Autumn Term Sports Review

The Autumn term has been as busy and as opportunity filled as ever for The Windsor Boys’ School and the boys have experienced great success, seen huge improvements and greatly enjoyed a wide variety of activities since the start of the academic year back in September. Since the very first week which saw the rowing swim and capsize test take place with record breaking numbers, a full raft of rugby fixtures against local rivals Holyport as well as football training for all years, so many of the boys have displayed true Uno Animo spirit week in, week out.

Rowing continues to thrive and prosper with almost unmanageable numbers in the schools junior age groups whilst the athletes at the top end are being challenged in new ways by Mr Wilkinson to keep their training fresh and motivating after last years incredible achievements. Along with Rugby, Football and Rowing being as popular as ever there has been huge numbers of boys across all year groups enjoying numerous other activities.

Mark Bignal continues to get growing numbers for his twice weekly ultimate Frisbee sessions and would love to see even more numbers. He intends to take teams to the national champs again later in the year so get yourself involved as soon as you can.

Mrs Lawson and Mrs Pateman have been kind enough to run the badminton club at lunchtimes on Monday and Friday. Basketball has been going on on a Tuesday morning in the sports hall for all ages and since half term squash has restarted taking place every Friday afternoon led by Mr Abramson each week. The aim is to get Squash back to a level in playing numbers that will allow us to play competitive fixtures against other schools like we did in the past so boys of all ages are invited to join in the fun each and every Friday after the Christmas break.

For the first time, TWBS has it’s very own ‘Bowls Club’. Introduced and run by Mr Smith it is in its infancy but has already seen excellent numbers of boys enjoying the facilities and showing huge progress in a brand new sport to them at Desborough Bowls Club. Please speak to Mr Smith if you would like to join him and the bowls gang after Christmas. It really is a sport for everyone and I know the boys who have been already have already loved it.

Outside of school we love to recognise sporting achievements of Windsor boys even when they’re not wearing school colours. Many of you won’t know but in years 9 and 11 we have a pair of brothers who are incredibly committed and incredibly high achieving in their sport, Judo. Luke Austen (yr 9) and Ben Austen (Yr 11) alongside their full commitment to school rugby manage to compete regularly at an international level which is an incredible achievement. Most recently Ben managed to finish 5th in the National Championships in his weight category whilst unfortunately Luke wasn’t able to compete due to breaking his wrist. Both hold huge potential to achieve great things in the world of Judo.

We know there are far more pupils who are achieving great things in sport outside of school. Please don’t hesitate to let a member of PE staff or your tutor know so that we can celebrate your achievements here too.

Cross Country  Having finished second in Berkshire earlier in the term, Mr Bottomley kindly gave up a Saturday in November to take the year 9 / 10 combined, inter-boys team to Somerset for the South West England Regional round of the National Schools, Cross Country Cup. The team of Captain Matthew Wellington of year 10 and Sam Helsby, Will Goddard and Joe Bartlett of year 9 performed incredibly well against a huge number of boys from across the region in horrendous conditions. Unfortunately they fell short of qualification for the National final but they gave a fantastic account of themselves and should be very proud of their efforts.

Swimming  After last year’s unprecedented swimming success in the National Schools Team Championships, the senior team entered again this year were hugely excited to test themselves against the countries best again and try to outdo last years impressive performances. The team, consisting of Harvey Karavis, Max and Moritz Hoogers, James McClenn and Shay Race travelled to the National Aquatic Centre at the London Olympic Park to compete in both the Medley and the Freestyle relays. Once again the boys performed incredibly well and represented the school and themselves superbly. Finishing 9th in the 4 x 50 Medley Relay and 6th in the Freestyle Relay national is an incredibly impressive achievement, particularly considering Shay, Moritz and James who in Year 11 have two more chances to compete in this fantastic event and to exceed their already excellent achievements.

Football, SO FAR  Football as always, has been a bit stop start at this time of the year and due to the lack of light and bad weather, most league and cup games for the younger years will commence in 2018. However all years have competed in the national cup with some having more successful than others. Sadly the new manager curse struck the year 9s and they fell at the first hurdle under guidance from Mr Unsworth. They have however shown some good signs of what we can expect from them in future. Special mention goes to Will Chaisty, Charlie Dunnett and Dan Morgan.

The year 10s have started to play the kind of football Mr Dodoo expects and this helped them to smashing John Madejski Academy 7-2 before losing a very close game against a strong footballing school in Carshalton Boys. The side looks much stronger than last year and he has high hopes for a successful season ahead. There have been excellent performances from many of the boys but a further mention goes to Gabe George, Max Wyld and Dylan Harbridge.

The Year 11s have really showed their class in the earlier rounds this year national cup and took apart several good teams with style. Mr Woods and Mr Jeffery really thought they had the ability to match what the Year 11s did last year but a lack of concentration against an average Brakenhale side saw them lose a game they should have comfortably won. They will however learn from this and attempt to retain their County Cup and league trophies from last year. Special mention goes to Doug Munro, Spencer Walsh and Noel Fortune.

The 1st XI footballers have had an outstanding start to the season, picking up from where they left off last year, going unbeaten in all competitions. The highlight so far was beating an extremely strong Woodcote School, who have links to Kinetic Academy football programme and progressing onto round 5 of the National Cup. Mr Jeffery and Mr Woods are excited with the potential, enthusiasm and strength in depth this first team squad have to offer. Congratulations to Gus Bowles for being captain and leading such a talented bunch of boys.

A special congratulations to Adam Forder, Brad Birchmore and Louis Maggs who all had England Under 18 School boys trials this Autumn.

Rugby

Under 14 Rugby, Mr Skevington and Mr Wilson

The U14 rugby season has been a great success this year. With over 80 boys in the year group playing at least one game this year, and new boys signing up to play up to and including the last practice, the future of Windsor Boys’ rugby looks extremely positive. Year 9 rugby is an important to step in the progressing of our players with many of the boys having never played rugby before. Both teams finished the season with 3 wins each with many other games against top schools coming down to the wire.

The boys worked extremely hard every week with large amounts at training helping the squads to push on due to competition for places. The highlights for the A team was beating Mill Hill after trailing at half time, playing positive rugby as a whole squad against tough competition, and although it resulted in a loss the 13 man effort against Claire’s Court was a highlight for the parents and coaches alike. The player of the season was a tough one to choose with many boys putting their hands up every week to be considered for the award. The top two could not be split and it is fitting that the award be shared by Jonny Jeremiah and Charlie Warren who both turned up to every training session and game with the determination to improve and put their bodies on the line for the team. The most improved player of the season was also hard with many boys playing their first season of rugby. The most improved player was Joe Huzarski who played in multiple positions across the backline and was a controlled presence in every game playing sensationally against Claire’s Court under pressure. This game showed the progression of the boys as a team and the level of pride and passion they had playing for each other and the school.

The highlights for the U14B team were equally as numerous. Particular highlights were securing their first win of the season at Reading School where Ben Lawson was tearing up the pitch and subsequently was promoted to the As. The other main highlight was an almost incredible comeback against Mill Hill where the u14Bs showed their dedication for their team mates and school coming back from 35-0 down to be within a single score by the final whistle. Player of the Year for the Bs is awarded to be Ben Haycock who showed up for every session and did incredible in the tough position of Prop, getting a deserved call up for the A team in the last game of the season. The hardest award to give is the most improved player because I could name every single player within the B team as many had never player rugby until the 1st September. However, a couple of standout performers were Josh Ratcliffe, Louis Selby and Jack Baines who have all improved a drastic amount these few months and we look forward to seeing them progress further in year 10.

The boys have been an absolute pleasure to coach and the commitment they have shown has been 1st class. I look forward to watching there progressions as they move through the age groups up to 1st XV rugby. Thanks must be given to all of the parents who have helped along the way be it with, support, refereeing, and coaching both the boys and the staff appreciate this immensely. Thank you also to Mr Wilson and Mr Slade for giving up their time and helping to build a fantastic culture within the squad of togetherness, hard work, and passion for the sport.

Under 15 Rugby Report, Mr Baggett and Mr Andrews

The Under 15 squad (pictured) made an excellent start to the season, competing well at the annual King’s Coast Tournament, then winning fixtures against local rivals Holyport, Reading School and demolishing John Hamden in the Natwest Cup. However, we sustained many injuries to key players and this cost us a lot in the middle of the season where we lost games against Mill Hill, UCS, Tiffin and Latymer Upper. Other notable key moments included a victory against Perins and a performance full of character in the final game of the season to draw at Gunnersbury. However, the highlight of the season was our defeat against Sir William Borlase in the Natwest Cup. In this game, we found ourselves 42-10 down at half time having played uphill in the first half. However, our heads would not go down and the boys scored four unanswered tries in the second half to pull the score back to 42-36. They nearly nicked it with a late try at the end, but it was not to be. It was a performance full of heart and character and showed true Uno Animo fighting spirit to never give up, when a tough scenario presented itself. The season record ended as played 15, won 6, drew 1, lost 9.

The Under 15B team had a steady season with the highlight being a victory in their opening game at Shiplake. It was also pleasing that many players moved up to the under 15 A team and did not look out of place on the big stage. They had agonising defeats at Mill Hill and against UCS. However, they kept coming training and have all improved massively over the course of this year.

Under 15 A team player of the year: Adam Lawson
Under 15 A team most improved player: Toni Perry
Under 15 B team player of the year: Kristian Gjondedaj
Under 15B team most improved player: Marcus Hitchings

Under 16 Rugby, Mr Abramson

After a successful trip to Canada in the summer the U16 team approached the season with confidence. A resounding win against Holiport gave the players the belief that they could compete and a thumping win against St George’s away proved to be one of the highlights of the rugby season. Despite struggling to field a full strength team for most of the term they still managed to win more games than any other side in the school this season, a fantastic achievement. Conor Ball lead the team brilliantly, ably supported on and off the field by Ollie Reynolds, Matt Taylor and Michael Davis. Players who shone this season also include Ben Austen, Lucas Bartlett, Aaron Fogg and try-scoring machine Doug Munro. Well done on a fine season. Doug Munro has been selected as the Under 16 player of season due to his incredible try scoring. After such a fantastic season it will be incredibly exciting to see what these boys can do next season as they join the Sixth form and senior rugby. With the prospect of a fantastic senior rugby tour at the end of next season to look forward to as well, the boys should be equally excited.

1st XV Rugby review 2017 by Jamie Jarvis, Captain

Rugby this year has been both exciting and hard work, having started off with several days of pre-season training and numbers in the high 20’s the season looked promising with much talent and potential. Our fixture list reached although challenging proved to be competitive. Highlights include astonishing wins against local rivals Holyport, Desborough and Gunnersbury with scores reaching the high 70’s, however as impressive is the determination and team work proven through close runs with teams such as the prestigious UCS, Eton and Claire’s court. Much praise goes to Nathan Thompson, Rory Naylor and Zain Zafar who showed precision, strength and skill throughout the season along with both Jacob Laver and Aidan Taylor showing great coordination within the back line with Calvin Barreto and Jack Hopkins proving unstoppable in attack. Following an inspirational assembly Dean Amasinger an Ex-Windsor Boy provided our teams with world class training on collisions and contact work which was quickly implemented into our performance proving to be game changing. A big thank you goes out to Mr Paul and Mr Gregory who supported and organised the team throughout the season and have been an inspiration to everyone.

And finally to the Senior Rugby Awards for the 2017 season –

Half Colours “Commitment and consistent performance”

Tom Macklin, Tom O’Hara, Nathan Thompson, Calvin Barreto and Rory Naylor

Full Colours “Outstanding performance, total commitment to the team.”

Jamie Jarvis, Aidan Taylor and Jack Hopkins

Front 5 Cup

Nathan Thompson

Most Improved Player of the Year

Tom O’Hara

Player of the Year

Jamie Jarvis – incredible performances and outstanding leadership throughout. Times have been tough on occasions this year but Jamie has displayed maturity beyond his years and never taken a backward step.

Finally, with rugby coming to an end for this school year, it is the turn of other sports to kick off immediately after the Christmas holiday. Hockey, Rugby sevens and some winter cricket training will all be starting from the very start of next term along with pretty much all of the opportunities and activities that have been available to the boys so far continuing. There will be FAR more football fixtures taking place as the leagues really get going, Rowing will continue as ever and the extra-curricular programme will continue to flourish.  With Mr Jeffery incredibly excited about the start of the hockey season for all age groups, he would like to take this opportunity to announce the First XI Captain, Paddy O’Neill.

 

Ryan Gregory
Director of Sport