Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 07/11/16

RUGBY

2nd XV v St Peter’s York Lost 18-17
The 2nd XV quickly went 12-0 down away at St Peters just before half term but responded in impressive fashion when they returned to playing their expansive game after the break. An excellent hat trick from Holdsworth saw the 2’s take a 17-15 lead into the last minute of the game only for late indiscipline to cost them a crucial final penalty.
Tries: Holdsworth 3
Cons: Foster 1/3
GUN

3rd XV v Giggleswick Won 72-12
Another big performance from the 3rd XV as they were simply too good for a Giggleswick side that included several 1st XV players.

1st XV v Wilmslow Won 41-0
Sedbergh travelled to Wilmslow on the last day of the half term looking for a good performance before a well-earned two week break. Straight from the kick off Sedbergh went on the attack putting together a brilliant passage of play that resulted in Sam Moore scoring out wide.

The next twenty minutes was all the home side as they threw everything they had at the Sedbergh line on the back of a lot of good territory & possession. However the visitors defence held strong with some very physical collisions and some excellent work at the break down. Just before half time Moore scored his second try from close range and Tom Walsh then raced in at the corner to suddenly give Sedbergh a commanding 19-0 lead.

The start of the second half again saw Wilmslow on the attack with plenty of passion and determination but it was Sedbergh’s class and clinical execution off turn over ball that would again prove too much. Will Hill was the next try scorer for Brown followed by two brilliant tries from Man of the match Brad Clements.

Alex Mullins then had the final say when he finished off an impressive team try which saw the ball travel through three quarters of the team.  
Tries: Moore 2, Walsh, W Hill, Clements 2, Mullins 
Cons: Hodge 3
SM

A1 v Wilmslow Won 29-5
A fantastic away win at Wilmslow and 5 superb team tries scored against a strong Wilmlsow / Macclesfield RFC XV. A1’s first try was a beauty, starting deep inside the Sedbergh half and through 6 phases of play led to a score in the corner by in form winger Hollins.

The score remained 5-0 for most of the first half until just before half time, once again some good team ball retention meant Captian Hill rumbling over for another try to add to his many already this season. 

Half time score – 10 – 0

The second half started well for A1 with fly half Barber pulling the strings in attack and it was he who took advantage of a gap to score Sedbergh’s third try, converted well by Brighetti. By now Sedbergh were the side playing the rugby, though a charge down on the half way, meant a breakaway try score by the hosts to bring the score to 17-5.

However constant pressure meant winger Greenwood finishing off two great opportunities late on to take the score line to 29-5.
Overall a pleasing end to the half term, but much to look forward to post the half term break.
Tries: Hollins, Hill, Barber, Greenwood x 2
Cons: Brighetti x 2
PJEC

C1 v Wilmslow Won 51-19
With a number of players returning from injury and a good week of training under their belts, C1 were in irresistible form against Wilmslow and recorded a comfortable victory, looking equally comfortable in the physical battle up front and the exchanges of skill and speed out wide. When at their best they will be a tough team to beat.

The return of Johnson and Parkinson brought an added physicality up front, which led to improved – though not flawless – work at the breakdown and plenty of go forward. Parkinson combined very effectively in the back row with Captain Jackson, who had probably his best game at 7. A massive tackle by Tyser, one of our smaller forwards, epitomised the work ethic in the engine room and bodes very well for the second half of the season.

In the backs, although (frustratingly) there is still some work to be done in wide defence, there was much quality on show in terms of handling, lines of running and finishing. Cooney and Balogun once again had too much power and pace for their opponents, both bagging hat tricks, but they will have appreciated the lovely skills of those inside them to create the space. 
JDL

TENNIS 

Year 9 Aegon v NSB Won 10-2 (Through to the Regional Finals) Casterton, SJS U13 Boys Tennis Team who became Cumbria County Champions in  July 2016 and then went on to represent Cumbria Schools in the North GB  Region (Scotland, Cumbria, Northumberland & Durham & Cleveland) have won  again.

Having beaten Durham Johnston School 7 – 6 in September the team have now reached the Regional Final after beating Newcastle School for Boys 10 – 2. The team comprising of James Griffin, Luke Butler, Vladimir Kanevskiy &  Charlie Churchouse played some fantastic tennis and are thoroughly looking forward to playing in the Regional Final on Friday 18th November in one of the LTA`s premier indoor facilities. They have now reached the last 16 schools out of the original 3000 who entered the competition.
FB

GOLF

1st Team v Rossall @ Sedbergh Golf Club – ISGA Schools Match Play Round 2 Won 3-0 Archie Davies, Molly Davies & Lewis Smith all won their individual matches comfortably in another strong display from Sedbergh.

SAILING 

CCF National Regatta @ Plymouth: 2ND AND 3RD – BEST EVER RESULT IN THIS EVENT
Sedbergh A – James Thomas and George Thomas – 2nd
Sedbergh B – Peter Fairbank and Walter Keegan – 3rd

After a slow start while boats were rigged and prepared the fleet of ten teams from all over the country from Ulster to East Anglia and more locally Exeter took to the water on a good breeze and slack water.  Race 1 caught a few teams out and there were two disqualifications due to incorrect mark rounding and failure to take penalties.  

After that the racing settled down to a competitive set of 5 races with all but a couple of teams in the mix for top places.  Sedbergh A scored a 2nd in the first race with Sedbergh B in 4th so we knew we were in with a good chance of podium honours. 

The tide began to build so that judging the laylines for the windward mark became more complex. This was exacerbated by a tidal back eddy by the wing mark which often made the fleet bunch up as they came in this mark.  As most of these teams don’t normally sail on tidal waters, the reach across the tide to the downwind mark was a difficult one to judge and many ended having to make big course adjustments to round the mark.  

Those using gennakers had more interesting decisions to make to compromise between speed and direction across the tide.  James and George were consistently 2nd for the first two races, while Pete and Walter were more variable with a 3rd, 6th and 7th.  For the final race to even up the boats (all having 2 races with and 2 without gennakers) all boats raced without gennakers and Pete and Walter had their best race of the day with a 2nd having led the race for the first lap.

 Sadly, James and George continuing their run of bad luck with gear breakages, had a major breakage of the boom at the gooseneck fitting and were unable to start race 5 which had to be their discard for the day.  

The forecast for the 2nd day was dire with strong winds, and sadly the forecast was correct and sailing was not possible on the Sunday so the overall results on Day 1 stood as the final results with a clear winner from Exeter scoring 1, 1, 1, 3 – total 6 and our two boats scoring respectively 11 and 15 coming 2nd and 3rd.  This is the highest rankings we have ever achieved in the National Regatta.  

The sailing club is pleased to award Sailing Colours to George Thomas and Peter Fairbank.  
MP Ripley

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