Sports Reports for Summer 2019
Right at the end of Election term came the Henley Royal Regatta where the Westminster Eight justified all the post National Schools retesting and trialling by first defeating Winchester College in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, and then producing a superb race to push Eton (the eventual overall winners) to half a length in the fastest race of the day.
Also at Henley, OW, Sam Meijer still racing in Pink representing the Elizabethan Club, produced an event victory with his Quad taking the title in the Prince of Wales Cup.
As the holidays began, two Westminster crews represented Great Britain and won their races in the 2019 match vs France in Nottingham. They were the Pair of Wilder Fulford and Willem de mol van Otterloo, and, the Four of Nirav Tomasi, Oliver Ellis, Caspar Griffin , Charles Cartisser and cox Manal Pandey.
Just a couple of weeks later, Meijer followed up his Henley win by picking up his fourth U23 World Championship Gold medal as part of the winning GB Quad at the event held in Florida. He was joined in the GB U23 team by recent leaver, Henry Jones who picked up a Silver medal in the Coxed Fours.
Meanwhile, at Strathclyde Park in Edinburgh, Angus Stevenson was part of the gold medal-winning England Four in the Home Nations International Regatta.
This success was built upon at the Coupe De Jeunesse European Junior Rowing Championships – held in Italy this year – where Westminster pupils, Arnav Sawhney and Adam von Bismarck both won a Gold and Silver medal each. This helped the Great Britain team to come second overall on points behind a strong Italian home team.
The last week of the holidays saw a large senior Football squad travel out to Tenerife for some invaluable warm weather pre-season training. Using the outstanding, professional facilities of the Tenerife T3 Top Training Centre, the squad played three competitive matches as well as enjoying several practice and recovery sessions, and even managed to take in a Spanish Segunda Division live match.
The competitive matches began with a tough assignment against a strong Aguilas CF U18 side who were to run out winners by 3-0, but, some measure of revenge was exacted in the next match as Westminster beat Aguilas CF U17 by 3-2 with Ben Afram bagging a brace of goals. The tour ended with an excellent effort against Racqui San Isidro to draw 4-4 – with Afram notching another pair – in what was described by one of the coaches as “the most complete performance I’ve witnessed from a Westminster Football team”.
Back home in England, the 1st XI squad were straight back into action on the second day of term as they completed their pre-season with another competitive match, this time at home to Ebbsfleet Utd Academy U17s. In an even and well-matched encounter, Westminster were made to pay for three defensive ‘howlers’ as they went down to a 4-2 defeat, but, all players were able to gain priceless game time ahead of the start of the season proper.