The Year 8/9 Girls have placed second in the first rounds of the Girls District Football tournament, with strong performances by Jasmine Fawcus-Smith and Laura Hobbs contributing heavily to the girls' dominance. They were unfortunate to lose 0-1 to Heathside recently, but have a chance to get their own back in the New Year. The girls will also face Gordons in the semifinals of the District Cup.
Year 7 girls went with the bare minimum squad, but dominated the six-aside tournament, remaining unbeaten throughout to take first place. Joey Siow showed great skill and composure on the ball both in attack and defence.
The Year 9 boys have had a colourful term – they've scored a huge number of goals and played some glamorous attacking football, but defensive frailties have hijacked any cup ambitions and the challenge now is securing a good league position. Star performers are Giacomo Sala and Tom Cursons.
The Year 10 boys have benefited from increased team training and new players in the squad. Thanks to a respectable defence the team has started to enjoy their football again and are showing true grit and a growth mindset. Sean Houghton made a spectacular debut to secure his position in goal; meanwhile Pierce Adam at centre back and a new dynamic partnership between De Mello and Decabo up front could bring new possibilities for the team.
Our latest cohort of Salesian stars turned up en masse for the pre-season summer camp to the delight of coaches. All the hard work paid off during the first fixture against Graveney School as the U12's ran out convincing winners 35-10. Tougher fixtures against Salesian Farnborough & Richard Challoner followed - who showed us a thing or two – but numbers at training in the 30's with some superb Monday night coaching from Mr Watt & Ed Hoadley turned our fortunes.
The year 7 team put on a fantastic display of running rugby, scoring six tries against a strong Holyport College and seven against Winston Churchill, while conceding just three tries in both fixtures. In the 3rd round of the cup we face Matthew Arnold on 14th January 2016.
The Year 8 team now includes several club players, and the season opened with victories over Bishop Wand, Salesian College, Richard Challoner, Ashcombe and Holyport; in fact we suffered just one loss (to Hinchley Wood) in round two of the Surrey Cup. Next term we move into round two of the Surrey Plate against Guildford County and are looking to continue our strong form for the rest of the season and bring home some silver.
Year 9 have also gone from strength to strength, with no losses to their name this term, and wins against Farnborough, Holyport College and Ashcombe school in friendlies. They also won the regional pre-season 15-a-side tournament held at Winston Churchill. In the County Cup competition, this age group have reached round 4 after convincing victories, including 43-0 against St Bede's and 53-12 against local rivals Saint John the Baptist.
Having lost in the final (Yr7) and Semi Final (Yr8) to Howard of Effingham, it looks like this team will face them again in the latter stages of the Cup, and this time they're determined to turn the tables!
The year 10 team have made the most of an extra games afternoon dedicated to training and fixtures, with a growing and increasingly competitive squad competing in the National Natwest Schools Cup and the annual County Cup. In the Natwest Cup they reached a respectable round 3 thanks to a convincing victory over St James, before running into an incredibly strong Kings College.
This age group have won the County plate twice previously, but this year they're determined to win the Cup. Defeats to Bishop Wand have cost us that chance the last two years, but after hard-fought victories against Graveney and George Abbot, our hopes are high!
In October, Year 11 travelled to Lisbon for a short tour in which they faced two organised and disciplined club teams. Salesian won the first game in a tightly fought contest under lights, while the second game was even tighter, ending in a draw. We stayed in a fantastic hotel and spent the days surfing at the beach and enjoying the local culture at Cascais and Lisbon, and touring Benfica's magnificent football stadium. Andres Brodie-Suiero won 'Man of Tour' after excelling in several positions and battling hard. The whole trip was a great way to sign off five successful years at Salesian.
So far it's been a season of challenge and progress for our First XV. After a slow start, and a difficult draw in the Nat West cup, the team embarked on a three-match winning streak, chalking up victories again King's College Wimbledon (Seconds), Wallington County Grammar and Claremont Fan Court in Esher. Stand out performances so far include Harry Tress and Conor O'Shea in Year 11, who's been named 'Man of the Match' on several occasions. With four matches still on the schedule, we're still hoping to finish the season having won more matches than not, which would be a massive improvement on last year!
Hockey continues to improve year on year. The year 7s have been making great progress, especially those students with little prior experience of the game. With an A team draw against Gordons and wins for the B team against Gordons twice, the girls could go far in the new year.
The Year 8s have built on their great form of last year with a notable win against our neighbours, Sir William Perkins's School. The numbers at training have been growing and this should allow us to ensure that we keep progressing towards our considerable potential.
The Year 9s are by far the most committed team to training and recently we have seen the rewards in some excellent performances by individuals and the team. Installing Grace Regan in goal with Siobe Morling in front of her has led to a much more solid defence. Their great progress is testament to the importance of training - well done girls!
So many girls are entering secondary school with a background of quality cricket coaching in primary school that selecting a team for the Year 7/8 District tournament is getting harder and harder: there are so many skilled candidates! The girls went to Collingwood School and played excellently in the best of the three games to come out as winners. The girls batted with confidence, running incredibly well between the wickets to amass a huge and unbeatable score on both occasions. Meanwhile their bowling was accurate and their fielding astute – no wonder they go forward to represent North-West Surrey in the County finals in March.
The Year 9/10s came up against slightly tougher opposition in their competition, but that wasn't going to stop them. Playing against Fullbrook and Woking High (who both fielded club players), the team deployed a mixture of excellent fielding and fantastic - if occasionally reckless – running! The team exerted considerable pressure on both opponents, coming back in to a final total of 97 in 8 overs in the first innings against Woking High and later forcing Fullbrook into errors in pursuit of a total they couldn't match. Like the 7/8 team, the 9/10s go forward to the County finals in March – well done girls!
Both year 7 and year 8 basketball teams have come 5th in their tournaments this year, and are working hard on topping that in the opportunities remaining this season. The year 9 team has shown spectacular enthusiasm this year and a huge influx of new interest! Team places are still being established, but results are improving: although there are more losses than wins on their scoresheet, the margins are small. Star performers are Marcus Clark and Charlie Hill.