As we continue to bathe in the autumn sunshine, Sport continues to flourish in many different ways here at the School.
House Football is always a competitive event in the calendar and last week saw some high-quality quarter finals take place. Feisty affairs between rival Houses but all played in a good spirit and memories which I’m sure will stay with the pupils for a long time. Congratulations to Weekites, Bodeites, Duckites and Daviesites who all go into the main semi-finals after Exeat.
Since Leave Weekend we have had block fixtures v Lancing and Eton as well as senior fixtures against the OC’s. A couple of stand out results to mention are the U16A defeating Harrow 2-1 and the U15A and U14A defeating Eton with the same scoreline.
We wish the 1st XI and U15A teams the best of luck in their ISFA games this week. The 1st XI travel to Latymer Upper and the U15A to Kingston Grammar School.
Hockey and House hockey have been in full swing with the Fourth Form and Removes House Hockey demonstrating why our hockey programme is producing the quality it is and growing in the right direction. The 1st XI had a competitive T2 cup game against a very talented Gordan's side where we showed a huge improvement and that we are capable of playing at that level throughout.
Post Leave Weekend, we have had block fixtures against Epsom and Christ’s Hospital where all teams have shown the full characteristics of a Carthusian and producing some pleasing results. A special mention to all our teams that played against Christ’s Hospital – all went unbeaten on the day.
We have recently appointed a full-time goal keeping coach with our great link with Guildford Hockey Club to raise the skill of our keepers and ensure that all of our players are well looked after and given and opportunity to grow.
We look forward to a great couple of weekends after Exeat, when we will host some of the biggest playing hockey schools in the country and really competing and displaying our core values.
Badminton, Fencing and Fives
Badminton had a comfortable victory against Cranleigh and it was good to get the squad players on court in a competitive fixture, the Fencing team defeated Bradfield and the Fives team took on Westminster.
Racquets have had recent fixtures against Marlborough and Clifton in recent weeks with some really encouraging performances from our pupils in various age groups. The squash team have played Radley and Epsom and have battled hard against some quality opposition. Congratulations to the U15A team for their victory against Radley.
Waterpolo had two great victories against Churcher’s College last week – great for some confidence going into the second half of this term.
Cross Country saw our first major meet of the academic year where we hosted St Paul’s, Harrow, Lancing and Abingdon here at the school on Saturday 7 October. Despite it being a warm day to be running , the event went extremely smoothly and it was great to see our runners compete on the circuit with extremely good results.
From an outreach perspective, we have held our own U11 Prep School Girls' Hockey Tournament, the IAPS U13 Hockey Regional Qualifiers and also the U15 County Netball Games.