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St John's College Weekly Sport Summary

14th October 2013


Rugby The weekend saw six xtures against two separate schools. Our Under-14 to 1st XV played the annual xture against Milton Abbey, whilst our Under-12 & Under-13 teams played their rst ever matches against Worth School. The 1st XV lost a tense match by one penalty against a tenacious Milton Abbey team, who made great use of their excellent and sizeable home support. We started and nished the match applying pressure on their tryline; however handling errors put paid to any ambitions that the team had of winning. Tom Watts was industrious throughout, and on another day the 1st XV would have left Dorset with another win to their name, following last week's excellent result against Havant College. The Development XV were also away, and returned to Southsea having won a competitive match against an older team. The forwards were dominant, and on occasion the backs really demonstrated what they could do with the ball. There were some excellent team-tries scored and many players stood up to be counted under great pressure. The team are playing against KES, Southampton in the Hampshire Cup on Wednesday and must learn to deal with restarts better in order to achieve success. Callum Marr and Adam Watts, on his return from rst team duty, again led the team excellently. The Under-15 and Under-14 teams were both too strong for their opponents. The Under-14s demonstrated excellent physical prowess to runaway comfortable winners. They took great advantage of turnover ball, and their dominance in the set piece allowed the backs to play ahead of the gain line. Zak Clow, Dane Hughes and Joseph Watts all scored multiple times, whilst Barnaby Howard was awarded the man of the match award for his resilience in attack and defence. The Under-15 result was excellent, but the manner in which it happened was really pleasing. Nine different scorers demonstrated the seless attitude in which the team played, with players striving to provide an assist as much as they wanted to score. This resulted in many of the tries being due to excellent rugby rather than poor defence from the opposition. The quartet of Dan McKeown, Fergus Guiry, Taniela Naduva and Ed Gomesz were a
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real handful throughout, James Porteous demonstrated he is more than merely a battering ram, and Jose Ferrer Sanchez scored his rst ever try. Man of the match on this occasion goes to Ethan Gohil though. The quiet work he did at the breakdown, linking backs and forwards, really helped turn defence into attack throughout. The Under-13 & Under-12 team had similar results to their older counterparts, but against different opposition. Following the Under-15 victory against Worth School in pre-season, our youngsters also both won convincingly. The Under-13 team dominated possession in the back-line, with Freddie Read orchestrating affairs, ably assisted by the physicality of his centre partner, Oscar Davis. The Under-12 team were dominant, barr a couple of defensive lapses where they possibly took their foot off the pedal slightly. Adam Fleming and Patrick Brown tackled well throughout, Elliot Davis played the game to his tune, and man of the match Wilson Rockensuss attacked and defended with great vigour. vsMilton Abbey 1st XV Development XV Under-15 0-3 (MOM -Tom Watts) 36-22 (T; Sinclair, Watts, Clow (2), Chekaoui, Mahama; C: Watts (3). MOM -Adam Watts) 62-0 (T: Carr, Guiry, Gomesz (2), Ferrer Sanchez, Naduva, Cheug, Porteous, McKeown, Beck; C: Naduva (4), Guiry (2). MOM - Ethan Gohil) Under-14 84-0 (T: Clow (4), Hughes (4), Watts (3), Gomesz, A. Porter, Rockensuss; C: Rockensuss (6),T. Porter (1). MOM - Barnaby Howard) vs Worth School Under-13 Under-12 Hockey Having just one VII-a-side tournament to draw upon our rst team girls had another new experience; their rst 1st XI match against an experienced Hampshire Collegiate School. Lacking the luxury of regular training the girls were somewhat thrown into the deep end. Minky Buckland captained the team superbly, both before, during and after the match. Tilly Penlington's experience was evident throughout, Leia Bateman and Clemmie Bridges demonstrated great
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34-12 (MOM - Freddie Read) 36-17 (T; Rockensuss (4), Stevens, McKeown; C: Rockensuss (3) MOM - Wilson Rockensuss)

aggression and tenacity throughout, and all girls grew in condence as the game drew on. Vani Naduva, however, is a very deserved 'player of the game' for her excellent goalkeeping facing an on-rush of shots early on. We have some very talented girls who demonstrated great toughness and aptitude throughout. With more game-time they could be a very good team. vs Hampshire Collegiate School 1st XI

0-7 (POM - Vani Naduva)

Other Sport Congratulations to Harrison Rockensuss who won the Brother David Golf Cup at the Old Johannian golf day at Waterlooville Golf Club on Thursday. He narrowly beat Jordan Palmer-Goddard to ensure that a new name will be engraved onto the claret jug. TEAM OF THE WEEK UNDER-12 RUGBY

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