Termly Sport Review

November 2022

 Chess

Sevenoaks chess teams did really well in the U19 national school chess championships regional tournament and qualified for the next round. The players fought hard despite some tough matches. They are passionate about chess and always think carefully about each of their moves when playing. The tournament also helped the players to work as a team and learn from each other and other schools.

Cross country

Twenty students travelled to the South Downs over half term for our annual cross country training camp. Students enjoyed a range of theory lessons, practical runs involving hills, intervals, long run and fartlek and yoga classes.

We sent five teams to the regional finals of the English Schools Cross Country cup. They all did really well, and the senior boys have qualified for the national finals in Leeds.

Huge well done to everyone that took part in the Junior Knole Run last week. Particular congrats to our junior girls who finished third and our junior boys who finished 13th! Over 300 runners from 30 schools travelled to Knole Park to tackle the course. Photos

Fencing

Woser Prossor represented GB in the FIE Junior Foil World Cup/Eden Cup fencing competition, held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.

At the Kent School Championships Chloe Tang won bronze in the U16 sabre and Marjolaine Mauduit won silver in the U16 foil

Futsal

We organised a successful U13 Prep school Futsal competition involving ten schools.

Golf

Sanjana Sharma came third place in the Rome Classic Tournament in her age group. This is an international tournament and qualifies for the final World Championships held in the USA and the Junior World Scoreboard.

Hockey

Our 1st XI are through to the quarter fnals of the National Cup competition after beating Alleyn’s 3-0.

Josefina Hippe has been selected to represent England U18 and also has an EDP trial for the England U21 side. We find out about the younger age groups at some point in the next few weeks.

Our U13A side finished second at the UKSA tournament held at East Grinstead.

Our U16 side are regional Indoor Hockey champions and have reached the national finals.

Josefina Hippe (U18), Summer Knight-Thompson and Isabella Munoz (U16) have been selected to represent England. Moritz Hippe has been invited to be part of an England Hockey (U16) Development Group.

Netball

Over half term 21 netballers travelled to Barbados for pre-season training. The girls had a fantastic time, enjoying two training sessions with a Barbados coach and five matches per team. The girls were undefeated on the trip but more importantly had the opportunity to bond together as teammates which should help prepare for a prosperous season ahead. On top of this they got to experience much of the island’s natural wildlife from turtles, to eagle rays, while creating some fantastic memories! Thank you to all the staff and pupils involved for a memorable trip.

Our U19 side are through to the third round of the Sisters n Sport cup after beating Beech Grove School.

Our U15 side are through to the third round of the national cup after beating Gordon’s.

Our U14 netball side qualified for county finals day alongside the U16/U18 teams.

Ellie Allen was invited to be part of Telstars senior squad to play away at Exeter in the English National Premier League 2 division.  This is the third tier of English Women's netball so a very high standard. 

Power Lifting

Jago Masters travelled to Hartlepool to the Strongman competition (North of England Log and Deadlift Championship 2022). This was his first competition and he not only won first place in the Under 16 category (at only 14) but smashed the current unofficial deadlift world record of 160kg with an impressive personal best of 185kg in his age category. 

Sailing

Martin Atilla and Becky Caiger (OS 2022) represented GBR at the RS Aero European Youth (U22) Team Racing Championships in Italy and won the event!

Sevenoaks sailors finished as the first school overall at the RS Feva Winter Champs held at Weymouth, venue for the 2012 London Olympics.

Shooting

Our shooting team travelled to the National Shooting Centre at Bisley, Surrey, to compete in the English Schools’ Championships. Over 160 students from sixteen schools took part in the championships. In terms of experience, we have a very young team – the majority of them have been shooting for two years or less but they did brilliantly.

Alex Fleming (U6) won his age group and placed fourth overall; Helen Otto (U6) and Rafe Wormsley (Y11) also had a strong shoot, placing 12th and 13th respectively out of the overall 160+ competitors. In addition, Alex and Helen placed third in the senior pairs match – their score of 390 (out of 400) was only one point adrift from the winners. All eight Sevenoaks team members showed a mature attitude to overcoming any adversities that came their way during the match, and there was an impressive level of peer support amongst them – they worked together to support each other every single moment of the match, both on and off the firing point. A fantastic result for their first major match, and a credit to their school. We now look forward to our next match: the British Schools’ Open on 10 December.

Squash

Dehong Kong and Arnav George have been selected to play for Kent U13s.

Our U18 boys team are through to the regional finals after a brilliant performance. Four teams competed and Sevenoaks won by a nerve-wracking two points.

Swimming

The following swimmers competed at the South East winter regionals:

  • Maddie Evans
  • Demi Alli
  • Chengze Duan (14th 50m Fly)
  • Peony Lee
  • Eva Okaro (Gold 50/100m FS, 100 Fly, Silver 200m FS)
  • Izzy Okaro (4th 50m FS)
  • Zach Raymond
  • Amelia Tovey
  • Lara Turan

Eva Okaro has been selected to the South East Region Team competing in Luxembourg in January.

At the national school relay finals, our senior girls finished fifth in the freestyle final and seventh in the medley final. Our senior boys finished 24th in the Freestyle.

Tennis

Our junior girls beat St Paul’s 5-1 in the semifinal of the National Cup to reach the regional finals. Our junior boys play on Thursday in their semifinal versus Reed’s.

It has been a successful half-term for Tommy Cuomo. He won two U18 Grade 4 tournaments (one in Taunton and one in Coventry), and played in a number of doubles, coming runner-up and third in two U14 G3 tournaments in Sutton and having the chance to play in the National U14 Grade 1 Doubles in Nottingham where they won their Round of 16 match.

Nate de Mariveles has entered the Tennis Europe tournament in Liverpool at the weekend.

Our junior boys beat Reed’s last Thursday in their semi-final and progress to the regional finals alongside the junior girls.  

Our junior boys and junior girls finished third at their respective regional finals last Thursday. The students did brilliantly against tennis specific academy schools.

Volleyball

Our U15 girls came fourth in the U17 ACS Schools tournament, losing 25-22 to Downe House first team in the playoff. 

Windsurfing

Jamie Middleburgh represented GBR at the Cyprus 2022 Techno293 Worlds last week finishing 32nd overall in the U17 age group.