29 Sep 2018
Sports Round up - September 2018

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In athletics, during the summer Year 11 Jami Schlueter and Lower Sixth pupils Millie Wills and Marcia Sey were selected to represent England schools in Glasgow in the home countries international, competing against teams from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. All three pupils won medals on the day.

In July, Millfield athletes won a record seven medals at the ESAA National Schools Championships in Birmingham with gold medals won by Jami Schlueter, Millie Wills and Marcia Sey. Other medals were won by Upper Sixth Tori Barlow, recent leaver Tait Jones, Upper Sixth Elise Thorner and Year 11 Millie Quaintance. In total, a record 21 pupils represented Millfield at these championships.

Also in July, Upper Sixth pupils Elise Thorner and Ollie Thorner and Lower Sixth Marcia Sey represented Great Britain at the European U18 Championships in Hungary. Marcia finished 4th in the 100m hurdles final, with Ollie and Elise both finishing in the top 12 in the decathlon and 2000m steeplechase, respectively.

Seven Millfield pupils represented Somerset at the English Schools Combined Event Championships in September, with both senior boys’ and girls’ teams being crowned national champions.

Individual successes came from Ollie Thorner, who won a silver medal in the individual decathlon to be a part of the national title winning team. Jami Schlueter also won a silver medal in the inter boys octathlon, gaining a personal best and securing selection for England Schools in November. Also securing international honours was Year 10 pupil Lucy Chalmers, who placed 4th overall in pentathlon to secure her first England vest.

In cricket, Millfield’s U18 boys’ and U15 girls’ teams have become national champions.

Upper Sixth pupils Lewis Goldsworthy and Kasey Aldridge have been selected for the England U19 Tour to Bangladesh later in the year, with Millfield Meyers XI Captain Upper Sixth Sam Young being selected as first reserve.

In the summer, Millfield hosted the 32nd ECB David English Bunbury Cricket Festival, where Year 11 pupil Jamie Baird helped the South and West team win both the 50-over and T20 competitions.

Lower Sixth Keron Bennett-Thomas was called up into the Guyana Amazon Warriors Squad for the Caribbean Premier Cricket League, where Chris Gayle, double West Indies World Cup winning captain, Daren Sammy, David Warner, Steve Smith and Sohail Tanvir featured in the competition.

Six Millfield cricketers, with one called up as a reserve, represented the South and West U17 regional team at the EBC Super-4 U17 Festival in Loughborough at the end of August. This is the largest number of call-ups for any independent school in the country. These included Kasey Aldridge, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lower Sixth Max Hancock (reserve), Lower Sixth Ned Leonard, Upper Sixth Julius Sumerauer and Sam Young (Captain, South & West Team).

In dance, Upper Sixth pupils Alice Kramer and Izzie Spencer-Shellard received distinctions in the R.A.D Grade 8 Ballet exam, with Elenice Andrews receiving a merit. In the R.A.D Grade 7 Ballet exam, Lower Sixth Sophie Glover received a distinction.

In equestrian, Year 9 pupil Bronte Monks helped Millfield Equestrian’s Junior team to become Hickstead Junior Schools Champions for 2018.

The Millfield Senior team, consisting of Upper Sixth Alana Clements, Year 11 Zoe Lindley-Smith, Upper Sixth Reanna Stanhope and OM Emma Manton placed third in the National Senior Schools competition, just two points behind the winners, Newbridge College.

In fencing, Year 9 Sabrina Jones has been selected for the England U15 team for Challenge Wratislavia in March 2019.

Year 10 Antonia Finkenstaedt defeated the two-time German champion at the Fair Resort Cup in Jena, Germany.

Lower Sixth Will Mitchell has been selected for the GBR Squad at the Grenoble International Épée competition in France.

In football, Lower Sixth Nathaniel Wong was selected to play for the Hong Kong U17 team this summer.

In golf, Lower Sixth Mimi Rhodes finished in joint 22nd place at the World Junior Championships in Canada. Mimi also represented England U18 at the European Girls Championships in Sweden, finishing 6th overall, as well as competing with the England Girls U18 team at the Home Internationals. Mimi also finished 4th in the English Girls U18 Open Championship and making it through to the last 16 at the British Girls U18 Championship.

Recent leaver Jamie Johnson won the Warwickshire Boys’ Championship and Lower Sixth Charlie Goss finished 10th in the SEBO Championship.

Year 11 Ellie Lace represented England Schools U18 against Wales, as well as finishing 5th in the England U16 Hazards Trophy. Ellie also won the Royal Mid Surrey Ladies Club Championship.

Year 10 Patience Rhodes finished joint runner-up in the England U14 Championships, also finishing as the top English player.

Year 9 Harriet Lockley won the Burnham Ladies Club Championship, as well as finishing 3rd in the Loretto Golf Academy Scottish Girls U14 Championships, 17th in the West of England U18 Championship and 11th in the England Girls Open Championship.

Year 9 Freddie Turnell won the Stoneham Junior Open, and finished 2nd in the Wentworth Junior Open.

In hockey, a number of pupils played for England for their age groups: Upper Sixth Stuart Rushmere captained the boys’ U18 team and represented England U21 in their match against Germany. Upper Sixth Louis Wrenn also played for England U18, with Upper Sixth Victoria McCabe also playing for England U18 and Year 11 Kitty Chapple representing England U16.

Stuart and Victoria both finished as top goal scorers in their respective tournaments, with the girls’ U18 and U16 teams both finishing as bronze medallists.

Stuart has also been selected for the Great Britain U21 team for their forthcoming Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

Upper Sixth Becky Manton has been selected for the England U18 hockey squad, and is also in the final phase of the British Cycling Confirmation Programme.

Year 11 Kitty Chapple played a Premier League game for Clifton Hockey Club.

Year 11 Julia Spence has been selected for the England U16 assessment camp and Upper Sixth Becky Manton was also selected for the England U18 assessment camp.

In netball, Upper Sixth pupils Anna Brophy (U17 squad) and Hannah Passmore (U21 squad) played for Team Bath in the NPL tournament in July at Nottingham University. OMs Tia Meddic, Sophia Daenen and Anna Lebe also played in the U21 squad for Severn Stars in the NPL tournament.

In rugby, Upper Sixth Josh Gillespie represented England U18 in South Africa this summer, starting in test matches against France and Wales and scoring a try in his debut match against France.

Elsewhere, 48 Sixth Form boys attended a rugby camp in Hagetmau, France, which included a fixture against professional side Stade Montois’ U18 team.

In squash, Lower Sixth Taylor Carrick was the finalist in the U17 Caribbean Championships in Barbados and Year 9 Lily Thomas represented the Southwest U15 girls in the Regional Championships.

Millfield also welcomed over 300 of the best squash players in the country for the inaugural South West Millfield Gold Squash Tournament in September.

In swimming, Upper Sixth Imara Bella-Thorpe represented Kenya at the African Senior Games in Alegria.

A number of pupils and coaches have been selected to be a part of England Talent phase 1 camps for the 2018 season, including Millfield Prep Year 8 pupils Adam Graham and Richard Towers, Year 9 pupils Matthew Hall, David O’Loughlin, George Satchwell and Jacob Whibley and Year 10 pupils Calvin Fry, Astrid Hannah and Gemma Peters. Millfield swimming coaches James Clarke and Dan Waddingham were also selected.

Year 10 Evan Jones and Upper Sixth Emma Harvey have been selected for the Scottish Youth Development Squad, and Senior Squad, respectively.

Lower Sixth Ioan Evans and Huw Williams have also been selected into the Welsh pathways programmes for the 2018/2019 season.

Twelve members of the Millfield Swimming community gained national championship titles at the British Summer Nationals at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The team also ended the meet with 31 medals, surpassing any other club, with 21 new school records and a British age group record.

National champions included Lower Sixth Rachel Anderson, recent leaver Louis Barker, recent leaver Kieran Bird, Year 11 Will Ellington, Upper Sixth Jakob Goodman, OM Tom Kingham, Lower Sixth Will Mitchell, Year 11 Alex Sargeant, Year 11 Sean Tsai, Upper Sixth Santos Villalon and Lower Sixth Huw Williams.

Jakob Goodman and Rachel Anderson also competed at the European Junior Championships in Helsinki, where Jakob won a bronze medal in 4x200m freestyle relay.

During the summer, the team attended a training camp at the BEST Centre in Majorca, where 30 of the pupils competing in Sheffield went through rigorous preparation for the competition.

In tennis, Upper Sixth Alex Hyman and Year 11 Alex Knox-Jones were part of the England team that finished 2nd at the Four Nations Tennis event in Belfast.

As part of the 1st team, recent leavers Matt Carroll, Seb Harris and Pierce Widdecombe and Upper Sixth pupil Alex Hyman won the National Club Team Tennis Event at the U18 Boys’ National Team Tennis Finals in Roehampton.

Millfield were the only school to have three teams in the National Schools Finals in July. The teams eventually placed 5th and 9th in the boys’ events and 9th in the girls’ events.

The U19 and U15 boys’ teams won the National Independent Schools Championships, with the U15 team winning for the first time in 11 years and the U19 team proving to be the best doubles school team in the country.