The BUZZ

Symonds’ leading sports teams

Posted on: 15/12/2008

Written by Will Turner

As Christmas arrives all teams representing Peter Symonds College have had some degree of success.

Following last year’s phenomenal achievements, this year always had a tough act to follow. The British Colleges’ finals in Loughborough last year provided the perfect end to the sporting year where Symonds took the prestigious Wilkinson Sword for providing the most winning competitors for the South East region. However this triumph could be set for a repeat with a number of sides competing strongly aiming to retain the Wilkinson Sword.

The Men’s Hockey team began the season with a 16-1 annihilation of Farnborough and have pressed on from this with further wins over Chichester, West Sussex, Havant and Worcester. They have lost just once this year in the final of the Tertiary colleges’ cup for England and Wales to Holy Cross. Captain Josh Chapman has led from the front and the attacking pairing of Stuart Tognarelli and Will Turner has thrived from the support of midfielders Peter Nicholls and Will Richardson ahead of a solid backline. All involved in the squad have performed together and they have their sights set firmly on retaining their title as British Colleges’ hockey champions for the third year running.

The Women’s Hockey team already have their first piece of silverware after taking the Hampshire School’s cup. They remain in the National cup also, as well as topping the British Colleges’ league. They have qualified for the British Colleges’ finals in Loughborough for the second year running and captain Katy Newton has expressed her delight at their early form and is enjoying the good team spirit.

The Men’s Rugby 1st XV have made good progress in Hampshire Schools Rugby Football Union and Daily Mail Vase. They made the quarter finals in the FE 10’s and enjoyed a 48-10 win over Salesian College.

It’s been a mixed season so far for the Men’s Soccer 1st XI. After losing their first two matches against Brockenhurst and Poole, Symonds bounced back to beat Basingstoke comfortably at home 5-2. They followed this up with an impressive display against Portsmouth drawing 3-3, goals this time from Ashley Nutbeam. However this was followed by defeat in the cup at the hands of Totton. Their next fixture against table toppers Itchen again highlighted the spirit of the Symonds side as they lost out narrowly 4-2 despite Toby Bull’s 60 yard thunderbolt. Unfortunately they could not build on this losing to Farnborough 3-1; top performers on the day were Rob Price and Dan Coleman.

Elsewhere the Men’s Basketball team remain unbeaten this season and continue to win in the Hampshire league and cup. The season highlight so far came when they enjoyed a 24-78 win away to Portsmouth. Losing just once, the Women’s Basketball team look set to enjoy a very successful season after good results in the British Colleges’ league including a 2-0 away win against Chichester.

Both Netball teams have begun this season well, showing much promise for the rest of the year. The 1st team finished second in the Hampshire College and School’s Tournament losing out narrowly to Brockenhurst. However this finish will see them compete in the National Tournament in January. The 2nd team have also shown what they are capable of with a number of fine victories. The young side constructed mainly of the Lower Sixth are making the future of Symonds netball look very bright indeed.

In the pool, the Symonds Swimmers look set for a successful year. Good results at the Hampshire School’s relay should see the teams progress to the next round. Also Ollie Summers, Sammy Windebank and Lucy Bailey will potentially travel to Loughborough for the British Colleges’ swimming. 

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