Maiden Erlegh vs Windsor Boys (Year 11)

Maiden Erlegh vs Windsor Boys (Year 11)

On Tuesday 16th January, we played against Maiden Erlegh in the County Cup. Last year we were the champions of this particular competition, so the pressure was on. We were already short of seven players out of our normal starting eleven, including our keeper. We managed to get some volunteers who were willing to step up to the task and try to retain our trophy winning chances. The coach journey was fairly chilled out, everyone seemed focused. We arrived in good time to get a proper warm-up in. And we needed it. It was freezing. The line-up was announced and we headed on to the pitch, eager to get started. The match started quite slowly for both teams. We were both trying to get a feel for the game. A lapse in our concentration saw us go 1-0 down fairly early on. The ball was played over the top of our defence, and was tapped over our stand-in keeper, Harry Howe, and looped into the net. It was a good finish. I must give credit to Harry as he has never played in goal and played his part for the team. After the first goal, we finally started to play. The goal was a wake-up call. We were the only team in the game for the rest of the first half – sharp passing, off the ball movement and solid defending were just a few ways in which we were controlling the game. I did struggle to find my feet in the first half and didn’t get much of the ball. Half time came and we were 1-0 down. However, we...
House Rowing 2018

House Rowing 2018

House Rowing was on Thursday after school. This event has become a real favourite of the house competitions; an electric atmosphere, pumping music, and lighting akin to a night club ensure all competitors are fired up to give their all over the 5000m team relay. The four man rowing teams are allowed two helpers to assist with change overs, with the rower changing as quick as they can every 20 strokes. Each gives everything they can to cover as much distance as they can in their turn before handing over. It is tough, really tough.  The winners often do pull the hardest, however there is no doubt slick changeovers can help an under-powered team. In the end the category winners were as follows Year 9: ALLEN HOUSE Year 10: WARWICK HOUSE SENIOR ( Year 11/12/13): BURGESS HOUSE Well done to everyone who competed in this high octane event!                CAPTAIN OF BOATS 2018 The new Captain of Boats is Ferdy Cleare. He takes over from Isaac Workman who has been an exceptional Captain through 2017, leading by example and in general being one of the nicest boys around. Fiercely determined though, Isaac won 2 National GOLD medals, 1 National SILVER medal, and was part of The Fawley Challenge Cup crew that won at Henley Royal Regatta Big Shoes to follow! However, Ferdy is a great young man, and is set to do a great job!   New Captain of boats Ferdy Cleare on the right with Isaac Workman, outgoing Captain Mark Wilkinson Director of...
1st XI at Pangbourne

1st XI at Pangbourne

  The 1st XI fixture was no change to recent years with sides evenly matched.  Both teams looked to play attacking hockey and put defences under pressure.  The deadlock was broken with a Matt Bougourd goal. The year 11 was quickest to react and accurately finished his chance. Windsor continued to bombard the Pangbourne D with some piercing passes.  The visitors went further ahead when skipper Paddy O’Neill scored a wonder goal.  From the top of the D he undercut the ball on his reverse side and roofed the ball. The goalkeeper was powerless to save the strike.  As anybody that has hit a hockey ball will know, this is some skill. Chris Hill and Ant Brayshaw were rocks at the back until the hosts snuck a goal back. Windsor rediscovered their composure and a long and accurate Paddy pass enabled Gus Bowles to spin off his defender, accelerate into space and finish a very well worked goal. Windsor were not content with their advantage and drove towards the Pangbourne goal and earned a penalty corner. Paddy drag flicked on target but it was saved.  The rebound fell to him and he buried a shot on reverse stick from narrow angle. Pangbourne scored with the last play so the score finished 4 - 2. The boys showed admirable work rate and skill to achieve this fantastic result. Combining this with Mr Jeffery’s wizardry hockey knowledge, the side are destined for great things.  There were several excellent individual performances but it was decided that James Matthews won the Man of the match award.  He showed assurance, resilience and maturity at...
1st XI Football starts 2018 with a win

1st XI Football starts 2018 with a win

  A match under floodlights saw in the 1st XI’s first fixture of 2018.  Players still getting over the Christmas holidays and a few injuries, some of the boys found themselves playing out of position.  The opposition had done their homework and knew our reputation from last year’s National Cup success.  It became very clear that Edgbarrow had a clear tactic: physicality. Windsor started strongly with a clear difference in football ability and Edgbarrow were struggling to get out of their half.  A corner was played in and Louis Maggs leapt into the air to head the ball home, 1-0 Windsor.  Within five minutes both teams conceded penalties and both teams scored them, 2-1 Windsor, at half time. The second half both teams settled down with the majority of the play in midfield with Adam Forder controlling the back four. Edgbarrow knew they needed to get a goal and started to put more pressure on our defence.  Joe Whiter made two fantastic saves one down low with his feet and the other up high tipped over the bar.  Full time 2-1 Windsor Man of the Match: Adam Forder and Joe Whiter Mr R...
1st XI Hockey Seasons Starts

1st XI Hockey Seasons Starts

  On Saturday 6th January Windsor Boys’ School took on Reigate Grammar School with a full block fixture.  The 1st XI started the game positively with confidence and real composure, both teams getting few opportunities on goal.  In the last minute of the first half, Reigate counterattacked quickly, moving the ball at speed and scored: 1-0 Reigate. Windsor really started to find their feet, transferring the ball across the back four nicely.  Louis Maggs and Paddy O’Neill did not stop running and leading the team from central midfield. Defensively our opposition had the answers to our attacking play and direct fast ball into the D. Reigate scored 2 quick goals but Windsor battled on. In the last minute the direct ball finally worked with Matt Bougourd taking a shot, saved by the goalie and Vinnie Pattinson slotted the ball home.  Final score 3-1 to Reigate but the boys were positive with the performance and know where to improve. Man of the Match: Louis Maggs (pictured) Mr R...
U15A Hockey

U15A Hockey

  Last Saturday the U15As played their first hockey match against a very strong Reigate team. The first half was played mainly in the Windsor half with the Windsor defence doing very well to soak up the relentless pressure.  Sadly though they could not hold off the countless short corners and eventually Reigate took the lead with an own goal. The defence collectively had worked really well and were unfortunate to concede so close to half time. In the second half with the help of some fresh legs from the bench, Windsor had more possession and territory. Some excellent play from man of the match Kai Ziemkendorf (pictured), plus Matthew King and Zahin Adib helped create several chances but sadly the boys could not score. Reigate replied and once again camped themselves in the Windsor half for the rest of the game and after more short corners they finally cracked again and Reigate extended their lead. Overall the team played well against a quality side. There were many positives to take from the game but also lots of areas to work on. Mr D...
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