06 Apr 2017
Sports round-up - March

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In athletics, Upper Sixth pupil Joel Leon Benitez represented England at U20, winning his competition with a pole vault clearance of 5.25m. Daphne Scharger attended a British Athletics Talent camp for Paralympic athletes having been identified as a future talent.

Ollie Thorner (Year 11), Tamsin Campbell and Joel Leon Benitez (Upper Sixth) took part in the Vault Cardiff competition, a specialist competition for pole vault. All three athletes jumped either personal or season bests.

In cricket, four OMs have been in action with Daniel-Bell Drummond scoring 173 runs in recent North vs South Series in Abu Dhabi. He was the top scorer with 92 not out in Game 3. 2016 leaver, Tom Lace has signed a professional contract with Middlesex CCC. George Bartlett was the leading run scorer in the recent India vs England U19 Test Series in the sub-continent. He scored 323 runs with a top score of 179 in the 1st Test. David Scott made his 1st Class debut against a full strength Surrey CCC Team, opening the batting for Oxford University.

Fourteen pupils made the Somerset Team for the National Cross Country Finals in Norfolk. Most notably, of 435 runners, Year 11 Elise Thorner (Inter Girls) came 18th, Lower Sixth Oscar Coggins (Senior Boys) came 79thand Year 9 Henrik Wendin (Junior Boys) 38th. The Somerset Junior Boys finished their race with their last pupil home before the last finisher from the other 47 Counties, and won a trophy in recognition.

Eight dance pupils performed at the regional Dance Platform ‘Spring Forward’ at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. This was the first external performance for the new top Millfield dance group ‘Aspire’ - which brings together dancers from Year 9 (Olivia Riley, Sophie Holmes and Talia Mosey Orr Ewing), Year 11 (Isabel Spencer-Shellard, Alice Kramer), Lower Sixth (Zoe Jumabhoy) through to Upper Sixth (Ekaterina Chistyakova and Linea Skotland).

The Equestrian team opened their new Indoor Riding Arena this month with a short presentation from Director Equestrian, Danny Anholt and a riding demonstration from pupils.

Millfield won the Public Schools Fencing Championships 2017, with our largest winning margin ever and set a record of six consecutive victories at the annual event. As a squad, the team won a total of 12 trophies. Individual successes included, Bethan Plant (Upper Sixth) winning both the Girls’ Senior Sabre and the Girls’ Senior Master at Arms, James Yuen (Upper Sixth) finishing third in both the Boys’ Senior Foil and the Boys’ Senior Master at Arms. Rebecca Curwen (Year 11) won Girls’ Junior Master at Arms followed by Katie-May Parsons (Year 11) and Ginevra Petrongari (Year 11) in 2nd and 3rd places. In the Mount-Haes age group, Morgan Zaky (Year 9) came 2nd in Girls’ Sabre and Girls’ Master at Arms with Vinnie Gillespie (Year9) finishing 2nd and 3rd in Boys’ Master at Arms and Boys’ Sabre.

Yasmine Fosu (Lower Sixth) represented Ghana at fencing in the African Games, returning as the most successful athlete from any nation and making Ghana the first Sub-Saharan Africa country to win a gold medal in any gender, weapon or age group.

In football, the 1st team won the ESFA Cup, a competition entered by 424 English schools, beating Altrincham Grammar School for Boys 2-0 to become U18 Schools' Cup Champions 2017. This comes a week after losing the Independent Schools ISFA final to Royal Russell School 2-1.

The U14 boys have progressed to the Somerset County Cup final after a 4-2 win over Nailsea School.

Millfield golfers Emily Price (Lower Sixth) and Mimi Rhodes (Year 10) have received international call-ups. Emily has been selected for the England squad to play in the U21 French Lady Junior Championships at Saint Cloud in April, and Mimi will represent England for both the Scottish U18 and Irish U18 Girls’ Championships.

Mimi Rhodes, Thomas Rowsell (Upper Sixth) and Louis Tydeman (Upper Sixth) took part in the Somerset Schools Championships at Worlebury. Louis become Boys Individual Champion followed swiftly by Tom in 2nd. Mimi was runner-up in the Girls’ Individual competition and together these three pupils won the team competition.

Sophie Caldon (Lower Sixth) and Mimi Rhodes attended the Somerset Ladies squad training session. Year 10 pupils, Charlie Goss attended Somerset U16 sessions and William O’Halloran joined the Sussex U16 squad coaching sessions.

In hockey, the girls 1st XI won the ISHC (Independent Schools) Final 5-0 against Felsted and finished as runner-up in the National Schools Final. The boys 1st XI are through to the EHB National Schools plate competition semi-final and the boys U14A became County Champions beating King’s College 1-0 in the Final. Elena Emo, Stuart Rushmere (U18s) and Anna Gabbitass (U16) have each been selected for England to take on the Dutch over the Easter break.

Year 11 Stuart Rushmere together with OM Ben Stone, plays for Team Bath Men’s 1st team who have just won the West Conference of the National League and they now play a promotion tournament in attempt to make the Premier League.

OMs Edward Horler and Harry Gibson debuted for England Senior Men against South Africa and Germany in a recent series in Cape Town, with Edward scoring his first international goal in his second match. Edward, along with fellow OMs Matt Leigh and Toby Reynolds-Cotterill (and coach Jerome Goudie) are part of the Loughborough 1st XI who recently won back-to-back BUCS gold medals.

In karate, pupils took part in the Washinkai Nationals, with medal winning performances in Kumite (fighting) and Kata (forms). In Kumite, India Russell (Upper Sixth) and Arthur Grob (Year 10) both finished in 1st place, Luca Lattanzi (Year 10) finished 2nd and Peter Chan (Year 10) 3rd. Harry Kemp (Lower Sixth) finished in 3rd place in Kata.

Nick Laws (Lower Sixth) has been selected to represent GB in modern pentathlon in Barcelona at U19 in April. Nick also represented GB this month along with fellow Lower Sixth pupil, Abby Lebus.

On the netball courts, the 1st team won the Somerset League for the second year running. The same team lost out to a very close ISN Cup game against the Grammar School at Leeds in the final, losing 44-50 and the U19’s came joint 9th in the National Schools Tournament.

The U16s had a good National Schools Tournament winning all eight pool games and losing in the semi- final during extra time to the winners of the Tournament, finishing 4th overall.

In outdoor activities, Upper Sixth pupils Dylan Kramer and Ben Mallett completed their gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

In rugby, the U16 sevens team finished as runners-up in the Rosslyn Park National Sevens in a strongly fought game against Wellington College. At international level, Rhys Davies represented Wales at U18 against both France and England, and James Dun represented England against Scotland.

On the squash courts, three teams reached the National Finals in Manchester. The U15 boys won the National Trophy, the U15 girls finished 4th and the U19 girls 1st team finished 5th.

In the swimming pool, Tom Kingham (Upper Sixth), Emma Harvey (Year 11), Harry Chesterman (Upper Sixth) and Emma Cain (Upper Sixth) travelled to Edinburgh for their annual International meet. All four athletes competed well, with Tom, Harry and Emma all achieving personal best times. Isabel Jones (Lower Sixth), Brodie Williams (Upper Sixth) and Sophia Wilson (Year 10) represented Great Britain in Indianapolis. Rachel Anderson (Year 10), Jakob Goodman (Year 11), Kieran Bird (Lower Sixth) and James Gillie (Upper Sixth) represented both England and Wales in Marseille and Santos Villalon (Year 11) raced in Gijon, Spain to compete for a place in the European Youth Olympic Festival.

On home soil, Millfield hosted the Millfield and Taunton Open meet, giving athletes a chance to post a time within the National Qualifying window building towards the Regionals and British Championships in April.

In tennis, Pippa Chatikavanij (Year 11), Jasmine Olds (Upper Sixth), Anna Rogers (Year 11) and Jodie Thomas (Upper Sixth) won the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017. In the finals the girls beat Beauchamp College, Peter Symonds College, Benenden School and Ellesmere College.

The mixed team also won the National title with Pippa, Orlando Ely (Upper Sixth), Max Jenkins (Lower Sixth) and Jasmine beating Strathallan School, Cannon Slade School, Queen Mary’s College and Ellesmere College.

Jonathan Oakey (Lower Sixth) became South West Duathlon Champion at Bath Duathlon. In road cycling, Lauren Dolan (Lower Sixth) won the Bianchi Women’s Stage Race at Westpoint at the beginning of March and has been performing well on the UCI Women’s World Tour in the last few weeks in Europe.