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U15 rugby team

The Windsor Boys’ School Sport has had an incredibly successful and exciting term since September with so much happening and SO MANY boys taking part.  Before we get to some of the more traditionally established sports at TWBS it is vital that I start with some of the more minority sports that are currently on offer.

Basketball:  Due to the enthusiasm and tenacity of Mrs Pateman the school has seen Basketball completely rejuvenated as a competitive, extra-curricular sport. Due to Mrs Pateman’s passion a large group of year 9 and 11 boys have had the opportunity to train and practice regularly as well as playing the school’s first competitive basketball fixtures in many years.  With many more planned for after Christmas it is all incredibly exciting and the boys should be very thankful to Mrs Pateman for giving up her time.

Ultimate Frisbee:  It’s been a good term for Ultimate with a strong group of year 9s giving the sport a go.

Our two year 9 teams and year 11s played against Cox Green’s year 11s. 2 wins and 1 loss. It was a great opportunity for the boys to get some pitch time under their belt.  Our year 13s and year 9s played against Reigate. The year 13s won both their games. The year 9s matched up against their year 11s and played really well considering the age difference with 2 respectable losses.  The year 13s just came back from a weekend tournament in Surrey against adults finishing a respectable 11th/24.  The boys have indoor nationals to look forward to in February.  New players are welcome to join the club on Fridays.

Bowls:  This is our second season bowling at Desborough Indoor Bowls Club Maidenhead and the uptake of the sport continues to grow.  A total of 36 boys from TWBS have now played in at least one game, and on occasions represented the school against the growing number of other schools and colleges also taking part.

There have been some stand out performances this year.  Of note, one would be that of Anders Calway in Year 9, who in his first ever game for the school skipped (or captained) the team to a very close 3-2 victory against a side who have been playing together for 3 years.  But the most impressive performance of the year would be that of Fionn O’Neil in Year 11 who skipped a Windsor Boys’ pair to victory.  At one stage they were 8-0 down to a team that play for Berkshire County Juniors, but they did not give up.  Windsor managed to close the gap and with the scores at 8-4 behind playing the last end, were holding a count of 4 to tie the match.  However, Fionn chose not to play a defensive shot with his last but bravely drew a fifth shot to win the match.  An incredible comeback!

With the bowls society early next year moving to a newly built multi-million pound indoor bowls club, along with a growing reputation in the community for having produced four Berkshire County U25 Bowlers, and having boosted the number of Junior members at the club, there is great optimism that when the County trials come up again in May, Windsor Boys will once again be at the forefront of the County selectors mind.

Well done Boys.

Swimming:  Once again TWBS excelled themselves against many of the biggest private schools in the country by reaching the ESSA National Relay Championships at the London Aquatic season. This year the Senior team of Shay Race, James McClenn, Moritz Hoogers and Rueben Walsh were all joined by a Junior team consisting of Charlie Hazell, Freddie Pope, Aaron Wilks and Kyle Macklin and all boys gave a truly incredible account of themselves at the very highest level of school boy competition. In their first visit to the event the junior side gained fantastic experience that they will take forward with them throughout their time at TWBS while with their 6th and 9th placed finishes national in the 2 relay disciplines we would like to award the senior four of Rueben, Moritz, Shay and James up to receive their half colours. Congratulations gents, I’ve made a deal with Moritz that you’ll get your full colours next year if you make the top 3!

FOOTBALL

Year 9 Football:  The Year 9 football team have had a very successful first term representing TWBS. True leadership and team spirit has been shown from every member of the squad. Wearing the school badge is an honour and the boys have been displaying real Uno Animo sprit every time they step on the pitch. In just three months together they beat great rivals St Bernard’s 7-3 in a fantastic attacking display. There was also national cup success as they reached the last 64 which included an outstanding 3-0 victory against a St Albans based school who had only lost twice in three years! Mr Woods described it as ‘the best performance from a year 9 team he can remember’.

Standout performers – Bailey Jefferies, Caylan Vickers and Sam Lee.
Captain – Sean Mackay, who is improving with every game.
The League and 2 regional cups are the target for this talented group of players

Year 10 Football:  A quiet first term for the U15 football team who unfortunately had 2 games cancelled and rearranged for the new year. However a resounding win away at Langley academy sets the tone for what, hopefully, should be a successful season. With 2 cups to play and the league there is potential silverware available to the year 10 team. Captain Will Chaisty will be urging his team to perform at their best each game

Year 11 Football:  It wasn’t the ideal of starts to the season losing our National Cup fixture in our first match of the season.  From there, however, we have really kicked on and have played some superb football, and subsequently winning all of our five games since.  There have been some incredible dominant displays, beating Slough and Eton 7-0, Khalsa 10-0 and Burnham Park Academy 12-1, but the standout game of the season was against Langley Academy in the District Cup.  We started well and were unlucky to not be ahead in the opening minutes.  Our near misses was a wake up call to Langley and they began dictating play.  We were fortunate to go into the break 2-2.  A rousing speech at half time from Mr Jeffrey spurred the boys on, running out 4-2 winners and through to the next round.  A fantastic response having had our backs against the wall for the majority of the game.
Our standout performer is Josh Barnett, who hasn’t played for the school much until now, but his 4 goals in 5 games is a fantastic reward for his hard work, determination and perseverance.  Despite not being a regular he would always be there at training so I am so pleased he has taken his opportunity and has run with it.

Mr Dodoo says it has been a real pleasure coaching this team, having been with them since year 9. Each and every one of you have been an absolute joy to be around and it has been the most exciting part of his time at the school. He wishes you all the best in the future, apologises for not winning a trophy but, now in the capable hands of a National Cup winner Mr Jeffrey, he’s sure that a much deserved trophy is only in a matter of time!

Senior Football:  Senior Football is growing with the highest amount of boys taking part in both the first and second teams. At the half way point the 1st XI have had excellent results in the County Cup convincingly beating Garth Hill College and Charters School. The boys march onto the Quarter Finals with their eyes firmly set on the reaching the Final. It has been a pleasure to watch the midfield trio of Louis Maggs, Ryan Sachdev and Louis Chaisty take ownership and responsibility, dictating play and creating chance after chance. Well done to the year 11 students who have played up an age group; Will Smith, Ben Kendall, Gabe George and Jayden Gibson – 1st XI football is in safe hands. Plenty to play for in the second half of the season with the league, County Cup and Three Counties Cup on offer. Can the ‘invincibles’ do it again?

Congratulations to Adam Forder who made it through to the final round of England Under 18 School Boys trials and we wish Jayden Gibson the best of luck in securing an Under 18 Scholarship at QPR F.C.

For the first time in the school’s history we entered the Under 18 National Cup for B Teams, our second XI.  The selection process was extremely difficult but managed to get our squad down to 15 players for the first round fixture against John Madejski Academy.  Two of our year 13 students, Sam Oakes and Luke McEwan, lead the team tremendously well; giving instructions, winning the ball in the air and linking the defence to the attackers.

Well done to all involved.

RUGBY

Year 9 Rugby:  The under 14 rugby team have had a season of real progression and development in their first season as Windsor Boys. From the very first weeks in which 50+ boys experienced rugby training and threw themselves fully in to the opening fixtures away at Shiplake, they have given absolutely everything they can for TWBS in difficult circumstances playing against sides who have been together since the start of year 7 and have shown real grit and determination throughout.

Incredibly pleasing wins against local rivals Holyport as well as Reading School for the A team along with wins against Reading, UCS and Halliford for the B’s showed the real potential of this age group and the A’s performed incredibly well against an exceptionally strong Clares Court team who have been unbeaten for quite some time.  We can’t wait to see them progressing throughout their time at TWBS. There are exciting times ahead for these boys and the future of TWBS rugby is in incredibly safe hands.

There were so many standout performances throughout the season as well as boys showing HUGE amounts of potential and improvement.  Charlie Ticehurst led and controlled the B team superbly while Big Joe Garrett made huge strides forward for the B’s, as well as Robert Fortune being their standout and making the step up to the A team in the final weeks. In the A team Sam Lee led by example with his tenacity. There have been many other standout performers, Alfie Snooks, George Moran, Maximus Chapman, Tom Coomber, Leo Ardali and Oly Laver have consistently played with class and experience beyond their years while a group of boys with very limited rugby experience prior to this season have come on leaps and bounds in the shape of Sean McKay, Dom McLeod Smith, Fin Jones and Luke Jones.

Onwards and upwards and UNO ANIMO!

U15 Rugby team

Year 10 Rugby:  The Year 10 Rugby team is arguably one of the strongest rugby teams the school has had in recent years. The A team finished with a record of played 13, won 9, lost 4. The B team had an equally impressive record of played 7, won 5, lost 2.

The season started incredibly well, with a 20 man squad returning from the Annual King Edward’s tournament, having won the Bowl competition. This set the basis for the fantastic season. Despite early season defeats for both teams against Shiplake, the team learnt lessons quickly and through massive attendance and work rate at training sessions, they worked hard to improve their areas of weakness. The forward pack really began to purr and we followed up this early defeat with a storming victory over local rivals Holyport College. The momentum carried in to half term with crushing victories over Reading and Perins before a fantastic cup victory against the highly fancied St George’s school boasting a whole host of ex England internationals in their coaching ranks.

The half term break worked to rejuvenate the squad further and the B team began to string together some excellent victories against Mill Hill and UCS. The A team faltered against these strong opponents. However, the following week both teams battered a shocked looking Tiffin team at home to put a nice double victory together at Stovell. The A team then had a powerful victory over Clares Court. Unfortunately they fell out of the cup against a strong Forest team who were physically and technically operating at a really high level. However, the squad would not be deterred and finished their season with a mixed squad victory against Gunnersbury and on the final day of the season, the A team beat Halliford 22-15, with the B team victorious by 24-0.

In the B team squad the Most Improved Player was Jack Baines and the Player of the year was Alfie Davies, whilst in the A team, the most improved player was Harry Ellis-Gray, with Fynn Starkie winning player of the year. A special award was also given to Nathan Gaskell which we dubbed spirit of rugby award for all of the unsung work that he has done throughout the season and the massive improvements he has made to his game as a result of working hard in training and during matches.

Year 11 Rugby:  Ten players from the U16s played for the first team this year which shows the quality in the squad. Many congratulations to those players. The season was largely a positive one, with no opponents outclassing the boys and some super performances. The wins against St George’s, Reading and Claire’s Court in particular will live long in the memory. Well done to Fergus Howe, Player’s Player of the Season and Adam Lawson, the Player of the Season.

Senior Rugby:  The 1st XV have had a mixed season this year with some excellent performances amongst some disappointing losses. The approach that was ever-present was that of heart and desire. Whatever the conditions or opposition the boys gave their all. To compete with rugby schools like Shiplake College and Tiffin is commendable. The win over Reading was impressive, the boys played some fantastic rugby to outplay their opponents. The best results came after half term.

Reinforced by some year 11 players the boys grafted to overcome the local rival Clares Court. They kept the ball for long periods and scored some superb tries. The result was confirmed as a result of some resilient defence of their line. The boys won 17- 7 in the end.

The highlight of the season was defeating Eton College. This had not been achieved since 2013 and was testament to the boys’ drive to succeed. In the wet and cold the boys overcame the men in blue and black and managed to play some superb rugby. To defeat the boarding school with an impressive rugby programme in place was fantastic to see. The quality that ensured the victory was belief – when with this was combined with effort levels I had not witnessed for some time, they provided the winning formula.

There were disappointments this season such as training numbers and some narrow losses but senior rugby is in a great place. No less than 10 year 11 pupils wore the 1st XV jersey this season. This bodes well for senior rugby in years to come. Young men like Freddie Fearnley, Lewis Naylor, Adam Lawson and Niall Baines were obvious starters come the end of the season.

The new year brings the sevens season with the boys taking part in several tournaments including the National event at Rosslyn Park. The boys narrowly missed out on progressing beyond the knockout stages last year, hopefully we can go one better this season.

The awards given out in our celebration assembly were:

Swimming Half Colours
Shay Race, Moritz Hoogers, James McClenn and Rueben Walsh

Rugby Half Colours  ‘Commitment and consistent performance’
Noah London-Hobbs, Michael Davis, Ben Austen, Matt Warren, Liam Mackay

Rugby Full Colours ‘Outstanding performance, total commitment to the team’
Rory Naylor, Nathan Thompson

Rugby Front 5 Cup
Nathan Thompson – never takes a backward step. Everything he does he gives his all, both sides of the ball.

Rugby Most Improved Player of the Year
Harry Hill-Parsons – Harry has made huge strides this year.  He runs the lineout superbly, carries at every opportunity and is dependable in defence.

Rugby Player of the Year
Rory Naylor – Rory has rallied the troops brilliantly this year.  Always chasing availability and ensuring we are the strongest the team can be. In terms of performance he has been outstanding.  In all positions across the midfield he has run the show with some excellent organisation, searing pace and powerful defence.

Mr R Gregory
Director of Sport