Despite the heatwave and monsoon conditions making concentration in class difficult at times this week, boys in the Third Year continue to integrate into their new form groups and several are reporting early successes in the new term as follows:

Thomas Cross (3A) is enjoying settling into the Third Year with his new form. Josh Tatters (3F) is new to Hampton and reports that he is settling into Third Year nicely too.

Bottle flipping appears to be a big thing amongst the boys at the moment – Mikey Ford (3A) holds the class record for bottle flipping at nine bottles landed in a row; Mr Woods was initially unimpressed with the bottle flipping idea, when Form 3G decided to demonstrate their skills to him during registration (they claim they were filling time when his laptop crashed!), but he was eventually convinced it wasn’t so bad after all and there were certainly worse things the boys could be doing!

Oscar Murphy (3F) was delighted to keep his first clean sheet for the U14A Football Team this season. Callum Daniel (3A) is enjoying using the new features of IOS 10, but not during lessons of course! Sami Omaar (3F) got his football season off to a cracking start at the weekend with wins for Hampton U14A and Sheen Lions. The U14B Rugby Team put in an admirable performance losing 48-5 over the weekend but retaining heart throughout.

Mr Arnold reports that he was incredibly impressed with the Third Year rowers yesterday for their first games session on the river. Rowing has seen a massive sign-up in the current Third Year and despite this initially causing Mr Arnold palpitations with how to manage this number of boys, they convinced him he had nothing to worry about with efficiency, skill and helpfulness being features of yesterday’s session. All we can hope now is this wasn’t a one-off and the boys will continue to impress in the coming weeks… with darker afternoons, colder, wetter weather and eventually running to the Boat House, we shall have to wait and see…!

And a last minute update – the 3A record on bottle flipping has been raised to 17 and is still held by Mikey Ford!

And now for our weekly instalment from the Football Captain… We hope to have more reports like this coming in as other fixtures and activities get into full swing in the coming weeks!

U14 A Team Football match report Saturday 10th September

On a miserable, grey and windy Saturday morning, Hampton U14 A team kicked of their season against Sutton Grammar School. Hampton dominated early possession of the ball and creating several chances. Theo Radicopoulos (3C) broke away down the left hand side to then cross the ball into the box for Sami Omar (3F) to head in Hampton’s first goal. A second goal was added straight after with Alasdair Bolling (3J) sharp to follow up Theo Radicopoulos’ (3C) shot and tapping it into the empty net. Alistair’s second goal came soon after ,with a good ball from midfield for Alistair to latch on to and he was one on one against the keeper and carefully slotted the ball into the empty net. Eventually Sutton regrouped themselves and were playing very dangerously on the counter attack however as they committed more men forward Morgan Worsfold -Gregg (3D) managed to get on to a pass from Sami and chip it over the keeper. With a solid midfield of Declan Connolly (3C) Thomas Banks (3H) and Danilo Delic (3C). Sutton Grammar found it hard to link with the strikers as the midfield trio were blocking the passes out. After half time Hampton played some traditional keep ball football especially between the back four players Matt Groves Oli Burke (3H) Robbie Cox (3D) and Shahryar Rezvani (3F) lead to another Hampton goal which this time was finished by Theo. After some great defensive play by Lucas Wallace (3C) and new Hamptonian Mikey Ford (3A) Hampton looked like they would hold onto the clean sheet but then a sloppy free kick gave Sutton a chance to have a clear chance on a goal and they took the opportunity but Oscar Murphy (3D) was brought into the action the first time to produce a magnificent save low to his bottom right. As the final minutes approached Alistair grabbed himself his 3rd Goal and Hampton’s 6th by turning and shooting the ball with power in the top right corner. Congratulations to Oscar who completed his Hampton debut with a clean sheet. Overall it was a good start to the season completing a comfortable 6-0 win.

Declan Connolly – U14A Football Captain