Tuesday saw the annual running of the Bringsty Relay on a muddy Wimbledon Common. After all calculations were done, it was Rigaud’s (1:07:13) who were the convincing overall winners by nearly two minutes ahead of Wren’s (1:09:11) in second place and Purcell’s (1:09:23) in third. In the age-group sections, Busby’s (21:59) won the Seniors, Purcell’s (22:31) took the Juniors and Ashburnham (20:21) won the Girls event. Individually, Oliver Haddad (WW, 04:50) posted the fastest time on the day, narrowly ahead of Thomas Adamo (GG, 04:51) with Herbie Bingham (PP, 04:53) the fastest Junior, in front of Alex Pitlarge (05:27). In the Girls section, it was Sophie Boehler (AHH, 06:01) who was quickest, just ahead of Arianna Alonso Bizzi (BB, 06:04).
There was further House competition on Tuesday with the annual Golf tournament, held this year at Dulwich & Sydenham GC, and it was Ashburnham, in the shape of Angus Mackay who took the title with a round of +4. Just one shot back was Harry Sweeting, representing Rigaud’s on +5, with Junaid Ahmed of Grant’s on +13.
It was busy week for the Girls team with 6-a-side matches on both Thursday and Saturday. First up was the ‘Westminster Derby’ with Harris Westminster taking the honours by virtue of a convincing 4-0 win.
However, the Wetminster girls showed great ‘bouncebackability’ to rebound from this disappointment with an excellent 1-0 victory at home to Wellington College on Saturday. The win was secured thanks to a first-half strike from Ines Heyworth.
Last week saw the Netball 1st & 2nd VIIs taking on their boys’ 1st & 2nd Football XIs counterparts – with contrasting fortunes! On Tuesday, it was the Football 2nd XI that took the honours (narrowly) against the Netball 2nd VII with a thrilling 10-9 win, but, Thursday saw the Netball 1st VII exact full revenge with a thumping 19-2 victory over the Football 1st XI.
Thursday saw the last competitive Hockey matches of the year, and the 1st XI rounded off an excellent season with another win. This time victory came away to Eton College by 5-2 thanks to goals from Ewan Hincks (2), Will Hardman, Taran Jawa & Devan Wasan. Alas, the U16s couldn’t replicate this success as they went down to the Etonians by 0-3.
There was success for the U15B team on Thursday with a thrilling 4-3 home win over Eaton Square, Mayfair, with victory coming courtesy of doubles from George Bassirian and Shiyer Mehli. Alas, this was to be the only win of the week for Westminster teams as the U15s lost out to both City of London and UCS, whilst the 1sts (1-2), 2nds (1-3) and U16As (0-3) also lost out in competitive matches away to UCS on Saturday. There were some positive results on Saturday though as all three home matches against UCS ended in draws for the U14As (2-2), U14Bs (1-1) and U16Bs (1-1).
Wednesday saw the annual Independent Schools’ Climbing Competition held this year at the Rockstar Climbing Centre in Swindon. Unfortunately, the Westminster team was unable to replicate their success of recent years as they could finish only 9th out of the 31 teams competing.
Following his recent success at winning the Mount-Haes Epee at the recent Public Schools Championships, Alec Brooke has gone from strength to strength with his performance last week at the Challenge Wratislava Tournament in Poland. The competition is an international fencing tournament for children under 15 years of age from all over the world. Representing England and fencing up a year group in the Boys U15 Epee section, Alec finished an incredible 6th out of some 250 fencers of the highest standard. A tremendous achievement!