Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 13/01/14

1ST XI HOCKEY  V AMPLEFORTH LOST 3-2

The 1st XI lost a very close feisty match to a highly rated Ampleforth team that recently knocked current North of England under 18 champions QEGS Wakefield out of the National Cup. Roddy Giles opened the scoring for Sedbergh half way through the first half after intelligent play from Felix Zinkann. However poor defensive mistakes gifted Ampleforth two short corners which were both converted to give the visitors a 2-1 lead before Josh McAnemy replied late in the half with a converted short corner to level the scores at half time.

As both teams pushed for the win six yellow cards were given as three players from each team were sin binned before an unbelievable deflection from the top of the D looped high over goalkeeper Sam Farrar into the net to give Ampleforth the lead. Despite dominating most of the second half Sedbergh failed to score. Ultimately Sedbergh’s failure to convert only one of their 15 short corners to Ampleforth’s two goals from seven shorts was the difference between the two teams.

Next weekend Sedbergh face a Rossall team packed with international players and will need to work hard at their set plays and speed and quality at which they distribute the ball from the back if they are to challenge the highest rated under 18 schoolboy team in the North.

2ND XI V AMPLEFORTH WON 3-1

The team played the best half of passing hockey seen by a Sedbergh 2nd XI to take a 3-1 half time lead as they showed how it should be done, converting their first two short corners thanks to a deflection on the far post from captain Steven Croft and a strike from Alex Procter, followed by a superb reverse stick shot by John Campbell who had come straight from winning the cross country to play.

Unfortunately the team failed to match the same quality in the second half as the players dwelled on the ball but this was still a very pleasing win against a strong team.

UNDER 15S V AMPLEFORTH WON 7-0

UNDER 14S V AMPLEFORTH WON 3-0

JUNIOR B V AMPLEFORTH WON 3-0

FIVES

Four of Sedbergh’s senior players gained valuable competition this weekend at the North West Open, against many of the country’s top adult players. Robinson and Lawry reached the semi-final of the Plate doubles competition, where they lost to a strong Derby Moor pair. Mr Wright also acquitted himself well, in what was his first competitive outing.

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY

1st VIII Boys; J Jackson (S), A Campbell (W), T Peel (P)
1st VIII Girls qualified; Ella Ferguson, Philippa Hill, Charlie Neate, Rebecca Holliday

NEWS

James Christie (U6th, SH) has been selected for Hong Kong U20 XV

Jonny McPhillips (L6th, W) was awarded 1st XV rugby player of the year, Ralph Wellock (U6th, P) Coaches Player of the year, Robbie Kent (U6th, P) most improved player.

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