Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 17/06/17

RUGBY

JBS v RGS Lancaster – Won all three matches
The JBS pace & power proved too strong for Lancaster on Buskholme.
Won 19-0
Won 7-0
Won 19-0

JBS v Tewkesbury 1st XV Won 38-12
A great performance from Sedbergh against a very competitive and brave opposition.

Sedbergh U14s 7s Tournament – Lost the Final v Woodhouse Grove 24-10
Woodhouse Grove kept their composure to pull away and score tries at crucial times and end Sedbergh’s chance of winning their home tournament. This was a brilliant final played between two very good sides.

HOCKEY

2nd XI vs Barnard Castle 1st XI

A strong second half performance from the 2s saw them score 4 unanswered goals as they put 5 past Barny 1st XI! This second XI has a lot of talent that is being well marshalled by u6 captain Marcus Stables. If this team can play as a unit for the majority of a game they should look to have another unbeaten season. 5-0 win

2nd XI vs Giggleswick

After watching the 1st XI come back from 2-0 to draw the 2s were keen to ensure they didn’t make the same basic errors as the 1st team. Cookson caused problems down the right and set up good chances for Ferguson and Blood who forced good saves from the GK.

Nelstrop beat her man in the midfield and drove with pace to release a through ball to returnee James Carrathers who deafly lift the ball over the on coming keeper. Harvey Ferguson grabbed the second. At the other end of the pitch Ben Hunt in GK had a brilliant performance along with Ed Whitehouse in front of him. Final scores comfortable 2-1 win.

1st XI vs Giggeswick

A distinctly average first 25 minutes saw Sedbergh 2-0 down, not ideal but recently rectifiable. An early goal in the second half would get the home team nervous and that’s what happened. Sedbergh got one, then got a second with 10 minutes to play.

Sedbergh bombarded the Gigg goal in the last 5 minutes and the best chance fell to Barber who normally so cool under pressure couldn’t convert, this was a true reflection of the game, Sedbergh’s basic skills letting them down but determination getting them some sort of result. 2-2

U15 v Rugby (ISHC) L0-7

The under 15 boys showed some real character despite being well beaten by Rugby. Against a very skilful and clinical Rugby side Sedbergh failed to track their runs in the first half and conceded six goals, one from open play and five goals from five short corners.

Rugby’s short corner drills were very good, however, on at least four occasions individual lapses in concentration and failure to stick to their jobs defending shorts meant that goals were conceded when they should not have. As a result half time arrived with Sedbergh 6-0 down but a gutsy second half performance saw the team battle and chase everything, execute their individual roles much better and concede only one further goal.

Walter Keegan in goal was outstanding and Ed Jackson was the best outfield player. This should be a real lesson for the boys, six of whom are under 14 and will face similar challenges in this cup next year, in learning how important it is to understand your own role and then concentrate and fulfil it. 

U15 v Giggleswick L3-4

This was a case of deja vue for the under 15s as a poor first half performance saw them 4-0 down early in the second half before a rousing last twenty minutes saw Harry Sheil, Roman and Toby Wheatley score to set up a thrilling final five minutes.

Unfortunately, Sedbergh were unable to find a finishing touch as Sedbergh dominated play. For the third game in a row Sedbergh gave themselves a mountain to climb with a poor first half performance and need to learn from the experience. Captain Harry Sheil and Ed Jackson were Sedbergh’s players of the game.

RUNNING

1st XIII @ King Henry Relays
The weather was fine but the course was sodden from three days of rain in Coventry. The boys and girls were in buoyant mood and the usual game of chain tig broke out to begin the warm up. 

Nervously over 60 schools stepped onto the start line to begin this historic race where there is no place to hide. No missed tackles to be had, where no mistakes can be made. Fergus MacMillan in his final year got the boys off to an excellent start with an improved 12:20, supported by Martin askew in the B team running a consistent 13:05.

The girls soon followed and Maria led the line, beating her coach’s time (set early in the morning) by one second to finish in 14:32. The ever improving Hattie Duxbury ran 15:28 to put the C team ahead of the B team. Josie Coulthard did her part for the team in helping Maria in the early part of the race to finish in 16:20

George Rigal ran the second leg for the boys A team and came home in 13:16. This was a good run and with more experience he will improve. Spencer Bird showed great form to keep the B team in touch with a 13:18.

Amy Slattery showed the form again the has gained her selection to the 1st team and ran a ver composed 14:58. The next challenge is get a Sedbergh School girl into the 13 minutes. The B & C team continued there good race with only a few seconds separating Molly Barrett 15:33 and Alex Duckitt 15:25. 

Ben Van Dijk ran an excellent leg to gain ground on the leaders and move the team through the the field. I’m confident next year that he can run under 12 minutes and improve on the 12:29 set today. Dan Holley ran through the the pain barrier to keep the B’s well placed.

The girls now had their sights set on breaking the hour mark as the race was already won by Sevenoaks. Georgina Boyd-Moss picked up the baton and ran well to finish in 15:21. The B & C team battled continued to excite. The C’s still with the slight advantage. Bothe B & C were aiming for 63 and 65 minutes. Alice Slattery kept the C team in front with a great 15:37 but the young Tash Cookson closed the gap running 15:23.

Jamie MacMillan ran well on the fourth leg as the course began to worsen. He overtook three teams to put Joe Bird in a better position. His time of 13:01 was good. Will Player, running with a recent injury, defied all form and ran a superb time of 13:39. Will was more valuable than he will ever know. 

The girl’s race was coming to climax and Sally Bennett took on the last leg duties and brought the team home in under the hour, with her usual consistency in 15:03. Surely one of these girls will get the record of 14:17 one day.  The team finished in 6th place and can be well pleased wth their efforts. 

The battle between the B & C team just kept intensifying. The girl’s captain took the baton for the C’s and Olivia Murray soon set off chasing. However Isobele (15:41) was strong enough to hold of Olivia (15:37). Both teams finished under 63 minutes and only 26 seconds apart showing the depth in girls running. Out of 28 teams they finished 13th & 14th.

In the boy’s race, the captain Joe Bird set off like he had somewhere to be. Joe caught around five teams and ran the fourth fastest leg of the day in 11:40. Oliver Ward showed what a competitor he was to run 13:17 and keep the B team in a good position.

Joe handed over to Fraser Sproul putting him ahead of the pre-race favourites Shrewsbury by only a few seconds. The race at this point was over with Loughborough well in the end and national 3000m champion on the last leg. He ran 11:17 and set the fastest leg of the day. Sedbergh set off in 6th place.

Fraser ran superbly to put Sedbergh in 4th place with only 400m to go. He had a two great runners on his tail one from St Albans and the other from Shrewsbury. The latter had recently won the private schools national title. I think they thought that Fraser would be caught out in the sprint finish. However to everyone’s amazement it was Fraser who kicked with 200m to go and held off the opposition to make sure that we gained some silverware. 

The boys and girls were jubilant and held Fraser on their shoulders as though he were the trophy. A great team effort and one proud coach.

Final Standings
Sedbergh Boys A 4th
Sedbergh boys B 25th & 6th B team
Sedbergh Girls A 6th
Sedbergh Girls C 13th and 1st C team
Sedbergh Girls B 14th and 2nd B team
JDWR

INTER COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY

Joe Bird Won (E) the Northerners event. Fergus Macmillan (SH) and Ben Van Dijk (H) may have also qualified.

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