Hockey Boys Read more
Boys' hockey at Colston's has in recent years started to flourish. Six years ago, investment was made to develop the undertsanding of hockey within the school under the guidance of Chris Banning. Since that point an emphasis has been placed on coaching styles, players skill sets and a shift toward a more competitive fixture list.
As time has progressed the younger members of the school have progressed through their development and have achieved county and regional success. Clear links outside of school have been made and many pupils who enter Colston's are afforded the opprtunity for external coaching and the chance to join local clubs.
The progress has been pleasing and the following achievements show a little of what has happened.
County Hockey Achievements
Boys’ U14 – Runners up – semi-finalists at South West Finals
Boys’ U16 – Runners up – 3rd in pool at South West Finals
Boys' U16 - Avon county champions - South West prelim winners - South West finalists
Conor Pinnell – Wales U18 (2011)
Justin Metcalfe - National league hockey with Cardiff and Uwic. (2012)
Rugby Union Read more
The school is renowned worldwide for its phenomenal record in rugby union. Under the guidance of Alan Martinovic, it has won the Daily Mail Cup at U18 level seven times, including six years in a row between 1995 and 2000 before deciding to withdraw from the competition. Former England and Bath flanker Andy Robinson assisted Martinovic for the first two cup triumphs. It re-entered the competition for the 2003/2004 season, when the school succeeded for an unprecedented seventh time. Martinovic resigned the post in August 2005, and handed the reigns to Darryl Paterson. International players to be nurtured by the school include Olly Barkley, Duncan Bell, Tom Varndell and Lee Mears (all England); Andy Lloyd and Gareth Delve (both Wales) and in the less recent past Alan Morley MBE (England and British and Irish Lions) who is the current world record holder for tries scored in first class rugby. The school has over a dozen old boys playing in the Guinness Premiership as of 2006, with even more playing in National Division One and the other National Divisions, and the Celtic League. In March 2006 the school created history by becoming the first school to win both the boys and girls senior tournaments at the Rosslyn Park Schools Sevens Tournament.
The current 1st XV head coach is Peter Thornley, the former Leicester and England A flanker, who took over from Darryl Paterson in December 2006.
Current Professional Old Colstonian rugby players
Olly Barkley, Duncan Bell, Alex Crockett, Gareth Delve, Ryan Davis, Lee Mears, Chris Brooker, Ian Davey, Dan Smith (All Bath Rugby), Sam Cox, Alex Clarke, Iain Grieve, Ashley Maggs, Ryan Prosser (All Bristol Rugby), Tom Varndell, Jordan Crane, Ryan Owen (All Leicester Tigers), Dan Lavery, Phillip Hoy (Northampton Saints), Callum Black (Worcester Warriors), Alex Brown (Gloucester Rugby), Warren Fury (London Wasps), Shane Geraghty (London Irish), Jonathan Mills (Llanelli Scarlets), Andy Lloyd (Neath-Swansea Ospreys), Mike Pyke (Monatuban Rugby), Ed Barnes (Plymouth Albion), James Graham (Bedford Blues), Spencer Davey (Doncaster RFC)
Current Semi-Professional Old Colstonians
Barry Reeves, Mitch Burton, Sam Caven (Henley Hawks), Ryan Westren, Keiran Lewitt (Launceston RFC), Gareth Griffiths (Bristol Rugby), Ryan Owen (Leicester Tigers), Richard Bignall (Moseley Rugby), Matt Williams (Stourbridge RFC), James Watkins, Dylan Pugh (London Welsh), Gareth Knox (Aberavon RFC), Jon Pritchard (Cleve Rugby), Joe Ewens (Weston-Super-Mare RFC)