Sport

Senior School Sport Update w/c 27 January

Lots of exciting news this week in the sports department, not least because the refurbishment of our gym is now under way. Decorating has commenced, flooring and mirrors arrive next week, and the equipment the week after. All being well it will be up and running after half term. We’ve also had some great team results.

The week started with a huge turnout for L5 and M5 Netball practice on Monday after school. It was lovely to see so many there and we hope this continues through the term. Our U14 and U15A teams played Dover College on Tuesday afternoon with the U14’s demolishing the Dover side with superb shooting and fast paced passing down the court.

Izzy (L5) reports: ‘Great defending from Charlotte Richards and Esther Kimani stopped Dover from scoring in the first quarter. Teamwork from the attack and tactical passes put us in the lead with 13 goals, scored by Abi Stanfield and me. In the second quarter, Dali Tabony, Lottie Powell and Zoe Rogers held the lead with brilliant passing down the wing. In the third and fourth quarter after a shuffle round of positions due to our substantial lead, Dali, Zoe and Lottie bagged a few more goals for the team. All of us played as a team even if we all fell over a few times! The final score was 27-2’

The U15’s battled hard but were unable to hold off the more physical onslaught from the Dover girls. Conditions on the astro court were unfavourable and slippery to say the least which clearly didn’t help the cause. However, a 10-19 defeat was not a disaster!

The Senior girls entertained St Lawrence College and held their own in this traditionally tough fixture. The 1st team were superb, playing the SLC 2nds, with only three goals separating the two sides at the end 25-28. The 2nd team, well drilled, led with a score of 5-4 at quarter time.  SLC moved up a gear, however, pushing ahead to a final score of 12-20.

The U15 boys played away at King’s Rochester. Determined and persistent they held their game together against a much stronger side. Mr Millard was impressed with the attitude shown and the 0-3 result was a fair reflection on the game. The U14’s had a slow start and conceded two goals within the first 15 minutes. Passing improved but a counter attack led to another goal from Kings Rochester. However, St Edmund’s managed to score through a Will Hosking deflection. In the second half, St Edmund’s had more possession and scored again with Theo Bawtree the striker. Unfortunately, another two were conceded leaving the final score at 2-5.

The Senior boys were technically superior and showed a higher level of fitness in their matches against Kings Rochester. A hat trick from Charlie Allan in the 1st Xl was a finishing touch to the 8-2 victory. Roshan Limbu was top scorer in the 2nd Xl with a hat trick, along with a top corner flick from Harry Carlin giving a 4-0 score line.  Some solid midfield and forward momentum from Jack Towns and Oliver Millard provided plenty of attacking opportunities.

Finally, Alex Millard (U6) has been selected to run Cross Country for England U20 women in the Lotto Cross Cup in Belgium next weekend. Following her recent victories at the Kent Schools’ Championship and the Kent County Cross Country Championship, and a magnificent 5th place in the South of England U20 Championships, she now has the opportunity to show what she can do on the international stage for the first time. This is a remarkable achievement and fitting reward for her amazing commitment and talent.

Helena Millard, Head of Senior School Sport