Summer Term Sports Review

Tennis

The Windsor Boys’ School Tennis squad has had a real upturn in attendance this year. Numbers at training are regularly above 20 and the students have really thrived on improving their performance and competing in our internal ladder competition.  Every week, more students have joined the club, training three times a week, using the excellent facilities afforded to us by Eton College.  External results have improved too. The highlight of the season were two consecutive fixtures against Eton featuring 32 of our students, with the fantastic year 9 pair of Akhil Paletti and Marcus Chute whitewashing their Eton opponents. These two year nines have emerged as shining lights in the squad and the future is really looking bright for TWBS Tennis.

A special mention should go to our ever present year 10s of Zak Corsie, Hakim Lara-Akhtar, Dylan Rowe, Ewan Green, Ollie McElroy, Rory Tuomey and Josh Barnett.  They have put in a lot of hard work and made massive improvements in their game this year.

U14 cricket report 2018

This season been a memorable one where the boys only lost one game.  That was to an incredibly strong Eton side that had more than a full side of county representatives from all over the south.  This has been the strongest junior side that Windsor Boys’ has put out for some time.  Reaching the last four in the county amongst Eton, Bradfield and wellington is some achievement. Three of the players represented the 1st XI in the prestigious MCC game. Unsurprisingly these three were the leading lights in the year 9 side. All three impressive with both bat and ball. Josh Jayasingh troubled many a batsmen with his skilful leg breaks and displayed talented stroke play with the bat. Zain Ishaq was an outstanding fielder, accurate off spinner and classy batsmen. The captain Charlie Dunnett lead from the front with his away swinging seamers and scored many runs with his excellent stroke play. The highlight of which was an unbeaten 110 against Furze Platt. His leadership was excellent and he grew into the role as the season progressed.

I have mentioned three of the boys but they all deserve praise as they collectively were a superb outfit. I hope they all play club cricket and continue to develop their skills over the summer. I look forward to seeing how they progress next year. They have been a pleasure to work with.

Under 15 cricket

The Under 15 cricket team had a good season again this year and secured many good wins against some very good opposition. With emphatic wins against the likes of Claire’s Court the boys performed very well throughout the season. Having narrowly lost to Herschel Grammar in the County Vase competition the boys should take some comfort in knowing that Herschel were in fact the eventual winners of the competition.

The side was fairly consistent throughout the season in terms of selection and there were a number of excellent performances from individuals. Kai Ziemkendorf  led the side superbly with confidence and maturity, he also looked deadly with the ball and assured with the bat. Freddie Fearnley bowled accurately and batted aggressively consistently while Will Smith and Mutahir Imran both produced consistently strong performances.

The future is bright for TWBS cricket and as these boys enter year 11 it will be exciting to see them link up with the current year 11s and 12s next season as we look to rebuild and re-establish senior cricket at TWBS.

Year 9/10 Athletics team

The year 9/10 Athletics team have had another fantastic season highlighted by some strong performances, great wins and awesome individual progress.  As in every year, the team were to compete in the ESAA ‘Track and Field Cup’ which is a national competition in which every boys must complete 2 events, the District athletics league and the District Athletics championships. As well as the Berkshire championships in the hope of qualifying individual for English schools.

The boys acquitted themselves superbly in all of these competitions. In the Track and Field cup the combined year 9 and 10 team completely dominated the competition and moved on to the regional round at Millfield School having breezed past the likes of Reading Blue Coat and Forrest to name but a few schools, unfortunately they could do the same at Millfield but finished 4th regionally which is a great achievement none the less.

The District League (Knight Frank) was won after another incredibly strong performance at TVAC and the team kept up the school proud tradition of only having not won the event on 2 of the 12 years that it has been ‘running’.  Finally, last Monday the team was split into separate year 9 and 10 teams for the district Championships, also at TVAC. The year 9’s were simply incredibly and blew away the opposition to bring home the win whilst the year 10’s looked set to do the exact same until they suffered an injury to one of their strongest athletes which curtailed their progress although they only finished second by a measly 4 points, a fantastic achievement in the circumstances.

Some standout performances have been witnessed this year by many of the boys but I would like to mention 2 from each year. Lio Owona is destined for great things in the high jump having pushed his PB to 1.93metres (the height of Mr Gregory) this year and he is also a fantastic hurdler while Ekene Ijeomah has performed superbly in both the 200m and long jump despite being hampered by injury for most of the term. In year 9 I have to mention the speedsters – Brandon Hayes with his 11.6second 100m time at Millfield is the fastest sprinter we have had in year 9 for a very long time indeed and he is also a very strong high jumper, while Harry Rufus has gone from strength to strength in the 200m throughout the season but has maybe at the last moment found a new event in the 300m, it will be interesting to see him, along with all of the year 9 athletes develop over the next 12 months.

 

Ryan Gregory
Director of Sport