Week 5 Sport Play Term 2021
One of the Cross Country highlights of the term took place on Tuesday with the first House competition of the year, in the shape of the Long Distance Races. After some dramatic and determined performances all round, it was Grant’s (221pts) who emerged as the overall Team winners, taking victory also in both the Juniors & Inters sections. In second place was Ashburnham (267pts), aided by winning the Girls’ section, and in third was Busby’s (274pts), courtesy of a win in the Seniors section. Individually, Nicholas Taylor (GG, 16.49) won the Juniors race by nearly a minute, whilst Aidan Hincks (PP, 15.06) won the Inters section in a tight finish, despite being a Lower Shell. In the Seniors, Alex Pitlarge (BB, 18.56) won the Boys race by nearly ten seconds, whilst Clara Hartley (WW, 16.26) took the Girls race by over 50 seconds.
Any hopes that the 1st XI had of a run in the Boodles ISFA U18 Cup were extinguished swiftly on Tuesday by an outstanding Aldenham side that scored 3 times in the first ten minutes and continued to dominate the match thereafter. Westminster battled gamely but were heavily outgunned by their superior opponents.
It looked as though the 1st XI would bounce back from convincing defeat with a victory once again as they took a 2-0 lead away to John Lyon with only 25 minutes remaining courtesy of an own goal and a Luke Grbesa strike. However, the home side came roaring back to equalise with two goals in as many minutes and leave the game in the balance. Yet, neither team could find the winning strike and the match ended 2-2 – which was probably a fair result on balance.
On an adjacent pitch at John Lyon, the Westminster 2nd XI took an early 2-0 lead for the second match running but failed to hang onto it as the home side achieved parity by half-time and went on to take a 4-3 win, in spite of a brace from Kai Mistry.
The Netball season got underway with two exciting and competitive matches against Francis Holland, Sloane Square on the outdoor courts up Fields on Thursday. With both Westminster side leading into the 3rd quarter, it looked like a pair of home wins, only for Francis Holland to come roaring back to lead both games deep into the last quarter. The Westminster B team left themselves too much to do at the end and succumbed to a spirited 13-17 defeat, but, on the adjacent court, the A side trailed 18-19 with the seconds running out only to equalise just before the whistle blew with Westminster in possession. A thrilling 19-19 draw.