A Round-Up of Sport

Read the latest news from the Sports Department.

Football  

The return from Exeat saw a very busy fortnight of football at Charterhouse. Despite a strong performance, the 15A’s lost to John Lyon in the ISFA Cup. Charterhouse dominated possession and territory, passing the ball well and creating chances. The 15A’s conceded unfortunately halfway through first half when a clearance from our goalkeeper hit their centre forward and rebounded into an empty net. Shortly after we missed a penalty to level the scores. 
 
As the game went on John Lyon sat back and defended with 10 behind the ball, we attacked more and more to chase the equaliser and conceded on the counterattack to a quick centre forward. 

Despite the result, it was a very promising performance from a group that suggest the future of Charterhouse football is bright. 

Saturday 6 November saw block fixtures against Hampton. These proved to be a tough set of fixtures with a lot of tight results. The highlights included 2-1 wins for the 4th XI, 15D’s and 14C's. 

The 1st XI featured in a 1-0 loss to Hampton, where the team showed good intent from the start, pressing well, and passing the ball with purpose. An unfortunate own goal off a Hampton corner gave the visitors the lead and Charterhouse were then chasing the game. Despite the result, the boys much improved on their last performance and took this into their game against Westminster where they won 3-2, thanks to a last-minute winner.  

The next block fixtures Charterhouse played was against Bede’s School. There were a variety of results with the highlights being a 16A’s 2-1 win away from home, a convincing 5-0 win for the 15A’s bouncing back from their cup defeat and both the 15D and 14D teams picking up wins at Home, whilst the first XI would feature in a 3-1 defeat in the Hudl League. 

The Girls 1st XI have made an amazing amount of progress physically and mentally in both training and matches. The girls showed great effort and resilience in a game against ACS Cobham International School, an ISFA cup game, despite losing. The final score certainly did not reflect the game. There were patterns of outstanding play and unfortunately experience from ACS got the better of us. Lucy Jennings was outstanding in goal and was awarded Carthusian player of the week for stepping in, due to an absence on the team.  

The following week the girls bounced back and faced Westminster at home. This was the first time that the girls played together as a team and not as individuals. The ball travelled well and excellent chances on goal. The girls took the win 4-3 and should be very proud of the progress they have made. Player of the match went to Alexa Mukherjee and special mention goes to Olivia Bullock for some excellent defensive play and Maya Besson for her outstanding tackles and movement with the ball. The 1st XI have another couple of games before the end of the season, so we wish them well with those.  

Girls' Hockey 

The Girl’s 1st XI have started to show their talents and have now settled in to the routine of playing together. As a result they have maintained an unbeaten run in their three games since Exeat. Injury and illness took its’ toll on the squad for the game against Portsmouth Grammar School and the Charterhouse team travelled with 11 players. It was a testament to the girl’s perseverence and responsibility that they managed to battle out a draw in this match. From this point the progress has been staggering. The girls have gelled nicely and earned two wins against Worth and Lancing College respectively. The new look 2nd XI have also started the second half of OQ strongly. They have demonstrated open mindedness to come together as a new group since the Exeat and worked well to produce good results against Worth and Lancing College without conceding a goal in the process. 

The Under 15 Girls came back from half term refreshed to play a very strong Portsmouth Grammar School. In a very close game the girls fought hard to only concede 1 goal. Izzy Walton shone in the defensive line and the girls practice of transferring the ball paid off. Clara Chetwood helped lead the game on and off the field and it was great to see Honor Spence back from illness boosting the team with her enthusiasm. The teams focus over the next few weeks will be to try to get some more goals in and work on their positioning to have a competitive last few games! 

The Removes in Northbrook and Chetwynd showed their team spirit and wore their house colours going head to head in the House Hockey competition. The 7-a-side games resulted in Chetwynd A winning 5-1 against Northbrook A and Northbrook B winning 5-3 to Chetwynd B therefore it is all to play for in their deciding 11-a-side game.   

The U14s have continued their strong start to Charterhouse life with hard fought block fixtures against Portsmouth Grammar School, Worth and Lancing College. The U14A side also represented Charterhouse at the County Cup finals, having progressed through the preliminary stage of the competition with ease. This was a tough day and it pushed our girls out of their comfort zone. For our girls to be competing with some of the most established and high performing hockey schools in Surrey during their first Quarter at Charterhouse is a tremendous effort. Throughout the day they displayed kindness and encouragement to one another and progressed their hockey skills very well. 

The U14B girls' hockey team have continued their unbeaten run and produced some unbelievable statistics. In 8 games they have score 18 goals and only conceded one. This is a tremendous effort and we hope that this continues. Our U14C and D teams have enjoyed a varied programme of fixtures against Portsmouth Grammar School and a well contested internal fixture. This has allowed them to develop their skills in a low pressure environment and bond as a group of players new to the game. Doughnuts and cakes provided by Mrs Edwards as refreshments also helped to keep moral high.  

 

Squash 

It has been a busy and successful start to the second half of OQ for squash teams of all ages. 

On Thursday 11 November the 1st V had a superb 5-0 away win over Eton 1st V to notch up their third win of the season.  Captain Alex Kelsey- Fry led the way with a comfortable 3-0 win at no 2, celebrating his call up for Surrey U19s at the weekend. The match score-line would have been much closer had not Pelumi Adedoyin-Adeyinka and Will Taylor both fought back from 1-2 in games to win their matches 3-2. Charles Egan at no 3 won 3-0 including a 16-14 in the 2nd game and Dom Smith completed a memorable team win with a 3-1 victory at no.1. 

Meantime an U14 VIII  lost 3-5 at Eton but most matches were very competitive: congratulations particularly to Max Wheatcroft on his 3-1 win at no.2 and Constantin Duhamel who won twice! 

Earlier in the week the U16s had also travelled to Eton where they played Eton (2-3), Perins (2-3) and Bradfield (3-2) in National Schools Stage 1. The lower order of Alastair Bannister and Matt Jouvensal-Lepere in particular ensured that we picked up sufficient points to progress into the Trophy competition in 3rd place. Zach Kirton won two of his matches at no. 3 despite being an U15. 

On Wednesday 10 November the U14s faced the daunting task of playing Millfield (1-4), Trinity Croydon (2-3) and John Hampden (5-0) in National Schools Stage 1. Despite all of the pupils being novices at the start of OQ, the team challenged Trinity Croydon close for second position. Highlights were Humphrey Bown’s win against the skillful Trinity Croydon no.1 and Jakob Hinton’s win at no 5 against Millfield.  

The skill, enthusiasm and determination on show from all of the players was outstanding. 

Swimming  

On Thursday 4 November, Charterhouse played host to a triangular swimming fixture against Reeds and Dulwich. It was a very exciting competition which allowed the team to establish a better connection with their fellow team mates. Although we struggled to come out on top in many races, the competition enabled us to reflect on areas for progress. Arina Maslova took our highest placing in the Girls 50m Butterfly, finishing 2nd in a field of girls 2 years older than her. Poppy Everest also had two good swims placing her in the top 3 in the Girls 50m Butterly and 50m Breaststroke, again competing against girls 3 years her senior. Andrea Leone, our Boys Captain, put in a strong performance in the Senior Boys 100m Freestyle placing him third. We also saw another third place from Serge Artinian in the Senior Boys 100m Breaststroke.

Charterhouse once again played host to a friendly fixture against Tonbridge on Thursday 11 November. We finished 2nd overall and it was fantastic to see our swimmers winning several races. Francesco Pettazzi took our first win of the afternoon in the Senior 100m Freestyle. Our Senior 4 x 50m Medley Relay also placed first in a brilliant swim, the team was made up of Ethan Chaffey, Eddie Chai, Kaleb Root and Kasim Domac. However, our swim of the day went to Serge Artinian in the Senior 100m Breaststroke taking first place and Eddie Chai storming through the last length to take second place. We also had some fantastic swims from our junior boys. Congratulations to Jonty Hender, Sander Marshall-Lee and John Duan who all managed to place in the top three in their respective events. 

Cricket 

The winter programme has begun with players doing 1-1 coaching with our cricket staff headed by Martin Bicknell. The players are assessed and given specific coaching points that they can work on in the off season. We will expand this towards the end of term with sessions for Year 9s and the New Year will see further development of practice sessions for all year groups.