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Despite the cancellation of the scheduled Hampton Head, there was still a good deal of racing for Westminster crews over the weekend.

Saturday saw the first fixtures for the J14s, some two months ahead of schedule! Two Westminster Octuples match raced over a mile against Dulwich College and both came out on top. Meanwhile, the top squad raced a two mile time trial in pairs to determine the top two eights for the following day.

On Sunday the top four pairs raced as Westminster 1st Eight and the next four pairs raced as Westminster 2nd Eight in a duelling match with London Rowing Club. Westminster 1st VIII comfortably beat London Rowing Club 1st VIII by 3-0, whilst Westminster 2nd VIII lost  to London Rowing Club 2nd VIII by 1-2.

Football

An eventful week saw the 1st XI face two tough away trips to their counterparts from Aldenham and Royal Russell Schools.  Tuesday brought the trip to Hertfordshire to face Aldenham who were enjoying a good run in the Boodles ISFA Cup, having reached the quarter-finals thus far.  With Westminster sluggish out of the blocks, the hosts dominated the first half but had only a 1-0 lead at the break to show for their efforts.  The 1st XI came roaring back in the second half and pushed hard for the equaliser, but with no reward, until, with just a few minutes remaining, Sachin Thuraisingham split the Aldenham defence with a pinpoint through ball to allow Connor to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball home.  Both sides huffed and puffed for a winner in the final minutes but the score remained the same for what was a fair enough 1-1 draw.  The remainder of the block saw Aldenham take the honours, both home and away in all the other fixtures.

Saturday saw the 1sts, 2nds and both U14 teams travel away to Croydon to face Royal Russell, who have become a powerhouse of Independent Schools football in recent years. Westminster 1st XI knew that they faced a tough proposition as they measured themselves against the current Boodles ISFA U18 Cup holders, and therefore, they could be well pleased with achieving their second 1-1 away draw of the week.  However, the 2nd XI went one better as they recorded an outstanding 1-0 away win, but, it was too high a mountain to scale for the U14s as both teams were comprehensively defeated.

Sports News

Another excellent win for our fencers, this time away to Winchester College. A 2-1 victory courtesy of wins in both Epee sections. Bien joue!

Cycling Station in full effect at the H2 Centre in Victoria. Arguably, Westminster School’s fastest-growing Station!

Thrilling matches for 1st & 2nd XIs away to UCS in the London Schools’ Independent Cup. Both matches were drawn and went to kicks from the spot. 1st XI drew 1-1 before a heart-stopping shootout saw them progress 10-9! 2nd XI drew 2-2 before a 4-2 win on pens. Cup dream alive!