Sports Round-up - January
In athletics, Year 10 Marcia Sey won the Southern Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles and now ranks world number 1 in the U17 girls age group.
Lower Sixth pupil Yuriel Kpalobi and Upper Sixth Max Denmark qualified in the U20 men’s over 60m for the National Championships in February.
Upper Sixth pupil Joel Leon Benitez jumped straight to the top of the UK U20 rankings with a 5m pole vault in Cardiff. He also won the field event performance of the day across all age groups.
Daphne Schrager, Year 11, has been involved with the UK athletics Paralympic talent squads.
The U18 boys, U16 boys and girls cricket teams embarked on a 10 day tour of India, each playing five matches. The 14-strong girls side won two of their five games, with help from Year 9 boy Jamie Baird who kept wicket for the team in one of the winning matches after four girls fell ill, making history as the first boy to ever play for the Millfield girls cricket team. Their second victory came in the last match of the tour, where they managed to win by 60 runs, a great way to end the tour.
The U18 boys first game was a close one, losing by only one wicket. The second game the Millfield team were victorious, winning by 7 wickets and they ended their tour on a high, winning the last game by 55 runs. Despite several defeats, the U16 boys enjoyed games against older and more experienced teams during the tour.
Upper Sixth pupils Dylan Kramer and Amelia Lunnon have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and will soon receive their certificates at Buckingham Palace.
In football, Millfield players have been successful in the National Independent Schools Football league. Congratulations to Matthew McGlinchey, Cormac Pike, Fred Francis, Marcus Price and Harrison Ardron (U18) Jack Hunter-Lees and Stan Cunningham (U17) and Ben LeRougetal (U16).
It has been a busy few months for our hockey players. Twenty players travelled to Chandigarh, India for their annual tour in December. The group trained with the Punjab Institute of Sport staff and players and competed in seven fixtures. The travelling squad were a development side consisting of 1XI, 2XI and U16 players who played against Punjab Academy U19, U17 and U15 teams.
Back home, the 1st team girls, U16 girls and U16 boys performed well at the Indoor National Championships, with all three teams placing 5th. All our teams are currently progressing through the rounds of the Independent School Hockey Cup, we look forward to following their progress.
Old Millfieldians Ed Horler (2008-2014) and Harry Gibson (2009-2011) have both been picked in the GB training squad for the Olympic Tokyo cycle, as has Millfield’s hockey intern Nicki Cochrane.
The 1st VII netball team beat Berkhamsted 47 – 37 in the quarter final of the Independent Schools Netball Cup to reach the semi-final stage. All three age groups have made it through to the regional finals. Jenna Culley has joined the netball team as Performance Coach.
In rugby, Upper Sixth pupil Max Denmark represented Hong Kong as an adult in an international rugby competition over Christmas.
Euan Dale, former Assistant Head Swimming Coach, became Millfield’s Director of Swimming in January 2017. Rachel Aldington has joined the team, taking over as the Lead Coach (Girls) and Jak Mullins is now Lead Coach (Boys).
Twenty-two swimmers travelled to take part in the Geneva International Challenge. Each of the swimmers that made the journey to Switzerland have qualified for the British Championships in April. Many of the youngest swimmers secured finals and there were plenty of solid performances across the team.
Upper Sixth Brodie Williams, Year 10 Sophia Wilson and Lower Sixth pupil Isabel Jones have all been selected to represent British Swimming at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in March. Year 11 pupil Jakob Goodman, Lower Sixth Kieran Bird and Year 10 Rachel Anderson have been selected to represent England at the Marseille Open Meet in March, and Upper Sixth pupil James Gillie will represent Wales at the same event.
Three Upper Sixth squash players took part in the Czech Junior Open Super Series Event in Prague, competing in the U19 age group. Upper Sixth pupil Ben Angilley came 27th, Cameron Stratton placed 21st and Kimberley Galea came 7th.