Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 17/01/17

SOCCER

1st XI v St Marys Crosby Won 2-1 
Sedbergh’s 1st XI picked up where they left off last season to record a victory in their first fixture of the new campaign. Sedbergh enjoyed the lion’s share both of the ball and of the chances in the first half, with Nzari Paynter’s wonder strike and a superb finish from Seb Hemmings seeing them go into the break 2-0 up.

They were almost made to pay for a lack of conviction in front of goal in the second half, with the strong wind meaning that they had to work incredibly hard to see out what was, in the end, a hard fought win.

Wade Williams made a number of key saves as the pressure mounted, while Sedbergh owe a huge amount to the defensive efforts of, in particular, Ali James, James Park-Johnson and Sam Down, while Kieran Hull also made an excellent contribution in the second half. Sedbergh’s midfield will be looking to build on their first-half performance, which saw them in total control, with work to do on the speed with which the ball is moved around the pitch.
TRB

HOCKEY

U16A v St Anselms Won 4-1
The 16s won their first game 4-1 against St Anselms, looking promising for the season ahead but with lots to build on. The first goal came from the pace and skill of Jemima Cookson taking it past three defenders and slipping it to Oli Cope who put it in the back of the net.

This pressure was kept up and the next goal came soon after with a similar situation but Jasper Weber was the goal scorer this time. George Welch and Hugh Tyser did exceptionally well, playing two years up for their first game. Midway through the second half Giles Dobson dribbled to the top of the D and strikes the ball into the corner to take a great solo goal.

The final goal came from a short corner with Jasper taking his second after the ball hit the post from Issy Chamberlain’s flick. Overall a great first performance from the team.
MWS

U15A v St Anselms Draw 1-1
After only one practice session the under 15s entertained St Anselms at Timperley. Midway through the first half Sedbergh took the lead through a Toby Wheatley goal after good work from Percy Johnstone down the right wing, and looked the more likely to extend the lead as the first half continued.

However a minute before half time a slip in concentration allowed St Anselms to drive through the right channel and pass the ball around Sedbergh’s keeper Walter Keegan. The second half was a much more even affair with both sides kept in the game by excellent goalkeeping and in the end a draw was a fair result.

This team can take some positives from the game, in particular when they passed the ball quickly from stick to stick ensuring the basics were strong but as individuals will need to improve their understanding of their roles and work much harder getting behind the ball in defence. Sedbergh’s player of the match was Walter Keegan. 
MPS

SWIMMING

1st Team v Ampleforth Lost 30-26

SQUASH

1st Team v Ampleforth Lost 6-4
After only a week’s training, the Sedbergh side were straight on the road to compete with rivals Ampleforth. Given that their side had played competitively throughout the year, it was a demanding first clash for our relatively young team. That said, we got off to a strong initial start with comprehensive wins for Matthew ‘Mackem’ Morrison (P) and Ed Duerden (H).

Next on Ampleforth’s show court saw an epic encounter which went to the wire with Nick Wild (W) digging ever deeper to come out on top 3-2. However, Ampleforth’s depth started to pay off with the SHAC running away with five successive wins, capitalising on their home advantage and some inconsistency from the Sedbergh team.

Harry Brook (W) re-energised the possibility of squeezing a draw with a solid performance dismantling his opposite first seed with ease. This meant it all came down to the last rubber involving Will Bradley (S). Despite his opponents suspect persona, reflected in an odd decision to turn up on court wearing plimsolls and denim shorts, Bradley struggled to combat a potent forehand and eventually lost 3-1.

Despite the overall defeat, there were some promising moments to build on; we look forward to welcoming Barnard Castle next Saturday.
TS

SHOOTING

1st Team v OS Won
Sedbergh’s Rifle Team had a small-bore match against the OSs and won by two points with Charlie Cowen and William Ross being the highest scorers for the school.
DEN

JUNIOR HOUSE RUGBY

Final: Sedgwick 47 – Winder 5
Sedgwick proved too strong in a great day of rugby on Busk 1.
Final Standings
1. Sedgwick
2. Winder
3. Powell
4. Hart
5. School
6. Evans

HOUSE HOCKEY

Final: Evan 1 – Winder 0
Evans just edged out Winder in a brilliant final. Overall a great day of hockey with a very high standard of play from all teams.

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