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 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...
Bath Hockey Tour 2017

Bath Hockey Tour 2017

The senior hockey boys travelled to Bath for the annual hockey festival held at King Edward’s School for the weekend on Friday, 24th March. The sun was shining and the boys were in high spirits as we arrived in the city centre for a bite to eat and a quick tour before playing our first game against Nottingham High School. Windsor controlled the first half, with Paddy O’Neill and James Matthews dictating play, Windsor 3-1 up. A relaxed approach invited too much pressure on our defence, allowing Nottingham to level the game. Windsor 3 Nottingham 3. Another good day was forecast and Windsor were up for the challenge against a strong Ratcliffe College. Both teams started conservatively, however, with legs tired from the evenings activities, gaps were opening up all over the pitch. Both schools getting opportunities to score but neither could convert. Ratcliffe finally broke the deadlock and scored a late winner. Windsor 0 Ratcliffe 1. Our final opposition, Ryde School, made the crossing from the Isle of Wight. A team we have never been drawn against in 20 years of the competition. This was a good contest of guts and willingness to put every ounce of effort into the game. The passion and determination was clearly evident for the elusive win that we deserved for our quality team play in the previous game. However, it was not meant to be, Ryde School dug deep with gritty defending and taking their chances when they came. Windsor 2 Ryde 4...
1st XI Hockey vs Shiplake

1st XI Hockey vs Shiplake

The summery Shiplake fixture played on Premier Hockey side Reading’s water base Astro was an entertaining game from the off. The Windsor side struggled to acclimatise to the bouncy surface and found themselves 3 - 1 down at the break. A rallying team talk from hockey guru Mr Jeffery awoke the talented seniors and they soon drew level and overtook their Henley opponents. The boys were working hard and moving off the ball causing the defenders many issues. Paddy O’Neil scored two goals, one was a wonderful drag flick and James Bougourd scored an outstanding hat trick. Despite conceding some soft goals the boys should take confidence from this into the Eton fixture on Tuesday and their annual Bath tour next...
U14B’s record first win of season!

U14B’s record first win of season!

The U14B team recorded their first win of the season on Wednesday night against a resolute Pangbourne side. Eventually running out a 3-0 win. The team started well flying into a quick lead with two goals from an impressive Josh Barnett. Max Goubert added the third just before half time. The lads managed to weather a strong Pangbourne comeback in the 2nd half with a solid defensive performance led by Joshua Jones and Will Smith with Husnayn Nisar making a couple of very good saves. The middle of the pitch was dominated by Ewan Green and Kristan Palmer. Overall an excellent team performance and the lads should feel confident heading into the 2nd half of the season....
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