Termly Sport Review

December 2021

Archery

The Sixth Form archery team (Pascal Knowles (C), Amber Holt, Millie Britain and Linh Nguyen) beat Uppingham School 1047–968 in their first ever fixture (virtual) on Tuesday 23 November. Given that Uppingham fielded a more experienced team and were shooting indoors, this is a superb achievement. Thanks to Jamie Russell for getting the sport up and running and driving it with such enthusiasm.

Athletics

At the Schools’ Pentathlon International, Tom Hobbs (Y10) competed for England against Wales, Ireland and Scotland, finishing fight overall - a fantastic achievement.

Basketball

Our basketball programme is going from strength to strength under the excellent leadership of our Head of Basketball, Dimitris Korentzelos. An example of this is our U14s winning their game versus City of London School, who are at the top of the league and have historically beaten us by 50 points.

Cross Country

Our junior girls are national champions after winning their race at the ESAA Cross Country Cup National Finals in Newquay. This is an amazing achievement and one we have never managed before. Our senior boys also did well at the national finals finishing 13th overall.

Junior girls’ team:

  • Sophie Fleming, 12th
  • Victoria Kern, 16th
  • Charlotte Bloodworth, 17th
  • Marjolaine Mauduit, 44th
  • Elena Iasci, 55th
  • Saskia Taylor, 146th

Curling

Helena Kiggell has been awarded a (monetary) scholarship from the World Association of Sport, to take part in their Athlete Certificate program. She was recommended by the ECA (English Curling Association) and has been training during the Summer and October half term up at The Flowerbowl in Preston, in preparation for the England playdowns in April 2022.

Fencing

Amelie Tsang (Y11) finished third out of 171 fencers in the Cadet (U17) World Cup event in Cabries, France. In the direct elimination stage, it was a tough draw, but Amelie managed to beat three Italian fencers (15-4, 15-5 and 15-3) and the French U15 champion. She lost her semi-final match 12-15 to the eventual winner of the competition. As a result, Amelie has secured qualification for the Cadet European Championships in Serbia and the Cadet World Championships in Dubai.

Football

We are delighted that Cameron Brayne has been selected to represent ISFA’s national squad in the U18 age group

Hockey

Our U18 side competed in the indoor regionals finals on Sunday and finished sixth overall.

After a magnificent performance by the 1st XI winning versus Epsom 3-2 in the quarter finals of the National Cup, progressing to the semi-final versus RGS Newcastle.

Our U16 girls’ side finished third at the regional indoor hockey finals. A great effort which just missed out on reaching the nationals.

At the regional finals, our U16 girls side put in exceptional performances throughout the afternoon to be crowned champions, securing a place at the Tier 3 National Finals showing some incredible resilience in awful conditions.

A number of our girls have also enjoyed success over the weekend playing for Hockey Club Knole Park:

  • U16 South East Indoor Champions progressing to the nationals – Bella Munoz (Y10), Amber Croll (Y10)
  • U18 South East Indoor Champions progressing to the nationals – Betrys Galloni (L6), Annabel Cheveley (L6), Alice Reeve (U6)

Netball

We had a fantastic day at the county tournament with all three teams showing resilience and teamwork to pull together in such tough conditions. Our U16s finished middle of their group, our U19s finished third narrowly missing out on a regional spot by one goal and our U14s were undefeated, securing themselves a spot at the regionals in January and becoming county champions in the process.

Participation statistics

  • 78% of pupils have represented the school this term.
  • 100% representation across the Lower School
  • 81% across the Middle School
  • 53% across the Upper School
  • 19 sports have been played so far this year
  • 480 fixtures
  • 88 teams

Rugby

Through perseverance, hard work and determination, our 1st XV finally got their first win of the season in emphatic style on Friday under the lights at Ealing Rugby Club, a Championship side. Many thanks to Wetherby School for providing us with a wonderful fixture and fantastic hospitality.

Squash

At the Surrey Sports Park Invitational Schools Squash Event 2021, Sevenoaks finished fifth overall. Well done to all involved. 

Swimming

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to swim at the Winter Nationals Swimming Championships being held in Sheffield at the end of this week.

Zach Raymond

  • 100/200 Free

Izzy Okaro

  • 50/100 Free
  • 50/100 Back
  • 50 Fly

Eva Okaro (unfortunately, will not be able to attend due to her injury)

  • 50/100/200/400 Free
  • 50/100/200 Fly
  • 50 Back
  • 100/200 IM

Demi Alli

  • 50 Breast

Old Sennockians

Hugo Coquelin (OS 2019) has been named as the LTA Kent Junior Player of the Year.

11+ Taster Morning

On Wednesday 24 November, we hosted an 11+ taster day for prospective students. 160 pupils from prep and primary schools in the South East took part in sports ranging from hockey, netball, rugby and football to fitness, squash, badminton, cricket, and tennis. The pupils brought amazing energy and enthusiasm. Thanks to all the PE staff and coaches who encouraged everyone and ran a great event.