Shrewsbury School

A bumper weekend of sport

Sunday 3 February 2013

Last weekend saw Shrewsbury take part in competitive fixtures in a total of eight sports, ranging from fencing to netball, and football to squash, to name but a few.  Involved last Saturday were 21 fencers, 20 Eton Fives pairs, 10 rowing crews, 5 rugby XV’s, 5 cross country teams, 2 squash teams, 2 netball teams and 1 football team to top it off! A mammoth day of sport demonstrating the breadth of sporting opportunity available at Shrewsbury.

Highlights included the RSSH Senior and Intermediate boys continued domination of Shropshire (and Midlands) cross country running. Individually, Messrs Mallett, Blake and Fraser produced a clean sweep (1,2,3) at Senior level. The Junior team were second (by two points!) and the girls third.

At the Wycliffe Head, a senior boys VIII were the fastest crew down the course all day, with encouraging performances from all other crews, particularly a girls ‘A’ quad and all J14, J15 and J16 boys octos.

The most notable performance for the school pairs at the Northern Fives Championships was that of Nick Pearce and Samson Yick who won the Festival Competition; a very impressive result against a number of good, experienced opponents.  Hannah Pritchard and Rosie Parr won the Festival C plate competition, the final game ending 12-11 in a thrilling finish on Sunday afternoon. Jack Fox and James Harris lost narrowly 1-2, in the final of their plate.

The junior rugby teams demolished their King Henry VIII School, Coventry opposition, scoring a total of 142 points to 19 in reply. In squash both the senior teams defeated Cheltenham College, and the girls' netball 1st VII finished a creditable third at the Malvern St. James tournament.

What a weekend! A delight to see so many Salopian boys and girls achieving much success, but most importantly representing their School in a variety of disciplines and enjoying themselves.

Paul Greetham
Director of Sport

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