25 Sep 2017
Sports Round up - September

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Here is the roundup of Millfield sporting achievements over the summer and into September.

In athletics, 2017 leaver Joel Leon Benitez recorded the second highest pole vault by a British junior and ranked number 1 British senior for 2017 with 5.51m and also became a European Junior finalist. Additionally, Lower Sixth Daphne Schrager competed for GB U20 at the World Para Championships in Geneva, and Upper Sixth Lucy Davies represented Wales U19 in the 1500m Steeplechase at the Celtic Games. Elise Thorner in Lower Sixth and Year 11 pupils Marcia Sey and Millie Wills all competed for England at the Home Countries Schools International.

Millfield sent the biggest contingent of athletes ever to make up part of the Somerset Team with 18 athletes being selected for the English Schools Championships in Birmingham, taking home 6 medals. 2 gold from Marcia Sey in the inter-girls hurdles and Elise Thorner in the steeplechase, 2 silver from Year 10 Jami Schlueter in the junior boys hurdles and Millie Wills in the inter-girls steeplechase, and 2 bronze from 2017 leaver Laurenz Kirchmayr in the senior boys pole vault and Year 10 Millie Quaintance in the junior girls javelin.

At the end of September, four Millfield pupils represented Somerset at the English Schools Combined Event Championships. Jami Schlueter led the way with a bronze medal in the junior boys pentathlon, a performance that sees him now represent England Schools at international level in November. Year 9 pupil Lucy Chalmers finished 14th in the junior girls pentathlon, while Elise Thorner and Lower Sixth pupil Anna Brophy both finished in the top 20 in the intermediate girls heptathlon.

In cricket, Upper Sixth Tom Diamond represented Scotland in the U19 squad at the International Series against Namibia, and Year 11 Hugo King and Lower Sixth Julius Sumerauer represented Jersey U19s in the World Cup qualifying competition.

Millfield came second in the Tonbridge Festival in the first week of the holidays. 2017 leaver Fin Trenouth led a young side to 2 magnificent victories on the final two days, including a six wicket win against hosts Tonbridge.

Fin Trenouth, as well as Upper Sixth pupils Tom Bevan and Ned Dunning and Lower Sixth pupil Louis Goldsworthy all represented the South West at the Super-4s Regional Tournament.

Also during the summer, the Meyers XI beat Shrewsbury in the Semi Final of the T20 National Cup with Upper Sixth Tom Bevan leading with the bat and 2017 leaver Brad Currie being the pick of the bowlers. The largely Lower Sixth and Year 11 team lost to an exceptional Sedburgh team in the final.

The Girls U15s T20 team qualified for National Cup Finals Day and lost to the eventual winners, Felstead School.

Year 11 Ned Leonard was selected to represent the South East and London in the ECB Bunbury Festival at Stowe School. Ned was the fastest bowler at the Festival helping his team to win the 50 over cup. Year 11 Max Hancock topped the bowling averages for the South West at the Bunbury Festival as his side won the T20 Cup.

Lower Sixth pupil Julius Sumerauer was selected to play for the MCC Schools at Lords against England Schools.

Also during the holidays, Year 10 Jamie Baird notched up a number of centuries for Somerset U14's and Development XI's. Jamie scored over 2000 runs with 14 centuries to his name during the summer.

In OM news, 2017 leaver Tom Moores starred for Nottinghamshire in their T20 1/4 final win against Somerset, and OM George Bartlett made his 1st class debut for Somerset in September.

OM Cameron Steel was awarded a professional contract with Durham CCC and scored his maiden first class hundred at the end of June.

In equestrian, Lower Sixth Tallulah Bartlett represented GB at Mill Street in Ireland and was placed 2nd individually. 2017 leaver Katy Cabourne (Individual 2nd), Lower Sixth Alanna Clements and Year 11 Flo Norris (Individual 3rd), won the team competition of the Hickstead National Schools Show Jumping Championships. This is the second year running that Millfield have won this title.

OM Suzanna Hext won a remarkable three gold medals at the European Paralympic Championships – this has never been achieved by a first time competitor.

In golf, Upper Sixth pupil Emily Price represented England U18 in the European Girls and Home Internationals, coming 12th in the English U18 Championships.

Year 11 pupil Mimi Rhodes won the Memorial Norberto Goizueto in Spain, came 6th in the England U16 Championships and was 3rd qualifier in the British Girls U18 competition.

In hockey, Upper Sixth pupil Ellie Emo and Lower Sixth pupils Anna Gabbitass and Stuart Rushmere represented England groups in fixtures against Belgium and Germany.

Upper Sixth pupil Ben Hooper and Lower Sixth pupil Louis Wrenn were both selected for the England U17 side for a competition against the GB Women’s squad.

In karate, Upper Sixth pupil Harry Kemp achieved a 2nd degree black belt – the first ever pupil to achieve this whilst at Millfield.

In modern tetrathlon, Year 10 pupil Luke Bradley represented South Africa at U18 level.

In netball, Lower Sixth pupil Anna Brophy represented Team Bath U17 squad at the National Performance League tournament.

In rugby, teams on the New Zealand Rugby Tour 2017 won 8/12 matches.

Upper Sixth pupil Oran McNulty represented Ireland in U19 Sevens team.

On the squash courts: OM Peter Creed won the bronze in the World Mixed Doubles with Tesni Evans, and Marwan Elshorbagy worked with Director of Squash Ian Thomas at the Millfield Squash Camp earlier this summer.

In swimming, many pupils represented the country internationally over the summer: OM Luke Robins, Upper Sixth pupils Kieran Bird and Isabel Jones and Lower Sixth Jakob Goodman all relished the experience at the European Junior Championships. Isabel broke Helen Gouldby’s 30 year old school record in the 200m fly.

Luke Robins, Isabel Jones, Jakob Goodman, Lower Sixth pupil Emma Harvey and Year 10 Tati Tostevin all represented their home nations at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Prior to this, Tati Tostevin also completed a successful campaign at Island Games in Gotland.

At the European Youth Olympic Festival, Lower Sixth Santos Villalon (Spain) and Year 11 Rachel Anderson (GB) both represented their countries for the first time. Santos Villalon beat OM Olympian James Guy’s junior school record in the 100m fly by 1.4 seconds.

At the World Junior Championships, 2017 leaver Brodie Williams represented GB, achieving three lifetime bests and breaking three school records. He was also the first Millfield athlete ever to break 2 minutes for a long course 200m breaststroke.

OM James Guy won gold in the 4x200m FR relay, silver in the 4x100m medley relay, and bronze in the 100m fly at the 2017 World Swimming Championships in Budapest.

Domestically, 41 athletes from Millfield were in attendance at the British Summer Championships. Individual winners include Year 11 Sophia Wilson (200m IM & 400m IM), Year 11 Huw Williams (200m fly), Year 10 Tatiana Tostevin (50m breaststroke), Upper Sixth Kieran Bird (1500m freestyle), Lower Sixth Jakob Goodman (200m freestyle), Year 10 William Ellington (100m breaststroke) and Year 8 Millfield Prep pupil Isabella Woollard (open water).

In addition, special mention goes to the girls 14-16 years medley relay team of Lower Sixth pupils Sophia Wilson and Emma Harvey and Year 10 pupils Tati Tostevin and Waris Mills, who stepped up to win a medal in the event for the first time in 10 years, breaking a 34 year Millfield team record.

In tennis, Year 10 Alex Knox-Jones won the U14 National Doubles title at the Junior Championships in Nottingham. Alex also represented England in the '4 Nations' in the U14 age group. He won 5/6 matches playing at number 1, with England winning the overall competition.

2017 leaver Nick Brookes and Luke Hammond and Upper Sixth pupils Edward Green, Isaac Sturgess and Pierce Widdecombe were winners of the boys’ team event of the Independent Schools Championships held at Eton College. The girls’ team were runners up.

In triathlon, Upper Sixth pupil Oscar Coggins was selected to represent Hong Kong at an event in Stockholm for his second elite pro start of the season.