12 Mar 2019
Boys' Weekly Sports Review: Week 10

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Fives Review

Another busy week and with the main Nationals creeping ever closer there were more fixtures and tournaments to push through in the build-up.

The week kicked off with another block fixture away against Highgate School again for the U12 squad; this time, however, we took a much weaker side missing our top pairs after we were too strong for them the last time we ventured over there. It was very pleasing not only that we have enough players to put out almost two completely different sides but that we were still able to walk away with a respectable 3 wins and 4 losses across the seven pairs.

Tuesday then saw a first for the school with another fixture for the U12s, this time our top players, but against our own Prep School. Being a first-time fixture there was always the worry the boys might not take it too seriously as an internal event, but it was pleasing to see them all step-up to the match and push the4mselves to their limits in good preparation for Nationals. This resulted in 5 of the 6 pairs all going to the wire and in the end, it finished a well-deserved 3 – 3 draw.

Wednesday also saw the U15s take on Shrewsbury in the Hughes Cup, the U15 National Team Competition. Shrewsbury graciously travelled all the way down to Berko for what was a thrilling fixture; 2nd pairing of Foster & Pemberton had a rather convincing win claiming first blood for Berko. The 1st paring of Hubbard & Doe also saw a reasonably comfortable win though they let their concentration slip allowing Shrewsbury to creep in a set but still taking the win 3 – 1. With Berko already through to the final it fell to 3rd pairing of Thompson & Alexander to take the honour of a clean sweep; it was a thrilling game of Fives that went all the way to 5 sets but unfortunately went the way of Shrewsbury. This does mean that we now face Eton in our first ever Final in this competition, an impressive achievement from our U15 squad.

Team of the Week: U15s

Pair of the Week: Matthew Foster & Jack Pemberton

Mr A. Theodossi – Fives Professional

Hockey Review

A tough block saw us play Aldenham away this weekend with the U15’s keeping their fine form going with a 4-1 victory. This was aided by the fact that Aldenham had no goal keeper(!) but Charlie Montero continued his good touch in front of goal with another hatrick.

The U14’s, 2nds and 1st were beaten by better sides, but all tried to put into practise what we have been doing in games. Particularly the 2nds who played well against an organised side, in a friendly and open game going down 2-0

Team of the Week: U15’s

Player of the Week: Charlie Monetro

Mr B. Evers – MiC Hockey