Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 03/03/14

U16 HOCKEY – NORTH WEST FINALS WON

The under 16s boys hockey team qualified for the North of England finals after coming runners up in the North West finals at Timperley on Tuesday. After drawing their opening match 1-1 against St Anselms, Sedbergh defeated Altringham GS and Merchant Taylors thanks to goals from Max Silvester, Sam Stewart and Alex Simpson to give Sedbergh a better goal difference than St Anselms and therefore qualify for the final against King’s School, Chester.

Despite conceding a late goal to lose 2-1 Sedbergh qualified as one of the two North West teams to play in the North Finals on Wednesday at Timperley. Victory on Wednesday would see the team qualify for the Nationals later this year.

ST ANSELMS D1-1
ALTRINGHAM GS W3-0
MERCHANT TAYLORS W5-1
KING’S SCHOOL, CHESTER L2-1

The under 18s boys hockey team were unable to emulate their younger counterparts as they lost to eventual winners Calday Grange in what was effectively a semi-final. After a 2-2 draw in their opening match which saw Kings Macclesfield score with the last hit of the game to draw level and a deserved victory over Merchant Taylors, Sedbergh knew they had to defeat an excellent Calday Grange team in their last group game to qualify for the final against Rossall.

With seven minutes remaining in the game Sedbergh were drawing at 1-1 but crucially missed a golden opportunity that would have put them in the lead. Despite having little possession and defending superbly the pressure finally took it’s toll when Calday converted a short corner to take the lead. Having been reduced to ten men Sedbergh had to change their game plan and go on the offensive and pressed for goals leaving them exposed at the back, and they conceded two more goals late in the game.

Despite this loss Sedbergh played some of their best hockey of the term, a fine effort given they were missing five starting players from their usual team due to injury or illegibility. 

C1 @ ST PETERS YORK SEVENS LOST IN THE FINAL

This was an excellent first outing for the C1 VII at a competitive 16 team tournament that ultimately saw Sedbergh lose in the final to a very strong Durham VII. Sedbergh started the day rather sluggishly and found themselves 10-7 down at half time against RGS Newcastle, the sole points a converted solo effort from Josh Hodge. Sedbergh switched on in the second half and Bevan Rodd sealed the result late on with a strong carry through the midfield to take the score to 28-10. Mount St. Marys and Hymers provided less of a test and the Brown wrapped up the group with two 30 point victories. 

Bradford Grammar School had come second in their group to the highly fancied Durham side and provided a much sterner test in the quarter final. However Sedbergh stepped up their intensity and were three tries up by half time including a try within the first thirty seconds for the flying  Shewan.  The forward trio of Rodd, Papworth and Farrar were relentless in defence and turned over vital possession when needed and the high standard of  ball handling ensured that the resulting chances were put away. Final score 33-12.

St Ambrose were the next opponents and although Sedbergh were slow to start and conceded early they hit back with a fantastic break from Mullins. Further tries from Hodge and Mason followed before Papworth went the length with the final play. The final saw Sedbergh face Durham and quickly the boys in Brown were three tries down after displaying an inability to hold onto the ball.

Durham’s strong runners made the most of the possession gifted to them and poor tackling put the game out of reach by half time. Sedbergh showed spirit in the second half to score two tries of their own but the damage had been done and they went down 36-12. This was a good experience of the highs and lows of Sevens for this team.

NORTH OF ENGLAND SEVENS 1ST VII – LOST (WON THE PLATE)  

MANISCC RACE AT SEDBERGH    

Senior Boys Won (Peel 3rd, John Campbell 5th)
Junior Boys 3rd (Joe Bird 3rd)
Open Girls 3rd (Sally Bennet 3rd)

U18                 North West Hockey Finals     Lost (semi-finalists)
U16                 North West Hockey Finals     Won (Through to the Northern Finals)

U14                 St Peters York Sevens Runners-up
U15                 Bradford Grammar Sevens Lost (quarter-finalists)
A1 Sevens       Warwick Sevens Lost (semi-finalists)
B1 Sevens       Warwick Sevens Lost (semi-finalists)
C1 Sevens       Warwick Sevens                     Lost (semi-finalists)

1st Shooting v Ellesmere Lost     
1st Shooting v Shrewsbury Won

Boys Lent term Cup Round 1          
House Fives (Senior) Evans
House Fives (Junior) Evans
Five-a-side Football (Senior) Evans
Five-a-side Football (Junior) Winder

Biathlon School House
Year 9 winner Daniel Holley (SH)
Year 10 winner                        Henry Holdsworth (SH)
Year 11 winner                        Jonny Campbell (SH)
Year 12 winner                        Will Topham (P)
Year 13 winner                        Oli Thompson (S)

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