If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Could any saying be more fitting for our U13 rugby players?  Their hard-work and positive attitude have been rewarded with a series of victories this week at the Rugby Union U13 Prep School tournament, hosted by Wellington College. Props Ben and Ben bring us this report and share their reactions:

On Wednesday 23rd of November Hampton School’s Under 13s played a tournament at Wellington College, it was a tough day and we all played some great rugby. It started well, winning our first two group games with ease. The third game that we played was our toughest yet, playing against the formidable King’s House. Hampton started out strongly and were leading 2-0 at half time.  After a quick team talk we were back out, but we were facing a completely different side. We played well and in the end it came to 2-0. The fourth and final game of the group stage was won with some stability. After the lunch break we found out that we were seeded No.1 out of 20 teams. So we were put in the highest league. For the first game out of the group, we conceded a sloppy try but fought back well to win 2-1. The final game of the day was against St. Paul’s juniors, last time we played them, they destroyed us, but we were playing like a completely different team and only conceded one unlucky try. But all in all we played lots of great rugby and I can definitely say that everyone performed really well. Many thanks to Mr. Gray and Mr. Studt for taking us.  Ben Freer – 2W

We had a very successful day, winning 5 of our 6 matches, and narrowly losing to St Paul’s by one try. We finished third overall in the tournament. With the whole team playing very well, we only conceded two tries throughout the whole tournament. We also we scored lots, considering the matches were only 10 minutes each wayBen Wix -2J


Last week we heard from one of Second Year’s fastest runners, Chris Hardy, who finished the annual Second Year Cross Country race in 9:18 , exactly the same as Kabir Sait.  After consultation with Mr Clarke I am pleased to announce that Kabir has been declared as the overall winner of the race.  Here he tells us about his most recent race which took place on Saturday:

The London Youth Games, Europe’s largest annual youth sports event with over 100,000 athletes representing the 33 boroughs to compete in 85 events across 33 sports, kicked off with the Cross Country at Parliament Hill on Saturday 19 NovemberI donned the coveted yellow Team Richmond jersey after qualifying with a strong sub-20 5k (19:56) at the trials earlier in October. Clear skies, freezing conditions and strong winds amid the onset of Storm Angus set the stage for a truly gruelling day of cross country running. Team Richmond (winners of 2011 and 3rd in the 2016 Youth Games) opened the games tally with strong performance from all age categories to bag 77 points and place 5th (girls in 4th place and the boys in 7th). It was a promising start to a season filled with a lot more action yet to come…  Kabir Sait-2P



We move from running to Russian as we say a hearty Поздравляю to Alessandro Russell (2W) who successfully completed Mrs Owen’s Russian challenge, following his attendance at the Russian Taster Course on Monday lunchtimes. Mrs Owen was delighted to reward him with a merit for his impressive work.  Don’t forget to check your form notice board for details of the wide range lunchtime clubs that are currently on offer.


It has certainly been a good week on the merit front.  We congratulate the following boys who have made it to the ten-merit milestone:  Henry Ward, Cameron Slade, Danny Miles, Ben Bird, James Wiley, Ben Strong, William Fryer, Alex Upshall, Oskar Zieleznik, Luca Parrish, Shane Bowden, Zebedee Aylin, Thomas Norman, Milo Heard, Benjamin Grahame, Samuel Berthon, Oliver Stokes, Tomasz Findlater, Xander Wright, Ben Freer, Max Broughton, Leon Griffiths, Fraser Dunlop and Fergus MacEacharn.  We also congratulate Joel Arulpragasam, Rohan Vasudev, Rohi Popham, Tom Olby and Oliver Glenn who have a tremendous twenty merits apiece.  Keep up the good work!

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