Third Year Blog

Hello and welcome back to the sunniest School term… or at least that is what we were led to believe! Easter holiday sunshine has given way to April showers just in time for the start of the Summer Sports’ season. Typical. But we soldier on. This Term, all Third Year boys have opted to do either Rowing, Tennis, Cricket or Athletics. Hopefully, we’ll be bringing news from all of these sports over the coming weeks provided Mother Nature is kind to us and allows the planned matches and fixtures to go ahead!

Merits

The following boys have had 40 merits signed off thus far, so we look forward to seeing them reach 50 (or more) and be presented with their merit certificates by the Headmaster in his study: Dhru Dattani, Alex Taylor, Oliver Hunt, Jasper Lyon, Tom Holland, Zachary Whelan, Finlay Gray, Matthew Avant-Smith, Farhan Hussain, Harry Attwell, Pranav Panday, Anthony Wang and Kishan Bouri.

In the Headmaster’s Merit Hall of Fame (so to speak), we have:  Johnny Dinan, Vlad Penzyev, Jacob O’Loughlin, Danilo Delic, Jake Manketo, Thomas Cross and Derek Chu on 50 merits; Jamie Benson on 70; Pravin Kiritharan, Declan Connolly and Xavier Tinsley-Roy on 80; Matthew Cresswell on 90 and Arjun Samra on 100.

Rowing report

Training camp and Radley fixture 

“This Easter, a group of J14 rowers made the journey down to Wimbleball Lake in Exmoor for our very first training camp. None of us knew quite what we were letting ourselves in for, but we were told this was an important camp in preparing us for the summer season of racing. And so we met at the Boat House bright and early to set off with the trailer… It was cold and all of us were still half asleep, yet we managed to get onto the buses with all our bags although someone almost forgot their wallet! It was a long and rather tiring journey but we got there in the end, just after lunch and it was still cold. We unloaded the trailer and got all the boats rigged ready for the camp to begin properly the next day. Each day consisted of three outings of varying intensity: some technical paddles and some outings where we were worked really hard! Each day we had quite a lot of free time in between outings, so we went to the “quiet” room to listen to music and to relax. We made our own sandwiches after breakfast and we can all truthfully say that none of us went a day without eating at least 2 cereal bars! Each evening, we developed our cooking skills as we all had to cook our own meals in the big kitchen, which was fun, although we’re not the tidiest of cooks! We had dinner with the coaches, which was both good and bad… if we were bad, we earned ourselves washing up duty!

Over the course of our stay we got much closer as a squad and made new friends. Progress was made through the week and the training got more and more intense with each session. I thought it was a great experience and it was well worth going.  Overall I had a great time and if I could I would definitely do it all again.

This week, we got the opportunity to put what we had learned on camp into practice and some of the squad went to do some training pieces with Radley college. We had arrived quite late already so got the boats off the trailer, put them back together ready for rowing and immediately got on the water. We practised racing starts in 1 minute, 2 minute and 4 minute pieces (bits of short racing). It was a good experience for most of us and we benefited from training away from our usual stretch of river. We had a good hour on the water, got off and then got the boats back on the trailer to head back to Hampton.

The rowing training over the last few weeks has been beneficial to the progress of the squad and we can’t wait to get cracking with National Schools Regatta now just weeks away!” – Xavier Tinsley-Roy

Cricket 

Following two productive pre-season sessions, the U14 teams travelled to Harrow for their first fixture of the season.

U14A: Hampton 168/7; Harrow 170/2: Harrow won by 8 wickets. Excellent batting performances came from Tanmay Thanawalla (half century) and Jack Slaney (31). Very good bowling performance from Pranav Pandey, making his first appearance for a Hampton Cricket team!

U14B: 61 from Tim Lamming ensured the B’s ran out 20 run winners, featuring an accomplished wicket keeping display from Oscar Murphy.

U14C: 3 wickets for Alex McMillan wasn’t enough as the C team succumbed to a 64 run loss, despite an admirable team batting display. – Josh Batholomew
News:

Miss Busby reports that between them 3B have been to every continent in the world over Easter, except Antarctica (although Will Jagla has volunteered to complete the mission).

Pranav Pandey was excited about making his Hampton School cricket debut against Harrow School yesterday. Alex Clinton looks forward to joining him once he has had the cast removed from his healing broken arm.

Mr Studt is keen to hear from any boy who takes part in a Park Run on any given Saturday morning. Email a screenshot of your finish time to Mr Studt or your mentor as proof of completion and points will be awarded to your inter-form competition total.

Sam Axford enjoyed the school Classics trip to Hadrian’s Wall at the beginning of the Easter holiday, and was relieved to escape the executioner at Segedunum Roman Fort, when our guide demonstrated the Roman military punishment of decimation: killing one in every ten soldiers, with each soldier drawing from a bag either a white (live) or a black (die) pebble to decide their fate.

And congratulations to Morgan Worsfold-Gregg who won the football Premier League National Cup with Arsenal U13’s during the Easter holidays. The Headmaster will be particularly thrilled Morgan!