05 Mar 2020
Sporting highlights week ending 6 March 2020

We are undoubtedly in unusual times when the one sport schools can usually rely on taking place in the winter months is cancelled. Not once, but twice in the last week, scheduled cross-country races have been cancelled. On Saturday the Sherborne Trophy hosted at the Castle was called off and disappointingly today the Marden Trophy at Bruton was also cancelled due to the potential damage caused by runners on soft ground which has to be turned into beautifully manicured cricket pitches in a month’s time.

We have also been hampered by high winds which damaged the flood lights on the tennis and netball courts resulting in them being out of action for a fortnight. As a result, we have had to scale down our fixtures and be creative in our training sessions with limited resources and very wet conditions. I am pleased to say that the courts are now back in action and we are extremely grateful for the flexibility shown by many schools in accommodating our last-minute change to plans. Those netball games that did go ahead proved to be very rewarding with some excellent play and very pleasing results. Of the 8 games played last Saturday against Kings Taunton, 6 resulted in wins. The Westies also enjoyed similar success against Perrott Hill winning all 4 of their games.

The weekend of the Lacrosse Nationals was also impacted by the wet weather and started shakily with a cancelled day of matches for the seniors on Saturday. As a result, the Sunday seedings were taken from the previous year’s placings and having come 2nd in our Division 1 group, we made it through to the last 16, beating Shrewsbury 4-3 in a tight and exciting match. We eventually lost to Putney Ladies 3-0 who proved too strong a team for us. Monday was the turn of the U15 team and as a result of some excellent early wins, we were place 4th in the group and progressed to Division 1. Our first knockout match was against Godolphin who we had lost 7-1 to earlier in the season, this time we won 3-2 having been down 2-0 at half time. This was a really exciting result and put us through to the quarter finals. Unfortunately, neither us nor our opponents could work out where to go for the next match and so we were only able to play for around 7 minutes and narrowly lost 2-1. We went home a little deflated but feeling as though we had played really well during the day. The final day was the U14 tournament, none of these girls had any previous experience at this level and were understandably very excited. We were placed in an extremely tough group but with a couple of brilliant performances we came 4th which meant we were through to the Division 1 quarter finals. Our next match was against St Barts who proved to be very physical and athletic, they scored a couple of quick goals and we struggled to respond. Sadly, we had to bow out of the competition and the girls returned to Sherborne exhausted but elated from the experience.

The weather continues to play havoc with our fixtures and we have received news from St Mary’s Calne of lacrosse cancellations for this Saturday. Please check SOCS for the latest information on whether your daughter is playing in a fixture.

Players of the Week

  • Arabella Lambeth for outstanding performances during the Lacrosse Nationals Championships.
  • Izzy Playne for her superb performance in the Netball fixture v King’s Taunton.
  • Georgia Burton for being the fastest SG runner at the recent Bryanston Relays cross country event.
  • Izzy Hankinson who won the 90cm NSEA Eventers Challenge class at Moreton qualifying her for the NSEA Eventers Challenge Final at Hickstead in May 2020.

Team of the Week

  • The 1st Netball team for their brilliant display and victory over King’s Taunton winning 32-29 in one of the season’s most exciting games