31 Oct 2019
Oct sports round up

Buckingham Hockey Club’s Super Saturday!

On Saturday 28 September, a record number of Stowe pupils and several staff members, made appearances for Buckingham Hockey Club. Welsh Internationals Miss Jackson and Miss LewisWilliams helped Buckingham Ladies’ 1st XI defeat Birmingham University 3-1 after Evie England (Lower Sixth, Cheshire) and Holly Churchill (Lower Sixth, Cheshire) led Buckingham Ladies’ 2nd XI to a 2-1 victory over West Hampstead. The newly formed Men’s 1st XI took to the field in the last match of the day and ran out 2-0 winners against Banbury in their first ever league match. Mr Arnold, Mr Thompson, Mr Gaunt and Mr Blackmore-Beales all represented the 1st XI along with Stoics, Charlie Maclure (Upper Sixth, Chandos), Josh McCallum (Upper Sixth, Chandos), James Trumper (Upper Sixth, Cobham) and Alex Goodhart (Fifth Form, Grafton).


On Saturday 5 October, the girls’ 1st XI recorded their first ever victory against Oakham, running out 4-1 winners after goals from Holly Churchill (Lower Sixth, Cheshire), Alyssia Dockerty (Upper Sixth, Queen’s) and a brace from Bella Lloyd (Fifth Form, Nugent). The U16 Girls were involved in a very high quality tournament on Tuesday 8 October, losing out on being crowned County Champions by a single goal against, in their last match after victories against Wycombe and Ayelsbury High.

The U14A team won the County Cup to be crowned Buckinghamshire County Champions defeating Akeley Wood 5-0, drawing 0-0 with Great Marlow and winning against Sir William Borlase 3-0. It was an extremely exciting tournament which came down to the last game. We played Akeley Wood first and were able to create many attacking opportunities scoring 5 great goals. In the next match against Great Marlow, we dominated the first half but were unable to score and then had to defend hard during the 2nd half to hold them to 0-0. SWB had won 1-0 against Great Marlow so we had to win or at least draw against them to go through the Regionals. The Stowe girls worked so hard and through their determined approach were able to create 3 fantastic chances to be 3-0 up at half time. We could not fault their strength of character in the 2nd half and their efforts were rewarded with an impressive win! They now go through as winners to the Regional Heats in November - well done U14A!


Stowe hosted a Prep School Festival with schools at U10 and U11 on Wednesday 2 October. The Festival was a huge success with over 160 boys from 16 teams playing on the North Front pitches. Notable performances came from The Dragon U16s and St Hugh’s U10s. Other schools included Winchester House, Beachborough, Ashfold, Swanbourne House, Quinton House and Bromsgrove who were delighted to be able to join us. Stowe Rugby Club enjoyed a very successful block against Oundle on Saturday 5 October, winning 9 of their 13 matches including a nail-biting 18-14 win for the 1st XV. All Senior and Colts sides were victorious with perhaps the performance of the week coming from the Junior Colts A side who overturned last year’s defeat to record a 56-12 victory.


Horse of the year show Stowe staff members Lucinda Stockley and Fern Parker were proud to compete in this year’s Horse of the Year Show which took place from 2 to 6 October. Lucinda came 7th out of 27 in the final of the Nps welsh section D class, competing on her horse Larnleigh Dictator aka Ernie. This is her 25th consecutive year competing at the show. Fern came 4th in the Working Horse class on her horse Rosie. Both did incredibly well to qualify so congratulations!


Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Award Winners Northamptonshire County Cricket Club held their annual End of Season Awards Dinner on Thursday 26 September and we are very pleased to congratulate three Stoics on their achievements. Holly Phillips (Lower Sixth, Nugent) took home the Girls’ U17 Batter of the Year. Rhys Noble (Lower Sixth, Chandos) won an award for his century against Bucks, and James Cronie (Lower Sixth, Cobham) had an impressive list of awards: • Six wickets versus Wales • Highest run scorer award for the U17s • Highest wicket taker for the U17s • An award in recognition of regional Super 4s selection (a year young) • An award for being part of the


Karate is coming back to Stowe. Lessons will start on Friday 1 November 5.20pm to 6.50pm in StoweBucks. For further information take a look at the website.


Well done to the 1st X who got a first ever away win against HABS 1st X with a nail-biting 10-9 victory.


Congratulations to Ed Don (Upper Sixth, Chandos) who is now ranked 9th in Great Britain for the Junior men’s Épée and has therefore have been selected to represent Great Britain in an upcoming competition in Riga on Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 November.


Libby Hayes (Fifth Form, Lyttelton) was part of a team of four riders who came first at Blenheim Horse Trials British riding club eventers challenge. Good luck to the many Stowe riders competing at the Beachborough Trials on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. Another rider doing well is Cecilia Mayne (Upper Sixth, Nugent) who competed in her first international competition in Normandy in a CCI 2* event coming 2nd out of all of the British competitors.
Having team that won the U17 ECB National 50 over competition A massive well done from Stowe!


The 1st team badminton capped a fantastic first half of term with an excellent 12-4 victory over Radley. They remain unbeaten with other strong wins over Uppingham 8-1, Bromsgrove 7-1, Wellingborough 8-0 and Rugby 7-2.


Huge congratulations our Third Form girls, Phoebe Haynes (Cheshire) and Isabelle Kaye (Cheshire) for being selected for the U15 Wasps Netball Academy and Charlotte Moffat (Nugent) who has been selected for the U15 Lightning Netball Academy. All three girls are outstanding and talented netballers, who clock up hours of training each week and demand the highest of standards for themselves. We look forward to seeing them represent their Netball Academies this year, as well as competing for Stowe School.

Megan Thorne (Lower Sixth, Cheshire) represented England in the U21 Netball Europe Championships that took place in Worcester over the weekend of 4-6 October. She played against Northern Ireland as GA where she shot 92% winning 73-20. The England team then defeated Wales 26-28 and she then played against Scotland winning 75-29 to secure the gold medal. Megan says, “It was an amazing honour to play for my country and it was better than I could have imagined.” An incredible achievement for Megan - well done!


I was part of a select group of elite golf coaches that were invited to attend the recent David Leadbetter Global Golf Coaching Summit held at the iconic Stoke Park. David Leadbetter is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading golf instructors having achieved notable success with the likes of Sir Nick Faldo and Nick Price on a range of worldwide professional tours. The two days were fascinating and explored thought provoking concepts relating to ball flight analysis, 3D golf biomechanical screening processes and optimum golf swing mechanics. I continue to add to my coaching knowledge as I progress towards PGA Master Status and I am excited to be deploying these expert coaching skills as we prepare to launch the Stowe School Golf Academy. During the September Exeat, The ISGA Alexander Quin Invitational Championship was held at The Forest of Arden Golf Club in Warwickshire. We had seven Stoics competing - Golf Scholars Tom Youds (Upper Sixth, Chandos), Max Faulkner (Fifth Form, Temple), Chanel Fontaine Gerry (Fourth Form, Queen’s) and Elliot Strickland (Third Form, Grenville) were joined by Tom Riley (Upper Sixth, Bruce), Edward Davis (Fourth Form, Bruce) and Miles Dickinson (Third Form, Grenville), who all play off single figure handicaps. The event was a fantastic experience for all who competed. On Saturday 5 October The British Schools’ Southern Open Golf Championship was held at Collingtree Park Golf Club in Northamptonshire. We were again delighted to have seven Stoics representing the school and competing in this prestigious event. Golf Scholars Tom Youds, Max Faulkner, Chanel Fontaine-Geary and Elliot Strickland were joined by Tom Riley, Edward Davis and Miles Dickinson. In tough playing conditions, Tom Youds recorded a very impressive 73 (+1 gross) and finished as top performer from Stowe and 4th position in the overall tournament, which included university players up to the age of 21.

On Tuesday 8 October, the HMC National Singles Golf Championship was held on the Red Course at The Berkshire Golf Club. Undoubtedly one of England’s finest inland heathland courses, we had Tom Youds, Tom Riley, Edward Davis and Max Faulkner competing and flying the flag for Stowe Golf. In mixed playing conditions Tom Youds recorded a very solid score of 75 (+3 gross) which on another day could have been so much lower. Tom Riley produced a battling 79 with Max Faulkner shooting 81 and Edward Davis 83. Good lessons were learnt by all with particular emphasis on course management and strategy. Many thanks to Barry Wild at HMC for organising such a superb event.

Stowe Park Run

On Wednesday 25 September, the Landscape Gardens hosted Stowe’s first 5km “Park Run” event. Inspired by the UK Parkrun movement, this is a weekly event open to the whole Stowe community at 5pm on Wednesdays (as long as the light allows). Nine runners took part in the first run, including pupils from several different year groups and staff. The run is intended to be a non-competitive challenge to give runners a chance to push themselves and see their progress each week. The course takes in two laps skirting the 11-Acre Lake and crossing the Palladian Bridge, before finishing with a run through the Elysian Fields to a finish line in front of the South Front steps. It is hard to imagine a more picturesque 5km route, and members of the whole Stowe community are more than welcome to join us in future weeks.