Sports Round Up 13/11/2023
The U14A rugby side enjoyed a dominant 66-15 win over Gosfield School on Monday. There were solid performances across the team both in attack and defence but Aaron and Romarho were mentioned in dispatches for their efforts.
On Tuesday the senior football team had a great day with a 5-3 win over The Perse 2nd XI. Woody scored two goals as the team bounced back from various defeats to secure an exciting victory. Jesse, Daniel and Seb also impressed the coaching team.
Wednesday saw the heavens open, but this did not prevent our U13 and U12 teams performing well and achieving some impressive results. The U13A rugby side beat Holmwood House 20-10, with Paul scoring a hattrick on his return from injury. The U13Bs went down to East Bergholt but battled hard. The U12A side were in magnificent form against Holmwood House winning 50-10. Will led the team from the front, while Hadleigh dazzled with his footwork and Wilf produced some really strong runs. The U12B game was a very exciting affair with RHS coming out on top 30-20 v East Bergholt. Harry, Christopher, Tommy and William all stood out.
On the hockey front the U12A girls recorded a magnificent 7-0 win over Holmwood House, with the Bs being equally as emphatic with a 5-0 win over Ipswich High School. The U13A found themselves up against a good Holmwood side, losing 0-4, but the score doesn’t reflect some of the half chances which just went wide from the RHS attackers. The U13B recorded an exciting 2-1 win over Ipswich High School.
Thursday saw the 1st XI hockey girls compete in the East Finals of the County competition, where they finished second in their group, narrowly missing out on the Regional Finals. With three wins, a draw and one loss, it was a really positive performance from the RHS team. The U14s had a tough day in their Finals Day on Friday, but made improvements as the tournament progressed, showing their clear potential for the years ahead.
The 1st XI girls were back in action on Friday evening for their Friday Night Lights against Bishop’s Stortford. In front of a decent crowd and with the backdrop of the fireworks display, the girls battled hard and, despite the loss, showed their mettle, particularly in the second half when their counterattack almost resulted in a number of goals.
The cross country team competed in the regional round of the ESAA Cup at Southend High School for Boys on Saturday morning. Theo and Sean were the strongest performers for RHS in a highly competitive field.
The U13A rugby side enjoyed a good day at the OBH tournament, winning their pool (beating Framlingham, OBH and Langley) thus making the final. In an exciting contest they lost by 4 tries to 2 against Finborough (a side who are flying this season) – so should be proud of their second-place finish in the tournament.
The U13A girls were also involved at OBH, in the hockey tournament. They came second in their pool and then beat the hosts on flicks to gain a third-place finish. A really exciting contest!
It was a tough afternoon for the block hockey fixtures v Bishop's Stortford College and the rugby fixtures v Felsted on Saturday. On the hockey front the U15B and U14B battled hard and drew their games. The U14A rugby side continued to demonstrate their quality with an impressive 31-24 win, in a game which ebbed and flowed throughout. Dom scored in the first minute of the game after some excellent footwork and the team then showed their resolve to create more chances and defend courageously.
The U12A rugby side recorded an excellent 15-10 win on the road at Gresham’s – a really impressive result. There were two tries for Harry, with Hadleigh and Will gaining recognition for their strong performances. The Bs went down 30-5 but played some good rugby.
The sailing team headed to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy: In the UK 29er Class Ovington Championships 2023, Merryn managed to grab 6th place overall and Bryce 7th. In the RYA Schools Match Racing Championship, the teams finished in 7th and 8th places overall. It was certainly a great learning experience for all sailors in challenging conditions.
At Alton Water there was also the first RHS Alumni vs RHS pupils sailing regatta as part of the alumni weekend. It was possible to squeeze in three races with 15 boats competing. RHSA came out the overall winners, picking up first, second and third place overall.
Congratulations to the ‘Team of the Week’ – which is awarded to the 1st VII netball squad for their performance at the county round of the National Schools competition and progressing to the regional finals (plus beating Ipswich School for the second tournament in succession!).