18 Nov 2021
Sports Report: Short Half, Week 8

Sports Report: Short Half, Week 8

Tuesday 2nd November, Football: Junior Colts v Hampton

JC A D1-1

The JC B had a tough welcome back fixture against Hampton. After some controlled play in the first 15 minutes, Winchester fell behind to a well-crafted Hampton goal. Having to chase the game, a more direct style of play followed but this was easily countered by Hampton and they quickly scored again. Three were conceded before halftime and four after. Esphandiar Ramenzani scored a consolation for the hosts midway through the second half. Man of the match goes to James Kitson who patrolled the right flank with great tenacity and spirit. (JCP)

Adaptability incarnate. This surely describes the Winchester JCC effort last Tuesday. The (lamented) absence of Ojeaga the goalkeeper was admirably overcome with three outfield players doing a stint at the back. Remers stepped up in the first half, an admittedly reluctant Moreno de Barreda took the reins briefly and Zhong saw the match out. Our attack showed willing if not final success. Garlick scored a fantastic goal from range in the first half and there were some good offensive flashes down the left wing afterwards. Our defence showed great energy against a good side right up to the end. The final score stood at 1-4 but a team photo and smiles all round nonetheless. (FLC)

The JC D team came off second best in an entertaining and competitive encounter, with a final score that did not reflect the narrow difference in quality between the two sides. Harry Perks provided a sublime Jimmy Greaves-esque finish for Winchester's only goal midway through the second half. Perks also made something of a miraculous clearance off his own goal line just moments later. A near-miss from Inigo House at 3-1 could so easily have brought a draw within touching distance, but it was not to be on this occasion. Edison Xu deserves a special mention for a tremendous all-round performance in goal. Final score 4-1. (JL)

A slightly weakened Jun Colts E team started a little on the backfoot and in the first half were put under great pressure by the home side. Our confidence grew gradually but we fell behind to a great strike from the edge of the box. This was followed by a bundled second as our failure to clear our lines cost us once more. The second half saw a revival, however. Rhys Downer moved from goal to centre forward and we took the game to the hosts. Pulling one back relatively early gave us renewed belief and the game was long in the balance. Unfortunately, the hosts were able to get their third and despite a stirring rally which saw another goal, this time by Sam Humphreys, we were unable to get the draw our second-half performance merited. (RS)

Thursday 4th November

Rackets: vs St Paul's School (h)

A largely positive day for Winchester. Prince's competed well against a particularly strong St Paul's 1st pair and showed real resilience at times although they lost in the end. Second Pair, Arthur King and Ollie Reynolds, managed to extend what should have been a reasonably straightforward win to a 5 game thriller, eventually winning 3- 2. The Sen Colts A, Henry Nicholls and Bertie Vallat and Sen Colts B, Alex Harker and Stephen Lam, managed to see to their opponents without losing any games. Finally, Junior Colts A, Jack Bristowe and Lukas Brunner, despite being an inexperienced pair, impressively sailed through to win 3-1 and Junior Colts B, Ollie Frost and Rupert Balmain performed impressively but lost their contest 1-3. (TERC)

Squash: U18A vs Eton College (h)

A very good win 5-0 against a Covid weakened Eton 1st V. None of the Winchester College side Oliver Coulcher-Porter, Harris Faizi, Shiloh Wu, Tom Burge (Captain) and Rigby Swarovski- Adams dropped a game by dominating the court and playing very good squash. The B team battled bravely but went down 2-3. (RAA)

Thursday 4th November

Football: Yearlings v Hampton

A strong Hampton side moved the ball swiftly around their artificial pitch right from the start and immediately created chances against the YA. Three of these were converted in the first quarter of the game as we struggled to get going. As half the Hampton side changed we began to win the ball more and find some space to pass the ball around; Claisse finding the most space down our right-hand side. We failed to create any clear chances in the first half whilst Hampton added a fourth.

With the aim of keeping a clean sheet in the second half we worked harder and managed to stop Hampton playing with as much speed in our defensive third. Meanwhile, our best chance to get back into the game fell to Kingsbury from 15 yards but was well saved by their keeper. We battled well but were never at our best in possession of the ball and sadly conceded late on too. (JMB)

A solid loss for the YBs against a strong opposition. It would have been worse if it not for one of the best performances in goal I have ever seen from Will Hammerson-Jones. Even the opposition subs were remarking how amazing Will was. He was obviously the man of the match. (PAH)

Competing against a school with so many more boys than us is always going to be challenge to our strength in depth but the remaining teams across the Yearlings did themselves proud even though they all went down by the same 1-3 score line.

Swimming at Radley

We came third out of three. There were some very good individual performances from Ruifu Gao, Alex Ling, Michael Yan and Taiga Kawada Williams. Ruifu won the U16 50m individual medley. (PHD)

Cross Country: Winchester & Eastleigh District Schools Championship (U15 & U17)

We were lucky to have excellent, dry and sunny, conditions. It was good to return to this annual event as it had to be cancelled last year due to covid. Issa Duggan will certainly qualify to represent the Eastleigh & Winchester District at the Hampshire Schools Cross Country Championships in January. Sasha Rich and William Higgs may also earn a spot in the team. Our leading VBk runners will be selected for the District team on the basis of their performance in Junior steeplechase this week.

U15: Issa Duggan 6th, Sasha Rich 13th , William Higgs 14th, Alex de Vrieze 20th

U17: James Kitson 23rd, Esphandiar Ramezani 24th

Saturday 6th November

Football v Marlborough, Ardingly, Eton, KE Witley

The game started quickly, with Soccer XI taking some time to adapt to their new 5-3-2 formation. Goals from Harry Coombs and Caspar Hall respectively were cancelled out by Marlborough in the first fifteen minutes, one of which was a very unlucky own-goal. The 1sts then turned the intensity up, with a leaping Luca Ryan meeting Seb Fennell’s corner to make it 3-2. Just before half time Fergus Brant played an excellent ball to Hall’s feet, who took a deft touch and turn before burying it in the bottom left-hand corner.

Winchester retained their dominance in the second half with crisp passes and careful marking, as Marlborough’s attacks were thwarted by a solid defensive backline. More goals came in quick succession, with Harry Coombs getting his second and Caspar Hall his third to make it 6-2. In the final minutes of the game, reminiscent of Gareth Bale in the 2014 Copa del Ray Final against Barcelona, Alex Claisse made a devastating run around Marlborough’s fullbacks to square it to Caspar Hall for Winchester’s seventh and Hall’s fourth.

A fantastic display by Wincoll after some unlucky games. Man of the Match- Caspar Hall for his four goals. 7-2 (S Fennell)

A very pleasing win for the 2nd XI, achieved on a day when conditions were tough. We played on a narrow pitch with a slight slope, the playing surface a little uneven, and as is often the case at Marlborough the wind blew significantly! Despite that we started well and scored a good goal when Alex Foster turned in a cross/come shot from Freddie Von Finck early into the half. Will Whitehead made one great save in the half, but other than that we were good value for our lead at Half Time, despite kicking into the wind.

We went two nil up midway through the second half with some excellent build up play down the right-hand side. Hugo Barnes pulled the ball back for Lloyd Supornpaibul to finish the move off, slightly fortuitously as the ball manged to lob the keeper!

However, Marlborough were back in the game with 15 minutes to go when an excellent finish from the left-hand side of the box was curled into the far corner; really their only chance of the second half. Despite the setback, which was disappointing, as we were heading for our first clean sheet of the season, we maintained our discipline and scored in the last minute of the game. Marlborough had put everyone up for a corner which we won and cleared and Hugo Barnes with great pace ran with the ball down the left wing and with an open goal scored from approximately 40 metres with a clinical finish with his left foot. A well-deserved win, achieved with great commitment and desire, well done to the Team. W1-3 (PNG)

After suffering a shock loss in their last match, the 3rd XI were determined to get back to winning ways against Marlborough. The preceding training session had gone well as new players (drafted in to replace those pushed up to bolster the seconds) quickly adjusted to the pace, tactics, discipline and teamwork that has become the 3rd XIs hallmark. Marlborough were in trouble.

After walking 5000 steps (according to PNG’s step counter) up the mountain, the thirds found their windblown sloping pitch just below the snowline. Unphased, they quickly set about their task, moving well and passing proficiently, and within a minute Buccellati had the space he needed to weave his magic, beating his defender before deftly sliding his shot past the keeper ... and against the post. The ball rolled along the goal line mockingly, before being cleared by a defender. Was this a sign of things to come?

And then it happened: perhaps shocked by their striker’s atypical imperfection, the back four were caught napping and a long over-the-top clearance was taken well by the Marlborough striker, and Winchester were 1-0 down.

The reaction of the 3s was single-minded and clinical, and chance after chance was created before Mathews brought the scores level, and it felt like Winchester was on top. Unfortunately though, as in earlier games, the team took their foot off the throttle, lost shape and allowed Marlborough to get back into the game, so Oshai was sent into the Fray to balance the ship. This worked, and the rest of the half was spent attacking a brave Marlborough defence. By the time the half time whistle came a classic Del Mar strike to the right top bin and a goal from a corner meant Winchester had a 3-1 lead.

In the second half Winchester looked like they might score on every attack, but Marlborough stuck to their guns and defended fiercely. Fine goals from Millard and Oshai stretched the lead (5-1) before one from Allen brought it back to 5-2!! Winchester were playing better and better now, but getting little luck in the opponents’ goal area. In the final minutes the teams traded goals and the 6-3 final result was no less than Winchester deserved.

So normal business is resumed. With Bradfield at the weekend the team will be very aware that their are flaws to iron out, but in the meantime they should be proud of their return to better form. W3-6 (LNT)

The 4th XI remain unbeaten after a resolute performance against Ardingly. Both sides had chances to win the game. Ardingly were thwarted by Jian Chao Ng and his defence, while Max Cooper-Evans and Jayden Chin both saw efforts deflected onto the woodwork. D0-0 (NAT)

5th XI won 2-0 v Ardingly (h).

The 6th XI played exceptionally well against Ardingly, achieving a 4-1 victory. We went into the game with a winning mindset which meant our formation was structured; this led to their defence breaking down from the positioning of our wide players. Tom Howman scored two great goals following Clement McBain’s opening goal and a well-taken penalty. W4-1 (Clement Wilson)

Making their season's debut appearance the 7th XI travelled up to Eton on Saturday. A cagey opening 20 minutes were followed by some sustained Eton pressure. This saw Kit Colville pulling off three outstanding saves, one of which saw him put his body on the line and left him rather high pitched for a few minutes! Eton put their foot down and went three goals by half time, although that was a tad unfair based on the general pattern of the game.

Some tactical adjustments saw us start the second half with a more cohesive approach but a fluky deflection saw Eton increase their lead. Nevertheless, the 7th XI dream team did not let heads drop and in fact came more and more into the game. An excellent short-range volley by Arthur Osborne-Young after a fine corner from Freddie Yu brought us back into the game. Not long after this goal we pulled another one back. A fine ball from Leo De Luca saw Robert Butenko break the offside trap and he finished smartly to reduce the arrears. The Eton keeper resembled Alisson Becker at corners but we weren't able to put him under sufficient pressure to force another goal. In the final play of the game Eton snuck another goal to give a final score line of 5-2 which perhaps flattered the hosts a tad. (MSB)

On a pitch like something out of William Langland, SCA were consigned to a frustrating 1-0 defeat. Marlborough scrubbed in a deflected goal from a corner while the 7° incline and Passchendaele surface were not conducive to our customary champagne football. Euan Woodworth produced some moments of quality and Raf Kasumov left their midfielders with twisted blood, but the ball never quite dropped for us. Superb second-half performances from the back line and the indefatigable Zhao went unrewarded and we move on to Bradfield still in search of our first win. MoM: Henry Nicholls (RJHM)

SC B L2-0 v KE Witley

A cold November afternoon didn’t prevent one of the best displays of football from this group of Junior Colts A boys I have seen over the past fourteen months. Clearly feeling somewhat inspired having watched the Manchester derby whilst waiting for the bus, the boys were keen to play tiki taka style possession football. It didn’t yield results in the first half, but the discussion at half time showed they recognised the positives in how they were performing.

Continuing in the same vein allowed them to put on a show in the second, scoring some great goals and forcing a series of outstanding saves from the opposition goalkeeper. The opponents did have their chances, but on the whole these were shots forced from outside the 18 yard box by calm, organised defending – particularly impressive as two of the group were late injury enforced additions from the B team. We dealt with the pace down their right wing and crowded their more skilful players in the centre, with an effective press targeting the right moments to push and win the ball from their defensive group– all excellent decisions made on the pitch by the boys.

The most pleasing aspect of the game for the travelling supporters may have been seeing several stunning strikes, but as the coach it was that there were so many good decisions. Choosing when to shadow, when to tackle, when to pass, when to drive forwards and when to shoot can be subjective. Choosing when to work back, when to work to create space for a friend and when to encourage a teammate on can be very clear from the side-line and it is pleasing to see this group do these more and more by themselves.

Goals came from Tim, Moyo, Laolu and David (who had earlier forced two stunning saves from the goalkeeper at 0-0) but the whole team deserves praise for their tireless efforts, for showing real resilience and for supporting and working for each other as a team. W0-4 (BMG)

After a difficult midweek game and a heavy loss, JC B found their stride again against King Edward's. A dominant display saw Winchester pose a constant threat up front whilst remaining untroubled at the back. Five goals without reply were scored overall. Nikita Haddad with a stunning 20 yard strike on the turn that almost punctured a hole in the top corner of the net was the pick of the bunch. Stefan Ungureanu marshalled the back line to ensure a clean sheet. James Kitson was MoM again with a combative midfield display providing the attacking players with the opportunity to launch attack after attack. W0-5 (JCP)

Veni vidi vici. The JCC boys showed exemplary modesty in refraining from such words. Despite a good effort from Zhong (who kindly offered to play for an under-resourced Ardingly side) Winchester managed to come away with a 10-0 victory. Our forwards did well with three goals scored by Hayward, three by Belingheri and two by Remers. Malik too got a goal and our defence looked strong with the welcome additions of Perks and Oscar. (FLC)

The Yearlings A are making a bad habit of not starting games at our best. A fairly strong KES side battled well from the start and took control of the centre of the park. We were still trying to work out our new shape when we conceded the first goal, with two more following far too quickly. We had already made a few half chances for ourselves but had not managed to make the most of them, whilst a lack of taking responsibility in our own penalty area was costing us dearly. We finished the half stronger after reverting to our normal formation, with a lack of goal-line technology costing Chiang a goal after he neatly poked the ball past the onrushing keeper.

The boys responded well at the start of the second half as we aimed to win our 1v1 battles and we now began to win the ball in the middle of the pitch as Hampel and Xiao stepped up their game. An early ball through for Chiang allowed him to beat the keeper from range for our first goal. Momentum swung in our direction and Jin calmly placed the second goal inside the keeper's near post from 10 yards. Our best bit of football lead to the third goal as Hampel pressed well and won the ball high up on the left, linked nicely with Kennedy who found Kingsbury's feet which allowed an instant lay-off to Jin who shifted the ball once across the top of the box before bending it into the far corner. We kept the pressure on and Kennedy scored a neat flick from a low corner in front of the near post to give us the lead. As is so often the way, we then sat back and invited some late pressure onto our goal. Despite some good tackles and interceptions from James-Duff, Hawkins and Street, KES fashioned two good late chances from free-kicks. One hit the bar whilst Coles pulled off a brilliant save low to his right from 5 yards to help us see out the victory. It was well deserved for our efforts in the second half but we must start our next game better. W4-3 (JMB)

A close game, which could have gone either way, but the Yearlings Bs didn't create enough chances. Man of the match: Rufus Winkley for his energetic running and combative approach. L0-1 (PAH)

Yearlings C W5-1 v Ardingly College

The Yearlings D faced King Edward’s Witley U14C on Saturday. From the very first minutes of the match, KEW’s players made it very clear that we would not be able to go through their packed defence. Our attackers were surrounded in seconds and had trouble getting the ball into the box. The first half of the match was lost 0-2 and led to a change in strategy for the second half – more flexibility in the midfielders’ and strong passers forward to get past their defence. This allowed our boys to get back to 2-3. The two goals were scored by our left-wing, Tom Simpson (A), who received the assistance of Aryaveer Baljee (K) for the second goal. Despite great corners and throw-in actions from Hugo Poland-Bowen (C) and Alex Parkinson (G), KEW redoubled their efforts and managed to score two more goals, bringing the score to its final 2-5. (KF)

Sailing: Winchester College 1st vs Twisted Tube

On Saturday we took four WinColl sailors - Ed Beveridge (C), Marcus Cloke Browne (B), Finley Stone (C) and Noah Hensher (D) - to the Twisted Tube, an event at our home club (Spinnaker Sailing Club). The event was in a format called random pairs, so instead of entering as a team as we usually do, we entered two individual boats. For each race, they were then paired with another boat, and team raced against another two boats. The quality of sailing at the event was very high: boats entered included two former Firefly National champions, some top national and international team racers, and a number of sailors from Southampton University. Our sailors got a chance to work with these top racers as they were either paired up with them or against them!

In the end, Ed and Marcus finished in joint 12th out of 19, and Finley and Noah in joint 15th: a good achievement given the standard of the competition. (JAAB)

Rowing at St George’s Weybridge

Saturday the 6th of November saw an opportunity for WCBC to take a strong group of athletes to St George's, for a private match between St George's and Canford. Spread over two divisions, on a three-kilometre stretch of good water, this was an excellent opportunity for some solid training, as well as bolstering race experience.

In the first division, we fielded a J18 4+, J18 8+, J16 4+ and a J15 8+. It was very positive to see 12 athletes from the senior squad rowing in such a cohesive and committed manner.

The J16 coxed four goes from strength to strength, comfortably winning their division. The crew themselves remarking after the race that they feel they could have rowed even better, showing both an impressive sporting attitude, as well as a huge amount of potential for upcoming events.

Finally, we had the J15 8+, a crew that were racing together for the very first time. Everyone watching the race was under no doubt what a strong and exciting group of athletes this year group has to offer. An exceptional result saw them finish only a few seconds behind a vastly more experienced St George's crew, who were on their own water. With a good block of water training coming up, we certainly could be seeing a very strong result at Wallingford later this term.

In the second division, we fielded a J18 4+, J18 8+, J16 8+ and a J15 8+. Again, we saw the seniors adapt to new crew combinations to deliver a professional and competent result. The J18 8+ winning the division. With much more speed to be unlocked, the senior eight is looking like a force to be reckoned with.

It was very positive to see a J16 8+ get a run down the track, with some athletes previously on the periphery of the squad, really getting stuck in. A special mention must go out to Henry Baxendale, who stepped up a year group to complete the crew. This combination clearly did the trick, as this eight also won their category.

For the second division we saw another line-up for the J15's. This crew going equally impressively as the first division and with a finish time only around seconds apart, this really speaks to the strength in depth of the squad. We will certainly be pushing for two J15 eights to get out and train in Southampton, as there is evidently an overflowing talent pool. (SL)

Latest House Football Standings

Flower Pot

Team P W D L Pts

1 A* 8 7 0 1 21

2 X 8 7 0 1 21

3 H 8 6 1 1 19

4 C 8 5 1 2 16

5 G 8 4 2 2 14

6 I 8 4 2 2 14

7 F 8 3 0 5 9

8 B 8 2 2 4 8

9 E 8 2 1 5 7

10 D 8 2 0 6 6

11 K 8 1 1 6 4

12 Zs 8 0 0 8 0

* based on result between both teams

Ellis Pot

Team P W D L Pts

1 I 7 6 1 0 19

2 G 7 6 0 1 18

3 C 7 5 2 0 17

4 H 7 5 0 2 15

5 B 7 3 1 3 10

6 K 7 3 1 3 10

7 E 7 3 1 3 10

8 F 7 2 2 3 8

9 X 7 2 0 5 6

10 A 7 1 1 5 4

11 D 7 1 1 5 4

12 Zs 7 0 0 7 0

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

Sporting quote for the week:

Winning doesn't make you a better person, but being a better person will make you a winner.” (Anon)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

Winchester College

9th November 2021

Twitter: @WinCollSports