Sport Round Up - September 2022

An incredible 24 Millfieldians competed at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, winning a total of 14 medals during the competition. Millfield’s 24 selections hugely exceeded the 14 who competed at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, with the medal haul also exceeding the nine they claimed at the 2018 games. If Millfield were a country, they would have placed 15th in the overall medal standings this year, bringing home three golds, five silvers and six bronzes. Read the full story here. 

Millfield is championing an initiative to better support the needs of girls in sport by piloting a programme with a leading women’s health organisation. The aim is to remove taboos around girls’ needs in sport that can hamper or even block their progress, such as puberty and menstruation, in a partnership with The Well HQ who have previously worked with the LTA, England Netball and the Rugby Football Union. Read the full story here.

In rugby, the senior boys’ team travelled to Tignes, France for pre-season training. They took part in an Apex2100 High Performance Camp, developed with former world cup winning England manager Sir Clive Woodward, which offered high-altitude, sport-specific training, based at the Apex2100 International Ski Academy.

Millfield rugby Pre Season Tignes 2022

Millfield played host to seven schools and over 180 U16 students for a RugbySafe festival, which sought to gather information on how to reduce head injuries in age grade rugby.

Millfield were named the number one rugby school in the world. Grassroots rugby website NextGenXV publish an annual list of the top 20 rugby schools around the globe, and have awarded Millfield top spot this year, following the boy’s first XV’s unbeaten 2021-2022 season. 

In cricket, Lower Sixth Dominic Kelly played for England Young Lions (U19’s) versus Sri Lanka in Test Match and One Day International matches. Dom, still 16 years of age helped England to win both ODIs.

Dom Kelly represents England in Worcester

OMs and Somerset County Cricket Club record-holders James Hildreth and Max Waller both announced their retirement from cricket. 

Recent leavers Gabriel Gallman-Findlay and Joseph Eckland have been selected for the inaugural Pakistan Junior Premier League, a T20 franchise tournament for the best young players in the world. Joseph is with the Gwadar Sharks playing under the watchful eye of world cup winning leg spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed and the legendary Sir Vivian Richards. Gabriel has been drafted by the Bahawalpur Royals who have a coaching team led by South African Leg spinner, Imran Tahir and Pakistan batter, Imran Farhat. 

Inductions were ran for all new cricketing pupils over the second week of term, with more boys and girls practicing cricket than ever before.  

In modern pentathlon, Millfield pentathletes have been representing England at the 2022 Youth Sport Trust School Games. The games took place across four days at Loughborough University, featuring many of the best young athletes in the country. A huge well done to the following students who were selected to compete: Lower Sixth Gerard McGrady, Year 11 Bea Kinnear, Bianca Gomez Velasco, Zac Cooper, Stefan Chirita, Year 10 Annabelle Suffield and Ollie Tomlinson. 

Millfield modern pentathlon club at the 2022 School  Games

Year 11 student Stefan Chirita competed at the UIPM 2022 U19 World Championships in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, representing Romania. 

In football, Upper Sixth student Charlie Binns trained with the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur over the summer at their training ground in Enfield. Read the full story here

In tennis, Year 10 students Charlie Ruffell and Joshua Craze were crowned national tennis champions. The boys claimed the win in the U14 doubles event, held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Tennis National Doubles Champions from Millfield

Upper Sixth students James Sclater and Francesca Davis represented Independent Schools in the annual Gorringe Cup fixture versus the All-England Club, held at Wimbledon. 

Despite competing up an age group, Year 11 Simon Hegarty was crowned the Welsh U18 national singles champion. 

In netball, Year 11 students Cammie Collins and Amalia Eneanya-Bonito, and Year 10 Olivia Pitt all represented Team Bath in this year’s School Games at Loughborough University, winning a bronze medal.  

Millfield Team Bath Netballers

Upper Sixth Ella Honey has been selected to represent Ireland U17s at the Netball Europe event in Gibraltar in November 2022. She is also co-captain for the competition. 

OM, and former first team captain Hannah Passmore is competing in her fifth year in the Netball Superleague for Team Bath Netball. 

12 girls from Millfield netball have been selected into the Team Bath Athletic Development Centre this year, which is the first step through the Team Bath performance ladder. The girls selected are: Lower Sixth Fechi Okafor, Sope Ilelaboye, Sarah Long, Year 11 Sengul Ceylan, Cammie Collins, Saskia Davies, Amalia Eneanya-Bonito, Year 10 Lois Moore, Maeve Murray, Olivia Pitt and Emmie Shipton. 

In sailing, Year 9 student Luke Elliott has been selected to represent Team GB in the Monaco Optimist Team Race in January. 

In car racing, OM Benjamin Goethe won the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance cup title with Team WRT following another excellent performance in Hockenheim. Meanwhile, brother Oliver claimed a win and a podium finish at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari last weekend, extending his lead in the Euroformula Open championship. 

In fencing, Upper Sixth Umar Badroel Rizwan formed part of the gold medal-winning Malaysia team in the U17 Boy’s Foil at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in London, while Lauren Tang claimed bronze as part of the Malaysian girl's team at the same event. OM Jacob Mitchell was part of the victorious England U20 Junior Epee team, while David Williams was third in the U20 Men’s Foil, representing Scotland. 

Lower Sixth Haleena Callaghan won a bronze medal at the Epee British Ranking Competition in Manchester.

In equestrian, the Millfield teams have been taking part in NSEA Showjumping competitions, hoping to pick up qualifications for the NSEA Championships at Keysoe in October half term: 

At the NSEA Showjumping at Moreton, the 1m team of Upper Sixth Lily Lingford Taylor, Year 11 Sienna Franklyn-Miller and Year 10 Lexi Chaney came first and qualified for the Championships. Lexi and Sienna also qualified as individuals. In the 1.10m individual class Lexi came first, qualifying for the Championships. 

At the NSEA Showjumping at Rectory Farm, the 80cm team, including Lily Lingford Taylor (U6) came second. In the 1m class, Upper Sixth Lexi Chaney and Cisca Norris, and Year 9 Mimi Woodliffe were placed third, with Lexi picking up a sixth individual qualification. All riders qualified for the NSEA Plate competition at the Championships. 

The team are due to compete again at the beginning of October at NSEA Bicton, which will be their last qualifier before the Championships. 

In golf, Upper Sixth Harriet Lockley was the leading qualifier for the Ladies British Open (Professional) with a score of -6 gross at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club, and finished second in the Bridget Jackson Bowl, held at Handsworth Golf Club. Harriet represented Wales ladies in the Home Internationals and European Championships, and is soon to travel to Canada to represent Wales U18 in the World Championships. She has signed to attend The University of Alabama in 2023.                           

Upper Sixth student Freddie Turnell won the West of England U18 Championships, and finished fifth in the West of England U25 Championships. He was also part of the winning Somerset Team in the U18 South West Counties. Freddie was crowned champion of the JH Taylor competition at Burnham with a score of 141 (-1), while Lower Sixth Dylan John was runner up with a score of 156.

Lower Sixth Sophie Sharp was the sixth qualifier in the Scottish Girls Championship. 

Year 10 Oliver Scriven was the winner of the Paul McGinley U18 event in Portugal.

Millfield golfer wins Paul McGinley Junior Cup

Year 10 Zach Banks was crowned the U14 Midland Boys champion.  

Year 10 Abbie Moore and Year 9 Ffion Lockley formed part of the Somerset Girls Team for the South West Counties week. 

OM Dewi John was the winner of the South Wales U18 Championship, and is now beginning his university career at Charleston Southern University.

OM Gracie Mayo represented Wales ladies in home internationals and the European Championships. She was also crowned U18 Welsh girls champion, finished 12th in the England U25 Championships, and is now attending The University of Oklahoma. 

In athletics, Lower Sixth Rory Forbes and Year 10s Tom Webb and Annabelle Suffield travelled to London to take part in the TCS Mini London Marathon championships. Tom finished fourth in the U15 boys and 28th overall, Annabelle placed sixth in the Borough Challenge out of 141 competitors, while Rory was 37th in the U17 boys and 45th overall.

Millfield runner takes part in London Mini Marathon

The Millfield team travelled to the English Schools' AA 34th Combined Events Championships at Bedford International Athletic Stadium. Upper Sixth Lucy Fellows was 10th in the Senior Girls Hepathlon event, while Lower Sixth Mayalee Osola and Alice Wilson were seventh and 24th in the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon respectively. In the Intermediate Boys Octathlon, Year 11 Oscar Webb was 29th, and formed part of the Somerset team who brought home a bronze medal. In the Junior Girls Pentathlon, Year 9 Tabitha Olivier was 35th, while Year 10 Zoe Allen was 37th.

Millfield athletics and combined championships


Other News

Millfield Rugby players attend England U18 development camp

Two Millfield Upper Sixth rugby players attended the combined England Under-18’s Men’s Development Camp. George Timmins and Ieuan Davies were selected for the camp which took place between 25-27 October, which prepared players and created cohesion ahead of the next season.