03 Jul 2017
Sports Round up - June

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In athletics, Upper Sixth Joel Leon Benitez won the European Junior Championships in Bedford with a clearance of 5.20m. This automatically qualifies Joel for the European Junior Championships in Italy in July.

Year 11 Daphne Schrager has been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Junior Para Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland at the beginning of August. Daphne will compete in the T35 100m and 200m at U18 level.

Director of Athletics, Alan Richardson, has been invited to join the Team GB and British Athletics coaching team at the European U23 Championships in Bydgosz, Poland in July.

Elsewhere, 75 Athletes represented Millfield and the Mendip area at the Somerset Schools championships held in Yeovil. The team saw 5 new championship best performances: Lower Sixth Lucy Davies (senior girls steeplechase) Year 10 Millie Wills (intermediate girls steeplechase), Year 9 Jami Schlueter (junior boys long jump) Year 10 Marcia Sey (intermediate girls 80m hurdles) and Year 9 Mille Quaintance (junior girls javelin). After a great performance, 33 athletes were selected to represent Somerset at the South West championships.

Thirty-three Millfield athletes also represented Somerset at the South West Schools Championships in Exeter. Jami Schlueter led the way with a championship best performance in the 80m hurdles of 11.31 seconds ranking him 2nd in the UK in 2017. He followed this up with a victory in the long jump with a jump of 6.34m.

The strength of the Millfield endurance programme was shown with Lucy Davies running a new championship best and running under 5 minutes in the senior girls 1500m steeplechase. Her 4.59.34 performance now sees her ranked 3rd in the UK and a medal contender at the English Schools Championships. Other steeplechasers to excel were Millie Wills (intermediate girls- 1st) and Year 11 Henry-James Cowie (intermediate boys – 1st) who are both highly ranked in the UK while Year 11 Elise Thorner continued her preparation for the English Schools where she is ranked number 1 in the steeplechase with a top class 2 minutes 11 seconds 800m run.

Other victories came from Year 9 Lucia Gifford-Groves (junior girls 200m in a personal best of 25.64 seconds), Year 11 Anna Brophy (intermediate girls high jump with 1.68m), Year 11 Ollie McTear (intermediate boys javelin with a personal best of 53.24m) Upper Sixth Georgie McTear (senior girls javelin with 40.73m) Upper Sixth Amy Taylor (senior girls 400m hurdles) and Upper Sixth Laurenz Kirchmayr (senior boys pole vault) with a personal best of 4.35m.

Other notable performances came from Marcia Sey breaking her own inter-girls school record with 11.40 seconds, Millie Quaintance in the junior girls Javelin and Lower Sixth Bobbie Davies in the 400m.

Eighteen Millfield athletes were selected for the English Schools championships this July. This is the largest and strongest contingent ever selected by Somerset.

The English Schools Cup regional round saw both intermediate boys and girls progress to the national finals at the beginning of July in Oxford.

In cricket, all five Teams beat their Malvern College counterparts, with Year 10 pupils Scott Reed and Ned Leonard scoring 100’s for the U15’s and Keron Bennett-Thomas taking 5 wickets again.

Other standout performances came in the Meyers XI game, with Lower Sixth Thomas Bevan scoring 84 and Upper Sixth Bradley Currie taking 4/30.

The U15 Girls beat Berkhamstead School in the National Cup and are now in the Semi Final vs South Dartmoor.

In the Meyers XI National Cup T20 Quarter Final, Millfield were 201 for 7 wickets (20 overs) with St Edwards 132-5 (20 Overs). Lower Sixth Thomas Bevan and Upper Sixth Fin Trenouth both scored 80 runs apiece and Year 10 Max Hancock took 3 wickets.

The U15 boys continued to perform well in the National T20 Cup when they won the SW Regional Finals day at Exeter School. Millfield played the hosts in the Semi Final, winning by 61 runs with strong performances from Year 9 Jamie Baird and Year 10 pupils Kanvir Bahia and Ned Leonard. In the final, Millfield won against Richard Lander School from Cornwall, who had a number of Cornwall County Players.

Millfield took on Sedbergh School in the Meyers XI National Cup T20 Final, but fell at the last hurdle after being bowled out for 139.

In equestrian, the Polo A team placed 2nd in the open section of SUPA Senior Schools Arena Nationals, with the B team placing 3rd in the intermediate section, and the C team placing 7th in the novice section of the same event.

The Polo A team also won the Aspiga Trophy, the Ian Balding Cup at the Polo Invitational, and the SUPA Senior Schools National Summer Tournament.

On the football pitch, the Millfield teams played the National England Women’s teams (Lionesses) at St Georges Park in a set of friendly matches. The Lionesses were keen to uphold their unbeaten run before they progressed onto the European women’s championships next month. With a mixed aged group of players ranging from U15 to U17 boys, two matches were played with a very high level of performance.

The first match ended in a 2-0 result with the National team taking the win; the second match was more closely contested, with Millfield fighting off numerous attacks to secure a 1-0 win, with Year 11 Tom Weiss pulling off some outstanding saves.

In golf, Upper Sixth Louis Tydeman won the Men’s Club Championship at Roehampton with a gross 76 & 69. Year 10 Mimi Rhodes finished 4th in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters and will fly out to Italy to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy shortly. Year 9 Ellie Lace also represented Surrey Ladies in the Match Week.

In hockey, Year 11 Stuart Rushmere and Lower Sixth Ellie Emo (both England U18s) have been selected for the summer test matches, including the Six Nations, as has Year 11 Anna-Rose Gabbitass (England U16s).

Year 9 pupils Jamie Baird, Jack Chiu, Lily Della Valle, Harriet Dimdore-Miles, Matt Duncombe, Julia Spence, Jade Vardon-Cardy, and Rob Vickery have all been selected into the England Player Pathway Performance Centres for the new cycle starting in September.

In OM news, Harry Gibson is currently playing for the England Senior Men’s side in the World League Semi Final Tournament being played at the Lee Valley centre.

In outdoor activities, nine pupils took part in their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition this week in the Lake District.

On the water, the sailing team won the Plate Competition at the BSDRA (British Schools Dinghy Racing Association) Thames Valley Regatta hosted by Eton College.

In swimming, Year 10 Sophia Wilson and Boys Lead Swimming Coach Jak Mullins were selected as part of a British Swimming team that attended the Mare Nostrum tour on the Canet-en-Roussillon leg. The world’s top swimmers come together at this series, and Sophia competed alongside several Olympic champions.

Millfield swimming will take 40 nationally ranked athletes to Chartres to compete and then immediately fly to Majorca for a 10 day training camp next month in preparation for the British Summer nationals.

Year 11 Jakob Goodman, Lower Sixth pupils Isabel Jones and Kieran Bird and Upper Sixth Luke Robins will race in Tel-Aviv in the European Junior Championships.

In tennis, Lower Sixth pupils Matt Carroll and Pierce Widdecombe both reached the semi-finals of the U18 Summer national tennis event in Gosling over half term. They also won the National Double Title at the same event.

In triathlon & road cycling, Lower Sixth pupil Jonathan Oakey came 2nd in the European U20 Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf last weekend.

Lower Sixth Oscar Coggins has had a very successful month, racing at the ITU World Cup (Senior Elite) in Cagliari and then following that up with his debut appearance in the World Triathlon Series, racing for Hong Kong against the Brownlee brothers at WTS Leeds.

Jonathan Oakey and Year 10 Niall Caley also both placed 13th at the Junior and Youth elite races respectively in Leeds.