Two weeks ago the 1st XI hockey team took on Lord Wandsworth College for a second time after a 0-0 draw at the beginning of the season. Shiplake started slowly allowing the opposition to put instant pressure early on in the game. Shiplake managed to keep calm and hold out defensively until half time. Soon after the beginning of the second half, Shiplake conceded an unlucky goal. However, the maroons responded well to this with a near miss from Dan Deakin that was cleared of the line. Shiplake went on to get three short corners in a row resulting in a goal from Jamie Westbrook. This was a big boost to morale and further great play allowed Jamie to score another from the edge of the D. The match ended 2-1 to Shiplake.
Shiplake returned to Lord Wandsworth College a week later for the last of a three match series. Both teams were fully aware of each other’s strengths and Shiplake felt ready for the game. Shiplake started the game strongly but were made to pay for missed chances when they conceded an unfortunate deflected goal. The half ended 1-0 but Shiplake were eager to come back. The second half looked promising but an impressive goal from Lord Wandsworth meant that Shiplake became reckless in play and conceded a penalty flick, which was fired into the top left hand corner of the goal, almost impossible for Jack Tooley to stop. The match ended in a 3-0 loss and the series was tied 1-1.
Junior House Hockey:
The 2014 Junior Inter-House Hockey tournament took place on Wednesday 5 March. It was a beautiful spring afternoon which resulted in a healthy crowd gathered by the College Astroturf pitch. With games only 10 minutes in length, goals were at a premium and several matches finished as a draw. The tournament was very close, with all five teams fielding competitive sides.
Skipwith House emerged victorious, with two wins and two draws enough to top the table by just one point. Their 1-0 victory vs. Everett House was perhaps the most crucial result, as Everett finished in second place. The solitary goal came from a well worked short corner. Welsh and Orchard tied for 3rd on 5 points, with Burr House narrowly behind on 4 points.
Head of Hockey Mr Fitton described the event as an ‘excellent afternoon of hockey’ and wished to thank Mr Mannix and Mr Curtis for umpiring all the games.
To view more photos from the tournament, please check out our Flickr gallery here.
The ‘A’ and ‘B’ Lower School football teams were in action on Tuesday at home to Our Lady’s Abingdon.
Oxford United academy player and Shiplake captain Matty Fitzgerald kindly provided the following match report for the U13A’s emphatic victory:
“We started the match strongly, scoring early on after building good attacking pressure. However, we conceded shortly afterwards following a handball in our box. Abingdon calmly slotted away the resulting penalty. We then scored another two before half time making it 3:1 to Shiplake.
We started the second half strongly, scoring again and keeping up the good pressure. Cameron Jones netted the fourth goal after some good possession and excellent link up play down the right flank set up Barny Rivett who narrowly fired over. The attacks continued, resulting in two more goals before the final whistle went and a score of 6:1 set us up nicely for our next game. We still have areas to improve on, particularly sequence play on the wings and communication. Thank you to Mr Kersey who coached us and refereed our game.”
The U13B’s match report is provided by ex-Welsh Premier League striker and more importantly Lower School football coach Mr Miller:
This week, Shiplake hosted Our Lady's Abingdon on what was a (very welcome) sunny, Tuesday evening. The match was destined to be a goal fest from the beginning - with both teams having a lot of fire power upfront. Unfortunately, Abindgdon managed to score two more goals than Shiplake, leaving the final score at 4-6. Toby Gorringe and Matt Taylor scored twice each for Shiplake, with only the cross-bar denying Toby of his hat-trick. Finn Wallace had an excellent game at the back, and certainly helped to keep the scores as close as they were.
On Saturday 1 March, Shiplake J15s were invited to an invitational Head race in Bedford where they would race three times over 1600 metres against the likes of Bedford School, Eton College, Radley College and Bedford Modern.
Despite the recent flooding the conditions were excellent; the river was calm and the skies were clear. The coaches hoped to use this event to try individuals out in different seats as part of the selection process leading up to the School’s Head of the River Race. With this in mind two matched crews were boated, affectionately named ‘Crash’ and ‘Bang’. Crash was entered in the ‘B’ event while Bang was entered into the ‘A’ event.
The pupils rowed aggressively and with real conviction. A special mention should go to team Crash who had an outstanding third run down, making up for a technical fault in their first run which filled the boat with water. The months of flooding, however, have not been without consequence and while the pupils were undeniably fit, the lack of water time showed in aspects of their technique.
In the end Crash came second in the ‘B’ event with a combined time of 13:57 for the three mile-long runs, while Bang came fourth in the ‘A’ event clocking 13:21. Work to be done, certainly, but positives to take away too as the J15s prepare for a race at Gloucester on Sunday 9March. Regardless of the results it was great to be back on the water!