Sport Round up – December

In cricket, Millfield has been named as one of the top schools for cricket in the country by The Cricketer Magazine.

Year 10 pupils India-Rose Owen and Jess Hazell and Year 11 Harriet Dimdore-Miles have been selected for the Somerset CCC girls’ EPP (Emerging Player Programme) Academy.

Jess Hazell, India-Rose Owen, Harriet Dimdore-Miles and Lower Sixth pupils Olivia Hayes and Grace Stonehouse have also been selected for Somerset CCC’s U17 girls age group, a significant achievement for India-Rose and Jess, who are still young enough to compete in the U15 age group.

Year 9 pupils Francesca Davis, Polly Maddock, Florence Johnson and Stella Gillespie and Year 10 Charlotte Taylor have been selected for the Somerset U15 county age group.

In regional T20, India-Rose Owen has been selected for the Western Storm Regional Development Centre (RDC) squad, and OM Emily Dibble, who is studying at Loughborough University, has been selected into the Loughborough Lightning RDC squad.

In cross country, Millfield’s inter girls cross country team performed well at the School Athletics Cross Country Cup final, finishing 2nd behind The Cooper's Company School. Year 10 Eva Holland placed 8th, Year 9 Daisy Pellow placed 17th, Year 9 Lauren Pickup placed 20th, Year 10 Lucy Chalmers placed 37th, Year 10 Sophia Wilson placed 53rd and Year 9 Lydia Louw placed 90th.

In golf, Year 9 Harriet Lockley and Lower Sixth Tom Peet attended Welsh training camps.

Millfield won the 2nd round of HMC Foursomes against Canford 2-1, with a team of Upper Sixth Alex Cornell, Year 11 Marceau Kernanet, Harriet Lockley, Lower Sixth William O’Halloran, Tom Peet and Year 9 Freddie Turnell.

In football, a number of boys have been selected for the ISFA U18 and U17 national squads. U18 selections were Upper Sixth pupils Ben Le Rougetel and Robbie Scott, and U17 selections included Lower Sixth pupils Ben Jones, Christian Pestell, Rafa Kaidussis Sampaio Peirera, Rafa Teniente, and Toby McCallum. Year 11 Millie Quaintance has received call ups for both the ISFA U16 and U18 girls' squads and plays two matches over the Christmas break at St George's Park.

In netball, the Millfield U19 team are County School champions for the 10th year running, winning their fixtures 19-4, 21-4 and 22-6. 

The Millfield U14, U16 and U19 teams have all progressed through to Regional Schools in Bournemouth in January. 

The Millfield U15 and U19 teams have also progressed to the 4th round of the Independent Schools Netball Cup.

Upper Sixth Clemie Lucas-Roast has been selected into the U19 National Performance League squad for Severn Stars, with OM’s Anna Lebe (U21) and Sophia Daenen (U19) also selected into Severn Stars National Performance League teams.

Twelve girls from Millfield were selected for the U17 Severn Stars Nova Academy. 

In rugby, Upper Sixth pupil Josh Gillespie has become the youngest player to represent Northampton Saints in the professional era, after being called up for the team’s Premiership Rugby Cup game against Wasps, 15 days after his eighteenth birthday.

Lower Sixth pupils Oliver Burrows and Daniel John have been selected for the Welsh U18 training squad. Upper Sixth Tyler Olding has also been selected for the Wales U19 training squad. 

The Millfield U15 team has reached round 4 of the National Schools’ Cup, where they will play Ivybridge School in January. 

The U16 team, coached by Mr Kingsford, have made huge progress this term, and their recent form was rewarded with a 29-27 victory over Whitgift. Having learned from defeats earlier in the season, the progress of this team is a credit to them all.

In swimming, Millfield had 25 athletes selected to represent their respective county at the national county team championships in Sheffield in October. The Somerset county squad finished 3rd overall, with 80% of the team coming from Millfield.

Great Britain Junior International swimmer Jakob Goodman (Upper Sixth) has been selected onto the Swim England performance squad. 

One hundred and twenty-three Millfield swimmers took part in the Millfield Open meet, which included 45 different swimming clubs and over 2000 competitors, including Olympic silver medallist Siobhan Marie O’Connor.

A number of pupils were selected into the England Talent Phase 1 Programme: Millfield Prep Year 8 pupil Adam Graham, Year 9 pupils Matthew Hall, David O’Loughlin, George Satchwell, Richard Towers, Jacob Whibley, and Year 10 pupils Astrid Hannah, Calvin Fry and Gemma Peters. Millfield staff members James Clarke and Dan Waddingham were also selected onto the programme.

Year 11 William Ellington and Lower Sixth pupils Rachel Anderson and William Mitchell have all been selected onto the Swim England phase two camp to held from the 17th - 20th of December. 

Millfield swimmers came away with seven of the 12 titles on offer at the English School Relay Finals at the London Aquatic Centre.

Lower Sixth Danilo Rosafio and Upper Sixth Imara-Bella Thorpe have been selected to represent the Kenyan senior team at the upcoming World Short Course Championships in China from the 11-16th of December. 

Jakob Goodman has been selected to attend a trip with the Japanese Junior Team from the 10-20th December.

Over the Christmas holidays, Millfield swimming will have pupils competing at the Scottish, Welsh, English, Irish, French and Indian National Championships.