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    2017

    Thursday 25 May 2017

    • National Equestrian Championships selection
      Congratulations to Jack Ashworth (S UVI) on Kafka and Thomas Tulloch (Rt UVI) on Bally Blackjack, who have been selected to ride for the North Wales and West Midlands team at the National Under-18 Championships this summer.

      Both boys already compete at Under-21 level and have had wins and excellent results throughout the season to catch the eye of the selectors.

      The National Under-18 Championships take place at Frickley Park over a period of five days in July. Proceedings start with a Veterinary Inspection, where the horses are led up by their riders to be passed fit for competition. Then there are two days of dressage followed by a day of cross-country across the Frickley parkland, when competitors have to negotiate their way over some 25 obstacles, including two water complexes.  There is a final veterinary inspection on the last morning to check the horses after the rigours of the previous day's cross-country. Those horses passed fit go forward to the final show jumping phase, after which final results can be determined.

    Monday 15 May 2017

    • Girls' U15 cricket team are National Runners-Up
      Shrewsbury School's Under-15 Girls’ cricket team finished an exciting day at Lord's Cricket Ground as Runners-Up in the National Finals of the Lady Taverners' Indoor Cricket Competition.

       

      Having been crowned Midlands Regional Champions on 2nd May, Shrewsbury joined teams from Devon, Essex, Norfolk and Yorkshire for Finals Day on 15th May to compete for the national title.

      Shrewsbury won their first match against St Aidan’s High School by 36 runs and then went on to play Felsted School in the second round. Shrewsbury made 98 – 8 in their eight overs, but it was not quite enough to keep their opponents at bay, and in the final nail-biting over of the match Felsted claimed victory.

      In their third match against South Dartmoor Community College, Shrewsbury’s Captain Issy Wong made 63 runs, leading the team to a total of 119. When South Dartmoor ended their eight overs on 89, Shrewsbury claimed their second victory of the day.

      In their fourth and final match against Old Buckenham High, Shrewsbury didn't quite manage to produce their batting performances of the previous games. Despite a low total, the girls were determined to keep fighting on till the end. But they just narrowly lost on the final ball of the game. Nevertheless, even though the girls had won two and lost two, by racking up the runs in the three previous games (which put them at the top of table when it came to runs scored) they ended up finishing second overall.

      “We are gutted to have come so close,” said their Coach Gwenan Davies “but I’m extremely proud of how far the girls have come. They’ve shown some fantastic character throughout the entire competition and to come second out of 900 schools in the country is an outstanding achievement.

      “It’s truly remarkable to think that just two years ago girls’ cricket at Shrewsbury School was in its infancy, but it’s now a podium sport offering four teams with squads of 13 in each! The girls continue to show relentless drive to be the best possible cricketers they can be, and it is a genuine pleasure to be guiding them through.

      "The future looks bright for Shrewsbury School girls’ cricket!”

    • RSSBC: Nottingham City Regatta
      The J15, J16 and Senior crews competed at the Nottingham City Regatta held at Holme Pierrepont on Saturday 13th May, racing mainly in senior events to get some tough competition in preparation for the National Schools’ Regatta at the end of May.

      There were plenty of entries into most events, which meant crews had to race in heats and generally come in the top two or three in order to qualify for the final. A stiff headwind welcomed the crews onto the start line.

      The best result of the day came for four boys from the 1st VIII who won the Senior Coxless Fours’ race, showing great maturity and pacing to row through their opposition in the final few strokes of the race.

      A brief summary of the other results:

      1st VIII       - 3rd in IM1 VIIIs, 1st in Sen IV-, 5th in IM2 IV+
      2nd VIII      -  5th in IM2 VIIIs and 2nd in J18 VIIIs
      3rd VIII       - 5th in J18 VIIIs
      J16 VIII      - 4th in IM2 VIIIs, 4th & 5th in IM3 IV- heats
      J15 VIII      - 3rd in Novice VIIIs heat, 3th in IM3 VIIIs heat
      1st 4X        - 3rd in WJ18 4X
      WJ16 4X    - 4th in WJ16 4X
      WJ15 VIII   - 3rd in Novice VIIIs and 3rd in Novice IVX+

      Athol Hundermark, Director of Rowing

      Please click on the image below to scroll through a gallery of photos from the Regatta.

    Friday 12 May 2017

    • Two Salopian oarsmen win GB Gold
      Congratulations to Matthew Rowe (SH UVI) and Barnaby Fox (PH UVI) who won GB gold medals last weekend at the 2017 International DRV Junior Regatta, which was held at the Munich Olympic Regatta Centre in Oberschleissheim.

       

      They were both members of the crew that won the A final of the Junior Men’s Eight.

      Matthew also won gold in the Junior Men’s Pair.

      Shrewsbury's Director of Rowing Athol Hundermark was delighted with their success. "The event runs over two days and acts as a preparation for the Junior World Championships, which are taking place in Lithuania in August. The Great Britain selectors will look to see how they do against other nations, and Matthew and Barney can be very happy with how they did in Germany.

      "Matt competed in the World Championships last year and Barney was at the Europeans, so they know how fierce the competition is and how it all works. It is fantastic that they have come back from Munich with medals around their necks, and a lot of confidence as well - and that is important."

       

    • Cricket: Clean sweep against Repton
      Congratulations to all players and staff on achieving a clean sweep over Repton on Saturday 6th May.

      There were some outstanding individual performances; perhaps the most impressive in the 1st XI were the 118 not out from Jamie Crawley and six wickets for Fourth Former Peter Clark.

      Scoresheets for most of the Shrewsbury School cricket teams can be viewed on the CricHQ website: https://www.crichq.com/clubs/204564/teams

      The 1st XI also qualified, with a home tie, for the HMC T20 qualifying matches on Sunday 7th May.

      Semi-Final   1
      Shrewsbury 176 for 3 (20 overs) (Jamie Crawley 52no)
      Oswestry 67 for 6 (20 overs)
      Shrewsbury won by 109 runs

      Final
      Shrewsbury 157 for 7   (20 overs) ( Dan Humes 38, George Garrett 45)
      Newcastle 55 for 8   (20 overs)
      Shrewsbury won by 102 runs

    Thursday 11 May 2017

    • Shrewsbury Regatta
      A total of 74 school crews raced in the Shrewsbury Regatta last weekend (6th/7th May). Between them they finished with a tremendous 33 wins across all age groups and a total of 144 medals.

      The majority of the pupils were racing in small boats and competed in multiple events.

      There was a fantastic atmosphere with large numbers in support from parents and Salopians over both days.

      It was great to see a vibrant and competitive Boat Club winning numerous events across all the age groups over both days.

      Well done to all, and thank you to Boatman Andy Clark and all the coaches in managing the challenge of getting so many pupils out racing.

      Saturday wins: J18 8+, IM3 8+, J16 8+, WJ15 8+, IM2 4+, J16 4+, WJ15 4+, WJ15B 4+, WJ16 4X, WN4X+, J14 4X+, WIM2 2X, IM3 2X, WJ18 2X, WJ16 2X, J18 2- and IM1 1X

      Sunday wins: IM3 8+, J14 8X+, IM2 4+, IM3 4+, J16 4+, J164X, J15 4X+, WN4X+, WJ15 4X+, N2X, WJ17 2X, J15 2X, J17 2-, J18 1X, WJ16 1X, J15 1X

      Athol Hundermark, Director of Rowing


       

      Please click on the image below to scroll through a gallery of images taken during the Regatta. (Clicking on the magnifying glass in the top right-hand of a photo will open it up at full size.)



    Tuesday 9 May 2017

    • GB gold medals for 2 Salopian rowers
      Congratulations to Matthew Rowe (SH UVI) and Barnaby Fox (PH UVI) who won GB gold medals last weekend at the 2017 International DRV Junior Regatta, which was held at the Munich Olympic Regatta Centre in Oberschleissheim.

       

       

    • Boys' tennis news
      The boys’ senior tennis team enjoyed an excellent victory against Uppingham last Saturday, 6th May.

      Although in recent years the Shrewsbury 1st VI have won against Uppingham at home, this is the first time they have beaten them away from home for more than 20 years.

      First pair Alex Loumidis and Alex Webb led from the front, winning 6-0 6-1 6-4 in their sets.  Max and Guy Morris won 2 out of their 3 sets, and Tom Bromley-Davenport and the Frank Morris won a set.  Shrewsbury were 2-1 down after the first round, as were the 2nd VI, where first pair Jesse Mattinson and Lucas Paul won all 3 of their sets. 

      “To come from behind after a long coach journey showed great character and resolve by the Shrewsbury squad,” commented Master in Charge, Myles Harding.

      The 3rd IV did well to claw their way back from 2-0 to 3-3. 

      Shrewsbury v Uppingham
      1st VI won 6-3
      2nd VI won 5-4
      3rd IV drew 3-3

      U15A won 7.5-1.5
      U15B won 7-2

      U14A lost 5-4
      U14B lost 5-4

      The 1st VI have also recorded wins recently over Ellesmere and King Edward’s School Birmingham. They are looking forward to playing Repton on Saturday 13th May.

    Friday 5 May 2017

    • Girls' U15 cricket team are Lady Taverners' Indoor Cricket Regional Champions
      Huge congratulations to our Under-15 Girls’ cricket team, who have made Salopian cricketing history by becoming Midlands Regional Champions in the national Lady Taverners’ Indoor Cricket competition. Lord's, here we come!

       

      Report by their Coach, Gwen Davies:

      Having won the County Championships of the Lady Taverners’ Indoor Cricket competition at the end of last term, the U15 Girls’ cricket team had an early start on Tuesday 2nd May to travel to Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, Staffordshire for the Regional Finals, to compete against the champions of eight other counties.

      As we arrived, we were handed the itinerary for the day which stated who was in our groups and how many games we had to play. As the girls had never been past the County Finals stage in previous years, we had no idea what to expect, and so the instruction was to do the best we could and put on a display of competitive cricket. That we certainly did in the group stages, scoring 99, 98 and 98 in our first three innings.

      The performances with the bat in the group stages were phenomenal and we really did look unbeatable. After concluding the first match by bowling Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat all out for 44, Laura Elliott overheard a hugely complimentary comment from their coach of “Unlucky, girls; that was a great effort against the best school here”. And this was only the first game! However, the Shrewsbury team didn’t let this praise go to their heads and they knuckled down to produce their best indoor performances yet.

      The top two teams from both groups qualified for the Semi-Finals. As we finished top of our group, we were up against the runners-up of the other group, Christopher Whitehead School. Winning the toss, skipper Issy Wong decided to bat first and we posted a total of 93 from their 8 overs. After dominating with the bat in the group stages, it was time the girls showed their talent with the ball – and they sure did shine as they bowled Christopher Whitehead College all out for 61 with an over to spare! A brilliant victory heading into the Final.

      Beating Headington in the other Semi-Final, our opponents in the Final were Painsley from Staffordshire. After hearing whispers of Painsley having more than a couple of Staffordshire County cricketers, the nerves started to pile on. We batted first once again and posted a total of 76. The nerves had got to the girls and unfortunately they hadn’t performed with the bat as well as they had in previous games. However, I had no doubt whatsoever about their bowling ability! Showing some ruthless characteristics, the girls manage to bowl Painsley all out for 54 in the 7th over! We’d done it... Regional Champs!!

      There was some fantastic talent on show in the entire competition and I’m extremely proud of how far the girls have come. Now it’s on to the National Finals at Lord’s on the 15th of May!

       

    • RSSBC: J16 VIII win Gold at the Wallingford Regatta

      The Boat Club took five crews to race at the Wallingford Regatta over the Coach Weekend, 29th – 30th April.

      Strong winds curtailed the racing format but did allow for all the crews to get down the course and post a time in what is a highly competitive event held at Dorney Lake.

      The 2nd VIII were the first to take to the water in the J18B Eights’ event. The crew had a good tussle with the Eton J16 eight to come in second in their heat. Their time placed them just short of the top six.

      The 1st VIII competed in Challenge Eights in the morning. In their heat they led the field impressively through to 1500m, where Eton’s 1st VIII came through to claim first place ahead of Shrewsbury in second. Unfortunately the final didn’t take place because of the weather conditions, but the crew can be pleased with their fourth place on time in the highest category eights’ event.

      In the afternoon the 1st VIII, with a few crew changes, raced in the J18 Eights’ event. The race was held in a time-trial format where the eight came in fourth.

      The J16 VIII, Girls’ 1st Quad and J15 Girls’ Four all had time-trials for their events. The Girls’ 1st Quad came ninth in their event and the J15 Girls placed 17th out of 30 in the Senior Women’s Club event.

      The J16 VIII handled the challenging conditions with distinction to take first place in the J16 Eights’ event. They won by a margin of five seconds over the first and second placed crews from the Schools’ Head of the River. It was a tremendous result for the crew in tough conditions.
      Mr Hundermark, Director of Rowing


    Wednesday 3 May 2017

    • Lily Freeman-Attwood qualifies for Horse of the Year Show
      Congratulations to Lily Freeman-Attwood (EDH IV), who has secured a place in the Pony Foxhunter Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show, which will take place in October.

      Riding Capability Brown, Lily won first place in the second round of the Pony Foxhunter Championship last weekend.

    Tuesday 2 May 2017

    • An exciting new chapter for Shrewsbury School cricket
      Friday 28th April 2017 marked an historic day for Shrewsbury School, as we competed in our first ever senior girls’ cricket fixture.

      Report by Gwen Davies, Graduate Cricket Coach

      Women’s cricket has been a rapidly growing game in the country since the England Cricket Board introduced professional contracts for the England Women in 2015. And in the last three years at Shrewsbury School we have gone from having one girls’ team of 11 players, to now having four teams with 45 girls playing.

      The match against Moreton Hall on Friday was a fantastic showcase of just how far the girls have come.

      Winning the toss, skipper Emma Graham decided to field first. Given that the senior team’s strength is their bowling, the girls would admit that they didn’t produce their best performance with the ball, as Moreton racked up 111 for 8 wickets from their 20 overs. However, this did not faze our opening batters, Sophia Breese (43) and Lizzie Ware (30), who got us off to an outstanding start with an opening partnership of 78 from just 12 overs. The damage was done!

      The highlight of the game for me had to be Emma Graham crashing a six over mid-wicket for all her fellow pupils to see. She received a huge cheer from the crowd departing lessons in Hodgson Hall!

      The game was quickly concluded by Issy Wong hitting a four, to win the game in just 18.1 overs; a fantastic start to the season and an astounding eight-wicket victory for a team that included ten U16s, one U17 and one U18.

      Thanks must go to the ground staff for treating the preparations for this match just like a 1st XI fixture and also to Andy Barnard, Master in Charge of Cricket, for his tireless support. Exciting times ahead for girls’ cricket at Shrewsbury School!

    Monday 1 May 2017

    • RSSBC Senior Training Camp
      Fifty senior rowers travelled to Lissac-sur-Couze in France for the final week of the Easter holiday for the Boat Club’s annual training camp. The gruelling schedule of seat racing, training, revision, eating and sleeping was made that much more enjoyable by fantastic water conditions and warm weather.

      The camp provided the opportunity for the rowers to get plenty of time out in small boats and to receive detailed feedback to improve their skills. The chance to do work on the 2000-metre rowing course provided the ideal location to make provisional crew selections and do timed pieces as crews built up their race profile for the busy term of racing ahead.

      The clear water and sandy beach on the river bank was also put to good use for cooling down after sessions as the temperatures rose through the day.

      There was a very positive and productive atmosphere throughout the camp, which should hopefully ensure that all the rowers returned having achieved the two main goals of the camp: a) of being better academically prepared for their exams; and b) making them each better oarsmen/oarswomen.

      The quality and quantity of food was fantastic once again, which allowed the pupils to perform and the coaches to gain a few more unnecessary pounds...

      Many thanks to Mr Grant, Mr Clark, Mr Wilson, Miss Milanova and Mr Higgs for helping make it all happen.
      Mr Hundermark, Director of Rowing

      Please click on the image below to scroll through a gallery of photos from the camp. (Clicking on the magnifying glass in the top right-hand of a photo will open it up at full size.)


    Friday 28 April 2017

    • David Lau (O LVI) takes Shrewsbury School squash to new heights
      Squash has grown enormously in popularity at Shrewsbury in recent years, thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm of Master in Charge, Myles Harding. This year has seen the arrival of an extremely gifted young player, David Lau, one of the top young players in the country.

      David joined Shrewsbury School from Hong Kong last September as a Sixth Form entrant.

      “He plays squash with a rare combination of accuracy, finesse and guile and could play professionally in the future were he so minded,” says Mr Harding.  “On top of representing Shrewsbury School, David has also played for Kingsland Squash Club and is one of the best players in Shropshire.  In fact his coach thinks that he is well inside the top 30 Under-19 players nationally.

      “He is an incredible talent but plays squash with great humility. All of the boys in Top Squad Squash have learnt a lot from watching his desire for self-improvement and his obvious technical ability."

      Mr Harding would also like to thank the Kingsland Squash Club for supporting David's development, and in particular Andrew Birks, Guy Rutter and Dan Aimer, who have helped to coach him and arranged for competition for David – which is not easy to find. 

    Saturday 22 April 2017

    • RSSBC: J15s and J16s win gold at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta
      Five Shrewsbury crews represented the West Midlands Region in the Junior Inter Regional Regatta held in Nottingham on Saturday 22nd April.

      The event saw crews from the 12 British Rowing regions competing in various boat classes in the J14 to J16 age groups.

      The Shrewsbury crews were competing in the J14 Quad, J15 Four, WJ15 Quad, J16 Four and the J16 Eight.

      There were fantastic wins for both the J15 Four and the J16 Eight. The J15s had come fourth on time in the heats and had a job to do to pick up a medal in the final. They put in a tremendous performance to claim gold with a gutsy row over the 1500m course and posted a very quick time.

      The J16 Eight won their heat with a solid row and progressed to the final as favourites. They set the pace early on and produced a commanding row to claim gold in the grand finale of the regatta.

      The J15 girls raced strongly and were in the medal places for the most of the race, but just fell short on the line.

      The J14 Quad had a very tough race in their heat with less than one second separating third to fifth, so it was great to see them finish on the right side of the line in third place and qualify for the A final. They showed great tenacity in the final and went nine seconds quicker than they had done in the heat, to come in fifth.

      The J16 Four came third in the B final.

      Athol Hundermark, Director of Rowing


    Friday 21 April 2017

    • Shrewsbury School / PlayerLayer sports video
      A terrific film from our sports kit supplier PlayerLayer showcasing sport at Shrewsbury School.

      Our pupils take pride in representing the School in all spheres and at all levels of sport. The kit they wear is an important part of their ‘Salopian’ identity and a key opportunity to fly the flag for Shrewsbury School.

      As part of our ongoing relationship, a team of staff and pupils worked with our sports kit supplier PlayerLayer during the Lent Term to create a collaborative promotional video.

      Director of Sport, Andrew Murfin writes, “I am delighted to be working with a British kit supplier with whom we share ideals of high-quality sport performance and an understanding of the School’s sporting heritage.”

      Although primarily a promotional video to showcase the RSSH kit range, we hope that you will feel it captures some of the spirit of sport at Shrewsbury.

      Please feel free to share the link with friends and family, via social media.

      The video can be viewed via their website:
      http://playerlayer.com/collaborations/shrewsbury-school
      or via their Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/pg/PlayerLayer/videos/?ref=page_internal

      “PlayerLayer are proud to be partnering with Shrewsbury School.   Shrewsbury is undoubtedly one of the leading Independent Schools in the UK, with a rich heritage dating back to the 16th century.  Our values are very much aligned and we hope we can contribute to the performance, look and feeling on the sports field, whilst upholding the traditions of the School.” James Clayfield – PlayerLayer Co-Founder

    • National Schools' Fives Championships
      More than 670 pairs from 33 schools took part in the 2017 Marsh National Schools’ Fives Championships, held at Eton during the final week of the Lent Term.

      A few of the Shrewsbury School highlights from the Championships are listed below, but please follow the link to read the full report by Master in Charge of Fives Seb Cooley: National Fives Championships 2017

      • Nina Lange & Sophia Breese battled hard in the final to win the Senior Ladies’ competition against a strong Highgate pair, including a two-time former champion. No mean feat for a Lower Sixth Former and a Fifth Former in their second and third year of playing!
      • Our top Third Form pair, Finn Sansom & Dan Schofield, reached the final of the U14 Beginner competition.
      • Issy Wong & Adelaide Sillar reached the final of the U15 Ladies competition.
      • Morgan Butler & Sophie Cormack won the Ladies’ Festival competition.
      • Dan Orchard & Adam Aslam-Baskeyfield reached the semi-finals of the Senior competition, only losing to the 1st seeds and eventual winners.
      • Ross Orchard & Sam McLoughlin reached the quarter-finals of the Seniors.
      • Lower Sixth Formers Tom Brunskill and Tom Bromley-Davenport got to the last 16.

    • ISI Inspection Reports 2017
      We are delighted to publish the reports of two inspections carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate from 28th February – 2nd March 2017. The Inspectors’ findings and conclusions serve as a wonderful endorsement of all that Shrewsbury is trying to achieve and reflect extremely positively on the work of the staff, pupils and wider school community.

      The first inspection was a Focused Compliance Inspection, which concluded that the School is fully compliant in all respects with the highly rigorous regulations and boarding standards.

      The second was an Educational Quality Inspection, which reports on the quality of the School’s work. It focuses on two key outcomes: “the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements” and “the quality of pupils’ personal development”.  In both cases, the School was assessed as “excellent”, the highest available category.

      The inspection process was part of a new ‘no notice’ format, which meant that the School was informed of the inspection 24 hours before it began.

      A team of five inspectors observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with pupils and examined samples of pupils’ work. They held discussions with members of staff and with the Deputy Chair of Governors, observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities that occurred during the inspection period and attended house meetings. Inspectors visited boarding houses together with the learning support and education resource areas. The responses of parents and pupils to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors examined curriculum and other documentation made available by the School.

      The full reports are published on the Inspection Reports page of this website but may also be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

    Thursday 20 April 2017

    • International equestrian titles for Lily Freeman-Atwood
      Many congratulations to Lily Freeman-Attwood (EDH IV) on her outstanding victories at the Bonheiden Youth Festival in Belgium, where she claimed two ‘grand prix’ titles.

      Having already secured one win on the second day of the competition riding her trusty steed Topspin, with whom she had considerable success last year, Lily hit a purple patch on the final day.

      Riding a new pony, Valmy de Treille, in the big tour 1.25m pony grand prix and competing in a field of 57 contenders, she was one of seven who recorded double clear rounds. Riding last in the 1.30m jump off and with the clock against her, she stormed to victory by 1.09 seconds.

      Later in the day, a total of 51 contended the junior 1.40m grand prix, but such was the tough, technical track, only four riders posted initial clears to access the jump-off.  Nonetheless, three again provided penalty-free rounds and it was all about the clock.  This time riding Topspin, Lily once again galloped ahead to take the title with a 0.84 sec advantage, trumping her three Belgian rivals.

      Back in England the following week, Lily had further success at the Pony of the Year Show, held at the Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Bedfordshire on 17th April. Competing in the five- and six-year-old championship on Capability Brown, she won by 0.71 seconds.

    Tuesday 18 April 2017

    • Tremendous haul of GB medals for Hattie Bramwell at South African Fullbore Bisley Championships
      Many congratulations to Hattie Bramwell (EDH LVI), who spent 12 days during the Easter holiday competing in the South African Fullbore Bisley Championships as part of the Under-19 GB Rifle Team. Not only was she the youngest member of the GB team – and indeed of the whole competition – but she was also the most decorated, winning a total of eight individual medals.

       

      The South African Championships was a major international competition, including teams from Canada, South Africa, Australia and Great Britain. Shooting 42,000 rounds over the 12 days of competition and in temperatures of 35 degrees, it was a test of stamina as well as skill.

      The GB team did exceptionally well, picking up three team medals and a number of individual medals in addition to Hattie’s amazing eight.

      The Under-19 Fullbore shooting competitions were completed over many distances ranging from 300 to 1,000 yards using open sights. The rounds fly at 3,000ft per second and at longer distances it can take up to a second for them to reach the target. So the rifle shooter not only has the rifle and target to contend with, but also the wind – which can cause havoc. They must interpret the wind by watching the wind flags which are on the range and adjusting their sights accordingly. Apparently the winds on the range in South Africa were very tricky!

      Hattie gives a short summary of the tour:

      The GB U19 Rifle team 2017 consisted of eight shooters, three girls and five boys, from all over Britain, as far as Guernsey to Northern Ireland. Our three and a half week tour was split into three main sections: acclimatisation, competition and R&R.

      During the acclimatisation we did some physical fitness to get used to the altitude as well as team bonding activities. By the time the shooting started, we had begun to get used to the heat, reaching up to 37’C. However, the slight glitch was that, having been used to T-shirts and shorts, we now had to shoot in a thick jumper and shooting jacket, which is made of canvas and leather, so on the first day we were all boiling!  The distances we were shooting ranged from 300m all the way back to 900m.

      The team as a whole were very successful, especially as the pressure was on after last year’s team broke a junior record in one of their shoots. We won all three of our matches against the South African U19s, which was fantastic.

      Some of us also went on to get individual medals in the individual part of the competition, which lasted for 12 days straight. I somehow managed to get eight individual medals. Tom Rylands, who is an OS, was also shooting for the senior GB team who won all their matches too, beating countries such as Australia, Canada, America and, of course, South Africa. This is only the second time a current Salopian and OS have been on the same rifle tour. Tom will also be shooting with the GB team in Canada this summer, when I will be shooting with the British Cadet Rifle Team out there too.

      The final part of the tour was great fun, as we had a day in the Kruger as well as doing other activities like white water rafting and tree canopy zip lining.

      I was extremely lucky to be part of such an amazing tour and I hope future Salopians can go on to do the same.

    • RSSBC: J15 retain their Junior Sculling Head title
      Nine Shrewsbury crews took to the water at Dorney Lake on the last day of the Lent Term for the Junior Sculling Head. The highlight of the day was a victory for the J15 boys in the octuple, retaining the title they won last year.

      The Girls’ 1st Quad came in 9th of 31 crews.

      The J16 boys raced in a quad, coming 11th of 30 crews.

      The J15 girls came 4th of eight crews.

      The J14 boys had four octuples entered and came 4th, 31st, 37th and 59th of 61 crews.
      ATH

      Please click on the image below to view a gallery of photos taken during the day:

    Friday 24 March 2017

    • Girls' U15 cricket team are Lady Taverners' Indoor Cricket County Champions
      Many congratulations to the U15 girls' cricket team who were crowned Lady Taverners' Indoor Cricket County Champions on Tuesday 21st March.

       

       

      This was the second year that Shrewsbury had qualified for the County Finals, and the team were determined to improve on last year’s third place. The date fell right in the middle of the National Schools’ Fives Championships, which the majority of the girls were competing in as well. Nevertheless, they managed to find time to prepare well, seeking extra training sessions when they felt they needed them. The girls were ready.

      Just before the competition started, we were informed by the organisers that one of the schools had pulled out and that we would therefore be playing the first game rather than sitting it out as originally scheduled. For a few minutes, fears crept in of a possible repeat of last year’s disappointment when a school had also failed to turn up and we had ended up facing our toughest opponents, Moreton Hall, in the first game and losing.

      This year, however, we drew Newport Girls High first. We won the toss and elected to bowl. Lara Ockleston took the ball for the first over. Early nerves showed as we conceded 13 runs; Newport were off to a flyer. But with the third ball of Georgia Kannreuther’s over we took a wicket, dismissing one of the opening batters. Enter Ellie Kynaston. Ellie bowled a perfectly timed wicket maiden, piling the pressure on to Newport. It proved to be the critical over, as they managed to score just 20 runs in the next four. Thanks to some smart glove work from Georgie Nicholas behind the stumps, Shrewsbury had a target of 59 to reach.

      With no hesitation, our top three batters, Amelie Davies, Ellie Kynaston and Issy Wong, all retired on 16, 17 and 15 respectively. We had the game in the bag, needing just 11 runs to win. With a ruthless mind-set and some intelligent running once more from Alice Hughes and Georgia Kannreuther, we sealed the game in just five overs. Game 1 done; on to the next one!

      The second game saw us up against Bridgnorth Endowed. Losing the toss this time, we were put in to bat first. Leading from the front and showing her class yet again, Amelie Davies retired on 16, with Ellie falling just short and being bowled on 14. Due to some misfortune we lost our skipper early for just 3 runs, but this did not seem to shake our determined young Third Formers, with Georgie Nicholas following in the footsteps of her comrade Ellie, also being dismissed on 14. After a quick fire 9 from Alice, Lara ended the innings with a very well-worked 16 and we concluded with a total of 98, our highest score in the competition so far.

      Having shaken off the early nerves in the previous match, Lara showed her true ability in her first over of the second game by claiming 2 wickets and conceding just 4 runs. We started to make our mark. Following on from a fantastic over from Lara, Issy then followed suit by conceding just 1 run. Bridgnorth were 5-2 from 2 overs; they had a big job to do. A rare loose over from Ellie allowed Bridgnorth to catch up slightly, as they climbed to 22-2 from 3. But with Alice Hughes calmly taking a vital wicket in her over and conceding just 3 runs, the game was over, as Bridgnorth needed a mammoth 73 from their 4 remaining overs. The second game was in the bag with a 35-run victory.

      And so on to the decider, the big one, the game that the girls had been preparing for! Skipper Issy lost the toss and we were put into bat once more. Amelie showed no remorse by crashing the first ball for 4 and the third ball for 6. We were off to a stormer! Then owing to a misunderstanding between our openers, Ellie was run out without facing a ball. Two balls later, our skipper was caught behind without scoring. The dreaded collapse began!

      We lost Georgie and Alice in quick succession, followed by Lara and Mollie 10 runs later. But Georgia Kannreuther held strong and waited for Amelie to return to the crease after retiring. Thanks to Amelie’s class and Georgia’s determination, we strode on to 104-6 from our 8 overs; a fantastic achievement. And once again we beat our original top score of 98.

      Nevertheless, the girls realised they still had a job to do with the ball. Thanks to wickets from Issy, Ellie, Georgia and Lara in their best bowling performances yet, and to some mature captaincy from Issy, the girls pull off a fantastic win against our rivals to dismiss them all for just 67 runs!

      County Champions!

      Head Coach Gwen Davies was thrilled with the team’s achievement. “Throughout the qualifiers and the finals, the girls have shown fantastic maturity and determination, and they have been an absolute pleasure to work with this term. We now look forward to the regional finals at the end of April, which will then also bring the outdoor season. The girls have certainly earned a well-deserved break over Easter! Congratulations to them all.”

      Miss Davies

    • RSSBC: North of England Head
      Just a few days before the Schools’ Head of the River Race in London (report to be published on the website shortly), on Saturday 18th March the Boat Club had ten crews racing at the North of England Head.

      The Senior, J16 and J15 girls took to the water in division one in two quads and an eight respectively.

      The Senior girls’ quad was the fastest women’s quad of the day and put down a fantastic time despite having to steer around four Novice eights along the course. It was a fitting first appearance and win for the girls’ new boat named the Philip Lapage. 

      1st Quad in training

      The J16 girls had a good row and had to settle for a commendable second place out of five crews in their event.

      The J15 girls have been making outstanding progress in recent weeks, having turned their hands to sweep rowing in preparation for Thursday’s Schools’ Head of the River. They impressed many as they dominated the J15 girls’ eight event and can take some confidence in their performance.

      It was the turn of the boy’s crews and Novice girls in the second division. The 1st VIII were not to be outdone by the Senior girls and didn’t hold back as they took first place and recorded the fastest time of the day in impressive fashion. This was the first race for the new 1st VIII boat, the Robert Beeston.

      The 2nd VIII and J16A VIIIs both put in very strong performances to win the J18 and J16 events respectively.

      The 3rd VIII put in a strong row to come fourth in IM3 8s and should take some confidence from their performance heading into Schools’ Head.

      2nd VIII
      J16 A VIII
      3rd VIII

      The J16B VIII came second to the King’s 2nd VIII in the J17 VIIIs. As with the 3rd VIII, they were looking forward to taking on their equivalent opposition at the Schools’ Head on Thursday.

      J16 B VIII

      The J15B Quad raced over the short course in J15 quads, coming fourth.

      It was a great sight to see our Novice Senior girls out racing in the octuple at their first ever race. Getting the girls to the start line has been an achievement for all concerned and we look forward to seeing them racing at more event s over the summer.

      Congratulations to the 1st VIII: Tomas Shiels, Matthew Rowe, Sam Branford, Zander Lyster-Binns, Barney Fox, Matthew Farrow, Alex King, Rory McKirdy and Mathew Hedges; and to the Girls’ 1st Quad: Alys Howells, Jennifer Hallsworth, Eleanor Fox and Tessa Scott Bell.

      Mr Hundermark, Director of Rowing

    • RSSH goes ‘hashing’
      Members of the Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt took part in a ‘hash run’ across the hills of Shropshire this week.

      ‘Hashing’ involves following a trail set by staff and runners, with the ‘hounds’ being the remainder of the runners attempting to pick up the trail. The Hunt usually do at least one a term, and kind parents living in rural areas often offer a venue and large ‘slay’ (tea) afterwards.

      This week we were the guests of Mrs Anna Bayliss, and the group ran a tough and muddy 14 kilometres over hill and lane in a quiet western corner of Shropshire, with lovely views towards Wales and even a snow-capped Cader Idris.

      The RSSH is very grateful to Anna Bayliss and Gemma Hughes (both current parents of boys at the School) for their generous hospitality and for making the event such a success.
      NPD


    Thursday 23 March 2017

    • Nine Shrewsbury School fencers qualify for the British Youth National Finals

      Congratulations to the following pupils who have now qualified to represent the West Midlands Region at the British Youth National finals to be held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, 29th April - 1st May 2017.

      Foil
      Boys Under-18 -Stanley Wong
      Girls Under-18 - Suky Ou Yang

      Epée
      Boys Under-18 - William Holcroft
      Boys Under-16 - James Hinwood and Jan Tai
      Boys Under-14 - Oliver Holcroft

      Sabre
      Girls Under-18 - Suky Ou Yang
      Boys Under-16 - Andrew Chan
      Boys Under-14 - Oliver Toms

    Monday 20 March 2017

    • U15 County Lacrosse Tournament
      Following the U19 County teams' successes last term, Shropshire came out top again in the U15 A and B North Counties Tournaments at Queen Margaret's York last week.

      Georgia Kannreuther (MSH IV) and Poppy Collingwood-Cameron (EDH IV) were hugely instrumental in the success of the A team, scoring many of the goals. Georgia was singled out for particular praise from the Moreton Hall coaches for her solid play.

      In the B team, Captain Laura Elliott (G IV) led the team to three comfortable victories (after a little stumble in the first five minutes of the Tournament), winning 10-5 over Cheshire, 11-2 over Lancashire and 10-5 over Yorkshire.

      Special credit to Lucy Lees (EDH III) for her incredible stamina and determination. And well done to Willa Bowman (MSH III), Annabel Naylor (G IV) and fellow team members Laura and Lucy.

      Mrs Nicholas

    Friday 17 March 2017

    • Amelie Davies selected to play hockey for Wales
      Many congratulations to Amelie Davies (MSH IV), who has been selected to play for the Wales Under-16 Hockey team in their International Test Series versus Scotland and Switzerland next month.

      Amelie has been playing hockey since she was seven years old and plays for Wrexham Glyndwr Hockey Club in addition to her commitments as part of the Shrewsbury School U16 team. She has also been part of the Shropshire Squad for several years.

      Last summer she entered the Wales 360 Performance Programme and she has progressed quickly through their Performance levels. She was nominated for a three-day U16 National Age Group camp held in Cardiff in December and has attended several further training sessions since then.

      She is excited to be representing Wales in their Test Series against Switzerland and Scotland in Cardiff over the Easter weekend. “I am thrilled to have been selected and aim to continue improving as a player and to inspire others to play. I hope to retain my place for the match against France later this year and also the Futures Cup. My ambition is to eventually progress to the International Senior Squad.”

      Amelie is also part of Shrewsbury School's U15 girls' cricket team that won through to the Lady Taverners' Indoor Cricket Area Finals last Tuesday, 14th March. See report.

    Thursday 16 March 2017

    • West Midlands Junior Rowing Championships medals
      The Boat Club took 11 crews to race at the West Midlands Junior Rowing Championships held in Worcester on Sunday. The event also acted as a qualifying event for the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta to be held in Nottingham in April.

      All of the crews put in competitive performances, resulting in five gold medal and three silver medals.

      The School has qualified the following boats to represent the region at the National Regatta: J16 8+, J16 4+, J15 4+, WJ15 4X+ and J14 4X+.

      Well done to all of those who raced.

      The previous day, the J14s were in action on the River Dee in a match against King's Chester. See report.

      Mr Hundermark, Director of Rowing

      Please click on the large image below to open a gallery of images from the West Midlands Junior Rowing Championships. Click again to scroll through:


    Wednesday 15 March 2017

    • Football: The end of an outstanding season

      The 1st XI rounded off an outstanding season on Tuesday with yet another very impressive performance - playing against Telford in the Shropshire Schools County Cup Final. Although the match ended in a 1-0 defeat, heads remained high and each and every player can be extremely proud of his achievement.

      A full report will be published on the website shortly.

      Last Wednesday (8th March) the senior footballers attended the Barry Burns Northern 8s competition held at King’s Chester.

      Despite a slow start largely down to limited experience of playing 8-a-side football, the Shrewsbury team got into their stride, winning their first four games against The Grange (2-1), Stockport Grammar (3-0), Arnold QEMS (3-1) and Cheadle Hulme (2-1). But they unfortunately lost to St Bede’s (0-4). 

      This placed them in the semi-final where they faced Manchester Grammar, who beat them at the start of the year in the ISFA 6s. However, this time the Shrewsbury team came out on top with a tight 1-0 win.

      In the final they faced their old foe Repton. Shrewsbury were on top in the first half and created the better chances. However, Repton came out fast in the second half to score an early goal. This made for an open game and in chasing a goal to bring us back into the game, Repton scored again to win 2-0. 

      It was a tremendous effort from our team, and to get into this prestigious ISFA final in our first showing was extremely positive.

    Monday 13 March 2017

    • Girls’ U15 cricket team win Lady Taverners’ Indoor Cricket Area Qualifiers
      The U15 girls’ cricket team have secured a place at the Lady Taverners’ Indoor Cricket Area Finals after an excellent performance at the Qualifiers last Tuesday.

      After last year’s success in the Area Qualifiers, the Shrewsbury team were favourites to win again this time round, playing against Meole Brace and Mary Webb Schools.

      Skipper Issy Wong (G) led from the front; Lara Ockleston (G) and Georgia Kannreuther (MSH) opened the bowling in fine style;  Ellie Kynaston (MSH) did well on debut opening the batting with Amelie Davies; and Georgie Nicholas (MSH) and Alice Hughes (MSH) played their part with bat and ball. Well done to all.

      The Finals will be played on 21st March, where the team will be seeking improve on last year’s performance and take the title.

    Wednesday 8 March 2017

    • Netball news round-up
      There were five netball teams in action last week: three senior teams away at King’s Chester and the U14 and U15A teams in a triangular tournament with The Priory School and Meole Brace.

      The 1st VII played their best netball of the season so far.  There was strong court play from every individual, with exceptional attacking moves from Molly Stokes (MSH) and Amy Pook (MSH).  Our two shooters were playing against a strong defensive pair but they stayed calm and we were 3-0 up after three minutes.

      The game continued well for us until our Goal Shooter Sophia Price (EDH) picked up an injury, which left us weakened in the shooting circle.  Our defence made some vital interceptions to keep the game alive, but eventually their attack proved too strong. The game finished 26-17.  A great effort from all the girls.

      The 2nd VII started really positively against a strong King’s Chester team to finish 8-5 up after the first quarter.  From here they managed to extend the gap every quarter and edge a little further in front, with some excellent defending to limit Kings’ scoring opportunities.

      The final score was 28-17.  A great result and excellent play from Katie Oswald (MSH) and Hattie Bramwell (EDH).

      The 3rd VII played fantastically this week; they really pulled together and worked as a team.  Attack and defence were both superb, ensuring we maintained possession and consistently drove the ball forward.  Even during the third quarter when our girls switched positions (in an attempt to make things a bit more even), they still played a very strong game. 

      As a result, we won 35-4, with excellent play from Clemmie Baynes (G) and Ferne Nicholas (EDH)

      The U15A VII started slowly after a long break between their last school game. However, after battling through they stepped up their game and produced a 11-5 win against a strong Meole Brace side. Poppy Collingwood Cameron (EDH) and Georgia Kannreuther (MSH) continued to produce effective attacking netball, linking with the centre, Mary Lees (EDH) which resulted in a one-sided win against The Priory School, 26-2.

      The U14A VII, led by Alice Hughes (MSH) and Imogen Jones (MSH), recorded big wins against The Priory and Meole Brace with their strong centre court attack.  Annie Middleton (EDH) was nearly flawless in her shooting, supported by Ellie Kynaston (MSH). Strong defence from Phoebe Morris (EDH) and Olivia Usher (MSH) prevented the opposing teams from getting the ball into the circle.

    Tuesday 7 March 2017

    • National Lacrosse Championships
      The Senior Lacrosse team gave up their Coach Weekend to travel down to Guildford for the National Lacrosse Championships.  They made sure it was worth the journey by performing some of their best lacrosse of the year, with everything slotting into place at the right time. 

      Six games on Day 1 would determine which division we played in on Day 2.  We couldn’t have hoped for a better start, with Shrewsbury dominating Canford in game 1, resulting in a 7-0 win, and then going on to beat North London Collegiate 3-1 in game 2. 

      Game 3 was against much tougher opponents, St Mary’s Calne, though Shrewsbury fought to the end, just losing 2-4.  Game 4 was against an extremely strong Benenden team (who went on to win the whole championships), losing 1-10.  This threw us off course a little and we didn’t really get going against Bolton in game 5, where we lost 3-6.  The team picked themselves up though and recorded a fantastic 5-1 win over Coloma. 

      With 3 wins and 3 loses, Shrewsbury qualified for Division 1 (second tier of the Championship), a great achievement and one up on last year when the team only reached Division 2. 

      Although they were pleased to have reached Division 1, it obviously meant much tougher games for the girls on Day 2, with play starting in pools of four.  We were a little slow to start and were 0-2 down against Withington after a few minutes.  However, the team persevered and broke through Withington’s defence just before half time to make the score 1-2.  It was end to end for the rest of the match, with the score at 4-4 with two minutes to play.  Shrewsbury eventually came out on top with a 6-4 win, thanks to great team work. 

      The next three games were tougher.  Game 2 was against Wycombe Abbey and Shrewsbury were 0-3 down at half time.  The defence were outstanding in the second half and denied Wycombe the chance to score any more, and the score finished 0-3 – a solid result against the eventual Division 1 winners. 

      Our final pool game was against Claremont Fan, and Shrewsbury just lost out, 2-4.  This meant we drew St Paul’s in the knockout stage. Though Shrewsbury fought hard, they weren’t able to break down St Paul’s defence and lost 0-3.

      This was a great performance from the whole team, with special mention to Phoebe Wasdell (MSH), Mimi Ashworth (EDH), Mimi Mason-Hornby (G), Clemmie Baynes (G) and the Captain Imo Luczyc-Wyhowska (G). Thanks also to Paul Coups, Mrs Nicholas and all parents who came to support.

      Nicola Bradburne, Head of Girls' Games

    • Fencing: Two more Salopians qualify for the British Youth Championship Finals

      A number of pupils performed at the West Midlands British Youth Qualifiers over Coach Weekend.

      • Stanley Wong (I LVI) won 2nd Place in the U18 Men's Foil and 3rd Place in the Senior Men's Foil
      • Suky OuYang (MSH V) won 2nd Place in the U18 Women’s Foil.

      Both go forward to represent the West Midlands in the British Youth Championship Finals at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield in May.

    Friday 3 March 2017

    • Basketball: Victories for the Sharkettes
      The U18 girls' basketball team is in great form at the moment, with an excellent performance against Concord College on Wednesday and a 28-19 victory.

      This follows on from their fine victory (39-15) at Ludlow two weeks ago.

    • Shrewsbury School Rugby
      Alex Loumidis (Rt V) gives an interesting pupil perspective on rugby at Shrewsbury and an insight into how the teams achieve success.

      Cold, wet and muddy. If ever there were three words to describe rugby, they would be it. However, Salopians believe that rugby gives us a chance to show leadership, determination and teamwork whilst embracing the hardship of training and the results that follow.

      We play rugby in the Lent Term throughout all age groups, and the 1st XV are able to play in the Michaelmas Term as well. We play schools such as Wrekin, Old Swinford Hospital and of course our main rivals Adams’ Grammar. In general, Shrewsbury enjoys success throughout the age groups; however, it is in the current under 16 As (Fifth Form) where success is a regularity. They have only lost one match in their three years of playing at the School – and that was to a strong Sixth Form College this year.

       

      The players in all years have learned that success isn’t won purely on the pitch but on the training ground especially. We have many great coaches, including a former England international player in Mr Cook senior. With these coaches – who are allocated teams at the start of the year – we plan for up and coming matches, fixing problems and improving strengths. This year we have decided to incorporate strength and conditioning into our sessions in order to be peak physical condition for the matches. We tend to train four times a week and play on the Wednesday or Saturday in a match.

      Although our coaches are a great help to us, it is our initiative that helps us get so much success all over the board. Generally it is expected of the team kicker to practise kicks, the backs are expected to practise runs, and the forwards practise scrums and line outs.

      Although most would think that a typical training session starts and ends with the coach’s arrival and departure, this has never been the case. The teams put work in when they’re not expected to and practise until they can’t get it wrong in order to grab that success when it stares us in the eye. We are not individuals in the team, but one. This is the mentality that we have had in all of our rugby seasons, and we hope that future Salopians will embrace this and enjoy the success that will follow.
      Alex Loumidis (Rt V)

    Wednesday 1 March 2017

    • RSSBC: Winning performances at the Head of the Trent
      Nine Shrewsbury crews travelled to Nottingham on Sunday 26th February to compete at the Head of the Trent.

      One crew from the Senior squad competed along with two J16 crews in the first division. All three crews handled the tricky conditions well with strong wind and stream, making marshalling challenging.

      The Senior crew came third in J18 Eights behind a crew from Eton and King’s Chester.

      The J16s won their event, after setting up a good rhythm and showing consist speed over the length of the course. The crew (pictured below) consisted of Toby Cope, Alexander Davies, Jack Lockett, Elliot Crossley, Edward Hart, Adam Pattenden, Henry Ludlam, Chad Usher and Ben Holehouse.

      The second J16 crew had to settle for third place by 0.2 seconds behind Bedford Modern School.

      In the second division the J15 boys and girls took to the water in the Novice eights events. The J15 boys went off first in the division. With the course shortened due to adverse conditions, they attacked from the first stroke, putting down a strong marker to record the fastest time of division two and winning the Novice eights category. The crew (below) consisted of Archie Duckworth, George Bramwell, Connor Hickey, Archie McKirdy, Frank Kelly, Nathan Mielczarek, James Weir, Louis Nares and James Martin.

      The J15 girls also put in an excellent performance in their second ever eights race, coming in third.

      The J14s took four octuples to compete at the race and all handled themselves well given the conditions. They will have gained valuable boatmanship skills in the process.

      The first of the three J14 boys’ boats was the crew of Luke Russell, Kanei Nishii, Christian Beard, Oliver Taylor, Sheldon Yuen, Angus Shepherd-Cross, Arthur Bramwell, Marcus Young and Arthur Myrddin-Evans. The boys won their event and hopefully the first of many pots.

      The J14 girls handled the conditions well to come second in their event.

    Monday 27 February 2017

    • RSSH juniors dominate in MANISCCC Cross-Country Championships

      On Saturday 25th February, the Hunt travelled to Oundle to compete in the Midlands & Northern Independent Schools’ Cross-Country Championships (MANISCCC).

      The junior team dominated the Colts race, with Tom Jackson (R IV), Paddy Barlow (R IV) and Toby Pegge (PH V) taking the top three positions – a superb achievement.

      Such was the strength in depth that not only did the team win the overall trophy, but our B-team came second!

      In the seniors, we were narrowly beaten by a very strong Sedbergh team, though Freddie Huxley-Fielding (R UVI) did manage to take the individual win in an exciting race against the top Sedbergh runner.

      A special mention, also, to Francesca Harris (EDH III) who came 24th in the English National Cross-Country Championships, competing amongst the best runners in the country – a fine achievement.

      Please see the full report by Ian Haworth, Master-in-Charge of the Hunt: MANISCCC 2017

    Monday 20 February 2017

    • Salopian pair win U21 Ladies' Fives Plate Competition
      Congratulations to Issy Wong (G IV) and Adelaide Sillar (G III) who, on their first outing as an Under-15 pair, won the Plate Competition at the Under-21 EFA Ladies’ Fives Tournament on Sunday 12th February.

      Giving up some of their half-term holiday to compete in the event held at Eton College, both girls did extremely well to win through on a bitterly cold day.

      They lost both their group matches against Marjolaine Briscoe & Viva Ruggi (Highgate) and Francesca Turnbull (North Oxford) & Sarah Jackman (OS), although the game against Francesca & Sarah was a close one.

      They then convincingly beat Colette Rocheteau & Lauren Rowley (Oxford University beginners) and finished off with a good win (12-8, 12-9) against Anna Platz (Old Stoic) & Gemma Smith-Bingham (Highgate) to win the Plate.
      ASB

    Friday 10 February 2017

    • RSSH dominate at the Shropshire Schools’ Cross-Country Championships
      Saturday morning witnessed a terrific team performance by Shrewsbury School at the annual Shropshire Schools' Cross-Country Championships, held in Oswestry. Competing across six categories, we were able to bring back all three boys’ trophies as well as picking up an individual gold in one of the girls’ events.

      In the Junior boys’ event, Tom Jackson (R) led a young team which included Oscar Hamilton-Russell (R), Timothy Clarkson Webb (O), Alfie Biggs (PH), Cosmo Waddell (Ch) and Tim Levin (Ch). In a crowded field of over 70 runners – the most populous event of the day – Tom got away well and quickly established himself in the lead pack, with Oscar not far behind. As the lead pack dwindled to a lead pair, Tom managed to stay in contention with the race leader, but gradually saw the gap increase over the middle part of the race. He was safe in 2nd place though, well ahead of the third-place runner from William Brookes.

      Oscar had fought well to take 5th, in amongst some strong runners from other schools, while Tim managed to hold on well for 10th, a little less than 30 seconds further back. Alfie had picked up positions well in the second half of the race and came through as our fourth counter in 24th place, a great effort from him. Runners were coming through thick and fast now, and Cosmo was not far behind in 37th, with Tim Levin completing the team in 64th place.

      Due to a number of illnesses and competing fixtures in other sports, we only fielded one Junior Girls’ runner, but what a runner! Francesca Harris (EDH) continued her dazzlingly successful season with a commanding performance, ahead from 200m into the race. She continued to pull away over the 3.2km course and eventually won by over 30 seconds! In a field of 60 runners, this was quite an achievement and is testament to her form at the moment.

      In the Intermediate Girls, we just about managed a full team of three runners. Sophia Dixon (MSH) led the charge, returning from a recent illness but nevertheless managing to place 12th, just ahead of Anna Cowan (MSH) in 13th, who has improved her running dramatically over the past few weeks. Completing the team was Liza Alekseeva (EDH) with a tenacious run to place 26th. A fine team effort earned us fourth place overall.

      In the Intermediate Boys, we were confident of a very strong team performance, particularly from our current Fourth Formers who, though a year young, looked likely to be among the fastest in the pack. Several of them took positions at the head of the pack going up the first hill, and many continued to work well together over the course of the race.

      Sam Western (PH) was engaged in a tough battle at the head of the race, but eventually triumphed by dropping two other runners in the second lap of the course, before pulling away to establish a comfortable gap. Sam Watts (Ch) and Paddy Barlow (R) were not much further back and managed to come through only four seconds apart in 4th and 5th respectively. Toby Pegge (PH) took 7th, and was our last counter.

      Such a high placing for our top four made them unbeatable, and it was easily enough to retain the trophy. Our strength in depth at the moment is such that what was effectively our B team – our next four counters (Louis Nares (Rb) – 8th, Jonny Snell (Ch) – 10th, Mark Pangin (SH) – 15th, and Jamie Anwyl (S) 21st) – were the third fastest team on the day.

      In the Senior Girls, Immie Evans led the line well as Huntswoman and managed a very creditable 6th place, while Hattie Bramwell (MSH) – in one of her first races for the Hunt – came through in 12th. Immie did enough to be called up to the English Schools final held in Norwich next month.

      In the Senior Boys’ race, we were able to field a very strong team, while our competitor schools seem to have struggled. This made the race a little too one-sided in truth, but we were very happy to come back with the silverware! Eleven of our runners were in the top 13 positions, which meant that it was very hard for other schools to get a look in.

      Freddie Huxley-Fielding (R) looked in effortless form as he crossed the line almost a minute ahead of fellow Riggite Will Hayward.

      Next through for us were Scott Hatton (S) in 4th and Cameron Anwyl (S) in 5th. Charlie Ockleston (O) continued his very strong run of form with a fantastic 6th, with Niklas Amthor (R), Tom Hughes (Ch), Owen Mock (R), Toby Spencer-Pickup (R), Will Sawyer (PH) and Ali Harris (R) taking up the next six positions. Further back, there were strong efforts from Seb Hervas-Jones (S), Sam Bayliss (Rt), James Snell (Ch) and Charlie Naylor (S).

      Overall then, it was a dominant display by the RSSH in a quality field. It was a good chance for the team to pick themselves back up after the disappointment of the Coventry Relays on the Wednesday, and they took it with both hands. Three winners’ medals and three trophies were a fitting reward for their efforts. Many of those who ran will now represent the county at the English Schools national final, to be held in Norwich on 18th March.

      Ian Haworth, Master in Charge of the Hunt

    Thursday 9 February 2017

    • Lacrosse: North Schools Tournament success and County team selections

      The U15 Lacrosse team had a very successful day at Moreton Hall in the North Schools’ U15 Tournament last Sunday. They finished sixth, having been victorious against Queen’s Chester, Timperley and Mellor and losing by only one goal against national powerhouses Queen Margaret’s, Moreton Hall and Bolton.

      The Tournament was fast and furious, with each match consisting of two 10-minute halves with no half-time and only two mins between each match.

      The girls played their utmost and executed all that they had been practising. Top goal-scorers were Georgia Kannreuther (MSH IV), Poppy Collingwood-Cameron (EDH IV), Mary Lees (EDH IV) and Georgie Nicholas (MSH III). At the other end, Goalkeeper Mimi Mason-Hornby (G IV) was a stalwart in goal and made some amazing saves. Well done to all players.

      The U15 county trials took place at Moreton Hall on Wednesday 8th February. The majority of the 42 triallists were from Moreton Hall, but with there were a few from Lucton School and nine girls from Shrewsbury.

      After an hour and a half of competitive play, the A and B squads were announced. Georgia Kannreuther and Poppy Collingwood-Cameron were selected for the A team, and Annabel Naylor (G IV), Laura Elliott (G IV), Mary Lees, Willa Bowman (MSH III) and Lucy Lees (EDH III) for the B team. Laura Elliott was selected as Captain of the B team.

      Congratulations to the girls for their hard work.
      Mrs Nicholas

    • Basketball: A convincing victory for The Sharks

      The Sharks have had a rough start to the new season with two losses due to a number of core players being side-lined due to injury. However, they showed some of last year’s form on Wednesday 1st February with a convincing victory over Adams’ Grammar School (45-21) – a notable team performance. 

      Harry Zhang (I) and Andrew Wu (S) produced excellent performances at both ends of the floor.

    • Netball v Oswestry and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
      Shrewsbury had four senior teams out for the first time ever this week, demonstrating our strength and depth in netball this year.

      1st VII v Oswestry 1st VII
      The 1st team enjoyed an excellent win on Wednesday 8th February against Oswestry 1sts. 

      Jemima Price and Sophia Price linked well in the circle and created some great shooting opportunities.  The centre court provided some excellent attacking moves down court but also defended well.  Orla McCormack and Amelia Maunder worked well as a defensive team and made some great interceptions. 

      It was good to see the team putting new skills into practice.  Final score 23-13.   

      1st VII v Shrewsbury 6th Form College 1st VII
      Our final game was against the Shrewsbury Sixth Form College 1st team and this proved to be a greater challenge.  Our shooters were put under a lot of pressure and shooting opportunities were harder to come by.  The opposition had the tallest defenders we had ever seen! 

      However, the girls battled hard and there was some very intelligent play from both Molly Stokes and Amy Pook in centre court. 

      All the girls should be proud of their efforts. 

      2nd VII v Oswestry 2nd VII
      The 2nd team produced a convincing 23-3 victory over Oswestry this week.  The squad had been working hard in training on teamwork and communication and so it was great to see this working effectively in a match. 

      Harriet Adams (EDH) made the move from centre court into the attacking circle with great success.  Her movements complemented Jetty Russell (G) at Goal Shooter, allowing Shrewsbury to take a comfortable lead early on.  Katie Oswald and Lizzie Ware (MSH) were a great team in defence, denying Oswestry shooting opportunities.  Lizzie Ware was player of the match.

      2nd VII v Shrewsbury Sixth Form College 2nd VII
      Confident from the win against Oswestry, the 2nd team stormed ahead against Shrewsbury Sixth Form College in the first few minutes of the game and never looked back.  The Sixth Form College were always on the back foot and Shrewsbury finished the game 16-1 winners. 

      Great teamwork led to a great set of results for the afternoon.

      3rd VII v Shrewsbury Sixth Form College 3rds
      This was a close game for the duration of the match, with both teams playing to their strengths.  Despite a very slippery surface, our girls maintained a good performance. Strong defence from Clemmie Baynes (who was later nominated as Players’ Player) and Naomi Potts ensured that the Sixth Form College never maintained possession for long. 

      Excellent shooting from Katie Edwards (EDH) and Ferne Nicholas earned a well-deserved 7-6 win.

      3rd VII v Shrewsbury Sixth Form College 4ths
      Shrewsbury moved the ball well around the court and moved effectively for each other. Clemmie Baynes dominated the centre third, providing an additional pass to move the ball forwards. Katie Edwards and Ferne Nicholas moved well in and around the circle, providing themselves with the best possible chances to shoot.

      A good win of 17-11 for a team that are continuing to improve.

      4th VII v Shrewsbury Sixth Form 4ths
      Shrewsbury Sixth Form College put up a strong defence putting real pressure on our attackers.  Anna Scott-Bell (G) was a very effective Goal Attack both in her positioning on the court and her excellent shooting. 

      With the first half ending on a 6-6 draw, it was all to play for.  Arty Cooper (MSH), Olive Collingwood-Cameron (G) and Rou Ann Lim (MSH) worked well together in driving the ball forward and assisting the team in securing a 14-12 win. A great effort from all players. Artemis Cooper was nominated by the Sixth Form College as Players’ Player.

      4th VII v Shrewsbury Sixth Form College 3rds
      A great, well balanced and end-to-end game, with both teams making the most of their chances.

      The score was 5-5 at half time.  Good play from Araminta Plumptre (MSH) and Darcie Scimia gave Shrewsbury the lead with two minutes to go.  Unfortunately the Sixth Form College came back strongly and just managed to nip ahead before the final whistle, resulting in a 9-11 loss. 

      A great effort from Shrewsbury 4th team, with some girls representing Shrewsbury netball for the first time.

    Wednesday 8 February 2017

    • Medal-winning performances at the English Indoor Rowing Championships
      Twelve rowers went to the Manchester Velodrome on Sunday to compete in the English Indoor Rowing Championships.

      Olivia Moir and Tiggy Cowan-Taylor raced in the women’s J15 individual events, coming in an impressive second and fourth out of a strong field. The girls were then joined by Lauren Bermingham and Hattie Haynes to compete in the J16 team event. Despite racing up an age group, the girls produced an excellent performance winning bronze medals in the event.

      The J16 boys took two teams with one racing in the J16 event and the other in the J18 event. The team in the J16 event (Petr Rostokin, Cameron Hughes-Williams, Ali Davies and Jack Lockett) were pushed hard over the first 1500m but then started to show their class as they developed a healthy lead to win the title in an impressive time.

      The J18 team of Adam Pattenden, Elliot Crossley, Henry Ludlam and Ed Hart held their own against the older opposition and secured a well-deserved bronze medal.

      Mr Hundermark, Director of Rowing

    Tuesday 7 February 2017

    • Football: ISFA Boodles Cup semi-final
      Wednesday 1st February saw the end of an incredible ISFA Boodles Cup run for our 1st XI. Despite a heroic effort from the squad, they exited the tournament with their heads held high.

      Steve Wilderspin, Master in Charge of Football, writes:

      Our opponents Millfield have been the team to beat in the past five years and have an enviable record in the Boodles competition, so we knew we would be seen as underdogs going into the semi-final. We went into the game as well prepared as we could have been, with a clear tactical plan to take the game to our opponents.

      The match started with both teams somewhat nervy due to the high stakes, made more difficult by a strong wind. Kicking into the wind, the first half did not start well for our lads when, with only two minutes on the clock, Millfield took an early lead. It was a terrific long ball that required a perfect touch and finish, which the talented Millfield wide player executed with precision. Shrewsbury were initially shaken but soon gained their composure to settle into the game.

      The planned tactic of hitting Millfield on the counter with diagonal passes went out of the window due to the windy conditions, so it was going to be a half of football that required organisation and discipline. However, the tactic paid off at the 20-minute mark when, following good pressure from James Nelson (SH), Charlie Tait-Harris (S) scored a superb goal after a terrific square pass from Tom Brunskill (S).

      Millfield threw everything at us, trying to capitalise on the favourable windy conditions, though we were still looking threatening on the counter. Millfield’s pressure told with only three mins left on the clock in the first half, as a vicious in-swinging corner was headed in at the near post.

      Half time 1-2; all to play for...

      The second half was a different story, with our lads exerting long periods of pressure with the wind on our back. A penalty by our ever-reliable captain Josh Malyon (Rt) brought the scores level (2-2) midway through the second half, and we now felt we had the ascendancy.

      As the half went on, it was Shrewsbury who were looking to most likely to score, despite Millfield forcing some good saves from Man of the Match Paddy Jacob (PH). A superb header at the near post by George Newton (SH) following another vicious in-swinging corner by Jamie Whelan (PH) put us ahead for the first time in the match (3-2) with ten minutes remaining.

      Millfield sensed they were on the way out and threw caution to the wind, which brought its reward when a penalty was awarded with three minutes remaining – a weak infringement but the correct decision – despatched with aplomb by the Millfield captain. Paddy Jacob made a terrific save with a minute to go, to give us the chance to take the game into extra time.

      Full-time 3-3; the same score as our meeting earlier in the year.

      The extra time period was to see the boys throw everything at Millfield and showing tremendous fitness levels and courage.  During the first half of extra time we hit the bar and forced saves from the Millfield goalkeeper. Alas, both teams’ defences held firm to keep the score 3-3 at the end of extra time and on to the lottery of the penalty shoot-out.

      We missed our second penalty; Millfield missed their third. So having scored our fifth penalty, Millfield had to score their fifth to stay in the match – which they did.

      This was repeated for the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth penalties – with the pressure mounting, as a single Millfield miss, each time, would have put Shrewsbury in the final. However, we missed our tenth penalty, giving Millfield the chance to score for a place in the final – an opportunity that they duly took.

      Having won the competition twice in the past five years and losing another final, our boys can take huge pride in taking a side of the quality of Millfield to penalties. It is never a nice way to go out of any completion, particularly at that stage, but to lose to an opponent of this quality shows the level of football our boys have produced this year.

      The Millfield captain reflected on the semi-final the following day via an email conversation with Mr Wilderspin and made these comments: “It was a cracker of a semi-final, two very evenly matched teams giving everything to win and it's just a shame that there had to be a loser at the end of it. Your boys showed real togetherness and fighting spirit that we certainly haven't come up against with any of our other opponents this season, and the last 45 minutes and going into extra time was the toughest battle we've had on the pitch.” 

      To receive such compliments shows just how well our boys did. They gave Millfield a real scare and can take huge pride from the fact that in two games we have drawn both 3-3.

      Let’s now hope that Millfield go on to win the final so we can say that we went out to the eventual winners! We wish Terry and the Millfield boys the best of luck in the final.

      To get to the final four in the blue-ribbon national competition, reaffirms our status as part of ISFA’s footballing elite and sets the standard to maintain in the future.

    • Fencing success
      On Saturday our fencing team welcomed Rugby School.

      They gave a superb performance in both the Foil, with a 9-0 win and a 7-2 win in the Epée.

      The Foilists were Suky OuYang (MSH), Kimberley Xia (EDH) and Jude Huffer (Rb).

      The Epéeists were Jan Tai (R), Archie Free (Rt) and Koby Ferdinand-Okpala (SH).

    • Rugby news round-up
      On Saturday 4th February, the Rugby Club welcomed Bishop Vesey Grammar School, one of the stronger outfits of our fixture list.

      The 1st XV lost (19-37), but the score line does not reflect the closeness of the match. The team was bolstered by the return of a number of players – Angus Drummond (O), Kwaku Antwi (SH) and Ivor Fetherstonhaugh (O) – who added an extra cutting edge that enabled a more attacking brand of rugby to be built upon the platform created by the forwards.

      There were some excellent chances that, if converted, would have brought the scores closer, but there is plenty to take from the match.

      The U16s played the Bishop Vesey 2nd XV and won 43-7, further highlighting their dominance of the local LT rugby scene. This is win number 24!

      This was a particularly significant match as, when U14s, the Bishop Vesey team pushed the team very close. So although this game was against their 2nd XV, our squad were up for the match. This showed in the first 20 minutes, when the boys played rugby of the very highest order to put lots of points between themselves and the opposition. Bishop Vesey came back strongly in the second half, but the damage had already been done.

      Man of the Match was Toby Pattinson (Ch), who showed real threat throughout the match. Tries from: Toby Pattinson (Ch), Joe Scott (O), Tom Plaut (S), Matt Brinkley (PH), Guy Morris (O) x 2, Fingal Dickins (R).
      Conversions: Guy Morris x 4.

      The U16s were also in action during the week in the County Cup versus Lacon Childe – winning 49-0. Again, a quick start put the game to bed with a 30-point lead by half-time. The second half did not go as well, but further scores secured another easy win.

      Tries from: Joe Scott (O), Felix Kenyon-Smith (S), Toby Pattinson (CH), Luka Cassidy x2 (R), Matt Brinkley (PH), Frank Mansell (PH).
      Conversions: Guy Morris (O) x 7.

      The U15s were also in County Cup action vs Adams’ Grammar – winning 22-14. A strong Adams team, in an away match, required the team to show resilience and determination to ensure that their county run got off to the perfect start.

      Jack Goodall (Rt) and Frank Mansell (PH) controlled the game effectively, enabling the pack to run hard lines and create openings that could be exploited. This is now three wins in a row.

      Tries from: Hnoo-Kaew (O), Frank Mansell, Walton (S), Chikamori (S).
      Conversions: Frank Mansell.

    Monday 6 February 2017

    • Fives Northern Championships
      Shrewsbury School hosted the Northern Championships last weekend (4th - 5th February), one of the main events of the Fives calendar.

      Nina Lange (G) & Sophia Breese (EDH) won through to last 16 of the Festival and put in a strong performance there. Will Hope (Ch) and Revd Alex Aldous (our Chaplain) also reached the last 16. 

      In the Main section, Sam McLoughlin (Rb) and Adam Aslam-Baskeyfield (Rb) reached the last 16 and pushed well against a strong OS pair. Although they lost and then entered the Plate, they subsequently went on to reach the final of that competition. 

      Their opponents in the last 16 went through to face Dan Orchard (PH) and Seb Cooley (Master in Charge of Fives) in the quarter-final of the Main section. The Shrewsbury pair won that match but went on to lose in the semi-final to the top seeded pair – a worthy effort nonetheless!

      Other highlights from the event were Issy Wong (G) & Lizzie Ware (MSH) getting to the final of the Plate, and Finn Sansom (PH) – playing his first event – with Marcus van Wyk (Rb) reaching the Plate semi-final.

      Well done to all players and hosts.

    Friday 3 February 2017

    • RSSH: Coventry Relays
      Fresh from our recent victory at the Knole Run in Kent, it was a confident team that travelled down to Coventry for the annual King Henry VIII Relays on Wednesday morning.

      We knew, though, that this would offer a very different challenge: six runners tackle the 2.3-mile course around War Memorial Park in relay, against fifty other teams from all around the country. The standard is frighteningly good, and suits some schools better than others – it’s short, it’s fast, and it’s flat; not much like the Knole then!

      This is a race we’ve been close to winning now for several years, and with the quality we’ve got this year we thought this might be our year. That said, our preparations went far from smoothly, with all but two of the 12 boys and an almost equal proportion of the eight girls succumbing in the week leading up to the race to illness or injury. With some of our fastest runners unavailable, perhaps it wasn’t to be our year after all, but we travelled down confident in the knowledge that we have depth on our side. Our replacements were in good form and it shouldn’t cost us too much.

      In the boys’ race, Owen Mock (R) got us underway for the A team, while Toby Pegge (PH) ran the opening leg for the B team. Neither got the best of starts in a frantic first dash up to the corner, but they managed to make up some places as they headed downhill into the wooded section, which had been made treacherous by heavy overnight rain. Both boys struggled to find their rhythm, and probably neither would be particularly happy with their eventual leg times (12:55 and 13.32 respectively). Nevertheless, it was good enough to keep us in contention, and though we had plenty of work to do, this was part of the game plan.

      Meanwhile, the girls’ race had got underway five minutes after the boys, with Lucy Lees (EDH), a Third Former, getting stuck in amongst mostly Sixth Form girls! Not surprisingly she found the pace a challenging one, but gave it a really good go and showed a lot of potential for future years. For the B team, Sophia Dixon (MSH) was running her first race for a number of weeks after an injury, and found it tough. It wasn’t the easiest circumstances in which to make your comeback!

      Back in the boys’ race, Harry Remnant (Ch) had taken the baton for the A team from Owen and was managing to claw back some places, despite having only just made the team due to a back injury. He wasn’t quite up to his usual speed, but he did manage to gain on a significant number of schools and we were noticeably further up the field by the end of his leg, which he completed in 12:36. In the Bs, Sam Western (PH) had taken over from fellow housemate Toby for the second leg. As a Fourth Former, it was a tough ask to make up some places, but he did just that, again showing he’s in excellent form this term, coming through in 13:04.

      The girls’ teams’ second legs were run by Libby Hedges (G) and Anna Cowan (MSH). Both had strong runs and were able to keep us in amongst the other schools around us. These two have made tremendous progress as runners this year and will be looking forward to the County Champs at the weekend as a good opportunity to show off their form.

      For the third leg, the boys handed over to Tom Jackson (R) and Charlie Ockleston (O) for the A and B team respectively. Tom has been in superb form, and for a Fourth Former to make the A team is a wonderful achievement – it means he’ll have all the more experience when he comes to ‘lead the line’ as a Sixth Former in a couple of years’ time. He ran a strong leg too, in 12:51, and managed to overtake a good number of competitor schools. At this point in the race, though, victory seemed beyond our grasp. Loughborough Grammar had already fielded three quick runners who had averaged 12:12 per leg, which left us a long way behind. Our tactics had left our three strongest runners in the last three legs, so we knew we’d come through the pack, but Loughborough seemed beyond reach. Charlie had a cracker of a run for the Bs – the fastest in the team on the day, finishing in 12:55 – and this was something of a revelation. He can take a lot of confidence from this performance and will, I hope, provide the springboard for future Hunt success.

      Back in the girls’ race Chessy Harris (EDH), our pocket rocket, had taken over for the third leg and was tearing through the field. Her time of 14:06 is very impressive, and was sixth fastest of everyone in the race that day – terrific stuff from a 3rd former! The leg managed to haul the A team well up the leader board as she handed over to Huntswoman Immie Evans (G) for the final leg. For the B team, Liza Alekseeva (EDH) was doing a sterling job, but this race doesn’t really suit her style – she needed it to be a bit longer and a bit grittier to show off her talents.

      Will Hayward (R) had taken the baton for the boys’ A team and had made a very quick start. Again, this race doesn’t quite suit him as it’s too short, but he gave it a good go, powering through the wood section and picking up places in the lower half of the course. He was a little disappointed with his time of 12:22, but it was strong enough to haul us back up into the top ten positions and gave Scott Hatton (S) and Freddie Huxley-Fielding (R) a good platform to build on. For the Bs, Lucien Whitworth (R) was attacking the course as best he could, but was another who couldn’t quite find his rhythm and was a bit disappointed with his time of 13:28.

      Immie was able to have a real crack at the last leg and managed to pick up a couple of places over the course, hauling the team up to 18th position. Given it’s such a young team (only one Sixth Former in Immie, and she herself in the Lower Sixth), this was a good result for us and suggests that we’re in a good position to fight for a top ten place next year. In the Bs, Claire Richards (G) had been cajoled into taking off her track spikes and donning a pair of off-road shoes. Her favourite distance being 200m, it’s fair to say that the 3.7km course was not exactly designed for her, but she nevertheless gave her all in a gutsy effort right to the line.

      The boys’ fifth leg was run by Scott Hatton, who had been suffering for several weeks with a bad chest infection, and while he was over it in time for the race, had left him short of fitness. That said, he has got a considerable amount of natural talent and was able to pull out a strong effort of 12:47 to help us get close to some of our rival schools. Loughborough were long gone by this stage, around two minutes ahead, and St Anselm's College in second were some way off too, but we knew that Freddie is capable of a very quick time so there was very much all to play for. In the Bs, Louis Nares (Rb), another Fourth Former, had shown strong form in his leg of 13:26, the third fastest in the team that day, to hand over to Niklas Amthor (R) for the anchor leg.

      Freddie set off like a man possessed, and made a significant amount of ground in the first half of his leg, overtaking three other schools by the halfway point. By this stage he was locked in a battle with Sedbergh’s runner just ahead of him, and a St Albans lad a little further up. Freddie spent the entire second half of the race getting as close to these two as he could, and in the final turn with 100m to go he had caught St Albans and was on Sedbergh’s shoulder, but in the end the effort had been too much for him and the other two had just enough in the tank to pip him to the line in a dramatic finish, placing us sixth overall.

      Freddie was a little disappointed in his time of 11.53, but in reality it had been a wonderful effort to get us in contention for these higher places. Niklas, who had been struggling with a knee injury since the Knole, nevertheless managed to fight bravely round the course in 13:32, just holding off Judd’s B team runner. This meant that ours was the highest-placed B team of the day, which is a significant achievement.

      The race was won in fine style by GB athlete Ben Djikstra of Loughbrorough Grammar School, who completed his lap in a truly impressive 11.17. While the results were not quite what we’d hoped, we managed to remain extremely competitive (we were only 37 seconds off second place over what is in effect a 13.8-mile race) despite the many injuries and illnesses which had plagued us in the run-up to the race. The character showed by all members of the Hunt on the day was tremendous, and they were gracious in their defeat to Loughborough, who we – as well as everybody else – had to acknowledge as simply too good to be beaten. Well done to all who ran.

      Ian Haworth

    • RSSBC: Head of the Severn
      Two J16 eights raced at the Head of the Severn held in Worcester on Sunday 29th January.

      The crews both performed well, racing in the J18 category, and came away with second and third place.

    Thursday 2 February 2017

    • RSSH: Midlands League race at Wellingborough
      Report by Dr Oakley.

      It was a bright cold day in Wellingborough and the clocks struck two.  Eleven Colts and nine senior members of the Hunt (not involved in the Coventry Relays) warmed up to tackle the slippery course of the Irchester Country Park. 

      The junior team would tackle a course of similar length to the Tucks.  They all got away well and then ventured into the woodland being careful not to trip over any doorstops.  They emerged from a gap in the trees for the final kilometre loop towards the finish line.  First to be spotted was Paddy Barlow leading a group containing Sam Watts.  Calamity then struck. Paddy was misdirected in the final few furlongs, forcing him to double back.  Sam took advantage and ultimately overall victory over a Bromsgrove runner, with Paddy in third.

      Jonny Snell was not too far behind, holding off further challenge from Bromsgrove and within a whisker of the first Wellingborough counter.  At this stage, Shrewsbury and Bromsgrove both had three of their four counters in and the scores were within three.  It did not take much longer for Oscar Hamilton-Russell to cross the line in 8th and confirm the victory.
       
      Timothy Clarkson Webb started the B team count with a valiant tenth place, before a throng of Uppingham runners came through the funnel.  Alfie Biggs, Will Owen and Will Cowper all ran well but were just beaten by Uppingham to become the best B team.  Cosmo Waddell and Louis Street came in before the final Bromsgrove counter, meaning the final score was Shrewsbury 18 - Bromsgrove 43; a resounding victory. Tim Levin finished well ahead of the Bromsgrove B team.  The Shrewsbury B team accrued 74 points, narrowly losing to Uppingham’s 72.

      The Senior team then lined up for a longer course that comprised a short loop just shorter than a Benjy followed by the route that the Juniors followed.  Charlie Ockleston started well and certainly did not regret his choice of impressively long spikes on the softer parts of the course but may have struggled a little on the road. 

      Toby Spencer Pickup kept the Uppingham fourth, fifth and sixth counters at bay.  Mark Pangin tackled the course with purpose, with Ali Harris in hot pursuit.  Charlie Naylor was spotted making inroads into the top 40. 

      At the 2km mark, there was nothing to separate Harris Hunstman, James Snell and Ewan Cunningham Jardine.  They then disappeared back into the woods.  At 6km, Charlie O seemed to have third place sewn up but tried to run down the second place competitor from Uppingham.  He was only ten metres behind him at the end – an impressive run. 

      Toby appeared in 14th place and held on for a strong finish.  Mark came in 24th and Ali just missed out on the top 30.  A flurry of Salopians then followed with Harris, James, Ewan and Charlie N finishing within 30 seconds of each other.  There was one runner left out there, but where was he?  Will Wheeler finally appeared and took an unorthodox route to the finish line for 61st place ahead of three runners from Wellingborough and one from Bromsgrove.  The Seniors finished third, well ahead of Oundle.

      Overall, it was an excellent display from the Juniors and Charlie Ockleston’s third place was a magnificent achievement given the conditions.
      CWO

    Monday 30 January 2017

    • Fencing: Four Salopians qualify for the British Youth Championships
      Shrewsbury School's Epéeists were in fine form at the West Midlands British Youth Qualifiers at Packwood Haugh on Sunday 29th January.

      James Hinwood (Rt V) won the gold medal in the Under-16 Boys.

      Will Holcroft (Rt V) won silver in the Under-18 Boys.

      And Oliver Holcroft (Rt III) came 6th in the Under-14 Boys.

      Together with Jan Tai (R IV), all three now proceed to the British Youth Finals, which will be held in Sheffield in May.

    Wednesday 25 January 2017

    • Netball: Ellesmere College block fixture
      Salopian sporting history was made on Wednesday 18th January, with the highest ever number of Shrewsbury School netball teams out in action together.  It was a great block fixture against Ellesmere, with Shrewsbury winning 5 matches to 1.

      1sts
      Lost 11-19

      The 1sts put in a much improved performance and it was very pleasing to see the set plays we have practised being used successfully.  It was a fairly even match until the last quarter when Ellesmere managed to pull away.  There were strong defensive performances from Amelia Maunder (EDH) and Julianna Hinwood (MSH).  Amelia was awarded player of the match by the opposition.  Well done, girls.

      2nds
      Won 25-5

      The 2nd VII had a steady start to their match, with the score at 3-3 after the first quarter.  It was the first time these pupils had played together and so play was initially not particularly fluent.  Things improved once they got warmed up, however, with better movement from defence down the court. Shrewsbury just edged ahead to make it 9-4 at half time. 

      With a slight tweak of positions and the girls now warmed up and working as a team, there was no stopping them.  Passes were more accurate and movement better timed, with the shooters (Sophia Breese (EDH) and Abi Watkinson (G)) on top form to take an impressive 18-5 lead going into the final quarter. 

      A great team performance from everyone, with excellent leadership from Eily Kerr (MSH) with Sophia Breese being awarded player of the match by the opposition.

      3rds
      Won 19-7

      The 3rd team were a little frantic at the start of the match, having watched and waited patiently to start their game.  Lots of unnecessary and poor passing led to a number of mistakes in the first quarter before things settled down.  Once players took a little more time on the ball, there were some excellent phases of play, with the shooters doing their job well. 

      Clemmie Baynes (G) was a great strength in defence and helped moved the ball down the court to the attacking 3rd.  At half time Shrewsbury were starting to pull away, leading 7-4.  The team got stronger and stronger as they continued to play, helped by Emma Graham (MSH) commanding the centre court.  Annabel Donavan (G) was very effective in her move from defence to attack.

      U15
      Won 49-4

      The shooters, Poppy Collingwood-Cameron (EDH) and Amelie Davies (MSH), had an excellent start putting the strong Shrewsbury team out in front very quickly. The defence remained strong throughout, with Laura Elliott (G) commanding her position on the court and feeding the ball forwards. The centre court players were too strong for the opposition and worked the ball well around them, producing very good link play. Players and positions were mixed around a little for the final quarter.
      Another fantastic game of netball from a very talented year group.

      U14A
      Won 30-5

      A great game by the energetic U14s – Edie Hargrave (MSH) and Annie Middleton (EDH) were on top form again, with consistent shooting all game. The team have really started to gel together and start to anticipate each other’s movements on the court.

      Fantastic centre play from Georgie Nicholas (MSH), Alice Hughes (MSH) and Elizabeth Edwards (EDH) who, along with their teammates, made the game an exceptionally enjoyable one to watch. We have high hopes for this young team who continue to develop and produce wonderful results.
      Players Player: Edie Hargrave

      U14B
      Won 12-2

      A great first game for the Bs, with a number of Shrewsbury girls making their debut. Karina Ho (G) and Willa Bowman (MSH) grew in confidence as the game progressed and scored some wonderful goals. Bridget Merison (MSH) did a great job as Captain and performed well as Centre and Wing Attack. Charlotte Hollinshead (G) and Tommy (MSH) Jarvis worked well together in centre court. Players’ Player Daisy Holder (EDH) performed well as Wing Attack, Wing Defence and Centre.

    Tuesday 24 January 2017

    • Boys' Hockey news update
      On Wednesday the boys’ hockey team played Rydal Penrhos. Following their victory against Wrekin Collge last week, Shrewsbury were in confident mood.

      Rydal have a good hockey pedigree, having reached the final of the Welsh schools' competition last year and fielding a couple of international players including a talented goalkeeper. So the match was never going to be a walk over.

      However, in another hard-fought encounter the boys prevailed with 1-0 victory, courtesy of a well-executed short corner routine in which George Chaplin (Ch) sent a powerful drag-flick past the despairing, aforementioned keeper.

      If the boys continue to show the same level of commitment and drive for the rest of the term, they will be formidable opposition.

    • 1st XI reach County Cup final

      The 1st XI travelled to Bisham Abbey (a National Sports Centre) on Wednesday 18th January to play Hampton School – a fellow ISFA semi-finalist – as part of the ISFA Super-League set up for the top six independent football schools in the country.

      Despite a poor first 15 minutes and conceding an early goal, we then dominated the next 55 minutes, taking a 2-1 lead through goals from Charlie Tait-Harris (S) and a deflected own-goal.

      We were unlucky to concede two goals in the last five minutes as legs started to tire. Despite the defeat, however, to compete - and largely dominate - a top footballing school bodes well for the semi-final and, indeed, if we were to face Hampton in the ISFA final.

      On Friday, the 1st XI beat Idsall (6-0) to secure a place in the County Cup final for the first time since 2009. There were goals from Charlie Tait-Harris x 3 (S), Tom Brunskill (S), Josh Malyon (Rt) and Josiah Chilaka (SH).

    Friday 20 January 2017

    • Nina Lange (G LVI) makes Salopian footballing history
      Last Saturday, Nina Lange became the first ever girl to score a goal for Shrewsbury’s 1st XI.

      Rounding off a busy week that had seen the 1st XI lose on a controversial goal decision to St Francis Xavier College in the last 16 of the ESFA Cup, then win through to the semi-finals of the County Cup with a 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury Sixth Form College the next day, the team faced Monmouth School on Saturday 14th January.

      A comfortable 4-1 victory allowed for a degree of squad rotation, with two goals from James Nelson, one from George Pearce and a particularly memorable one from Nina Lange, the first goal scored by a girl for the 1st XI in the history of the School – and another co-educational milestone.

    Wednesday 18 January 2017

    • Football: Under 15Bs' winning streak continues
      Coach Myles Harding reports.

      There was a quite brilliant performance from all 14 players in the U15B squad on Wednesday in their ESFA Cup Round 4 match.

      Stanley High School were worthy opposition and they had their chances before Guy Gowar's opener from Frank Coughlan's cross. Two further goals were sandwiched by a goal from Stanley High School. 

      The half time score was 3-1 and Shrewsbury switched formation from 3-5-2 to 4-5-1 and decided to be solid and hit them on the break.  This worked a treat, with the best goal of the match from Arthur Garrett making the game safe at 5-1 before Stanley High School's heads went down.  

      The U15B team were brave and committed in defence, good in possession and finished ruthlessly.  Particular mention must be made of Guy Gowar who scored a hat-trick on debut and whose link-up play was also top class.

    Sunday 15 January 2017

    • RSSH retain national Knole Run title
      Many congratulations to all members of the Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt squad for their outstanding performances in the Knole Run at Sevenoaks on Saturday 14th January. Not only did they retain their national title, but there were also some incredible individual successes.

       

      After winning the Knole Run for the first ever time last year, the boys’ A team retained their national title in fine style.

      Freddie Huxley-Fielding (R) won the individual boys’ race with a commanding run in which he got his tactics absolutely right – becoming only the second Salopian ever to do so in the history of the race. Will Hayward (R) also had a cracking run to finish third individually, with a large gap to fourth place. To have two Shrewsbury boys on the podium was a truly special moment and went a long way to helping secure overall team victory. The four other ‘counters’ all contributed with great runs: Harry Remnant (Ch) - 16th, Charlie Tait-Harris (S) - 20th,  Cameron Anwyl (S) - 42nd and Owen Mock (O) - 44th, and tremendous performances from Monty Hardcastle (I) and Scott Hatton (S) all combined to beat the perennial heavyweights The Judd School comfortably into second place.

      Our boys’ B-team secured its highest-ever position with ninth place, beating several other top schools’ A-teams, thanks to terrific efforts from Sam Western (33rd) and Tom Jackson (48th) – remarkable performances from two Fourth Formers running in a senior competition – ably supported by Niklas Amthor (R) in 59th and Toby Pegge (PH) in 69th to finish ninth overall, just two points behind St Albans’ A-team, who have been one of our top rivals for many years.

      In the girls’ race, a frankly astonishing run from Francesca Harris (EDH) earned her third place overall (beaten only by two GB girls from Sevenoaks School), which for a Third Former in a senior race is incredible. As a team, the girls achieved their highest-ever result in gaining eighth position, with terrific performances from Lilian Wilcox (EDH) - 38th, Immie Evans (G) - 47th and Lucy Lees (EDH) - 50th in particular helping us keep such a low team score.

      Read the full story by Ian Haworth, Teacher in Charge of the Hunt: The Hunt retain their national Knole Run title

    Thursday 12 January 2017

    • RSSH: Impressive wins at the County Cross-Country Championships
      The Hunt’s opening race of the Lent term took place on Saturday 7th January: the Shropshire Athletics Association County Cross-Country Championships, held at Attingham Park.

      A pre-season camp in mid-Wales between 1st and 4th January had prepared the team very well for what is renowned as a tough race amidst strong opposition. The grounds of Attingham, though relatively flat, offer a technical course with lots of uneven ground underfoot, and the distances – certainly for the U20 boys’ 10km – were further than most were used to racing over. Last year we came away with the boys’ U17 trophy, so this year we were looking to go at least one better.

      The U15 boys managed to take an impressive team victory, with only 13 points, well ahead of nearest rivals Telford AC with 25. Sam Western (PH) returned to blistering form with 2nd place, with Tom Jackson (R) was not far behind in 4th, and Louis Nares (Rb) made up the three ‘to count’ with 7th. Oscar Hamilton-Russell (R) showed what promise he has for the season ahead by coming home in 8th, while there were good performances also from Jonny Snell (Ch), Sam Watts (Ch), Leo Walton (S) and Fusuke Minagi (R).

      In the girls’ U15 race, Lilian Wilcox (EDH) ran very strongly indeed to take 7th, almost certainly enough to ensure selection for the Inter-Counties in March. Anna Cowan (MSH) ran consistently well over the course to secure 19th place, while Liza Alekseeva (EDH), fresh from the winter snows of Moscow, came through in 25th.

      The U17 boys managed to successfully defend their trophy from last year, with a convincing score of 24 points, well below Thomas Telford’s 33 and Adam’s Grammar School’s 35 points. Cameron Anwyl (S) stormed through in 5th with a superb effort, while Monty Hardcastle (I) and Toby Pegge (PH) ably supported in 9th and 10th place respectively. Our next three runners took the next three places as well, meaning we had six runners home in the top 13 places. Of particular note was the performance of Tom Hughes (Ch), who after a successful pre-season camp showed with his 13th place how much he has improved over the last couple of months – a great effort.

      In the U17 girls’ race, mock exams meant that without the Fifth Form we couldn’t quite manage a full team, but Huntswoman Immie Evans (G) ran strongly to achieve her 11th position, while India Eaton sadly suffered from an asthma attack and was forced to withdraw.

      In the U20 boys, we fielded a small team of five runners, but one of real quality. Freddie Huxley-Fielding (R) looked in wonderful form and took 1st place by a significant margin (worth noting that he also came second in the overall men’s race, open to all ages – a terrific achievement).

      Will Hayward (R) gritted his teeth and came through in 2nd (and 6th overall) looking very strong for the Knole on 14th January, while Niklas Amthor (R) managed to come through the field very impressively in the second half to take the 4th U20 spot (claiming 44th overall). Owen Mock (R) started very well but found the distance (10km over tricky ground) a real challenge, and had to retire with 3km to go, but Seb Hervas-Jones (S) took our final placing spot with 5th U20. No other teams fielded a full team of four so this was enough to take first!

      Overall, we were delighted with this breadth of success over several age categories, and it’s a great indicator of our strong form going into the Knole race next week. Well done to all who ran.
      IPH

    Wednesday 11 January 2017

    • Football: The 1st XI’s winning streak continues

      The seniors got back to action on Saturday 7th January with a home match against RGS Worcester.

      The 1st XI played some good football to dominate the match. Goals from James Nelson (SH) and Charlie Tait-Harris (S) in the first and second halves respectively secured a comfortable win (2-0).

      The 2nd XI played RGS’s 2nd & 3rd XIs in a triangular match playing 2 x 20 mins against both teams. This produced a 2-1 win (vs 2nd XI) and a 4-4 draw (vs 3rd XI), resulting in a 6-5 win overall with goals from Alex Webb (R), Matt Clay (I), Bertie Watts (Ch), George Faulkner (Rt), Ivor Featherstonhaugh (O) and Tom Tulloch (Rt).

    Tuesday 10 January 2017

    • Fives: A good start to the season
      Matches against the Old Salopians & Jesters last Saturday were played in slippery conditions due to the warmer air bringing much condensation to the courts. However there were good, close games throughout that bode well for the season ahead.

      At pair 1, Adam Aslam-Baskeyfield (Rb) paired up with Tom Bromley-Davenport (Rt) to take on Adam Morris and Mr Cooley – losing 3-1 (12-10, 12-4, 12-13, 12-8) but a very good standard of play for a first match of the season.

      At pair 2, the visitors were too strong, beating Max Morris (S) and Ross Orchard (PH) 3-0, yet some good competitive fives was played.

      The 3rd pair game, most affected by the slippery courts, could not have been closer. All three games went to the visitors but by the narrowest of margins (15-14, 12-10, 12-10). Sam McLoughlin (Rb) and Jesse Mattinson (Rb) played well and in the correct manner.

      At pairs 4 and 5, Archie Mobbs (O), Felix Jebb (O), Will Hope (Ch) and Marcus Cope (Rt) played having not yet trained (due to Fifth Form trial exams) and produced close matches, albeit that they lost (3-0).

      Our top U15s, Peter Clark (Rb) and Tom Castling (Rb), have stepped on court this term looking every bit the champions they became last March, winning their match in straight games (3-0).

    Friday 6 January 2017

    • Football: 1st XI win through to semi-finals of the ISFA Boodles Cup

      After an impressive 5-2 win against a strong Thomas Telford School in the third round of the ESFA Cup on Tuesday 29th November, spirits were high in the 1st XI squad for the quarter-final of the ISFA Boodles Cup four days later against fierce rivals Repton.

      It was a tight match with the occasion influencing the play of both teams. Repton’s physical and direct approach has been our undoing in other matches. However, the Shrewsbury team coped well, especially the defence of captain Josh Malyon (Rt) and newly converted centre-back George Newton (SH).

      After a nervy first half and seconds before the half-time whistle, Josiah Chilaka (SH) scored from an unlikely angle to put us 1-0 up at the break. The second half saw much of the same, with the 1st XI finding it increasingly difficult to play the high possession game we are used to.

      Midway through the second half, the pressure told and a well-placed corner was heading in to make the score 1-1. More Repton pressure and more Shrewsbury counters led to a breakaway for Josiah Chilaka (SH), who was clipped in the box and despite trying to stay on his feet was awarded a penalty. Josh Malyon kept his nerve to calmly slot the ball low to the keeper’s left (exactly where he was pointing for it to be put!).

      Effective games management for the final ten minutes saw out the match, to place us into the semi-final of the national competition. Not an aesthetic performance, but a winning one; and a fine achievement for a fine squad of players.

      The semi-final will be against Millfield (away) on Wednesday 1st February. 

    • British Cadet Rifle Team selection
      Congratulations to Hattie Bramwell (EDH LVI), who has been selected for the British Cadet Rifle Team and will tour with them to Canada during August.

      The team has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1910, when the first exchange visits of cadet teams from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and England took place. During the 1930s, the British cadet team came to be known as the ‘Athelings’ – a name that has stuck. The word is of Anglo-Saxon origin and means a ‘young noble’, usually the heir to a ruler or leader.

      Hattie has already been selected for the GB U19 Rifle Team and will compete with them in South Africa at Easter.

    Thursday 5 January 2017

    • Inter-House Hope-Simpson Ergo Challenge
      Records tumbled at the annual Hope-Simpson Ergo Challenge, held in the Alington Hall on the last Monday of the Michaelmas Term. In addition to the results published below, there is also a link to a short video made by Mr Reynolds that captures some of the atmosphere of this hugely competitive and high-octane event.

      The winners in each year group (record-breaking teams in bold):

        1st 2nd 3rd
      Third Form Boys: Oldham’s  Churchill’s Ridgemount
      Third Form Girls: The Grove Mary Sidney Hall  Emma Darwin Hall 
      Fourth Form Boys: Radbrook  Churchill’s Port Hill
      Fourth Form Girls: Mary Sidney Hall The Grove Emma Darwin Hall
      Fifth Form Boys: Churchill’s Oldham’s Port Hill
      Fifth Form Girls: Mary Sidney Hall The Grove Emma Darwin Hall
      Lower Sixth Form Boys: School House Ridgemount Port Hill
      Lower Sixth Form Girls: Emma Darwin Hall   The Grove Mary Sidney Hall
      Upper Sixth Form Boys: Churchill’s Port Hill School House
      Upper Sixth Form Girls:    Mary Sidney Hall Emma Darwin Hall   The Grove

       

      The overall winners were:

      Boys: 
      1st - Churchill's
      2nd - Oldham's
      3rd - Port Hill

      Girls:  
      1st - Mary Sidney Hall
      2nd - The Grove
      3rd - Emma Darwin Hall

       

      These performances feed into the Leadbitter Cup and Birt Trophy, which will be awarded to the most successful boys' and girls' Houses at the end of the Summer Term. Click here to see the current standings.

      Please click on the image below to view a 2½-minute film of the Hope-Simpson Ergo Challenge 2016, which was made by Mr Reynolds:

    Sunday 1 January 2017

    • News will be published here shortly for 2017
      In the meantime, please follow the link (above right) to our 2016 news.