Common Time is the best term of the year... it’s the Fives term. As the lead coach for Fives, I am perhaps biased but 2023 has so far proved a very happy New Year for our Fives squad.
As usual, we took 15 pupils to Sherborne for the Schools’ West of England Fives Tournament over the first weekend of the year. Each year, there are four trophies up for grabs: U18 Singles, U18 Doubles, U16 Singles and U16 Doubles. This year, Winchester finished the tournament in possession of all four trophies despite Alleyn’s, St. Paul’s and Tonbridge, and others also boasting some talented players. Indeed, the strength in depth of the Winchester squad was underlined by the fact that three of the four finals were all-Winchester affairs.
In the U18 Singles competition, Shiloh W beat Chris L (both Morshead's) 11-0, 11-2 in the final. However, it had not been plain sailing to get to that point as Chris was pushed very hard by a talented Tonbridgian in his semi-final before winning 11-5, 11-12, 11-9. Honourable mentions go to Henry A (Morshead's) who beat Alleyn’s top player in his quarter-final 11-4, 1-11, 11-8 and to JP C (Morshead's), playing in his first ever singles tournament, who came close within a whisker of winning a semi-final berth before losing to the top Tonbridgian 11-8, 6-11, 9-11.
In the U18 Doubles final, our top pair, Shiloh and Chris, beat Henry and JP 11-1, 11-5. In fact the final was not just an all-Winchester, but an all-Freddie’s final! Henry and JP can both be proud of their achievement in making the final as they were pushed all the way in the semi-final by Tonbridge’s top pair before winning that 11-9, 5-11, 12-10.
In the U16 Singles final Jeffrey C (Du Boulay's) beat Alleyn’s top colt 11-6, 11-1. The Alleynian had shown impressive touch and control in the earlier rounds, so it was great to see Jeffrey play an array of penetrating shots that simply never allowed his opponent to get a foothold. Jeffrey was not alone in showing his single ability as both Anthony C B (Moberly's) and Arthur J-D (Fearon's) also reached the semi-finals.
In the U16 Doubles final Jeffrey and Anthony overpowered Arthur and James K (Fearon's) to win 11-0, 11-3. Both pairs had really impressed in their respective semi-finals against very capable pairs from St. Paul’s and Alleyn’s respectively, playing shots of a standard and sophistication above what is normally scene at U16 level. It’s also worth noting that, as U15s, James and Arthur have the chance to go one better next year.
Success was not confined to our top players as Zach G (Bramston's) won the U16 Singles Plate, beating a Pauline 15-12 in the final and, with partner Rory M (Bramston's), he repeated the trick in the U16 Doubles Plate when they beat Stamford’s top pair 15-9 in the Plate final.
22nd January 2021
Despite a challenging 2020, progress on Winchester College's new state-of-the-art Sports Centre continues, as the school and local community look ahead to the opening in 2023.
3rd November 2023
Recently, two Winchester College pupils, one current and one former, have seen their performance on the cricket field rewarded.
23rd May 2023
The College's inter-house athletics competition took place at the University of Winchester Stadium.
23rd May 2023
The game of Rackets is often described as the fastest ball game in the world that dates back to early the Victorian era. Tim Cawston, rackets coach at the College, talks about the history of the game, playing at the College, and what it took for his son, Ben to win a world championship.
26th April 2023
Over the Easter break, two Winchester College cricket squads travelled to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the Arch Trophy and the U15 Arch Cup.
31st January 2023
On Saturday 4 February, the school will gather to watch XVs - the biggest game of the Winchester College Football season - which sees Commoners and OTH battle to lift the 'Pearl Pot' trophy.