Westminster’s fencers continued their winning start to 2019 as they braved the snow on Saturday to travel to Tonbridge School for a triangular match against the hosts and Harrow School. It proved a worthwhile trip though as Westminster came out on top in both their matches, with a 15-3 victory over Harrow and an 11-7 success against Tonbridge.
Thursday saw a mixture of U15 and U14 Fives players travel away to face one of our longest-standing opponents in the shape of Charterhouse School. Once again it was a trip well made as Westminster came away with the spoils by 4-1, thanks to victories by Tarun Eapen & Arjun Kapur (2-0), Darshan Fernando & Lachlan Ho (3-0), Aditya Gupta & Felix Schaap (3-0) and Tomas Finch & Giovanni Miele-Norton (3-0).
Later that evening, Westminster’s older Fives players were in action under the guise of the Abbey Club as they hosted Team Westway in a League match. Pleasingly, their efforts were no less successful than the juniors as they were victorious by 3-0, with wins for Daniel Gore & Leo Doody (3-0), Dion Huang & Oliver Meredith (3-0) and Hatam Barma & William Ching (3-1).
Westminster’s Shooting team seem to be doing a good line in thrillingly close matches recently as Saturday saw them host the Oxford University Rifle Club with another nail-biting finish. Once again, the School side just missed out in the closest of finishes as they lost by 1473-1476, although both Ben Goodrick and Sevan Vlieghe shot very well to record 189/200pts.
Following the cancellation of Hampton and Wycliffe Head races on the weekend due to the extreme weather conditions, a match race head was hastily arranged for mainly J15 Eights, featuring the top J15 Eights from the previous week’s Quintin Head. Now progressing from using traditional macon blades to the ubiquitous cleavers, the Westminster J15 Eight found a good deal of performance improvement to win the event over two runs of the course. This encouragingly overturned last week’s losses to KCS Wimbledon and Latymer Upper as well as continuing to hold off the reorganised St. Paul’s squad – and beating their J16 Eight on one run.
Congratulations to Dr McCombie for his dogged determination to eliminate technical deficiencies in pursuit of speed.
The snow and rain proved the only winners with regard to Saturday’s block fixture against Bedford Modern. However, play was possible both home and away earlier in the week for Tuesday’s block fixture against Harrow School. It was a sobering experience though for most of the Westminster sides against impressively strong Harrow teams, although the 2nd XI (3-3) and U15s (2-2) did achieve morale-boosting away draws.