Sport Round Up - November 2023

Sport Round Up - November 2023

In Athletics, Lower Sixth Eden Robinson won the Schools International Combined Events competition in Cardiff. 

In Clay Shooting, Millfield hosted their annual Clay Shooting Invitation event. There were 120 entrants from 16 schools taking part in what was a wonderful day of shooting.  

There were first place podium finishes for Millfield’s A, B and Ladies’ teams. 

The High Guns were won by Upper Sixth Talulla Taylor, Louis Watson, Year 11 Oliver Austin and Pierre Joubert.     

In Cross Country, three Millfield Cross Country teams qualified for the National Final of the English Schools’ Cup. 

Following performances at the South West Regional Final, held at Taunton Racecourse on Saturday 11 November 2023, the Intermediate Girls, Senior Boys and Senior Girls teams qualified to compete at the National Final on Saturday 2 December.

At the ESAA Cross County Cup Final, the Senior Boy’s team finished fourth, the Intermediate Girls finished eighth and the Senior Girls finished ninth. 

In Equestrian, Year 10 Bella Steer-Love competed in the British Showjumping at Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre on 4 November, finishing third in the 1.05m class. 

On 5 November, Millfield riders competed in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Arena Eventing in West Wilts.

The 90cm team of Year 10 Max Bonney, Agatha Stamper, Year 9 Elsa Weaver and Jack Guppy won and qualified for the national championships. Elsa Weaver was also first individual in the 90cm class, while Year 10 Mimi Woodliffe placed second in the 1m class. 

On 11 November, students competed in the British Showjumping at Mendip Plains. Year 10 Agatha Stamper won both the 90cm and 1m classes, while Year 9 Larissa Morley was second in both the 90cm and 1m classes.

On 11 November, Upper Sixth student Immy Knight placed third and fourth in both prelim classes at the British Dressage event at Stretcholt Farm. 

Year 10 Bella Steer-Love was seventh in the 1m class in the British Showjumping event in Hartpury. 

In the British Showjumping Juniors, Year 10 Max Bonney has qualified for the British Showjumping Blue Chip finals placing third in the 1m Pony Sapphire Winter Championship qualifier held at Chard Equestrian on 19 November.

Year 9 Ava Musgrave was fourth in the 80cm class at the British Showjumping event at CCR Equestrian on 25 November. 

Millfield riders competed in the NSEA County Showjumping event at Kings Sedgemoor on 26 November. 

The 1m team of Upper Sixth Evie Lewis, Lower Sixth Olivia O’Brien, Izzie Corsinie and Year 10 Bella Steer-Love placed second in the 1m class and qualified for the national championships.

Lower Sixth Olivia O’Brien was second individual in the 1m, qualifying for the national championships.

Lower Sixth Izzy Corsinie won the 1.10m, qualifying for the national championships.

At the Pony Club International virtual show jumping competition, Year 10 Mimi Woodliffe was selected for the U25 team which won the competition, with Mimi placing first individually. 

Year 10 Isla Sully was crowned the Overall Aachen Young Stars Junior/U18 Champion while representing Great Britain in the Aachen Youngstars International Dressage competition. 

In Fencing, at the U17 Epee BRC event, Lower Sixth Sebastian Forrest was 13th, while Year 10 Monty Price-Bailey finished in the top 64.

In the South West Senior Sabre Championships, Year 11 Maisie Searle was second in the girl’s event, with Year 10 Dora Ji finishing third and Year 11 Tamara Gomez Velasco claiming a top eight finish. Upper Sixth Isaac Searle finished in third in the boy’s event, while there were top 16 finishes for Lower Sixth Jamie Hague, Year 11 Anton Sidorov and Year 10 Jem Hedgcock.

In the South West Senior Foil Championships, Year 10 Dora Ji was third in the girl’s event, while Year 8 Sophia Leung finished in the top eight. In the boy’s event, Lower Sixth Aleksey Ageyev Jr was sixth, while there were top 16 finishes for Lower Sixth Kieran Campbell, Year 11 Anton Sidorov, Year 10 Jem Hedgcock and Year 9 Hunter Krynauw.

Millfield fencers competed in the Hamlet Sabre LPJS event. Year 11 Tamara Gomez Velasco was second in the U15 Girl's Sabre, while Year 9 Harry Wilder was 16th in the U13 Boys Sabre.

In the Welsh Open, there was top 64 finishes for Upper Sixth Isaac Searle in the Men's Sabre, Maisie Everett in the Women’s Epee and Lower Sixth Stefan Chirita in the Men’s Epee. Lower Sixth Aleksey Ageyev Jr was 75th in the Men’s Foil while Year 10 Monty Price-Bailey claimed at top 128 finish in the Men’s Epee.

In Football, Old Millfieldian Maya Kendell recently made her full professional debut for Bristol City Women. Maya came on in the 68th minute of Bristol City’s Continental Cup tie with Women’s Super League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The Senior Boys teams set a school record score this term of 17-0 across the various fixtures as the team progressed to the next round of the national cup in ISFA and ESFA Elite. Millfield have also progressed in the County Cup and National ESFA B Team Competition.

The Senior third team have put themselves into a position to win their league, while the fourth team have been very successful with their games and have a busy fixture list after Christmas.

The Year 9, 10 and 11 Boys teams remained in all national cups throughout the month of November, winning more than 15 cup ties in a row. Eye-catching performances were put in against Brooke House College, Epsom College and Sir Bernard Lovell Academy where all three respective age groups overcame adversity to perform brilliantly. The teams are looking forward to a tour to Vitesse in February half term.

All junior competition squads have been invited to compete in the Easter District Festival in April, hosted by Millfield.

In Golf, Upper Sixth Maddy Beeching has signed for The University of Texas Permain Basin, joining the Class of 2024 on a golf scholarship. Recent leaver Freddie Turnell has signed for The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and will join the class of 2024.

At the Swift's National Foursomes, Millfield have claimed two wins from two, beating Sherborne School 3-0 and King's College, Taunton 2-1. Lower Sixth William Welsh, James Clemens, Year 11 Abbie Moore, Year 10 Harrison Atkinson, Ffion Lockley, Joss Monachello and Toby Morris formed the Millfield teams for these matches. Millfield will now play Truro School away, to try and reach the South West Finals, before the National Finals later in the year.

Year 9 golfers Liberty Warman and Ashleigh Moore have been selected to attend the Somerset Girls Development squad training this winter, and have both recently gained their first official handicaps.

Upper Sixth Dylan John, Lower Sixth William Welsh, Year 11 Wills House, Abbie Moore, Luke Burbidge, Year 10 Charles Wright, Toby Morris, Joss Monachello, Ffion Lockley, Year 9 Bradley Lock and Oli Hopkins have all been attending county coaching sessions. 

In Hockey, Upper Sixth Monica Watkins has been selected for the England U18 squad for this year's cycle. 

In Netball, Upper Sixth students Fechi Okafor and Sope IIelaboye have been selected for the U19 NPL Team Bath squad. 

Year 11 Olivia Pitt has been selected for the U19 NPL Mavericks squad.

Lower Sixth Louisa Davidson has been selected for the U18 Team Bath Player Development Programme squads. 

Lower Sixth students Cammie Collins and Hope Jordan have been selected for the U17 NPL Team Bath squad. 

The following girls have been selected into the Bath ADC (Athlete Development Centre) programme: Year 11 Lois Moore, Maeve Murray, Saskia Davies, Emmie Shipton, Year 10 Sloane Nicholas, Joely Chamberlain, Tabitha Olivier and Gracie Tubb.

The first team progressed through to the next round of the U19 Sisters in Sport Cup after defeating Portsmouth High School. 

The second team progressed through to the next round of the Sisters in Sport Shield after defeating Ivybridge College. 

Millfield participated in the highly successful inauguration of the U19 Independent Schools League at the University of Worcester. The first team competed brilliantly up against Wrekin, North London Collegiate, Oakham and Berkhamsted in what was a fantastic day of netball.

In Pentathlon, on Sunday 19 November, Millfield Biathletes competed in the Southwest Biathlon Championship held on home turf at Millfield Senior School. Some phenomenal performances were witnessed, with all Millfield athletes doing themselves proud in their respective events.  

In the Year 9 Girls Event, Ruby Bodman was Southwest Biathlon champion, while Valentina Kemp was fourth. In the Year 9 Boys event, Beau Ashman was Southwest Biathlon Champion, Mateo Elliot was fourth, Daniel Aiyewumi was seventh, Hugo Escobar Barfoot was eighth, Tim De Pree was ninth and Alex Tomlinson was tenth. The boys finished as overall team first. 

In the Year 10 Girls Event, Lexi Taylor was second and Mila Brooke was fifth. Stanley Reader was third in the Year 10 Boys Event. 

In the Year 11 Boys Event, Tom Webb was Southwest Biathlon Champion, while Oliver Tomlinson was third. Alba Escobar Barfoot was third in the Year 11 Girls Event.  

In the Year 12/13 Boys Event, Lower Sixth Nate Ground was South West Biathlon Champion, Sebastian Forrest was third, Gerard McGrady fourth, Stefan Chirita fifth and Sebastian Williams seventh. They finished as overall team first.

Millfield pentathletes competed for Team GB at the World Biathle/Triathle Championships in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Year 9 student Ruby Bodman claimed a gold medal for Team GB in the U15 Triathle, silver for Team GB in the U15 Biathle, bronze in the U15 Individual Triathle, fourth in the U15 Individual Biathle and seventh in the U15 Triathle Mixed Relay. Year 9 Millfield student Mateo Elliott brought home a bronze for Team GB in the U15 Triathle, while claiming fourth in the U15 Triathle Mixed Relay and ninth in the U15 Individual Triathle. Hunter Krynauw was 19th in the U15 Triathle Final.

In Rugby, Cardenal Newman School, a touring team from Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought 93 boys with them and played four games against Millfield’s Senior Boys teams. There was a great atmosphere and four really competitive games were played on the day.

Three students have been selected into the Wales U18 squad training camp: Upper Sixth Steffan Emanuel, Lower Sixth Codi Purnell and Evan Morris.

Students received a mental health talk from OMs and current Bristol Bears players James Dun, Callum Sheedy and Richard Lane. 

The U15 team are through to round five of the National Cup.

Upper Sixth students Maddy Gissing and Claudia Alder were selected into the Bristol Bears U18 squad.  

The first XV will play their final game vs Sedbergh on Wednesday 6 December. The current league standings are Clifton 8pts, Wellington 8pts, Millfield 6pts and Sedbergh 0pts.

Millfield Rugby held their annual House Rugby competition. It was a great day of rugby with lots of students playing, including some boys that don’t usually play rugby. The Grange won the senior competition and Kingweston won the Junior event.

In Ski Racing, Lower Sixth Rufus Lawley has had a successful period on the slopes, following his recent success indoors, he was victorious outdoors in the slalom, at an event in Southampton.

In Squash, Lower Sixth Olivia Owens, Year 10 Shunsaku Kariyazono and Year 9 Rayaan Vaziralli competed in the Polish Junior Open from 6-9 November, all competing in the first year of their respective age groups. Olivia placed fourth in the U19 event, while Shunsaku was fifth in the U17 event.

In the National Schools Championships, the Mixed Key Stage 5 team and the Key Stage 5 Boys team are through to the Regional Finals. 

Upper Sixth Amelie Haworth competed in two professional tournaments during November. In the 3K Tesla Media David Lloyd event, despite being unseeded, Amelie beat the second, fourth and fifth seeds before narrowly losing out in the final to a Scottish Senior International player. In the Northern Joe Cup 9K, Amelie put in a fantastic performance to defeat the 9/16 seed before losing to the 3/4 seed in a tight match.

In Swimming, the Millfield swim team travelled to Birmingham at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Venue for the English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) Secondary Schools’ Team Championships. The team achieved great results, collecting two gold, three silver and six bronze medals. The Intermediate Boys (Year 9-10) broke the Championships records en route to victory in the 4x50 Medley and Freestyle Relays, with the Senior Girls (Year 11-13) breaking the school record in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay.

93 swimmers also competed at the Southwest Regional Winter Championships, of which 51 accumulatively collected eight gold, ten silver and seven bronze medals amongst 84 finals. Gold medallists included Lower Sixth Charlotte Hardy, Emily Johnson, Upper Sixth Evie Dilley and Lower Sixth Maximus Leigh, with Upper Sixth Adam Graham, Year 11 Ethan Stubbs-Green and Megs Higgs adding to the tally of silver medals.

Bronze medallists were Lower Sixth Annabel Chan, Sienna Franklyn-Miller, Toby Godsell and Year 10 Asta Maddox. Performance athletes, including many OMs, Matt Richards, James Guy, Cameron Kurle, Alexander Painter, Solomon Williams, and Conor Cherrington contributed to the medal and final tallies as part of the team. A real highlight was an unprecedented 200m Freestyle Men’s final with Olympic Gold medallists Matt Richards and James Guy executing a masterclass in racing to all swimmers and spectators.

Two short course school records were broken this month, with Lower Sixth Emily Johnson and Year 11 Megs Higgs respectively raising the bar in the 15/u 50m Freestyle and 16/o 1500m Freestyle events.

Lower Sixth Maximus Leigh, Eleanor Hall, Zac Cooper and Adam White have been selected onto the Diploma in Sporting Excellence Programme with Swim England, whilst OM Connor Cherrington, Upper Sixth Evie Dilley, and Year 11 Sophie Davies have been selected to represent the GB Junior Team at the Ontario Junior International Meet, Canada, in December. Coach Piper will join them as part of the Coaching Staff. Coach Aldington has also been selected as a member of the Coaching Staff for the Team England Junior team travelling to Luxembourg in January, with Coach Livingstone being placed onto the GB Coaching Staff for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. 

In Tennis, the Junior Boys team retained their National Title crown, defeating Culford School in a shootout.

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