07 Jun 2022
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 2

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 2

Sunday 1st May: Rowing - Wallingford Regatta (a)

Three crews from Winchester College Boat Club competed in a regatta held at the Eton Dorney Rowing Lake. Any event at this venue proves to be a real step up in competition, with many crews looking forward to National Schools' Regatta and Henley. The WCBC contingent comprised of a Senior eight, a J15 eight and a J16 coxed four. All these crews are looking forward to National Schools' regatta and were looking to gain some race experience and knowledge.

Wallingford Regatta is an extremely popular event and is often oversubscribed, this meant that our J16 crew were moved into a senior men's event. This did not deter them however, and with the crew only coming together recently, they showed impressive natural speed. Their time would have placed them 4th in the final of the J16 coxed four event. A few weeks of concentrated race preparation will see them as a very competitive outfit come National Schools'. The J15 eight was also an oversubscribed category but we were confident the crew would still gain positive race experience in the senior event. The crew held their own, especially in the first 500 metres, where their time was extremely competitive. We now know that with consistent training with a settled crew, the J15 eight could be a very strong contender in future races.

With the WCBC boat having produced some promising results over the past couple of months, it was interesting to see where the Senior VIII would place at such a big event. The boys executed the race plan perfectly, with very consistent pacing. The rowing was at a high level and the performance was strong and committed. Although the result didn't quite meet the high expectations of the boys themselves, they are now more determined and focused than ever to ensure they are in the best shape possible for future events.

Altogether, this was a very useful outing for WCBC, showing that all crews have the potential for some really positive results come National Schools'. The focus is now on a solid training block, so that we can be prepared as possible. A huge thanks must go out to the WCBC parents. Regatta racing can be an intense affair, but this is made very manageable but the continued help and support they provide. It is massively appreciated by all the boys and staff. (SJL)

Monday 2nd May: Rowing (a)

18 JP boys made their way to the Eton Dorney Rowing Lake to compete in the Junior Sculling Regatta. A competition that was to act as a race sharpener and invaluable practice for the upcoming National Schools' Regatta. What was especially promising is the fact that two high quality JP Octuple's were racing, showing exciting strength in depth. The atmosphere among the squad was highly motivated and supportive of each other.

The competition comprised of two parts, an initial time trial to qualify for the finals and the final itself. The field encompassed ten of the top J14 Octos in the country, no doubt the crews that will be competing for the top spots at National Schools'. Both our crews put down committed performances in the time trial, racing just over 1,900 metres. Six boats would qualify for the finals. The A boat placed 2nd, with the B boat placing 8th. Despite the B boat not qualifying for the final, the performance produced was extremely encouraging. Racing at such a high level so early in their race careers is something they should be extremely proud of. Well done boys. The ‘A’ boat progressed to a multi-lane racing format for the final, lining up against stiff competition from the likes of Hampton School and Mossbourne Rowing Academy. The racing was furiously fought and margins were very tight the whole way down the 2,000m course and our boys came away with a fantastic 3rd place. The boys showed real grit and determination that will serve them well for coming training and competition. We now keenly look forward to National Schools', to see what both JP boats can achieve. Huge thanks must go out to the parents of WCBC rowers, for all that they do in supporting the club and our athletes. The food provided was invaluable in fuelling the boys, and the support on the sidelines was brilliant to see.

Tuesday 3rd May: Cricket v King Edward VI

A good win for Lords although the game was played on a pitch with inconsistent bounce and pace and not particularly conducive to a good game of T20 cricket.

The U15B team got off to a slow start against some disciplined bowling from KES but, importantly, kept wickets intact. This made possible an acceleration from 13 for 2 after 7 overs to 72 for 2 after 13 overs. Kitson (29) and Hoffmann (27) both batting with composure and force. When KES opening bowlers returned for the final 4 overs an inevitable slowing in the run rate, as wickets feel regularly, left Winchester on 99 from their 20 overs.

Bhattacharya conjured up a caught and bowled for the very first ball of the KES innings which gave the team hope that 99 might be enough to defend, but two quality batsmen gradually moved their team to the required total. (JM)

The Yearlings A made the journey to Wellington Sports Ground to play KES excited and expectant after a strong performance on Saturday. The toss was won by KES and they elected to bat first on a very dry wicket. Opening up the bowling were James Kennedy and Archie Lawson. James bowled the first over taking a wicket and Archie followed suit next over doing the same. KES however built back with only one wicket lost between over 5 and 14. With some wicket taking bowling from Hugo Brett and some tight bowling from Stanley Askew Winchester restricted them to 101/9 a well below par total (we thought).

Archie Lawson and James Kennedy opened up the batting and started well, 20 for no loss after 3. James then got out LBW to a very good yorker from their opening bowler, which led to a batting collapse with Winchester 34/5 after 7 overs. Sebastian Kingsbury and Aryaveer Baljee managed to stay at the crease for a decent amount of time until the scoreboard pressure got to them. We then had another collapse leaving us stranded on 69 for 9. Our no. 10 and no. 11 Hugo Brett and Michael Jin tried their hardest, but in the end, they pushed too far and Michael was caught out. We finished all out for 80. A ‘nearly’ game for the YA, with lots to learn. We have a break in fixtures now and we go again in a couple of weeks’ time.

Man of the Match goes to Sebastian Kingsbury for some tidy bowling, a good catch and composed batting. Thanks to the travelling supporters and the umpires. Archie Lawson (JP, I)

Thursday 5th May: Badminton U18A v Wellington College (h) - won

Tennis v Charterhouse

The 1st VI continued their hot streak, with a well-deserved 9-0 win against Charterhouse. Stepping up as 1st pair, Freddie Van Every and Chris Lee played some of the best shots of the day, including a fantastic half volley baseline winner by Chris. Rigby Swarovski-Adams and Lukas Brunner also continued to impress, and were the first to the bakers this season, bageling Chaterhouse’s 2nd pair 6-0. Finally, 3rd pair Ollie Gibbon and debutant Ollie Graham put in an excellent shift, and provided a thrilling spectacle against their 1st pair, with the result ending up in the pockets of Winchester with a 7-6 victory.

The 2nd VI have come back strong from a defeat in their first fixture to comfortable win 7-2 on aggregate. The 1st pair, Niccolo Buccellatti and Alistair Cliff were in cruise control throughout all 3 games, with Niccolo’s fiery groundstrokes and Ali’s aggressive volleys keeping the points short. 2nd Pair, Paul Apostolides and Yasu Suzuki, showed some real character in their second game, going up 5-0 in the tiebreak, losing that advantage, facing 3 match points, but still going on to win the game overall. Finally, Salar Moghadam and Rafa Karapetyan, perhaps with one of the most inconsistent performances ever witnessed on Palmer, lost to their weakest pair but managed to reorganise themselves, and win their other two games. This included a demolition of Charterhouse’s first pair with a score of 6-0.

An enjoyable fixture for the 3rd VI this week. Their Carthusian counterparts were worthy opponents and both sides enjoyed close contests. Nevertheless, Winchester managed to pull off the win. Particular mention must go to our first pair Tom and Huw who won all their sets. The team had a very good go at the match tea. (RJHM)

The U15A had a tough encounter against Charterhouse but ran out narrow victors with a score of 5-4. Ludovic Remers and Harry Latimer produced a dominant court display with convincing wins in two of their matches. The powerful forehand of Adan Rubin similarly saw his pairing with Daniel Garrett produce some fine displays of shot making. Meanwhile Vincent Gueguen and Oscar Oldenhove edged a 7-5 battle of a last match to clinch the Winchester victory.

The U15B mirrored the scoreline of the U15As, albeit the reflection was complete in that the victory fell to Charterhouse on this occasion. Stefan Ungureanu and Oliver Tait showed terrific teamwork, complimenting solid baseline strokes with aggressive net play, to produce two strong displays. John Sadie and Jonny Inglis almost romped home with a clean sweep of wins but narrowly lost a tense tie break in the last match. Tunt Pungapong and Dominic Jackson fought a war of attrition with some gritty displays of percentage tennis but despite several protracted games could not quite get the balance of play to tip in their favour.

The U15C came away with a result of 1-8 against the Charterhouse U15C squad. The scoreline doesn’t do justice to the impressive individual play and positive attitude showed by all members of the squad. Oli Frost and Felix Oliver managed to secure some early leads over the opposition, but with two back-to-back tiebreaker sets, Charterhouse just pipped them to the post. Nikita Vorobev and Timothy Oluwasoba took home our only victory of the day in a nail-biting tiebreaker, with swift court movement from both and some excellent overhead smashes from Timothy Oluwasoba to prevail over the Charterhouse 2nd pair. Joshua Mulford and Jeffrey Chan managed to take some sets off the strong Charterhouse opposition, but just lost out overall, despite some impressive shot-making opportunities.

The sunny Surrey weather meant for a slightly less sunny outcome for the Winchester U15D team, who came away from the fixture with a 0-9 scoreline. Charlie Smith and Ollie Bell were a handful of games shy of taking some sets home. Haoyeng Chan and Antony Wong came out swinging, but just lost out in a battle of nerves against the home-side team. Despite being a new pairing, Alex Cirstea and Martin Moreno de Barreda both showed skilful play which impressed the opposition coach.

Although the unfamiliar courts of Charterhouse got the better of our players, a good day out was had by all, and both the U15C and U15D showed excellent sportsmanship in defeat. (LJR)

The U14s greatly enjoyed their matches against Charterhouse. There were plenty of very close sets which sadly went against our team but showed great potential for the future. Kyven and Tony particularly impressed with two wins out of three for the C's.

Saturday 7th May

Cricket v Bradfield College

Winchester 3rd XI won the toss and decided to bowl on a beautiful afternoon on Meads.

You cannot fault the effort from the boys against a strong Bradfield XI who made 189-2 in 25 overs. The boys bowled well but one of the Bradfield batsmen smashed and clubbed 101 although it didn't help the cause with us dropping him 4 times!! Tom Burge produced a great catch over his shoulder to dismiss their opener but we leaked to many boundaries.

We set about the reply with some joy but lost too many wickets to what we discussed were poor shots and ended up 43 runs short on 146-8. Main run scorer was Gus Brooke who finished Not Out on 41. We play again on Thursday so hope to see us get closer to the target. JRD

After a difficult first game and a restricted week's practice, it was important for the Sen Colts A to start off with confidence and ambition. The first few overs were steady as Nicholls and Kulkarni sized up the opposition and started to assert their dominance. Once settled, the pair started to accelerate, scoring quickly but giving no chances. Both players scored well-deserved half centuries and set a solid platform for the rest of the team.

159 was a good score from their 20 overs, but the outfield was fast and Bradfield traditionally have good hitters. Winchester needed to bowl well, and they did. Claisse kept their openers heads down with pacey and disciplined aggression, while Gandhi (3-21) picked them off with controlled accuracy. East, in his first game for the team, bowled first change and picked up two wickets for 25 runs in his four overs. Winchester were firmly on top by now and Captain Nicholls ensured everyone got involved with the ball. A couple of hard-hitting overs from Bradfield gave them a sniff of a chance, but the return of the quick bowlers finished off the game effectively with the visitors finishing on 151 - 7.

Special commendation should go to Williamson-Jones who came into the team and bowled well, and to Officialdegui who came into the team at the last minute and produced the highlight of the match, skilfully throwing down the wickets from twenty yards out and with a single stump to aim at to remove Bradfield's dangerous number seven. (LNT)

Winchester SCB were briefly ahead; they won the toss and elected to bowl, but after that good start the game swung in Bradfield's favour. They posted 205-3 from their 20 overs, including an opening stand of 162. There were some positive signs in the bowling, with Uniacke (4-29-1) offering some control. The chase started poorly but a 56 stand between Selvan (32) and Bhardwaj offered good resistance. Winchester were all out for 124 in the last over, losing by 81 runs.


RS Feva Team (U17)

Four of our sailors - Rupert Balmain (MP, K), Nestor Montagu (MP, C), Luke Edwards (JP, K) and Alex Parkinson (JP, G) brought home the silverware in the RS Feva fleet at the BSDRA Western Area championships on Saturday. Their win in this event was resounding: they only lost one race out of the ten they sailed, with the next closest team only winning half of their races.

The team's victory was down to a combination of fast sailing and good tactical sailing when required - team racing requires the sailors to use the Racing Rules of Sailing to secure an advantage over the other team. For instance, one boat can sail to prevent another from tacking, so that a teammate can get ahead, or can set a 'mark trap' at one of the marks of the course, again using the Racing Rules to slow another boat and allow a teammate through. The Winchester team were determined to take as many '1 2' victories as possible (with their opposition in 3rd and 4th place across the finish line), and succeeded in doing this in eight out of their ten races.

While they will no doubt face stiffer competition at events later in the season, this event was an excellent start to the season for our younger sailors who are showing that they have great determination. This result is a testament to their hard work and to the high-quality training and support from our coaches Mr Eric Billington and Mr Keith Sammons. We'd also like to thank Mr Rosser at Clifton College for organising a great event. (JAAB)

Firefly Team (U19)

Our Firefly team in this event included a number of sailors who have not sailed for the team before, which allowed them to gain valuable experience of a team racing event. It also allowed some sailors who had not helmed in a competition before to do so. Despite facing stiff opposition, the team showed a very positive attitude and came out of the event with a lot of racing experience to take forward into future training and events. (JAAB)

Athletics: Multi-School Meet at Dauntsey’s

Over 10 schools were competing at Dauntsey’s so our athletes faced some very stiff opposition in their first competitive match of the season. There were good wins for Georg Graepel in the Senior Boys 1500m and Anthony Cloke-Brown in the Inter Boys 200m as well as Gus Bowden in the IB High Jump and Poom Phetkereeskul in the SB javelin. There were top three finishes on the track for Jack Pascoe in the SB 400m along with Gus Bowden and Hamish Rogers in the 100mH and 110mH respectively. There were also some good performances in the IB shot and discus from Edri Kaleshi, Jad Garlick and Henry Baxendale. (MSB)

Sunday 8th May: Cricket: Lords v RGS, High Wycombe (n)

A very pleasing performance in the 1st round of the National T20 cup where our attitude right from the moment we stepped off the bus, was "spot on".

We won the toss and elected to bat and posted a good score. Wilf played well at the top, scoring 38 off 27 balls and setting the tone, but at 80- 4 with just over 7 overs left we needed a good partnership. Thankfully Seb Morgan and Zain Malik provided this with a partnership of 48 and we were able to post 158-5, scoring 58 off the last 5. Seb batted very well, with superb shots particularly down the ground, but what was very pleasing was how many 2's we scored with excellent running between the wickets.

We set the tone in the field off the first ball when Zain Malik retrieved the ball and sent in a great throw to have the RGS opener run out. He then took a great one-handed catch at backward point off the bowling of Alex Claisse, who bowled an impressive 4 overs taking 3-13. This was well supported by Seb Morgan 3-10 and Callum Whillock 2-11 and RGS were all out for 56. We await to see who we play in the next round. (PNG)

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

Sporting quote for the week:

“On every team, there is a core group that sets the tone for everyone else. If the tone is positive, you have half the battle won. If it is negative, you are beaten before you ever walk on the field” (Chuck Noll, Former NFL Coach)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

10th May 2022

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