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BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 06/03/17

HOCKEY

North Schools Finals: Won (Under 18s North of England Champions for the second year running)!
v Wirral GS Draw 0-0
v Egglescliffe Won 3-0
v Yarm Won 2-0

After a goalless draw against Wirral Grammar in their opening game, on reflection a fair result with both teams having opportunities, Sedbergh stepped up the intensity in two five-minute periods in their next two matches scoring three and two goals respectively in these periods.

Despite dominating the possession against Egglescliffe Sedbergh failed to score in the first twenty minutes and were indebted to Jonny Radcliffe for a fine short corner save. Eventually after the entrance of George Barber higher up the pitch and the outstanding George Hill overloading down the right, Sedbergh created several opportunities that were converted; Max Silvester broke the deadlock from close range and Sedbergh then quickly tripled the lead with goals from Chris Sanders and Captain Sam Stewart. 

A similar pattern emerged against Yarm, who looked dangerous on the break, and again Jonny Radcliffe made a fine short corner save to keep the scores level. Sedbergh eventually took the lead after converting a short corner with James Milburn flicking into the top right hand corner.

An excellent 40 yard reverse stick pass by Will McHugh was brilliantly deflected by Henry Holdsworth one minute later, giving Sedbergh the position to see out the last five minutes securely and calmly. 

This was another fine effort from the boys who have lifted the trophy for the second season on the trot. Congratulations to Will McHugh on the award of his colours and Captain Sam Stewart on his Dates. 
MPS

RUGBY

1st VII’s @ Ampleforth Tournament: Won Final 21-5 v Barnard Castle
Sedbergh comfortably won the Ampleforth 7s with a strong display of attacking rugby. Our organisation, speed & power across the park proved too much for our opposition in what were difficult playing conditions under foot. A great start from this new squad!
SM

B1 VII’s @ Ampleforth Tournament: Won Final 19-10 v St Ambrose
B1 came away with two tournament wins in four days and are beginning to look like the dominant force on the Northern sevens circuit going into three more tournaments in the next two weeks. 

St Ambrose came closest to Sedbergh at the Ampleforth tournament pushing Brown close in the opening group game and in the final. Brown had to work particularly hard when they went down to six men for two periods of the final but patience on the ball in attack and a high work rate in defence saw them through. 
CJS

B1 VII’s @ Barnard Castle Tournament: Won Final 24-0 v St Peters
At Barnard Castle the twelve-man squad was fully utilised and although Brown conceded a number of tries throughout the day B1 looked composed and in control. The Melville twins were the standout performers as they both combined creativity in attack with a ruthless streak in defence. 
CJS

C1 VII’s @ Hymers Tournament: Lost Semi Final 44-0 v Woodhouse Grove 
The C1 seven’s squad had a tough day away at Hymers. Having struggled in the group stages to be consistent with their performances, beating Rodillian and Stonyhurst comfortably but drawing with Durham and Bradford GS, the team squeezed through to the semi-final to face Woodhouse Grove. 

A well-drilled opposition put some tired Sedbergh bodies to the sword, comfortably running out winners 44-0. 
Let’s hope a better performance lies in wait on Tuesday away at Durham. 
JSA

1st VII’s @ Mount St Marys Tournament: Won Final 12-5 v Durham 
Sedbergh travelled to the MSM 7s with high expectations after a good showing at Ampleforth during the week. In extremely wet conditions Sedbergh played some brilliant 7s during group play, easily beating Giggleswick, Worksop & Woodhouse Grove.

In the semi-final we faced a strong Pocklington 7 in a thrilling match that went down to the wire. Ben Watson’s try and a crucial conversion from Will Haydon Wood was enough to secure a tough 7-5 win. The final against a much improved Durham side was a very tense and exciting match with both teams giving everything. An early score from Durham handed them a 5-0 lead and big momentum.

Under big pressure and with conditions worsening Sedbergh had to work extremely hard to get back into the game. In first half injury time we finally got the score to draw us back level. Great work from Harry Laidler opened up space for Charlie Graham who offloaded to Rouban Birch to score.

The second half was more of the same as both sides battled it out with neither wanting to give in. Sedbergh’s bench crucially added some impact and it would be Charlie Graham who would be the difference as he pounced on a loose Durham Pass in his own 22 to race away and Score.

Haydon Wood converted to secure the tournament win. This was another strong step for forward for Sedbergh with the North of England 7s looming.  With a high number of injuries again today the whole squad will be needed if we are to make it three from three next Sunday!
SM

BASKETBALL

1st Team v Giggleswick Won 39-13 
Sedbergh School basketball got back to winning ways against Giggleswick. 
In what was a scrappy match we took control from the off. By the end of the first half, we were ahead by 18 to 7.

The second half was better for Sedbergh who dominated in defence. Giggleswick only scored 6 more points to end with a total of 13.  We were more consistent ending with a tally of 39. Ozzy Ukponzene scored 12 points;

Victor Leung got 10 followed by Kal John with 5 points.
We now look to do even better against Durham and Merchiston.
AJJR

SOCCER

1st XI v Ampleforth Lost 1-0
Sedbergh’s Soccer 1st XI paid the highest price for their failure to take any number of first half chances. Again travelling with just 11 men, the boys worked hard to create opportunities and played some excellent football, but ultimately were beaten by a now organised, disciplined side.
TRB

SWIMMING

1st Team, U15 Boys & Girls @ the Bradford Gala – Overall Winners v Bradford, Barnard Castle, Durham, Ampleforth & Stonyhurst. 
An excellent atmosphere throughout and a brilliant win!

Senior Boys (3rd place 23 points)The senior boys were up against the strongest competition with some amazing swimmers who we have met before. Tom Russell was new to the team and swam his backstroke and freestyle events exceptionally well.

Even with their goggle issues, Harry Woods and Saul Nagus performed brilliantly in the relays. Pon was outstanding in his freestyle and the consistency of Kaya meant that we were able to hold onto our 3rd place throughout. 

U15 boys (1st place 43 points)The U15 boys swam consistently well throughout the afternoon against some tough club swimmers. Impressive performances from Angus Young in the 50m breaststroke, Archie Palmer in the 50m backstroke and Fenn Curran (CSPS) in the 50m freestyle ensured that a young boys team were able to step up to the competition with no bother. 

Senior Girls (1st place 39 points)A mixed age ‘senior squad’ proved to be simply outstanding. Bella Brooks and Freya Woods were focused from the start. Hellas breaststroke event was gripping as she powered past all of the u18 swimmers and Freya was undefeatable in all of the 4 events that she participated in. Solid winning performances from a calm Isobel Bridle in the relays gave us the clear win. 
JMM

GOLF

1st Team v Rossall B – ISGA Area Final @ Lancaster GC: Won 3-0 
We now advance on to the National Finals!

Sedbergh golf team travelled to Fleetwood golf club to play the North West final. In terrible conditions the team managed to get off to a good start going up early in their matches.

All 3 played some sterling golf in testing conditions and finished with 3 wins out of 3 with Archie Davies winning 6 and 5, Lewis Smith winning 5 and 4 and Molly Davies winning 2 and 1. They now go through to represent the North West and Sedbergh at the National finals which is held at one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, Royal St George’s. 

Following this success Archie Davies, Lewis Smith and Molly Davies have been awarded their golf colours.
MWS

LENT TERM CUP

Iron man     
Final Standings;
1. SH
2. S
3. W
4= P
4= L
6. CH
7. H
8. E
9. R 

Biathlon 
Final Standings;
1=SH
1=W
3. R
4. E
5. P
6. S
7. L
8. CH
9. H

Junior 5-a-side: Won by Powell
Final Standings;
1. Powell, 2. Hart, 3. Evans, 4. Winder, 5. Sedgwick, 6. School House

Senior 5-a-side: Won by Winder                   
Final Standings;
1. Winder, 2. Powell, 3. School, 4. Sedgwick, 5. Hart, 6. Evans

Junior Touch Rugby: Won by Evans 1-0 (In extra time)        
Final Standings;
1. Evans, 2. Winder, 3. Powell, 4. Sedgwick, 5. Hart, 6. School House

Senior Touch Rugby Won by Evans 2-1   (In extra time)                 
Final Standings;
1. Evans, 2. Powell, 3. Winder, 4. Sedgwick, 5. School House, 6. Hart

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