Sports Reports for PT2019 Week 3
Thursday saw the first House competition of the year in the form of the Long Distance Races along the Towpath at Putney. The event took place in warm weather and bright sunshine, and, it was Rigaud’s (215pts) who took the overall title comfortably ahead of Grant’s (281pts) and Purcell’s (299pts). In the respective age-group events, Rigaud’s won the Inters and Girls sections, Purcell’s won the Seniors and Grant’s won the Juniors.
Individually, the Junior race was very close with Matthew Kemball (RR, 16.34) recording the fastest times, as only 4 seconds separated the podium places. In the Inters, Stefan Sarmo (HH, 15.41) was the fastest, whilst Oliver Haddad (WW, 16.48) was quickest in the Seniors, winning his fourth race out of five years. In the Girls, Tara Sallaba (PP, 15.41) retained the title that she won in 2018.
Wednesday saw three home fixtures for the senior teams against local rivals, City of London. The 1st XI match was something of a ‘Supercup’ with both sides fresh from great success at the ISFA Sixes the previous weekend. City had won the main Cup competition and Westminster the Plate tournament, both picking up their first ever silverware at the event. It was the visiting team who started the stronger though and took a 1-0 lead into half-time. However, Westminster came roaring back in the second half, first equalising and then pushing hard for the winner, with Connor Manning hitting the crossbar with a thunderbolt near the end. Ultimately though, the 1-1 draw was a fair result.
Meanwhile, on the adjacent pitch, the 2nd XI match was a thriller with the Citizens just coming out on top by 3-2, in spite of a brace of goals from Emmanuel Amadi. Next door, it was a goal-fest in the first half of the 3rd XI match as City took a narrow 4-3 lead into the break, only to run away with it in the second period.
Sunday saw Westminster host its annual Prep School U10s Sixes Tournament, with 16 teams participating. After some thrilling competition, with group stages and knockout matches played in glorious sunshine, Highgate and Rokeby fought their way to the main Cup final, where Highgate ran out comfortable and deserved winners of the Tournament for the first time. Meanwhile, the Plate final was resolved by a monumental penalty shootout, with Arnold House eventually prevailing over Merchant Taylor’s Prep.
The weekend saw ten of our Lower Shells putting in a fantastic effort at the Great River Race as they completed 22 miles of rowing in four hours of racing carrying the Lord Mayor of Westminster, and smiling all the way!