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Sports Weekly Review - 26th may


The boys and girls from Pre-school to Year 8 have been working hard on the athletics track in preparation for Sports Day. There have been some fine performances in training and in the recent competitions against other schools. The boys and girls competed as combined teams at Eagle House and Claremont Fan Court, finishing 3rd on both occasions. The boys had their annual fixture against Woodcote, winning comfortably after dominating the middle distance and hurdle events. The Year 3 and 4 girls competed at Eagle House again and then at Guildford Spectrum in a meeting organised by Guildford High School. At both events the team acquitted itself well.  


Saturday 13th May saw the Hall Grove Judo team extend their participation at the IAPS Judo finals after such a successful showing in March, winning the overall best school status for 10 year olds and above. Mr Ajala had worked tirelessly with the squad entering the event for 8 & 9 year olds. He was very proud and excited by the skills on show during the event with a number of boys coming very close to medalling in what was a highly competitive event.  A massive congratulation to Zac Symons and Jake Edwards, winning Bronze and Silver respectively in their weight categories. Well done to James Wyles, William Barr, Gabriel Francis, Zac Symons and Jake Edwards for competing in this year’s judo IAPS and showing that Judo is going from strength to strength at Hall Grove.


Saturday 13th May saw the Hall Grove fencing team compete in the IAPS National competition held at Millfield Prep School.  Led by the fencing coach, Carina, the team of four headed down to Millfield for an early start. Carina was very impressed with how all the boys equipped themselves throughout the event and the school were very proud of the boy representing the school at its first ever Fencing event.  A huge congratulation to the fencing captain Thomas Dyson, who finished 10th overall, and Aaron Zhou, Jai Edwards and Shrey Tharoor. 


Mr Tullett and Miss Gabby took 10 children to the annual IAPS Sailing Championship held at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre which is part of the National Sailing Centre in Portland. The children enjoyed two days in the most inspirational sailing environment. All the pupils were a real credit to the school.

Day 1 was the U11 regatta. Hall Grove had 4 teams competing this year. It was a tricky day because of the very light winds but the boys and girls aquitted themselves well over the 3 race format. There were 42 boats in their class and the racing was very close and tight. Congratulations to all the U11 crews; I have no doubt they will be back next year looking for higher placings. 

Oscar Fry, James Wood - Year 6   11th

Felix Thomas, Felix Jackson - Year 6 and 5   24th

Luca McDowell, Oliver Stroyberg - Year 5   25th

Kaitlyn Wyatt, Jemima Fry - Year 6 and 4   29th


Day 2 

This was the turn of our U13 crew, Sophie Lees at the helm with Lucia Jackson as her crew. The girls had the perfect conditions for sailing and did incredibly well again in a fleet of 40 boats. They had top 10 finishes in race one and two and in race three placed 6th. This gave them an overall position of 6th. Both girls must be complimented on the way they conducted themselves over the two days - they thoroughly deserve their result

Boys’ Games

The boys had 5 cricket matches on Wednesday against Yateley Manor in the glorious sunshine. Conditions couldn’t have been better after a number of games played in the cold and the rain and congratulations must go to the 1st XI, U10 A and the U11 B teams who all won. The 1st XI bounced back after a couple of narrow defeats, the highlight being the team’s fielding. They have impressed all who’ve watched during the season and it has proved to be the difference in a few of the games.

The Under 8s played against Lambrook on Thursday and had three enjoyable victories. There was some impressive cricket on show and we are delighted with the efforts of the Year 3s. Well done to all the boys and girls involved.

Girls’ Games

The fixture calendar has proved to be a busy week for the girls and they have relished the challenges.

On Tuesday the U9s all got to play against Crosfields (their fixture afternoon) and we had two out of three wins.

U9 A vs Crosfields. Won 6 ½ - 6.

The girls played very well and there was some sharp fielding. Abby Parker played really well as backstop, Sophia Brennen and Nina van Eeden fielded very well and were supported ably by Carina Fitzpatrick. The batting was also much stronger, but the girls needed to be more decisive with their running to enable the next batter to score a half rounder. The girls thoroughly deserved their victory. Best batter was Abby and best fielder was Sophia

U9 B vs Crosfields. Lost 7½ - 10

The girls had an unlucky loss to Crosfields with the first two innings being a very evenly matched game with both finishing on 3½ rounders, but unfortunately Crosfields hit their stride in the last innings with their batting and we struggled to quickly field such great hits. Lula Allams did a marvellous job at backstop and managed to get an exceptional catch to call one batter out. Emily Taylor was voted player of the match overall.

U9 C vs Crosfields. Won 9½ - 7

The girls deservedly won their match against Crosfields with some sharp fielding and excellent batting by all. Jemima Jackson was particularly exceptional at batting, being voted Best Batter of the Game. Elsie Evans was quick off the mark in her fielding and her quick thinking meant that she was voted best fielder of the match. A well-deserved win for all. 

The U13 team participated in a tournament at Danes Hill, winning 2, losing 3 and drawing 1, Scarlett Creasey was voted the tournament’s best fielder and, together with Chloe and Emily, they got many players out. The U12 team remain undefeated, beating Feltonfleet by just half a rounder and Hawthorne’s by 5. Rosie Millar bowled consistently well and Yasmin van der Zijl along with India formed a good partnership between backstop and 2nd base. Well done to Heidi Kelsall who scored a handful of excellent rounders.

U11 A vs Hawthorns. Lost 8½ - 12½

The girls batted well, particularly Catherine Clark, but Hawthorn's fielding was incredibly sharp. Scarlett Young bowled really well, not giving away any points and making good decisions. Libby Lomas and Tabitha Tonkin both made some outstanding catches and the fielding was sharper than of late, but still not quite good enough to stop the opposition getting the winning scores. 

U11 A vs Feltonfleet. Lost 5½ - 10.

The girls fielded very well throughout this match, despite the opposition hitting the ball really hard and accurately. Aimee Millington  was steady in the outfield and Lily-Mae Turner gathered the ball and fed it in to Tabitha  Tonkin very well. Best batter - Catherine Clark. Best fielder - Ella Baxendale.

U11 B v Feltonfleet    Won 7½   - 5½ over 2 innings

It was an even first innings which finished a draw, with both teams slow to start on a very hot afternoon. The girls settled and saw some big hits by Emily Wolfe and Emily Armitage gaining rounders for the team.  Ella Hadden-Wight gave a solid performance as bowler, not giving our opponents many opportunities to score, and there was an excellent fielding performance by all especially the link between backstop Emily Armitage and Billie Deighton on 2nd post. Best batter - Ella Hadden-Wight, best fielder - Billie Deighton.

U11 B v Hawthorns    Lost 11½ - 6½ over 2 innings

Hawthorns proved too strong over the two innings. The girls never gave up and worked extremely hard as a team which was brilliant to see.  Well done to Ella Haden-Wight who deservedly gained Player of the Match in both matches. Best batter - Emily Armitage.

U11 C won 15 - 21½ v Hawthorns.

Isabel Harvie bowled steadily and hit some great rounders, as did Ava-Mae Martell. Good fielding also from Yun-Yun Lai and congratulations to Catriona Wood for giving her team lots of enthusiastic encouragement. 

The U10 A team had a very good start to the triangular fixture with a win over Feltonfleet. Amelie Smith did some brilliant bowling to stop their girls from hitting too far and Maddie Uphill did some great fielding. We then moved on to play Hawthornes; we lost a little concentration and unfortunately suffered a loss due. Best fielder - Matilda Bernabo, who did a few great catches at backstop and best batter – Anna Camp.

The U10 B team had two good matches in our triangular and the team worked hard for each other particularly in the heat of the afternoon. A special mention for Lila Waltho who struck the ball really well to score half a rounder and well done to Nerys Tullett for her consistent batting and Isobel Volpi for her decisive fielding.

The U8s all got to play in matches this week – a first time in rounders for some and they performed brilliantly.

U8 A vs Coworth-Flexlands. Won 4-1.

The girls had a fabulous performance against Coworth with several girls scoring half and full rounders. Elizabeth Naylor was voted best batter by the opposition for a particular striking bat which enabled her to score a very comfortable rounder. Daisy Blackburn was outstanding on 2nd base and was hence awarded best fielder - stumping at least 6 girls out and vigorously sprinting even in the scorching heat. Emily Swanson did a good job on 1st base and Jemima Bernabo really connected with the ball well.

U8 B v Staines Prep. Lost 6½ -7½

The match was very closely contested and the girls did well to remain focused in the hot sunshine. In the first innings they were uncertain whether to run or stay and only scored 2 rounders. When they had their second turn they were such a different team, watching the ball and make some really grown up decisions. They all show such potential and most of them struck the ball really well. Zayna van der Zijl, Leila Harris, Grace Goddard and Lelia Saul all scored and Francesca Prior, Sophie Stroyberg and Ria Kapoor played really well on the field. It was a pleasure to see them progress throughout the match. 

The U9 A team showed confidence and skill in their fixture against Coworth-Flexlands. The girls’ fielding was excellent, they reacted quickly and worked seamlessly together. Abby Parker received players’ fielder of the game, and well-deserved it was as she and Sophia Brennen ensured no half rounders were scored, with a great partnership between backstop and 2nd post! The girls also had a good batting game; not only did they hit some good balls, they took risks and reaped the rewards of backing their ability. Players’ batter of the game was Mia Adams. All of the girls showed great teamwork and improvement, well done. The U9 B team took their chances with their batting and scored some opportunistic rounds. Once they became more focused when fielding they kept the other team’s score down. They won by 1½ rounders, best batter voted by the opposition was Mia Adams and best fielder was Afia-Kher Mohammed. This was a lovely way to finish the week of sporting fixtures.


Last Friday the golf team went to Sunningdale Heath Golf Club to try to qualify for the National Finals at Radley College in June. We took two teams of two: Rocky Chapman and Daniel Taviansky, Patrik Wall with his brother, Nicholas.

We knew only the top two teams would go through and the boys played admirably in tricky, windy conditions. Rocky and Daniel won with 117 points, with Patrik and Nicholas coming a very close second with 112 points. I have to say it was a delight to see both pairings playing together and working so well, supporting each other all the way. Both teams are through to the National Finals and we wish them well.

Two days later, the Walls played superbly again, with Nicholas shooting 9 over par (gross) and Patrik 10 over par (gross). They have been cut to 15 and 13 respectively. Well done boys.



12th May

Boys' Games


The cricket season has started in strong fashion, despite the wind and rain, with plenty of matches as well as a number of lessons in our wonderful new net facility. There have been some excellent performances against  Feltonfleet, Woodcote and St Andrew’s; despite a tough afternoon on Wednesday playing rivals Hoe Bridge, it’s been a good first few weeks. Special mention should go to Mr Lewis’s  2nd XI, who have won all 4 matches convincingly, and congratulations to 1st XI captain Freddie Brennen who was awarded colours this week.

The U8s and 9s should be congratulated for winning 5 of their 6 matches yesterday against Feltonfleet.

Good luck to the senior girls for their matches tomorrow morning.


Girls' Games

Yet another wet Thursday afternoon for Rounders, but we batt(l)ed bravely on and only had 1 or 2 slips!!

The U9 A team lost 16 ½ - 12. The girls fielded really well, in particular, Sophia B (voted best fielder), Nina and Carina. We consistently scored 6 rounders in both innings and it was a case of opportunities lost. They did not hit the ball all that well and then were tentative about pushing on to 2nd to get a ½ rounder if they did actually hit it. Having said that, the other team fielded very well and their backstop had a fantastic throw, straight into the hands of 2nd base whenever there was a backward hit. They voted Amelie as best batter, despite her not even scoring a ½ rounder. Best batters were actually Emily Barnard, Nina and Jemima Fry. It felt like a very close game, in spite of the score. Lovely atmosphere and the other coaches were great - supporting both teams.

The U9 B team won 16-15. This was a close game that Hall Grove should always have won, especially as we lent them 2 players (Victoria and Afia-Kher - who scored about 3 rounders for them)! Jemima Jackson was best batter and Elsie Evans best fielder. Emily Taylor also played very well, particular when batting. Occasional loss of concentration hindered their fielding success, but they were competitive, yet encouraging too. 


Last Thursday, 10 golfers went to the stunning Wellington Golf Course, which was in perfect condition, to play against Eagle House School. This is always such a great fixture. The children get the course to themselves and play golf for two hours and they absolutely loved it.

Eagle House came out the winners, but well done to Ollie King and Thomas Warren who played beautifully and earned a point for Hall Grove. Our return match is in a couple of weeks at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club, where even more golfers from Hall Grove will get a chance to play.

On Monday 8th May Rocky Chapman, Daniel Taviansky, Patrik Wall and Charlie Wyatt took part in the ISGA Stableford competition and although they played very well, there were some incredible scores from other schools, whose handicaps will inevitably come down!

Girls’ Games

This week the girls had two schools as opponents. 

The U13 team went off to St Andrew’s Woking to play against young opponents and the girls won convincingly. Olivia Hardy was voted best batter and Scarlett Creasey best fielder. The U12 team continued to prove what a talented and versatile group they really are - they scored an astounding 16 ½ rounders (6 against). India Underwood had a sensational game, scoring every time she stuck the ball, and she was voted best fielder for her work on 2nd base. Jessica Gunning was outstanding in the field, as was Carmen Schellekens, who was voted best batter. The coaches’ votes went to Sharon Chu, who played an intelligent game, and Mia Kadyan for her backing up on 1st base.

The U11s had two A teams out - the team against Crosfields lost by just 1½ rounders, but in the May sunshine the girls had lots of fun and worked hard. Scarlett Young was voted best batter, with Grace Aldridge voted best fielder, and coaches’ player was Amelia Brown for her batting, excellent decision making, her positive communication with her team mates, and some good solid hits. Lily-Mae Turner was coaches’ fielder for some really strong excellent catches.

The U10 A team had a good match. The team were more composed and focussed in cancelling out any attempts to score. Jazmine Sherrington had the catch of the day, steadying herself under a high ball to pluck it out of the air with ease. A strong batting performance from the team followed, leading to a decisive victory. Players of the match were Amelie Smith (fielding) and Anna Camp (batting). The B team had a very exciting game, just losing out to a strong batting team. Isabel Harvie was coaches’ player with an excellent batting and bowling performance and Isabella Volpi and Tiggy Tutt both deservedly shared the fielding honour. The final result was 10 rounders for Hall Grove 10 rounders and 11½ rounders for Crosfields.

Meanwhile, at Hall Grove, the opposition was St Andrew’s Woking. The A team lost rather disappointingly 18½ - 16. Coaches’ player was Catherine Clark for fielding and Ella Hadden Wight for batting. Clara Finn played well as backstop and Lyla Gilbert bowled really well . The team work between Catherine Clarke and Tabitha Tonkin, who were on 1st and 4th, was excellent. 

The U11 C team won 13 -10½. Ava-Mae Martell was voted best batter and Darcy Wyatt best fielder - her bowling was excellent with hardly a single no-ball. The whole team were enthusiastic and took their batting chances well - a great team effort girls, well done! 

On Thursday the juniors had their first rounders fixtures of the season, facing a very well drilled St Andrew’s Woking. The U8s managed to have one innings fielding, with Ria Kapoor showing some strong and accurate bowling skills. Sadly after 20 minutes of rain the upper pitch proved too slippery and the match was abandoned, and so an early match tea was enjoyed by all. The Year 4 team lost by 3 rounders. 

The U9s lost in a close match 13 - 16½. The girls all batted well and their fielding skills were excellent, but they just panicked a little bit under the pressure of the second innings, when the opposition took every chance to run in a half rounder from backward hits and occasional misfields. Best batter was Amelie Lomas (players' and coaches’ choice) and Best fielder was Sophia Brennen. The girls showed lots of potential for future games. They were all really encouraging with each other and handled the slippy conditions very well too.



The Battisborough Netball Tour – from a Mum’s Perspective

The magic of Battisborough has cast its spell over another group of its visitors. We arrived by pumpkins (cars) down the winding driveway to a picturesque view of the sea and Battisborough House, met by Mrs Tilley, Mrs Maxfield and Miss Georgie, our fairy godmothers for our 5 day visit.


Arrived and assigned rooms and met up with our room mates for the duration of the trip. Beds were decided upon, much as the girls had already done. We then flung ourselves downstairs to marvel at the view of the rolling hills and the sea, in the sunshine. 3 netball matches were held with a very friendly local club, of which we won 1 and lost 2. Match tea was amazing and put together by the lovely Mrs Tilley and Bridget. Pictures available! There was a little free time to enjoy the surroundings and then off to Noss Myo and the Ship Inn for dinner and for the children to make our Mothers Day Surprises.

Sunday – Mothers Day:

This started with us being brought into breakfast by our daughters who then served us and gave us presents of a lovely card and our own tour hoodie, which will be much cherished. We then had Mums v Daughters Pop Lacrosse in which there was a lot of artistic license and won by the Mums.  Great performances by Steph Legge and Emma Bingham. This was followed by Girls v Mums netball where they thoroughly showed us who was boss. A mention must be made of Miss Georgie who played as a Mum very elegantly in her wellies! After lunch there was a walk to the beach, where we played rounders and had a sandcastle competition. The day was finished with the girls enjoying Mamma Mia and the Mums having post match analysis with a glass of wine or two in the splendid sitting room.


Trip to Exmouth.

We were tasked with finding the most naff keepsake we could find for under a pound which would then have to be presented to the panel of teachers that night. We then took over a Fish and Chip shop for lunch which was delicious. We managed to find ourselves a new mascot for the tour in the shape of a friendly octogenarian, who used to play a handy centre position.

We then had an hour to walk this off before the next netball fixture at St Peter’s Prep where we would have our next intake of food in the form of match tea. We fielded 2 teams, both of whom won their matches despite some rather enthusiastic tackling by some of the opposition. The Mums enjoyed a lovely cream tea before heading back to Battisborough House and supper.

The Mums spent the evening discussing the match with a couple of glasses of wine and did their best to help with their assigned quiz teams. We then had presentations of the Naff Gifts which surprised me by how eloquent they were able to ‘sell’ their unique items, particularly some of the quieter members of the tour.  Quiz master Georgie put together a very entertaining quiz which was extremely close.


Team building day. Some of the clever Mums went on a trip to Salcombe. A couple of us stayed behind for a Zumba class, with the children and the very able Miss Georgie and Mrs Tilley. Sam the instructor put us through our paces until I thought I might melt and my thigh muscles were screaming to be put out of their misery - so much fun though.

After this we had lunch, as it had been at least 2 hours since anything had passed our lips! We were then put in the capable hands of Anna and Andy for some more team building.  Archery, another first for me, was a lot of fun and I got a great sense of achievement when I hit gold! Another team building exercise where crates, planks and a barrel had to be transported over various obstacles, with only the crates touching the ground followed this. It was very difficult to not interfere with the process and to keep mum.

We were thoroughly entertained by a Hall Grove Talent Night having had an excellent Gala Dinner of Curry, Poppadums and all the accompaniments with banana splits for pudding.


Up early and packing, all with a heavy heart, as we would miss Battisborough House and of course Mrs Tilley. We drove to Exeter where the girls were due to play Exeter School, who we thought would be tough competition. Both A and B teams won their matches. They were both close games and very exciting to watch. This was followed by an excellent lunch with so much choice. It gave us some time to dry off and warm up before collecting the children to return back to school.

From the above you can see how much we packed into the days, not only in fun activities but calorifically. The sea air sure makes you hungry. On one day I walked over 20 thousand steps and 120 floors according to my Fitbit. Mrs Maxfield and Miss Georgie and the able assistance of Mrs Tilley were brilliant. Seeing how much they put into a tour is humbling. Not only do they have to plan and risk assess it but then also when there, they give their time, energy, patience and give themselves emotionally to our children. It is no wonder that teachers are a profession who truly shape the lives of the next generation. I am sure we all remember the teachers who have shaped us as people and these wonderful ladies have done this for our girls, in their own time and without payment, for the love of their sport. Thank you.