25 May 2017
Sports Round-up - May

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In athletics, a 58 strong Millfield squad competed at the Somerset Athletics Championships in Yeovil, winning 56 medals, of which 27 were gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze. Year 9 pupil Lucia Gifford-Groves won golds in the 100m and 200m in the U15 girls’ age group. Year 11 pupil Josh Gillespie won the 100m and 200m U17 men’s finals, with Lower Sixth Yuriel Kpalobi taking gold in the U20 men’s 100m. There was a clean sweep in the U20 men’s 400m with Lower Sixth pupil Matthew Coleman winning in 49.53 seconds, followed closely by Upper Sixth Chris Smith and Conor Harlowe. Lower Sixth Bobbie Davies won the U20 women’s event.

In the field events, Upper Sixth pupils Joel Leon Benitez and Laurenz Kirchmayr finished 1st and 2nd in the U20 men’s age group; Upper Sixth Tamsin Campbell retained her U20 women’s title but it was Year 9 pupil Jami Schlueter who stole the show, winning his first ever pole vault competition with a superb championship best performance. Joel Leon Benitez also represented Great Britain and won the U20 pole vault at the Loughborough International.

Upper Sixth pupil Georgina McTear and Lower Sixth pupil Emily Dibble threw superbly in the U20 javelin, both now ranking within the UK’s top five for 2017. Georgie threw 41.84 for gold, while Emily broke the 40m barrier for the first time with a throw of 41.72m. In the U15 girls’ javelin, Year 9 Millie Quaintance kept up her good form, winning in another 35m plus throw.

Back on the track, the endurance group saw personal bests tumble, with Year 9 Poppy Pellow winning gold. Year 10 Millie Wills ran her first ever 1500m steeplechase to produce an outstanding silver medal, and personal bests came from Year 10 Ollie Haines Francis and Year 10 Aurelio Calipa.

House Athletics took place at the beginning of term with a number of records set. Eight new records were broken in both track and field, in particular Jami Schlueter jumping 5.88m in the junior boys’ long jump and Millie Quaintance throwing 34.70m in the junior girls’ javelin.

At the 2017 Achilles relays, the Millfield team won a total of seven events including a standout performance from the senior girls’ 3x800m team of Lower Sixth Lucy Davies, Year 11 Elise Thorner and Year 11 Cecily Turner, who broke a long standing school record. Elsewhere, the junior girls’ team and the boys U17 and U15 all finished first. The sprint relay teams were also victorious.

Millfield held the Somerset Multi Events Championships, with Year 9 Jami Schlueter finishing with a winning score of just 17 points short of the championship and county record set in 1986. Other top performances in the U17 girl’s event included Year 11 pupil’s Anne Brophy and Elise Thorner, and Year 10 Martine Scott.

Millfield pupils progressed to the South West round of the English Schools Cup County round in June.

In chess, Lower Sixth pupil Stephen Whatley has been selected to represent England at the European Youth Chess Team Championships in Poland in August.

In addition, Lower Sixth pupil Zoe Varney has been selected to represent England in the U18 girls’ team at the European Youth Chess championships in Romania.

In cricket, the U15As won their Festival at the start of the season and the team is progressing in the National Cup competition. At U14, Year 9 Jamie Baird is performing strongly, having scored three centuries already for the A team.

The Senior Girls XI beat both the MCC and Wales U17 for the first time, winning each match in the space of 48 hours.

The Atkinson XI and Meyer’s XI are both progressing in the National Cup competition, with the Meyer’s back on track after losing their first six games.

All dance pupils passed this year’s Royal Academy of Dancing Ballet Grades with at least a Merit. Special congratulations to Year 11 pupils Izzie Spencer-Shellard and Alice Kramer and Upper Sixth pupils Kate Chistyakova and Linnea Skotland, who all received Distinctions for Grade 7 and 8.

Lower Sixth pupil Zoe Zumabhoy has been accepted onto an Associates Dance Programme with Rambert and Upper Sixth pupil Linnea Skotland has been offered a place at London Studio Centre starting in September.

In equestrian, riders from all over the country gathered at Millfield Prep for the annual Millfield BE Horse Trials. Six hundred competitors took part over the two days of competition, including a remarkable 20 Millfield pupils, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, four staff members and two Old Millfieldians.

Year 11 Becky Manton came 3rd in the BE90 category and Year 10 Sophie Blackwell came 3rd in the BE 100 OPEN. Five other riders from the school placed in the top 10 for their respective events; Upper Sixth Alex Fleming and Year 8 Marina Martinez Sanchez placed 9th in the 80T, Year 10 Guthrie Shields placed 8th in the BE 90 Open, Year 11 Talullah Bartlett placed 5th in the BE 100 Open and Lower Sixth Emma Manton placed 8th in the BE 100. Flora Rigby, who is part of the equestrian team at Millfield, also placed 3rd in her event.

The U14 football team won the County Cup this month. The team included two girls in what was a predominantly male competition.

In golf, Year 10 Mimi Rhodes has been selected for the GB & Ireland Team to play in the Junior Vagliano Trophy at the Golf Club Bogogno in Italy at the end of June. Mimi also represented England in both Irish and Scottish Girls golf championships, while also winning the U16 Scottish Girls Trophy in the Scottish Girls U18 Championship in Helen Holm. Lower Sixth pupil Emily Price represented England in the French Ladies U21 Championship, while also finishing joint 21st in Helen Holm.

The ISGA Finals at Princes and Royal St George’s saw the Millfield team of Upper Sixth pupils Louis Tydeman, Tom Barker and Tom Rowsell finish 3rd.

In OM news, Sophie Keech played on the LET Access Tour, finishing in joint 21st and joint 29th position. Beth Scott moved to Woburn Golf & Country Club to continue her PGA training, and Ben Evans finished joint 6th in Portugal on the Men’s European Tour. Jemima Gregson was named in the Second Team Honors list representing Georgia State University for the second successive year, and the OM team of Toby Clifton-Holt, David Gregory, Lewis Casserley, Adan Yates, Peter Stokes and Ed Matthews qualified for the Grafton Morris Finals.

In karate, Millfield hosted the Washinkai Cup and Trophy on May 14th. Several members of the karate squad competed with notable performances from Year 10 Charles Pearman-Wright who finished 1st in the Kumite (3rd Kyu and above) and 2nd in the Kata (3rd Kyu and above). In the 9th-3rd Kyu, Year 10 pupil’s Luca Lattanzi finished 1st and Arthur Grob was runner-up. Upper Sixth India Russell performed exceptionally to win her category at 1st Dan and above.

In netball, Year 11 Anna Brophy and Lower Sixth Sophia Daenen have been selected as part of the Team Bath Long squad for U17 National Performance League.

In outdoor activities, two teams of Year 9 pupils took part in The Ten Tors Challenge 2017, a 35 mile Dartmoor wilderness walking challenge which attracts 2,500 participants. The teams were made up of Kyle Davey, Vice-Captain Lily Della Valle, Vinnie Gillespie, Rosco Parkin, Captain Mac Ryder and Alex Sargeant in Team 1 and Vice-Captain Max Apthorpewere, Jack Chapillon, Ciaran Donoghue, Captain Sennon Grove, Tom Maddock and Finn McNulty in Team 2. Both teams finished well within the time allotted to complete the course.

In rowing, the J18 quad won at the Ball Cup at Dorney Lake, Eton in a new record. This is the first time Millfield have entered this event for clubs with fewer than 40 members. The crew consisted of Upper Sixth pupils Jack Firth and Rupert Powlesland, and Year 11 pupils George Vaughan and Matt Harrison.

At the Worcester Regatta, Millfield competed in 21 races, winning 4. The team were also well represented in two all Millfield finals. In particular, Year 11 Alice King remained undefeated, winning all seven of her races including the women's J16 single and the women's J16 double with Year 11 Maddy Johnson.

Year 11 Matthew Harrison won the J16 single, narrowly beating Year 11 George Vaughan in the final by a foot. Upper Sixth Jack Firth won the novice single, again closely followed by fellow Upper Sixth pupil Rupert Powleseland by a length in the final.

Visiting pupil from TSS Australia, Year 10 Sam Gibson, was beaten in the J16 single by Year 11 George Vaughan in the semi-final by less than a boat length, and Lower Sixth’s Ellie Cater and Year 11 Maddy Johnson made it to the final of the novice double, but were beaten by Worcester University.

On the rugby pitch, Upper Sixth pupils James Dun and Rhys Davies received U18 international honours for England and Wales respectively. James will also join the England U18 South Africa tour in July. Year 10 pupil Will Joseph has been selected for the England U15 development camp. Lower Sixth Oran Mcnulty has been selected for the U18 Ireland clubs team and Year 11 Tyler Olding joined the Welsh Exiles U16.

There have been Premiership academy games for a number of pupils. At the U16 Festival at Wellington College, Year 11 pupils Harry Swinburne, Josh Gillespie and Ade Karim represented Bath Rugby. In the U15 Premiership Academy festival, Year 10 Archie Friend also represented Bath Rugby, whilst Will Joseph represented London Irish.

At school level, Upper Sixth pupils Ben Mallett and Tom Wood played in the Independent Schools Lambs U18, taking part in a tour of Canada and a match against Canada U18. Year 11 pupils Ed Pollard and Alfie Gibson took part in the U16 level Independent Schools Lambs. During the Easter holidays, the U14 team won the Paris International rugby festival.

In OM news, Jonathan Joseph and Mako Vunipola have been selected for the British and Irish Lions squad – they will travel to New Zealand with the Lions for their six-week ten-match tour.

On the squash courts, Upper Sixth pupil George Sawrey-Cookson placed 12th in the U23 British Closed.

In swimming, Millfield won the National Arena League for the second time in the school’s history – the last time the school won was 2004. Millfield Swimming claimed the title of “Best Swim Programme in the Country.”

Twenty-eight Millfield swimmers went to the British Championships, with swimmers achieving personal and season best performances. Twelve pupils receiving Junior International Selections; Year 9 pupil Tatiana Tostevin, Year 10 pupils Rachel Anderson and Sophia Wilson, Year 11 pupils Santos Villalon, Jakob Goodman and Emma Harvey, Lower Sixth pupils Kieran Bird and Isabel Jones, and Upper Sixth pupils Brodie Williams, Luke Robins, James Gillie and Thomas Kingham. OM James Guy won four events at the meet and qualified for the 2017 World Championships.

ASA South West Regional competitions dominate the schedule through May and Millfield pupils continued to perform at a high level throughout. The meet is split into Age Group (11-14) and Youth (15+), allowing the spotlight to shine on our younger generation. Millfield entered a record number of 46 athletes for the Age Group Championships. The swimmers totalled 15 golds, 13 silvers and 12 bronzes over the first weekend with another weekend to come.

Millfield pupils racing at the Regional Youth Championships totalled 132 finals over three days of tough racing. Many secured national ranking times for the British Summer Nationals and Swim England Nationals in July.

In Tennis, members of the Millfield team travelled to the University of Cambridge, losing 5-4 in a closely fought match. Players in the team included Lower Sixth pupils Matthew Carroll, Edward Green and Isaac Sturgess and Upper Sixth pupils Aeron Evans, Kieran Roskell-Thomas and Hugh Ryder.

Year 10 Niall Caley finished 4th in the British Triathlon Elite Youth Super Series race in Llanelli on 13th May. Lower Sixth’s Oscar Coggins claimed 7th and Jonathan Oakey was 21st in the Elite Junior race.