07 Jul 2017
End of term team reports

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Sports reports Summer 2017

Cricket reports

Year 7

The stats read played 9, won 5, lost 4 but looking back over the season the team could have quite easily had another 2 or 3 victories in tight games which would make for more impressive reading. The season focus has been development, as both individuals and as a team, a number of the players had not played competitive cricket before this year so to have such a good record this term has been very pleasing. The culmination of this focus was seen in the final game of the season against Duke of Kent when everything seemed to click; strong batting performances, solid bowling and excellent fielding which resulted in a final over victory. Throughout the season William Harrison has been the driving force, never out of the game for long periods with consistent bowling, excellent fielding and some strong batting performances. I am very pleased that I made him captain as his commitment to improve and his understanding of the game made him a strong leader. Will was often assisted by Freddie Rose, who had a couple of excellent batting performances and also took some important wickets. These two fully deserved their half colours. James Byre has really improved once again this term; James could not bowl at the start of the term and by the end he was one of the first changes in the bowling line up. Jake Simkins took on the challenge of keeping wicket and continues to improve, his batting is also developing nicely, he will be a real asset to the team next year. Well done to all involved in a very successful season. Mr Gardner

Year 8

The U13s played well against some excellent opposition this term. A couple of close losses to strong sides from Hall School and Christ's hospital gave way to a much needed win against More House. Some excellent batting and tight fielding saw us win convincingly by 9 wickets. We found ourselves up against more tough sides in the shape of Ibstock place and away at Duke of Kent and we suffered a couple more losses by a few runs. Despite our win ratio, there were encouraging signs this season. Lleyton Coleman grew as a captain and became more decisive and strategic as the season continued. Raees Shafiq and Tom Miller worked on their bowling actions and captured more wickets at the latter stages of the season. Ben Burge, Lleyton and Ethan Wynn grew in strength with the bat, founding the boundary more often as their confidence soared. They are well placed to make a real impact as U14s next season and can be pleased with their spirited performances. Mr Thomson

Year 9

It's been a superb season for the U14 Cricket team this term. Having been strengthened by the new intake of boys, they have remained unbeaten for the entire season. The wins included an 8 wicket win against Christ's Hospital School and a 7 wicket win in a hard fought battle with Ibstock Place School. The team have been captained by Ben G, who was the leading run scorer for the season and effective medium pace bowler. Other key players to mention are Tom H and Oliver L, who formed the opening bowling and batting attack. Both players have gained in consistency and have helped to win games with their individual performances. Will D has assumed the wicket keeping duties this season and very secure behind the stumps. Other mentions must go to Luc C, Josh G and Iwan W, who have all made significant impact in matches. I thank all the boys for their commitment this season and hope the whole squad continues to develop their skills next year. Mr McAlister

Year 10

This year the U15 Cricket team have been hampered by the weather this year and have only managed to play 4 matches, winning one and losing three. The boy’s first match was against Christ’s Hospital School and ended in a loss, against a very strong team. The boy’s second match was a victory against More house School by 9 wickets. The third match was against Ibstock Place school, where the boys made 120, with Cameron S scoring 42. However, Ibstock Place scored the runs by the 17th over resulting in another loss. The final match was played against Duke of Kent School. This was a close game, we batted first and scored 129 off 17 overs, with Josh S scoring 68 runs. Duke of Kent won the game in the 16th over. Some notable mentions must be made to Rory for his captaincy, Cameron and Josh for some excellent batting, Josh and Drew for their good bowling, with some excellent fielding from Alex and Xavier at wicket keeper. This team is made up of some very sporty boys who can play well on occasions when they put their mind to it. It has been an enjoyable term, good fun and the cricket has been entertaining. Mr Jago

Rounders reports

Year 7

The Year 7 Rounders Squad made a fantastic start to the season with a 10-6.5 win against Duke of Kent. The match reached it’s conclusion just as the heavens opened and the hailstorm began! Their 10-8.5 win against St Andrews was also a highlight. All students improved their knowledge of rules and tactics with every match and all twelve squad members made a significant contribution. Olivia Soulsby was the team’s big hitter and scored valuable rounders for the team. April Williams proved herself a dynamic backstop and Amelie Ortu-Baker’s consistent deliveries made her first choice bowler. Chloe was very effective fielding off 3rd post.

The girls will agree that they need to develop the power of their hitting and the accuracy of their fielding under pressure. We look forward to further success next year. Miss Shah

Year 8

Year 8 made an excellent start to the season with victories against KES Witley and Duke of Kent and a 15.5-15.5 draw away at St Andrews. The girls’ decision making under pressure improved with every game. Rhiannon and Lily developed an accurate throw from backstop to second post. Rosie and Ella batted at number one and two in the order and reliably scored for the team. Phoebe bowled a consistent line and length and gave away few half rounders. A special mention to Hinano, who had never played the game before but, made a tremendous contribution as deep fielder. Her fast reactions and quick feet were crucial in denying the opposition half rounders. Miss Philp

Year 9

Year 9 won two matches and drew one. After a shaky start, their batting and fielding both improved however, at times, they let themselves down in the field and conceded half and full rounders. Once the tactics of the opposition were established, it was easier to stop them winning. Chloe and Emi were excellent at 2nd and 3rd post. Honor and Venus did a marvellous job as bowler and Caitlin and Lily performed well as alternative backstops. Sevanna and Eirwen found their naturally positions as deep fielders. Sophie and Sophia did a good job on 1st post. As the season progressed, the girls improved their communication on the pitch and their catching of the ball. Mrs Davidson

Year 10

Year 10 have continued to build on their team spirit and support across the Rounders’ season following the successful end to the Netball season. I have been impressed by their dedication and the attitude of the new players to the sport. A special mention here should go to Alina, who having never played Rounders before, has been named player of the match on multiple occasions. The girls have enjoyed good wins against Moon Hall College and Christ’s Hospital and some very close matches against Priory. They performed particularly well in the Rounders’ Tournament, walking away with gold medals following a win against Manor House. I have very much enjoyed coaching Year 10 in two different sports. I hope they continue to build on all of the skills and lessons learned this year. Well done girls. Miss McCarthy

Year 11

Year 11 enjoyed their last few rounders games before they headed off on study leave. They scored some entertaining rounders following on from some successful big hits. Martina Shakhnazarova is certainly a powerful hitter! With Lucy Hutton as bowler they managed to lose very few rounders on no balls and they showed a real team effort in their fielding. They rounded (!) off their sporting year with a wonderful tea provided by the Box Hill catering staff. Best of luck to all our Year 11 girls either at Box Hill or elsewhere. Mrs Wilson

Year 12

The Year 12 Team consisted of some very experienced players together with some novices. They played well at the beginning of the season but, unfortunately lost momentum due to a shortage of players. Every game was extremely competitive with a lot of emotion and celebration. A special mention to Dalilah and Caroline, who had never played the game before but, made a tremendous contribution by scoring a rounder in the last two games. It was very nice to see Camilla’s and Marija’s improvement in their fielding skills and ability to make an accurate throw. Jess, Kayleigh and Tilly (“lefty”) were also very impressive and produced some powerful hits whilst batting. Charlotte, (one of the fasters players on the field), showed brilliant captaincy skills. Well done Year 12 and keep it up! Mrs Lovatt