Sunday saw the first event of the calendar year for the Boat Club in the shape of the Quintin Head, and, it was a very positive start with five Westminster Eights racing and making the medals in all events. Indeed, Westminster won the Quintin Hogg Victor Ludorum Trophy with the best combined times of J15, J16 & J18 crews. Victory was achieved also in the J16 Eights category as Westminster came in ahead of Shiplake and St. Paul’s, and, there were second places in J18 Second Eights (behind St. Paul’s) and J16 Second Eights (behind Abingdon). In addition, the First Eight took third place in their section (behind St. Paul’s & Shiplake) as did the J15 Eight (behind KCS Wimbledon & Latymer Upper).
The fencers continued their unbeaten start to 2019 on Thursday as they hosted Winchester College in the Sports Centre. In a competitive and hard-fought encounter, Westminster triumphed by 3-1 as they won Epee 1 (43-38), Epee 2 (45-36) and Senior Foil (45-32) to overcome defeat in U14 Foil (34-45).
There was an excellent 3-2 win for the Fives team away to Berkhamsted School on Tuesday.
A highly motivated and upbeat band of pupils competed in last Friday’s ‘Last Friday of the Month’ 5km race in Hyde Park in mild, damp conditions. Thomas Adamo (22nd) led the way home for the pupils, with Sophie Sargent (84th) holding off the Upper Shell challenge . Meanwhile, at the sharp end, Dr Kowenicki spearheaded the Westminster Challenge with an impressive 4th place out of 266 finishers.
Wednesday was London Independent Schools’ Cup day as both 1st and 2nd XIs travelled to Royal Russell School for their first round matches. Alas, they were to prove fruitless journeys as both Westminster teams went out in close matches. The 1st XI were always chasing the game and found themselves with too much to do as they went down by 1-2. Meanwhile, the 2nd XI match went all the way t kicks form the penalty spot as a see-saw battle ended 2-2. It was the opposition though who held their nerve best in the shootout as they progressed to the next round.
There was greater joy for Westminster’s junior teams the following day though as they made the trip to North London to face their counterparts from Highgate School. There was victory for the U15Bs as they won through convincingly by 3-1, whilst the Cholmeleians took the spoils by 2-0 in the U14A match. Honours remained even as the spoils were shared in a thrilling U14B encounter which see-sawed one way and then the other before ending in a 3-3 draw.