Sports Review

Highlights from the week in PE – Tennis

After a productive term of tennis, the children in Prep 1 have enjoyed playing a range of different games which have allowed them to use the skills they have learnt and refined during PE lessons. This has included how to use the court space to move the ball around effectively, even leading to a few competitive points rallies. The children have had a lot of fun, and I am sure over the next half term they will be aiming to be the next Andy Murray.



Girls’ sport

U11 festival @ Cricklade Manor Prep – The girls U11As hockey team travelled to Cricklade Manor Prep to play 5 other teams in a round robin type tournament. The first match was against a very well drilled and skilful Clifton College team. Hatherop worked very hard, but the quality of the opposition got the better of us and the game ended up a 2-0 loss. The second match was against St Edwards, who were also a strong and technical side. Despite Hatherop’s best efforts, we conceded 2 goals. The third game was against Wycliffe, who we played and lost to the previous week. Sadly all prior planning and tactics went out of the window and we resorted to hockey that resembled bees to honey with regards to positioning and chopping wood to tackling. Although we were a better side, the score did not show it at the end of the game, 0-0. The fourth game was against Cricklade Manor Prep. After logging some quality time on the Astro, we started to play more expansive hockey, using the space and linking up well in midfield. Our goal came from a strong shot that was saved, but Coco was the first to react and smashed it in to the goal for our first win of the tournament. The last game was against Tockington. We played our best hockey in this game. The defenders were solid and played the ball wide. The midfield played the ball into space and we created several chances. Our goal was absolutely textbook. Defender to central midfield, central midfield to space on the right wing, right wing runs all the way to the byline and crosses it to the left wing running in toward the penalty spot with a first time slap. Well done girls very proud to have come 3rd overall!


Boys’ sport

U12 festival @ Cheltenham College – The U12s played some lovely rugby and dominated the opposition. All boys contributed really well, whether if was ferocious tackling in defence or with some evasive running with the ball in-hand. An enjoyable afternoon of rugby. Player of the match: Archie Robertson—second week running, well done Archie!

U9 Festival @ Dean Close: The boys travelled to Dean Close in fine spirits after a great performance against Berkhampsted the previous week. They started the festival against a familiar opponent – Berkhampsted! It was another tight game with both sides playing some good rugby. We then faced a strong, disciplined Cheltenham College side who tackled well and proved too good. Our final game against The Downs was another good contest where we started to play some good attacking rugby, passing the ball out wide and scoring some good tries. Player of the Match: Thomas Campbell


Fencing at Hatherop

Another 2 medals for Hatherop fencers last Sunday in Newcastle as Emily Campbell won her second silver medal in as many weekends and Noah Goryn won bronze after gold in Manchester. His younger brother Reuben finished fifth just out of the medal contentions. Emily was ranked second after the pool rounds, one point behind the girl ranked first. Direct elimination went well until the quarter finals when she came up against a difficult opponent from previous competitions. However, she composed herself and emerged a deserved 10-7 winner. The semi-final was a 10-1 procession – clearly fired up from her previous bout. The final was then another cagey affair with neither girl ever more than one hit in front. In the second period with the scores tied at 6-6 her opponent pulled in front and would go on to score two more quick hits. With the score 6-9 against Emily, she scored a simultaneous hit which carried her opponent to victory. She is still the number 1 U11 Girl Epeeist in this national series. Noah Goryn backed up his gold medal in Manchester with another fine performance in Newcastle. Whilst he didn’t make the final on this occasion, his bronze medal keeps him in the top 8 positions in the country for epee. Well done both of you.


Judo at Hatherop

The Prep School Judo players were given a great opportunity this week by being invited to attend a ‘judo coaching master class.’ Those children who do Judo in prep school must email Sensai to confirm they can attend. This opportunity is completely FREE of charge.

Sports Reminders


GECKO Cricket – 1/2 term cricket coaching @ Rendcomb College. Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th October 2018. Please contact GECKO cricket for further details.

Please ensure you have your gumshields for ALL matches next week!


Pre-Prep Judo ‘ meet the instructor’ with tea & coffee – Monday 26th November 12.30-1.00pm

FREE Prep School taster session for ALL Prep 3-8 Monday 3rd December 2018

Prep 3-8 Please remember to look at the Games Notice Board and to speak to your Form Teacher so you know if you are having an early lunch on match day.