Westminster’s Netball teams continued their recent run of good form as they hosted their counterparts from Francis Holland School at Vincent Square on Tuesday. The B team enjoyed a call back to competitive action as they marched to an impressive 26-15 victory. The A side match was a much closer affair though with the lead changing hands frequently throughout. In the end, Westminster were just able to nudge ahead in the final quarter as they completed a thrilling 18-16 win.
Tuesday saw the annual House competition taking place in the Sports Centre. It was a great afternoon for Ashburnham as their top three climbers – Felix Abrahams (121pts), Alex Davies (110pts) and Bastien Virazels (84pts) – gave them a convincing winning score of 315 points ahead of Wren’s (257pts) in second place and College (249pts) in third.
Individually, Arthur Summers (GG, 147pts) was crowned Best Senior Male Climber, ahead of Abrahams and Tom de Csillery (CC, 110pts), whilst Inny Yeung (LL, 87pts) was Best Female Climber, ahead of Asha Bakhai (74pts) and Haley Flower (CC, 40pts). In the Junior Climber section, Andrei Prokhorenko (PP, 117pts) took first place with Alex Davies (AHH, 110pts) and Max Grossman (WW, 110pts) sharing second spot.
The annual House Shooting competition was played out over both Tuesday and Thursday afternoon up Shooting Range. After hard-fought qualification, 6 Houses (LL, GG, WW, RR, HH & BB) made it through to Round Two. From there, it was Busby’s and Hakluyt’s who advanced to the Final, although Rigaud’s just missed out with the same combined score as Hakluyt’s but a lower highest individual score. The Final was a very close affair but eventually it was the Busby’s duo of Emerald Wei (99pts) & Chris Ye (103pts) who won through 202-200 ahead of James Atkins (102pts) & Amirali Moshizadeh (98pts) – although the latter did have ample compensation during the week by winning the 2019 Greaze!
Thursday saw Westminster hosting a new Football fixture for the 1st XI and U14s against The Latymer School. It was an enjoyable afternoon for the 1st XI as they eased to a pleasing 3-1 win, whilst the U14As played out a competitive and closely-matched 1-1 draw on the adjacent pitch. Unfortunately, the U14Bs weren’t quite at the races as they struggled to regain their early-season form, losing out by 1-4.
Meanwhile, the Westminster Girls’ Football team were playing out an exciting match away to Godolphin & Latymer School. Heartbreakingly, with the score standing at 1-1, thanks to an own goal and a strike from Ines Heyworth, Westminster lost out 1-2 to the very last kick of the match in injury time.
Thursday saw also the annual Common Room v Leavers Hockey match at Battersea Astro, and, this year was especially poignant as it was to be the ‘Martin Robinson Testimonial’ game with the ‘doyen’ of Westminster Hockey due to leave at the end of the year. There was to be no fairytale ending though as the superior speed and energy of the pupils meant that they ran out to a comfortable 5-0 victory with Neer Singhal netting four times.