Week 4 Sport Play Term 2021
There were some promising benchmark performances by Westminster pupils at the first ‘Last Friday of the Month 5K’ of the academic year in Hyde Park. In 40th place was Toby Van Mook (19:14), with Alex Pitlarge (19:32) close behind in 44th, followed by Peter Orlov (20:12) in 59th and Ben Weiss (21:01) in 70th. There was an impressive staff performance also by Mr Wurr (17:08) in 14th place.
The first full football block – although spread over two days – to take place since March 2020 as Westminster took on Winchester. Whilst the Wykehamists took the honours in the majority of matches, there was notable success for the Westminster 1st XI as they registered their first win of the season with a 4-1 home victory, including a brace of goals from captain, Luke Grbesa, against an opposition who rather fancied their chances. There was a notable win also for the U14As in their first match for the School with a 2-1 victory away to Winchester, courtesy of a double strike from Lakshikan Hemashabeshan. The 14s followed this up with another win two days later, this time away to Brentwood against their U15C team. Hemashabeshan was in goal once again as he notched a hat-trick in an impressive 4-1 victory. The U14Bs registered their first win of the season in even more emphatic style as they beat Brentwood’s U15D side 8-0, with a hat-trick from Hugo Canning-Jones and twin strikes for both Ludo de la Mare and Nicholas Shah.
Meanwhile, the girls’ 1st XI were handed a very tough draw as they took on ACS Cobham at Vincent Square in the ESFA U18 Cup. In what was the first 11 a-side match for many of them, the Westminster girls showed great spirit and tenacity before losing out ultimately to Cobham’s greater skill and experience.
Another week, another win for Max Peel, this time in the J17 Singles at the Wallingford Long Distance Sculls. Tom Griffin notched another 2nd place in the J18 Singles but did gain some consolation from winning the Men’s Open Doubles alongside Harry Polychronopoulos. Meanwhile, Peel had to settle for 2nd place alongside newcomer Fergus Macinnes in the J18 Doubles after they had a close encounter with the river foliage!