilled when rowing past. Guy Jones and Will Simmons showed themselves to be powerful and effective in both the four and the pair, completing good runs in both boats. A special mention to Michael Spearing and Henry Ryan, who coxed the older years with great maturity.

In summary, this was the perfect day to get WinCollBC back on the racing map. With wins from the J14’s, J16’s and Seniors as well as a very impressive J15 performance, there is clearly much strength in depth. Moreover, the camaraderie between the year groups and the professionalism shown throughout is a credit to the wider school community. We must also thank Mrs. Axtell, who provided an impressive array of food to fuel our athletes through the day, it is very much appreciated. (SL)

Fencing v Abingdon (h)

The spoils across the two disciplines were shared against Abingdon as Wincoll took the Foil 43-38 bur lost the Epee 27-45.

Croquet

This weekend, 9th-10th October, Winchester College came first and won the National Schools’ Croquet Tournament for the first time, ending Farlingaye’s six-year winning streak. Our team of Roger Holwerda (H), Savva Grevtsev (A), Taanvir Sood (College) and August Deeming (College) brought home the National Schools’ trophy and shield, presented to them by Quiller Barrett, President of the Croquet Association. Additionally, each member of the team scored some impressive individual wins, and all ranked within the top 7 nationally in the Association Croquet and Golf Croquet Junior Championships. (DIF)

Sailing: Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships

Over both Saturday and Sunday, the sailing team headed to the Eric Twiname Youth Team Racing championships - a national competition for all the best school and sailing club teams held at Oxford Sailing Club. On Saturday there was no wind. It picked up briefly and the teams went out, but the direction was inconsistent and it was not possible to lay a proper course. Sunday, on the other hand, offered excellent conditions for team racing, and it was fantastic to see nearly 50 teams on the water across two competitions, along with the fantastic range of kit provided by the RYA to run the event. The team had a tough draw in the round robin, facing many of the teams that went on to be in the semis and finals. Unfortunately, it was not our day, and we only won one of our races, so didn't get through to later rounds. The boys sailed well though, and many of the races were close and offered good learning points for the future

Finally, congratulations to MP pupil and Sports Scholar Jack Bristowe who represented the school in three sports last week: Football, Golf and Rackets. This is a great example of two of the essential WinColl characteristics, Willingness and Loyalty, I want pupils to demonstrate through their involvement in sport.

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

Sporting quote for the week:

“It’s in facing the uncertain, unfamiliar and adverse that we learn how to make right choices under pressure. So, seek them out and learn fast (Anon)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

Winchester College

12th October 2021

Twitter: @WinCollSports