Autumn’s highlights of Hampton’s main sports

The Boat Club has had a good start to the year. The senior rowers at the Fours Head and Wallingford Head had good results and, although not winning a pennant, they ranked second in overall results. The J16 squad won at Pangbourne Junior Sculls and were the second quickest J16 Eight Wallingford Head. The J15’s having just changed to sweep rowing are finding their feet. Competing as mixed ability crews at Wallingford was a great learning experience.

In September the senior boys held a sponsored row with the senior The Lady Eleanor Holles School rowers and two crews made up from parents. They rowed from Radley College, Oxford to HSBC, some eighty miles over two days. Over £47,000 was raised in aid of the Shooting Star Chase, Children’s Hospice Care. This was a remarkable achievement and a great weekend which the boat club enjoyed organising.

Going into the Christmas break all squads are feeling buoyant and are looking forward to the Eights Head season in the New Year.

Our rugby players are enjoying success across the year groups with the 1st XV, U15s and U13s all reaching the last 16 in major national competitions. The senior players took the trophy at the prestigious St Joseph’s annual Rugby Festival, without conceding a try until the final against RGS High Wycombe. After impressive wins against Reigate Grammar and Trinity School Croydon, they will face Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Round 6 of the U18 NatWest Cup competition in the new year.

The U15s are also in Round 6 of their NatWest tournament after their hard fought 12-10 victory over Wimbledon College and will face Dulwich College or Brentwood School in January, and the U13 squad are performing well in the School Sport Magazine National Cup competition. Congratulations are also due to the U16As and 2nd XV who retained the Middlesex Cup and the Middlesex Plate respectively, for the second year running.

A remarkable 250 football matches have been played this term and our players head into the New Year with lots to look forward to. The 1st XI, U14As and U13Bs are still progressing well in their English Schools Football Association Cup competitions and five of our senior boys have been selected to represent ISFA national sides. Lewis Chaplin, Logan Cullen and Will Davis were selected for the U16 ISFA South Representative side to face ISFA North, whilst Connor Selwood and Toby Godfray were selected for the U18 squad.

The School’s senior footballers also had the opportunity to take part in a tour of German over the Autumn half term. The teams racked up an impressive four wins from five games, with one draw.

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