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    Latest Sports News

    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

    • 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.

    • 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

    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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    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

    • 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).

    • 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.

    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.