The Weekend’s Rugby and Football

Football A very encouraging weekend against Hampton, who are arguably the best ‘footballing’ school we play as a block fixture. For the purist, Hampton are easiest on the eye, and play the most attractive passing game. Overall we played 14, won 9, drew 2 and lost 3. The six senior sides (1,2,3,4,16A, 16B) were unbeaten, winning 5 out of the 6 games, with the Association playing in one of the most compelling 0-0 draws you will ever see! The U15A’s 100% record unfortunately came to an end but they have a great chance to bounce back in the 2nd round of the U15 Investec ISFA Cup this Tuesday. Performances of the week probably go to the U15Bs and U15Ds who both won 5-0. The U14As and Bs came up against one of the strongest Hampton year groups for a long while, last year as U13s (they start at 11 at Hampton), they only lost one game all season, to the winners of the U13 ESFA Cup (full national champions). Well done to the 4 teams that played against Highgate at various levels on Saturday too. Rugby The block fixture against Radley before Short Leave was very tough, with Eton winning just six games, including a solid 19-0 victory for the Yearlings A. Two games were drawn, including an 18-18 result for the XV, a match that has been consistently close for the last three seasons, but one which had seen Eton 13-0 up at half-time.

This weekend we played KCS Wimbledon and put in some very strong performances, winning 13 of the 16 games. The XV won 45-19 and all the other senior sides were victorious too, including a close 15-12 encounter for the 2nd XV. Junior Colts A turned around a close loss to KCS last season and converted it into a pleasing 20-5 victory. Colts A reduced last season’s deficit against KCS’ strongest year-group, losing 10-21, with Colts B and C both winning again. The Yearlings A lost 8-21, but the rest of the Yearlings won some very close games with 19-17 for Yearlings C and 19-12 for Yearlings E, both of whom seem to specialise in very close games! It was good to get out a Yearlings F team against RGS Guildford U14E which proved an enjoyable and closely fought game. The matches were played in an excellent spirit and the disappointment of England’s World Cup exit was almost banished from the mind…