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Sedbergh’s 1st XV are celebrating their fantastic title of champions of the Daily Mail School’s Rugby Competition. The team won all of their 13 matches with a combined score of 617 points for and 101 points against. Simon Mulholland, director of rugby at Sedbergh School, Cumbria (who previously coached at Kendal and Munster Academy) said, ‘We have had a tremendous season. The boys have risen to every challenge and have worked for each other and the school every single minute of every single game. They are superbly talented, but beyond that they are a great team.’

Sedbergh’s latest sporting success doesn’t stop at rugby – in one short but monumental week, Sedbergh Hockey 1st XI girls beat their opponents to qualify for the National School Finals held at the Olympic park as well as successfully triumphed in their qualifier to get through to the National Independent Schools Hockey Cup quarterfinals. Furthermore, for the first time in Sedbergh history, the 1st VII qualified for National Netball Finals.With each match only 7 minutes long, the pressure was on to prove ourselves and make the most of every second.



Students at New Hall School, Chelmsford, are celebrating their teacher’s success after she was selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia this summer. Michelle Drayne, who has been Head of netball at New Hall for three years and also plays for Netball Super League team, the Hertfordshire benecosMavericks, has received the call up for Team Northern Ireland.



Clayesmore’s U14 Boys are Dorset Hockey Champions after the team won all of their five matches in the tournament. This qualified the team for the U14 regional finals in March. They played against Bryanston, Canford, Gillingham, Poole Grammar and Sherborne, and won all the matches, scoring 12 goals in total and only conceding one. Their head coach, Mr Chris Middle, praised the boys for their brilliant performance and preparation: ‘For such a young team to play so well together after just a few weeks is very impressive indeed. There is a strong tradition of hockey in Dorset schools and so to win the county title is a real feather in their collective cap. They displayed a maturity, team ethic and sense of purpose not often seen, even in far more experienced hockey players.’


Ewan Luke and Zac Blomeley, the talented sailing duo from Rydal Penrhos, competed against some of the best young sailors in the country at the Noble Marine 29er Winter Championship. Despite freezing conditions, the pair performed well and and secured a fifth-placed finish for their efforts. They have been training with nationally renowned coaches as part of the Great Britain 29er Youth squad after earning a call-up last year, while also being part of the Welsh set-up thanks to their consistently outstanding performances on the water.


For the first time since 2011, Millfield will be taking an all-girl team to the Independent Schools Golf Association National Finals in April. Upper Sixth Emily Price, Lower Sixth Morgan Thomas and Year 11 Mimi Rhodes competed against an all-boys’ team from Truro School in the Regional Final in Saunton, Devon, winning 3-0 to qualify for the finals. They will compete at the St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall on the 29th and 30th of April 2018, against 21 other schools from across the UK. Millfield currently have nine girls playing full-time golf alongside their studies, with handicaps ranging from +3 to 6. These include Emily Price and Mimi Rhodes, who have both played for England


King’s Rochester Preparatory School pupil Jemima Partner (Year 7) has made an exceptional start to 2018 by being selected to represent Kent Schools at the Inter Counties Race in March. Over the past 18 months, Jemima has found a passion for athletics. After missing out on the trials for the Kent Schools Athletics Association Cross Country Championships, Jemima’s coach, believing she would do well for the Association, applied on her behalf to the Medway Team asking if she could be entered in the final as a ‘wildcard’. Medway accepted the entry and on Saturday 20th January, Jemima ran for them at the Championships held at Duke of York Military School, Dover. She managed an excellent 14th place out of 153 runners and came 2nd for the Medway team.

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