21 Nov 2023
Sports Report – Short Half 2023, Week 9

Sports Report – Short Half 2023, Week 9

Tuesday 14th Nov

Football: U15A v Charterhouse, ISFA U15 Cup 3rd Rd (h)

Charterhouse travelled to Winchester on Tuesday to take part in the 3rd round of the ISFA Cup. Winchester started the game poorly and conceded a corner immediately after kick off and their winger converted it with a volley into the top corner. Then just minutes later their winger crossed it in and their striker finished it neatly. There was then a good spell for Winchester but about 18 minutes in to the game we lost the ball in midfield and their midfielder drove through us and played a simple pass to their striker who scored with Seb Browning (G) getting a hand to it. However just before half time Gabriel Oluwabusola (B) scored from a cross from Jesse Feyita (C). We started the next half with Jesse threading a lovely ball through to Gabriel who rounded the keeper and scored. Then after winning a few headers after a goal kick, they played it to their winger who Seb slide tackled in the box allowing their striker to tap it in. James Redfern (A) made a brilliant side tackle, drove forward and chipped the ball in to Gabriel who brought the ball down, went past a defender and scored. Winchester still had a fighting chance though but Charterhouse scored two late goals as we pushed to get level and it ended 6-3. (Mike MacCabe, A)

Chess: National Schools Qualifiers (h)

U18B: W4.5-1.5 W5-1 W6-0 Qualified after winning all three rounds

U18C: L1.5-4.5 W4-2 W5.5-0.5 Qualified after winning 2 rounds from 3

U18D L2-4 L2-4 L0-6 Did not qualify

U18E: W4-2 L1-5 L0.5-5.5 Did not qualify

It should be noted that we are the only school to have three chess teams (A,B and C) get through qualifiers for the regional stages of the national schools’ competition.

Wednesday 15th November

Football: Soccer XI v Whitgift School, ISFA U15 Cup 3rd Rd (a)

We knew this was going to be a real test as Whitgift are a strong side and that was made evident just five minutes into the game after three efforts from the hosts resulted in 3 goals. You can say they were really great finishes but I feel we could have done better collectively. We wanted to stay in the game but two more goals by the 26th minute meant we needed to get to half time and regroup. You have to give Whitgift credit as they were the best side we have played this year and coming in 6 down was not something we expected.

The half time talk was on giving a better account of ourselves and make it harder for them to create chances and look to get our game going to cause them a few problems. No goals from us but a much better performance and even though it was not the result we wanted you have to sometimes accept the opposition were the better side. L7-0 (JRD)

Thursday 16th November

Badminton v Bradfield College

Although the result may seem not as expected, many matches went into scores of 21-19 and even 22-20, making the loss closer than it seems. Our B-team gave it their all against their A-team and the match was great. The man of the match goes to Josiah Essiam, who was part of the first pair who won 4 out of 4 of their matches and made many heavy smashes to give them victory in the last game against Bradfield 1st pair. (Pak Yin Ho, D)

Squash v Wellington College (a) U15A’s: Draw U14A’s: Draw

Friday 17th November

Football: Soccer XI v OWFC (a)

The evening kick off for the annual Maclure Pot fixture against the OWs always provides an opportunity for a bit of team bonding before the kick off. This year the team travelled up early to Westfield Shopping centre for a bit of indoor cricket at Sixes in Shepherds Bush to get us in the right frame of mind for the big game.

On arrival at the venue it was great to see so many boys who have recently represented Soccer XI continuing to play and they were clearly keen to beat us. What a great game of football! Both teams looked to play and make use of a big pitch at Acton. Winchester College went ahead after a corner taken by Euan came back to him and he delivered superbly for Lucas to glance in via a deflection into the bottom corner. After a goal we always emphasise the importance of keeping it tight for the next few minutes but unfortunately that guidance wasn’t heeded., The OW's touched the kick off for James Essex to score from the half way line!! Oh it was a sweat goal and he certainly enjoyed it. Just to show it was not a one off, ten minutes later he scored another from 25 yards with the ball swerving to make Steve’s task in goal even harder.

The 2nd half continued with some excellent play from both teams and it was Winchester College who deservedly got back level with Ethan playing Alex over the top. The skipper used his pace well and then deftly clipped the ball over Will Whitehead to draw the boys level. The last 10 minutes saw both teams looking to win the game but in the end a draw was probably a fair result. Mr Burley presented the Maclure Trophy to Lekan and Alex and many thanks for the OW's for sorting the pitch and post match refreshments and a thoroughly enjoying afternoon and evening it proved to be. D2-2 (JRD)

Sunday 19th November

Polo: SUPA Southern Area November Competition

36 teams from across the country representing many schools and clubs of different types met for the Autumn Schools competition and Max Ingram, Jeffrey Chan and Lucas Xiao donned the blue polo shirts for Winchester College. Competing in the Senior Novice event the boys defeated Stowe Blue 4-1, Shrewsbury 1st 4-0 and Minninnooka Seniors winning 5-0.to win their tournament category. They won their games 5-0, 4-0 and 4-1, playing brilliantly as a team.

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

Sporting quote for the week:

“The athletes who improve most all have self-awareness to understand their weakness and the humility to accept and do something about it”

Anthony Tjan, CEO Cue Ball Capital

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

21st November 2023

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