Third Year Easter Blog

And so we come to the end of another action packed term for the Third Years at Hampton. The collective sigh of relief, exhaustion and satisfaction at “filling the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run” echoes between boys and staff alike.

The highlight for many during this last week of term was the History Battlefields Trip to World War I sites in Belgium and France. Nearly 100 Third Year boys enjoyed glorious Spring weather as the ‘maverick’ Mr Cross and ‘veteran’ Mr Cook guided them through battlefield sites at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, as well as memorials at Tyne Cot, Duisans and Thiepval. The pinnacle of the trip was taking part in the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres at which Matthew Cresswell (3A) laid a wreath on behalf of the School. The behaviour of the boys was exemplary throughout and they were inspired by the opportunity to gather primary evidence for their history investigation projects on the topic.

Mr. Studt has not yet heard from any Third Year Mentors so he’s assuming that no-one ran last Saturday; just a reminder that any runs done over the Easter Holiday will count towards the ParkRun League!

Inter-form Basketball

With strong and skilled basketball teams entering from six out of the nine Forms, groups were sorted as 3A, 3D and 3H on one side and 3C, 3G and 3E on the other. In Group 1 3D came first scoring a total of 10points: an 8-0 win vs. 3A and a 2-2 draw vs. 3H with a penalty basket from a lay-up from Milosz Sobzcak.

In Group 2 3G had comfortable wins vs. both 3C and 3E, putting 3G and 3D in the final. Thomas Netterfield managed to show skills with the ball and despite a great 3-pointer from Arun Franzini from 3G and good defence from Jay Kim, 3D pulled through with a 10-6 score-line including 6 points from Will McLoughlin. Congratulations to 3D!

Keep your eyes peeled next term for an update on the inter-form competition going into the Athletics in the summer term.

Creative Writing Awards

Egor Kaygorodov (3E), Josh Carmody (3H), Matthew Cresswell (3A), and Ben Green (3E) took part in an interactive workshop with the poet and published author Saci Lloyd on Tuesday. These workshops included analysis of text and creative writing techniques which the boys all enjoyed and benefitted from.

Under 14 Rowing – Junior Sculling Head, Dorney Lake

After months of training come rain or shine (rather more of the former), on Friday 24 March the Third Year rowers finally had the chance to test their mettle against crews from up and down the country at the Junior Sculling Head. This is one of the most prestigious events in the junior rowing calendar, attracting crews from as far afield as Aberdeen. An unprecedented fifty boys were selected to race, in five octuples and a quad. After some ‘interesting’ practice sessions on the lake the previous day, we were not quite sure what to expect, but everyone was determined to do their best and make good on all the endless training!

The quad was the first crew to race, putting in an excellent performance in the toughest category, placing 20th in the country. For a scratch crew, this was a terrific performance and they certainly set the tone for what was to come for the octuples, racing in the following division.

The octuples raced with great skill and real determination, showing great technical prowess and avoiding the peril of ‘catching any crabs’! After such a tough race, most of the boys came off too breathless to talk, but happy to have put in their best performance. The real surprise came when the results came out later in the evening – with every boat winning their category! The B crew even managed to earn a place in the top ten, with the C crew not far behind in 16th place. The boys in our D & E crews ended up racing at the same time and had a titanic battle on the first leg. They clearly pushed themselves to the limit, managing to complete the course in a time that placed them ahead of several A crews.

Overall, a fantastic squad performance which has whet our appetites for more racing next term!

A massive congratulations and thank you goes out to the J14 rowers and their coaching team, superbly led by Mr Arnold. We hope you have a successful training camp this Easter and find yet more speed – the summer regatta season looks pretty promising!

Match report – U14A Football:

On Thursday 22nd March Hampton travelled to Coombe to play their Surrey Cup Semi Final. In the first half Coombe dominated play and there was only one chance in the half for Hampton, a cross from Alasdair Bolling met Declan Connolly (Captain) who just couldn’t get under the ball so the ball just went over the bar. The second half was more of the same: a good defensive performance from Hampton. As the game was entering its final 3 minutes, Alasdair Bolling hit the post and then minutes later Coombe scored from a tap in when the Coombe attacker shot. Oscar Murphy could only save as far as the striker who followed it in and placed the ball into the empty net. Overall a good team performance, every single Hampton player worked their socks off and the result was just not what we wanted on the day.

We had a very successful season and we thank Mr Doepel for being such a good coach for us this season. Well done to all the U14A team. – Declan Connolly (3C)

Many thanks to Declan for his sterling work reporting back on his team’s exploits this season.

We wish everyone an enjoyable and refreshing break; see you in the Summer Term!