Sports Round-up - February

Five Millfield athletes have progressed to phase four of the ‘Discover Your Gold’ programme run by the English Institute of Sport and UK Sport in association with national governing sporting bodies.

Sixth Form pupils Milly Tanner, Jody Edwards, Lauren Bell and Georgie McTear are four of the six athletes nationwide to have been offered a six month confirmation programme with GB Cycling from an original entry of over 1000 athletes.

Jodie Thomas has also progressed to a confirmation programme with GB Rowing.

The indoor athletics season came to a climax this weekend with the England Athletics national indoor championships. 

Joel Leon Benitez led the way in winning the under 20m men's pole vault by a huge 80cm with a clearance of 5.40m. This was not only a school record but now ranks him second in the UK all-time list for the age group.

Also showing Millfield’s strength in the pole vault, relative newcomer to the event Ollie Thorner, Year 11, won a bronze medal in the U17 men's pole vault. Another successful event on show from the Millfield team was in the hurdles, with Year 10 Marcia Sey finishing second in a new lifetime best of 8.58 seconds in the U17 girls hurdles. Year 9 Jami Schleuter entered the championships as the 15th fastest and showed his rapid progression since September by running personal bests in both the heat and final to take a bronze medal.

In cricket, Year 10 Max Hancock toured South Africa with the Devon U16s this month, taking 20 wickets in a ‘Man of the Tour’ performance.

Year 11 Sam Young and Upper Sixth Fin Trenouth (Somerset) and Tom Bevan (Glamorgan) were involved with Country Academy Training Camps in Mumbai over half term. Lower Sixth Charles Clist attended a High Performance training camp in South Africa this month.

Year 10 Keron Bennett-Thomas has signed a Gloucestershire CCC Emerging Player Programme contract. Keron is now the 8th player from Millfield to feature on a County Emerging Player Programme and we also have 5 county Academy players in the programme.

Scott Reed, Year 10, scored 160 runs on the recent Sri Lanka cricket tour for Somerset U15s, Scott was the most consistent batter of the tour and Harvey Morland, also Year 10, was the second top wicket-taker on the same tour and Year 9 Jamie Baird kept wicket brilliantly as the Somerset side remained unbeaten in their 5 games.

The girls cross-country team raced the KHVII relays in Coventry at the beginning of February. From the 35 girl’s teams that entered, the Millfield team placed 4th. Especially impressive as two of the four athletes are only in Year 9.

From the South West Championships in Truro, 13 Millfield athletes have now been selected to race for Somerset in the National Cross Country finals. This is a record number from Millfield and it encompasses both boys and girls across the full age range of Year 9 to Upper Sixth. The finals are in Norfolk on 18 March.

Millfield hosted British Fencing Schools Team Championships, for the first time. The event, which is open to all schools across the UK, played hosted to 168 teams over the two-day competition. Our Millfield competitors performed well, with the total count of six national team champions, seven silver medals and nine bronze. These are across Millfield and Millfield Prep, fencers representing Year 5 - Upper Sixth. The national champions were in the U11 girls sabre, U13 girls sabre, U15 boys epee, U15 boys foil, U18 girls foil and U18 boys epee, leaving Millfield top of the medal table,

In football, the 1st XV are through to the final of the Boodles ISFA U18 Cup. They will play the Royal Russell School on 20 March.

Over half term, 17 golfers headed to the Desert Springs Resort, Spain, to represent Millfield in the 4th Millfield and Desert Springs European Schools Team Tournament. This event is open to all schools and this year Loretto, Whitgift, Uppingham, Bradfield and KT Sports Academy entered teams. The format of the event is teams of four, playing two days of four ball better ball and the last day singles stableford, best two scores from the four to count. This year was the biggest entry to date, with 21 teams. Millfield had three teams of three players and two teams of four players.

Millfield team of Upper Sixth Louis Tydeman, Year 10 Remus Gorgevik-Trinder and Year 9 Ellie Lace played excellent golf through the tournament and became the champions with a winning score of 234, followed by Loretto with 232. Millfield Teams of Year 10 pupils William O'Halloran, Sky Pinto, Felix Horsnall and Beltran Pernas Marino and Upper Sixth Tom Barker, Lower Sixth Louise Caldon and Year 10 Charlie Goss came joint 5th with 219.

Individual successes included the best girls gross score of 73 (+2) for Louise Caldon, best boys gross score of 74 (+3) for Charlie Goss and best stableford score 42 points for Felix Horsnall.

Special mention to Louis Tydeman who played 5 under gross in the 2nd round to return 41 points, excellent golf skills on a challenging course.

In hockey, the girls 1st XI will play the England Hockey National Schools after beating the Grammar School at Leeds in the play off match. The 1st XI have also reached the Independent Schools Hockey Cup final which will be played on March 16. Upper Sixth Elisha Evans has progressed through to the next phase of the England U21 assessment phase as well as Anna Gabbitass for the England U16s.

The U16 boys have their regionals in March and Old Millfieldian’s Ed Horler and Harry Gibson are representing the England Senior Men’s team in South Africa, playing Germany and South Africa.

Lower Sixth pupils Nicholas Laws and Abigail Lebus have been selected to represent GB for Modern Pentathlon Youth International at U19 level next month. 

In netball, the 1st VII and the U16A became South West Regional Champions with both teams retaining the title and qualifying for the National Schools Finals on 18 March, the U14A’s placed 3rd. The 1st VII played St. Georges in the ISN Cup semi-final, winning 44-37 in a very competitive match. The final is being held in Redbridge, Essex on 10 March.

Upper Sixth pupils Dylan Kramer and Amelia Lunnon were awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award badges in Headmaster’s assembly. They will receive invitations to St. James’s Palace to receive their certificates. Both have undertaken a considerable number of hours of extra-curricular activities over the last twelve months to complete this highly recognised award.

In rugby, Upper Sixth James Dun, attended a training camp and has been selected for the England U18 squad. Four Millfield players are involved in the Independent Schools Lambs, a national competition, and will be touring Canada in April playing against Canada and America. These are Tom Wood and Ben Mallett at U18 and Alfie Gibson and Ed Pollard at U16.

In the Six Nations, Old Millfieldian’s Huw Jones, Jonathan Joseph and Mako Vunipola have been representing Scotland and England respectively. OM Josh Bayliss is also part of the U20 England squad.

The U15 girls squash team performed well against Wycombe High School in the national trophy quarter finals, winning 3/2. Well done to Year 10 Emily Llyod, Year 9 Millie Quaintance, Year 9 Claudia Robinson, Year 9 Ivona Minkova and Year 7 at Millfield Prep Lucy Lloyd.

Millfield swimmers have been busy this month with the Somerset County Championship taking place. The series of meets began with the distance events, 1500m for males and 800m for females, and two new county champions in Year 9 Polly Painter and Year 10 Huw Williams. The theme of progression and success continues throughout the meets, with over 300 medals won by Millfield athletes and multiple county champions crowned, along with some great improvements by all involved.

In tennis, Year 9 pupil Alex Knox-Jones made the semi-finals of the LTA Grade 1 U14 Masters Event in London. This is the pinnacle of the U14 winter programme of tournaments and a great achievement by Alex to make the last four unseeded. Lower Sixth Matt Carroll made the final of the LTA Grade 2 U16 Winter National tour event unseeded. This guarantees him entry into the U16 Masters Event in London.