20 Sep 2021
Competitive sport returns to WGS

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The 1st XV Rugby had enjoyed a successful pre-season coming 3rd in the Saint Neots Sevens on September 4, before drawing against Hills Road Sixth Form College and Shelford Rugby Club in a triangular fixture on Friday10 September. The 1st XI Hockey side have been training hard, but unfortunately for them, their pre-season opposition was unable to fulfil their fixture. The Middle, Lower School and Prep School teams have also been training hard during the week and with the continuation of our lockdown sports Saturdays have also been training on a Saturday. In a break from tradition, but a worthwhile development the 1st XI Boys Cricket team played the MCC on Thursday. The team bowled well restricting the MCC to 211 off 50 overs, but were unable to produce the same performance when batting. They now play the XL Club at WGS on Tuesday 21 September at 1130 am.

Saturday 18 September saw the much anticipated and long awaited return to competitive fixtures for the WGS Sports teams.

The 1st XI Girls Hockey team were first to start, away at Ely and unfortunately in their first outing of the season were down by half time, however the second half saw a spirited comeback with the team starting to find their stride. This bodes well for their Friday night lights game against Gresham's on Friday 24 September. This will be the Girls first home fixture for over a year and we hope that parents, pupils and staff will come along and support them.

The Greyhounds and U14 teams were at home to Kings Ely. The Greyhounds were 2-0 down at half time, but with an inspired second half performance came back to level the game 2-2 at full time. The U14 team playing their first XI a side match had a good first half are were level at half time. Despite hard work from the WGS team Ely were able to outscore us in the second half. In the afternoon the U13, U12 and U11 Girls had training and trial matches ready for their fist outings next weekend. It was great to see so many of our girls enjoying their hockey on Saturday and we look forward to next weekend.

The U11 and U10 Rugby teams had already played Culford and Barnardiston Hall on Wednesday, producing some excellent perfomances with the U11A beating Barnardiston and losing by one try to Culford, the U11B drawing with Culford and the U10A winning. It was good to see them training on Saturday morning in preparation for their tournament at Stamford on Wednesday.

The U13 and U12 Rugby teams trained and had trail matches before the 1st XV match and then stayed on to act as water boys, ball boys, scorers and video technicians. The 1st XV were very grateful and invited them all to join them in their huddle at the end of the game, a reflection of the spirit we are working to engender amongst our pupils.

The 1st XV performed superbly in front of the first home crowd in 18 months, which was a sight to behold and a lift for us all at this time. The team played well in the fist half and were up by two tries to one at half time. In a purple patch in the second half they added four more tries before Culford added a second, securing a 38 points to 12 victory. Next week the XV travel to Kings Ely.

The Greyhounds an U14 team were both away bat Culford for their first outing. The Greyhouds were down by four tries at half time, but the second half saw them rally to draw that half, although they lost the match. Thu U14 team again enjoyed their first outing, but unfortunately lost 20 points to 5. They have identified the areas for development before next weekend and will work on those during the week.

This was a great day for WGS sport with the teams back in action and we are already looking forward to next Satruday