Sporting events in 2012


OS vs Staff - Sunday 11 November

A beautifully sunny and crisp November morning greeted an OS 11 mainly made up of the class of 1993 and 1994 and a School staff 11.

The pitch on Dukes Meadow was a little sticky (you could use the word swamp to describe one area) but it didn’t stop these two creative sides establishing their passing games early on and good contest emerged.

The staff struck first when Sean Reid’s shot was deflected in off Alex Smith’s stomach. A second staff goal quickly followed and the advantage was with the teachers. The OS team was hindered by Steve Palmer’s late arrival and the OS found it difficult to get a toe hold in the game. Eventually the OS opened their account and their equalizer soon followed with a characteristic left foot strike from Will House. The second half was nip and tuck with the game going from end to end and both teams squandering good chances . With 10 minutes left James Edmonds soared above the staff defence to head in a winner for the OS.

So a tight, well contested game ended 3-2 to the OS. The game was immaculately refereed by Damien Donoghue.

Alex Smith

Tom Mitchell, James Edmonds, Shami Iqbal, Paul Slater, Steve Palmer, Will House, James Fraser, Alex Smith, Matt Rothery

Gareth Willis, Phil Hulston, John Berger, Sean Reid, Nigel Howarth, Andy Bishop, Gavin Henry, Guy Howden, Sarah Ventress, Oliver Russell.



OS Tournament - Saturday 8 September

This year's OS rugby 10s competition hosted four teams representing year groups going back to 2006 right up to our most recent leavers. The day began nicely with OS rugby team the ‘Old Guard’ being presented with the trophy they won in June for winning the Barcelona Seven’s Tournament in Sixth Form assembly. A number of the ‘Old Guard’ team came up on stage to talk to the Sixth Form and it was great to see so many OS speaking enthusiastically about what it like to be an OS as well as talking about their rugby exploits.

Four teams of 10 then played a ‘round robin’ rugby competition in the morning. The matches were fiercely competitive and the rugby was played with a great level of intensity; with the days’ 75 degree temperature adding some extra heat to the occasion. The first game saw Alex Lyns 2010 team beat last year’s leavers captained by Sam Sheppard. Next up we got our first look at the all-conquering ‘Old Guard’ who comfortably beat Will Ellis’ team of 2009. The games came thick and fast with teams pinching points off each other and nobody was really able to get a grip on the trophy. The final game saw the ‘Old Guard’, who were rather chastened by a defeat to Lyns 2010 team play last year’s leavers who had lost both their matches so far. This was a tense game because the ‘Old Guard’ had to win and score 18 points to regain the trophy they had won last year. Things started well with the ‘Guard’ scoring early but the Shepperd’s team hit back and things were really tight with the ‘Guard’ needing two scores to achieve the 18 points they needed. In their desperation holes appeared in the ‘Guard’s defence and last year’s leavers scored a late try to secure victory in the final game. This left Ellis’ 2009 team top of the group and winners of the OS Rugby 10s Cup.

Players and supporters followed the tournament by enjoying a good lunch in the dining room where Will Ellis paraded the trophy rather provocatively in front of the ‘Old guard’. Many of the OS then went up to Dukes Meadow to cheer the First XV onto victory against Christ’s Hospital.

Alex Smith 

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Sevenoaks School 1st XI v Old Sennockians - Sunday 24 June

Following torrential overnight rain and an early morning pitch inspection by Chris Tavare, the match against the Old Sennockians was declared on.

The Old Sennockians had probably the strongest batting line they had ever brought to Solefields with “big hitting” Charlie Farrant only securing a place at number 9 in the batting order. As a result it was a surprise to see them being bowled out for only 116.

The mainstay of their innings was Dave Franklin who continues to chip the ball over mid-on with some success and scored a valuable 43. Next top scorer was Kassim Ramji, who appeared in no trouble until the first ball from left arm spinner Ed Thomas, which he tried to dispatch to Underriver and was subsequently brilliantly caught by Finlay Wood at wide mid-on (cow corner!) for 14.

The rest of the Old Sennockian batsmen came and went pretty quickly including the normally reliable (slow) Josh Parker, who had no shirt and batted in only a sweater!

The school started their innings inauspiciously with Eashan Patel getting out caught by Ben Richardson off the now wily veteran seamer Nick Tunnell. After Charlie Farrant had hit Jack Hulston a nasty blow in the box and also Rex Boulter in the ribs the Old Sennockians appeared on top, especially with the rejuvenated Will Ritchie racing in down the hill and taking three wickets.

However, a combination of an excellent 46 not out from Rex Boulter and the generosity of the Old Boys in sending down 22 wides, resulted in the School chasing down the total with only 5 wickets down.

Once again it was great to welcome the Old Boys back to Solefields and special mention must go to Mark Spelman for driving down from Birmingham for the fixture. There was a rumour going around the ground that captain Nick Tunnell was contemplating stepping down from the role of captain, due to the fact he could not understand anything Dan Haley and some of the younger members of the team were saying! Hopefully this was unfounded and we look forward to welcoming him back next year.

Old Sennockians 116 AO
Sevenoaks School 119-5

Dan Hayley, Tom Nickols, Ben Richardson, Nick Tunnell capt, Charlie Farrant, Mark Spelman, Kassim Ramji, Tom Farrant ,Will Ritchie, Dave Franklin, Oli Jones, Josh Parker

Phil Hulston


OS Five-a-Side - Saturday 19 May

The OS 5-a-side tournament has now been running for 5 years and this year’s competition was, once again, well supported with 11 teams entered. Having around 80 OS playing competitive football in the School’s Sennocke Centre is fantastic sight and it always creates such a great atmosphere.

The early part of the competition is a group phase where the top two teams in each league go through into the semi-finals. Lucian Weston’s ‘Trojan’s’ cruised into the semis but finally came unstuck against Andrew Mckay’s leavers of 2001 who looked very well prepared for the tournament. In the second semi-final the ‘ever-popular’ team led by James ‘Mad-Dog’ Fraser came up against James Roche’s, ‘Old Guard’. In the end the youth of the ‘Old Guard’ was too much Fraser’s team’s guile and experience and the ‘Old Guard’ went through to the final to play Andrew Mckay’s team.

Fatigue seemed to get the better of the ‘Old Guard’ in the final and the struggled to cope with the pace and confidence of Mckay’s team and the Leaver’s of 2001 came out as worthy winners of this year’s tournament.

The after match celebrations went on well into the night with a number of us celebrating despite the fact we had lost every game! 

It was great to see so many OS returning for the day and we hope everyone will come back again next year.

Alex Smith

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OS XI v School 1st XI

This is the first time an OS team have played the School First team for a number of years and hopefully it will become a regular part of School’s sporting calendar. The game took place on a cool March evening under floodlights at Wrotham School and was played in a great spirit with both teams enjoying good passages of play. Once they got into their stride the school showed their ability to retain possession and use the width of the pitch well. Halfway through the first half the School’s quick, incisive passing released Saul Greenhalgh who got away from the OS defence to chip the ball over the OS keeper, Ed Gibson to open the scoring for the School. The School added a second just before half time.

The second half started with the OS trying to get a grip on a tightly contested midfield. Ghassan Ali and Tim Daniels began to combine well in the OS’s best spell of the game. A key moment in the game came early in the second half when Ghassan created space on the edge of the School’s penalty area and produced a fantastic shot which was brilliantly turned aside by the School’s keeper, Ed Whelpton. In the later stages of the game the School’s fitness gave them the advantage and they scored 3 more goals to win 5-0.

Whilst the score line favoured the school the game was competitive and enjoyable. The evening finished with a meal for all the players and coaching staff at a restaurant in Sevenoaks. Thanks should go to Patrick Jenkinson OS for organising and captaining the OS so well and to the School’s First XI coaches, James Emmitt and Gavin Dinsdale.

Alex Smith

OS Staff Liaison