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YC Sports

With over 600 fixtures in football, rugby, cricket, cross country, swimming, athletics, tennis and Aquathlon/Triathlon, Yardley Court is very proud of its sport, in terms of achievement but also in terms of participation. It is the aim of the P.E and Games department to provide every boy with enjoyable sporting experiences at an appropriate level whilst encouraging their physical development and promoting the importance of exercise. It is our aim for every boy to play at least five football matches, four rugby matches and four cricket matches.

Sport is an integral part of life at YC with boys timetabled to be running around and making the most of the outstanding sports facilities for over five hours a week and this does not include clubs or Saturday matches.

The enthusiasm and effort of our boys has been the driving force behind this successful sporting year in terms of participation and results. There were several unbeaten teams as well as an abundance of trophy wins at local, regional and National level in a wide range of sports. More importantly, the boys at all ability levels and ages seemed to thoroughly enjoy their sport.

Select a sport below to find out more about our teams performed last year.

  • Athletics

    Athletics again proved to be a strength of YC. YC won the meetings at home against New Beacon, Hilden Grange Hawthorns and St Michael’s and also gained success in the Tonbridge Trophy finishing 2nd despite our U11s being away in France. Angus Hall (150m) Fin Croll (1500m) and James Mardon(300m) all broke school records at this meeting. At the Kent Independent Schools meeting, our athletes enjoyed another strong year winning 5 golds, 5 silvers and 6 bronze medals.   Well done to Ollie Croll (1500m), Freddie Nicholson (High Jump), Fin Croll (800m), Joshua O’Brien (1500m), and Joshua Ogunkoya Howland (Triple jump), our gold medal winners. They were joined in Birmingham at the National Finals by Harry Lawes (HJ) Max Selby and James Mardon. Yardley Court provided more boys than any other school to the Kent team.

    Huge congratulations to Freddie Nicholson who equalled his own school record to win the silver medal in the high jump (1.41) and to Fin Croll who added the 800m school record to his 1500m record in claiming the bronze medal. There were also notable performances from Ollie Croll who narrowly missed out on a medal and the school record in finishing 4th and by Joshua Ogunkoya-Howland who broke his personal best by 70cm to finish 6th in the triple jump.

  • Cricket

    Cricket proved to be a more difficult sport to crack for the Year 3s although we did see a great deal of progress through the season. The A team started slowly as we found bowling difficult! They lost their first three matches due mainly to no balls and wides! As this aspect of their game improved, so the results followed and they recorded a convincing victory over Holmewood House. The second half of term was a bit of a washout as three fixture blocks were rained off. Artie Paice, Sonny Lampitt and Oscar Anderson have a lot of potential as cricketers. The B team enjoyed more success winning the matches that survived the weather. Louis Prade did very well and Harry Corstorphine showed great potential with the bat.  The C and D teams won 5 of 6 matches and I was delighted with the progress that these boys made. Theodore Rattan-Fleming demonstrated excellent all-round skill and Daniel Pulsford ran fantastically between the wickets. 

    Remarkably this set of boys are even better at cricket than they are at football. The A team were unbeaten and comfortably so as no other school got close to their all round excellence.  Frank Glass and Zac Webb were consistent contributors with the bat and displayed an impressive range of strokes. Rohan Brown proved himself a powerful all-rounder, bowling with good pace and dismantling opposition bowling with some excellent leg side batting. The bowling unit was led by Tom Hobbs who bowled with superb accuracy and picked up a number of key wickets. Ted Paice and Sam Bromley also chipped in with runs and wickets. George Holder set the bar in the field with his athleticism, bringing off a number of run outs and taking some remarkable catches. The rest of the year group followed suit with some excellent all round cricket. Boys who would normally be in a B team found themselves in C/D teams because of the sheer strength in depth of this year-group. Bear Ashley was outstanding for the B’s and Joe Rawlins also demonstrated a great deal of skill and cricketing knowledge. The C team also contained a number of strong cricketers, Heston Symonds and Toby James performed consistently. Alex Alfageme, Stan Curtis and Will Crossland also put in great effort for whichever team they played for. Well done to all the U9 cricketers for a great season… despite the weather!

    In the end not being undefeated represented something of a disappointment for such a talented group of players. They possess a raft of quality bowlers: Robert Vizard and Finn Gentry Potter, steady left arm over, Harry Leach consistent leg spinner and the pace and accuracy of Angus Hall. Felix McArdle Hodge was simply unplayable when he bowled in the right areas and he has huge potential as a bowler. Angus was the player of the season, however, as his batting was, at times, brutal and his fielding would grace an adult’s match. He scored a 50 against Dulwich and 45 against New Beacon in a thrilling match that we nearly threw away. Oliver Morgan wasn’t far behind in the batting averages. He also scored an impressive 50 against Hawthorns and proved to be a capable wicket keeper. This team won the Sutton Valence 6 a side tournament beating Hilden Grange in the final with Angus picking up a hat trick in an earlier round. The U10Bs enjoyed an excellent season. The fielding and bowling was very strong but the batting took a while to develop.  Archie Steddon and Isaac Jones were the key bowlers and Cameron Honarvar was outstanding in the field with a rocket of an arm! More often than not, teams were held to a respectable score, which allowed us to knock the opposition total off easily with everyone contributing with the bat. They only lost one match but, quite amazingly, had two ties in the term. Both of these fixtures were extraordinary examples of exciting ‘edge of the seat’ cricket thoroughly enjoyed by the boys and parents… although not necessarily by the coaches! The U10C’s ended the season in style with their best performance beating New Beacon comfortably. All of the boys who played for the C team should be proud of their efforts this term because of the progress they have made with hardball cricket. Lucas Wood and Oliver Doubell were consistently pushing for promotion to the B team and both made valuable contributions during the season. The U10D’s played a mixture of hard ball and soft ball cricket against a variety of opponents. Results were mixed but there were some excellent performances along the way. Narada Peiris bowled very effectively and Bradley Whitehead demonstrated a lovely bowling action. 

    In terms of results the year group had a successful cricket season and they made good progress as the term went on. Sadly the weather played a major part in proceedings and a third of all fixtures were either cancelled or abandoned mid innings due to the rain.  The U11A team started well with a convincing win over Marlborough House and then victory against Eltham College in the Summers Cup. Wins also came against Junior King’s and Hawthorns whilst the much anticipated Woolmer Cup fixture against Holmewood House was abandoned shortly before tea. The U11As looked on course to beat Dulwich Prep in the home fixture as well as the away fixture where they contested the semi-final of the Summers Cup, only to engineer two run outs in each game as well as play some loose shots and end up on the losing side twice. The whole team played their part and were particularly well led by captain, Jacob Webb. There were some match winning performances on a number of occasions from Charlie Lockhart and Toby Bright who also top scored with 67 not out and 46 respectively. There were some excellent bowling performances with Toby Brown as the top wicket-taker, closely followed by William Howgill and Oliver Whittall. 

    The U11B team produced a number of fine displays this year, and showed a lot of promise. There were some excellent performances from Conrad Philpot with bat and ball, as well as Oshi Hamilton who opened the bowling with good pace. There were improvements throughout the team, but this was particularly noted by both Ollie Croll and Marcus Cook. The U11 C enjoyed a very successful season, losing only two of the eight games they played. They played positive cricket throughout, with two nail-biting wins over Dulwich Prep being the highlights that come to mind. Early doors we had serious strength in batting with Hector Anderson and Sebastian Davies making strong contributions at the top of the order, with both boys scoring unbeaten 50’s. Hector, Ralph and Nathan proved to be the strongest members of the bowling attack, with all boys being stolen for the B team at some point over the course of the season. Notable mention of Edward Waters as our wicketkeeper, his first time playing this position. I was pleased with the contribution all the boys made to the team this season; their individual skills improved considerably. Sadly the rain hit the D team the hardest with most of their games falling foul of the weather. Special mention should go to Willem Bishop for some excellent bowling and to Ted Schutte for making fine all round progress.

    The cricket season was, sadly, disrupted by inclement weather. The 1st XI made a terrific start by bowling Marlborough House out for just 77 and then winning by ten wickets courtesy of some excellent batting from Drew Beazleigh (37 not out) and Will Tyler (30 not out). The boys then pulled off an exciting victory against Sutton Valence and that had much to do with a gung-ho James Barry who scored 46 off just 31 balls. Tougher opponents came next and the team were undone by a strong Bede’s side. The annual draw against New Beacon followed (well done Will Press for picking up 5 wickets for just 18 runs) and a difficult game against Junior Kings followed. From then on every match was either abandoned or cancelled due to rain. Thanks must go to Drew Beazleigh who captained the side superbly. Drew represents the Kent U13 side and brought a touch of class to the side. Oliver Creasey was the stand out batter for the season, scoring the most runs and occupying the crease more than anyone else. He also proved to be the most effective bowler, consistently bowling a good line and length. Will Tyler deserves a mention for his contribution as an opening bowler and batter, and Joshua O’Brien proved to be a key contributor in all three disciplines. All in all, it was a very enjoyable season and the team’s general attitude was excellent. The 2nd XI enjoyed a fantastic season and managed to remain unbeaten throughout. Rory Lello and Tom Pitts-Tucker both registered half centuries and formed a formidable opening partnership. Gabriel Riordan made the number three position his own also scoring a quick fire 50. The bowling unit of Harry Lawes, Harvey Wen and Max Selby performed well as a group and often restricted the opposition to manageable scores. The highlight of the season was a thrilling run chase against Junior King’s which culminated in Toby Lee-Amies hitting the final over for 16, including 4 off the last ball to seal victory. The 3rd XI enjoyed a successful season and I was generally impressed with the positive, attacking approach they adopted in all fixtures. Their best and most exciting game was against the unbeaten New Beacon, in which they chased down 86 for victory having at one stage been 55-9. On that day Ollie Hill took five wickets and then held firm with the bat as last man Jude Dorrington smashed the ball to all parts from the other end! It’s always a good feeling beating the old enemy. Sam Stockdale topped the batting averages and proved to be a very fine leader; he was duly awarded the coaches ‘Player of the season.’ Rupert Terry and James Mardon also contributed well with the bat at the top of the order running aggressively between the wickets and looking to go on the offensive whenever possible! Jude Dorrington proved to be our best bowler of the season with Ethan Page putting together some valuable spells also. Well done to all the boys. The 4th XI had a lot of cancellations to deal with but when they played they did well. Blake Phillpot and Kit Rawlins batted skilfully and Ben Allen proved more than useful with the ball. Their 100 run victory against Sutton Valence was probably the highlight.

  • Cross Country

    It was always going to be tough matching the stellar performances of last season but such is the hard work and dedication of our runners that we managed to do even better! In all, YC won 16 trophies at various events and the boys achieved 19 podium spots including seven first place finishers. The season culminated with us being crowned U13 National Champions at Malvern with the U11s a very commendable 4th. We also won the highly competitive Junior Knole run for the first time and finished 6th in the English Schools Cup.

    Our U9 team this season had plenty of strength in depth. Tom Hobbs was our strongest runner with Seamus Hamilton and George Holder hot on his heels. Special mention should also be made of Tristan Page who was our stand out Year 3 performer.  Liam Kingston, Sam Bromley, Fergus Brown, Rohan Brown and Thomas Barry also deserve credit for the commitment they showed to the cause. Ollie Croll had another super season winning three events and it will be interesting to see if he can catch his brother in the years to come. Marcus Cook, Oshi Hamilton, Freddie Nicholson and Charlie Lockhart all contributed very positively. With all these boys remaining at YC into the senior years we will be able to boast one of our strongest senior teams of all time. Fraser Page has added further to YC’s running strength and we look forward to watching him progress next year. Angus Hall and Felix McArdle-Hodge also put in strong performances for the U11s and will be tough to beat as Year 6 boys.

     Fin Croll, James Mardon, Josh O’Brien, Tom Rigney, Ollie Hill and Will Tyler conquered all at Malvern to win our first U13 national title. These boys have contributed so much to running at YC over the years and have developed a very strong team bond. Other highlights of the season included our first Junior Knole win, with our A team scoring just 21 points out of a field of 316 runners. All four boys, as with Malvern, placed in the top ten. Our B team was 4th and our C team was 15th, not bad considering there were 38 schools entered. It was great to see four Year 6 boys in this event, which will prove valuable experience for the future. Veteran and all round cross-country stalwart Tom Pitts-Tucker was running the race for the fourth time!

    Josh O’Brien once again showed us what a keen racing brain he has to take first place in the Year 8 Kent Schools Cross Country Championships with Fin Croll winning the equivalent Year 7 event comfortably. Both subsequently qualified to run for Kent along with James Mardon. With such a strong senior section we decided to take part in the highly competitive English Schools Cross Country Cup. We won round one comfortably and qualified for the regional event. Here we came up against the might of Whitgift. We qualified second behind them and headed to Bedford for the National finals. The field was very strong consisting of 24 schools, the top three from each of the eight national regions. We were competing against some very large secondary schools and finished a highly commendable 6th. Easily the best prep school! I was super proud of the effort, determination and never say die attitude. Ethan Page was part of this team in the early rounds and will be a key part of our senior efforts next season. 

    There are many boys who have turned out for cross country club throughout the year, not all have made the teams and not all are mentioned in this report. But they all matter a great deal and all contribute to the strong ethos of running which runs throughout the school. It is this which makes us successful.

  • Football

    The U8 footballers made a great start to their sporting career at Yardley Court. Their results were excellent winning over 85 % of their 38 matches. Including four out of four against Holmewood House and Dulwich Prep. The U8A team led the way, playing some great football and showing enormous potential for the future. Billy Boomgaardt, despite being an outfield player, was outstanding in goal, making great progress and pulling off some tremendous saves. Percy Rook and Hamish Cowling were superb at the back, with both tackling strongly, reading the game beautifully and distributing the ball effectively. Harry Corstorphine, Tom Costello, Barnaby Grant and Sonny Lampitt dominated the midfield area, with all boys displaying great skill, tenacity and an outstanding competitive desire. Up front Tristan Page proved to be a handful with his skill, tremendous speed, movement and eye for a goal.  The U8B demonstrated our excellent strength in depth as they won 6 and drew 1 of their 10 matches. Jack Buckley, Sebastian Smith and George Crossland played with energy and desire throughout. The U8C deserve great credit for recording an unbeaten season winning 8 and drawing 2 of their 10 matches. This is an amazing achievement considering over 20 boys played for the C team during the season. Jacob Bishop, Oscar Anderson and James Charlesworth were amongst the boys to put in some excellent performances. The U8D team won 6 out of their 7 matches, a fantastic effort often against B and C teams. Max Ventris demonstrated great pace and an eye for goal, Myles Luther also showed good skills. 

    The U9s enjoyed a very active and successful season, playing 37 fixtures and winning 28 of them. The U9 A team can be very proud of their efforts. They were only beaten twice in nine fixtures which came against two very strong sides in Shrewsbury House and New Beacon. The highlight of the season was a 9-1 win against a good St Michael’s side. They also came very close to winning our own Yardley Court tournament but were unable to hold out in the final against New Beacon. George Holder was exceptional for the team in attack, Rohan Brown was solid in midfield and Ryan Young kept superbly in goal. They were well supported by Harrison Dunk and Thomas Barry in defence and Frank Glass, Zach Webb and Bear Ashley in midfield and attack. The U9B’s enjoyed an unbeaten season with their closest match coming against local rivals, St. Michael’s. The pace of Tom Hobbs down the wing provided plenty of opportunities for the potent strike force of Joe Rawlins and Cameron Cairns-Scott, which they regularly converted. Sam Bromley was a physical presence in the centre of midfield and worked tirelessly off the ball to regain possession. The success this season was built upon the solidity of the defensive pairing of Seamus Hamilton and Austin Venes, who nullified opposition forwards allowing others to press forward without fear of conceding. The U9C team had a very good season, winning seven and only losing one, this included notable victories against Shrewsbury House and Hilden Grange. Special mention goes to Teddy Paice and Will Crossland who showed fantastic determination and skill level throughout the season. U9D team played very well; thoroughly enjoyed their football, winning more than they lost. The boys struggled at time with passing, opting to dribble and run themselves; as their passing developed and their understanding of the game improved, so too, did their performances. The U9E team made excellent progress throughout the season. Isaac Potter demonstrated lots of energy and Noah Agble showed some intricate skills. All of the boys should be proud of their efforts this term, particularly their excellent 3-1 victory against Holmewood House.
    Year Five played thirty-five matches during the football season. They won 54% of these and showed great commitment in training. The A team played skilfully and won their matches by narrow margins. Angus Hall and Jake Simmons gave classy performances in midfield, and they were ably backed-up by Felix McArdle-Hodge and Dante McNichol in defence. Fraser Page played his first season and proved to be an excellent goal scorer: he netted the winner against New Beacon away and the boys were thrilled with their 2-1 victory. Harry Leach, Finn Gentry-Potter and Cameron Honarvar also contributed to the success of the team, with their unrivalled hard work and determination. Oliver Morgan gave outstanding performances in goal and frequently displayed his excellent goalkeeping skills. The B team also played well and won two of their matches. William Tarry’s efforts in goal were appreciated. Noah Flanagan and Baxter Stanton gave their best efforts in defence. Archie Steddon, Lucas Wood, Max Tye and Henry Kyd also contributed well in midfield. The C team were invariably too strong for their opponents, and worked their socks-off! Evan Norris played admirably in goal and progressed to play for the B team later in the season. Thomas Brooks-White also progressed to the B team and Bertie Riolo gave sterling performances in defence. Hugo Valentine showed skill in midfield and was ably supported by Kaelen Bennett, Oliver Doubell and Charlie Tuffield. The D, E and F teams all gave their best efforts and won or drew over half of their matches. Notable performances were made by Jonah Murden, Tom Adamson, William Sime, Joe Taylor, Jasper Hazell and Oscar Hoeltschi.

    The U11s showed fantastic strength in depth with nearly a dozen boys capable of playing A team football and the B team enjoyed great games against the C team in practice sessions. There were also plenty of opportunities for the boys playing in lower teams, with every boy playing 5 matches. Harrison Herring impressed for the E team and was probably the leading goal scorer in the age group. Edward Scarborough also made giant strides at this level. The U11D team enjoyed a very successful season and Edward Waters and Arya Moodaley proved to be very capable players. They narrowly missed out on an unbeaten season winning 6 and drawing 1 of their 8 matches. The A team should be disappointed with their three narrow defeats including a mad five minute period against a strong New Beacon side where they conceded 3 goals, eventually losing 3-1. They did record some excellent victories against Junior Kings, Sutton Valence and Sevenoaks Prep but this season will be remembered for the ones that got away. Tom Creasey had a great season transferring to a new position at the back and Jacob Webb, Charlie Lockhart and Ollie Grant put in some notable performances. The B team enjoyed a strong season with Seb Nottage and Toby Brown proving a formidable pair at the back. Leon Afrifa utilised his skill and pace to great affect accompanied by the steadying influence of Tom Henderson in midfield. The U11B won 4 and drew 3 of their 9 games. The C team shared the Pembury Cup for ‘Team of the Term’ as they enjoyed an unbeaten season, winning 9 out of 9. The energetic Louis van Oordt won the player of the year award but all of the boys in this team should be proud of their efforts.

    The 1st XI got the term of to a good start, winning their first match 3-2 against a very strong St Michael’s side before unfortunately losing the next fixture against New Beacon. The boys dusted themselves off after this defeat winning their next four fixtures, including the best performance I have seen from a U13 side against a very strong Junior King’s side. The football being played throughout the season was a joy to watch, with the boys all looking to play the ball on the ground and out from defence. Our midfield displayed a rugged determination to win every ball and work hard for the team’s cause. James Barry, played in goal this year, producing some exceptional performances. Ethan Page and Sam Stockdale were the heartbeat of defence, showing a good understanding and reading of the game. Joshua O H, with his pace, skill and composure on the ball constantly threatened all opposing teams and was extremely unlucky not to finish the season with a higher goal tally. Drew Beazleigh exemplified how the number 10 role should be played by dropping deep to demand the ball, then using his range of passing ability to either get the ball wide or behind the back four for Josh O’Brien to finish. William Tyler and Oliver Creasey were excellent playing in front of the back four, protecting their defence well and then using their tremendous athletic ability to power forward and support the attacking play.  It was these performances that saw Josh, Oliver, Will and Drew being picked for football trials at Ardingly College. The 2nd XI enjoyed a successful season winning 4 of their 6 matches and drawing 1. Oliver Kirkland proved a worthy stopper and Harvey Wen and Rupert Terry made a great central defensive partnership. New boys Charlie Williams and Oliver Lomas along with Max Bright provided the creativity further forward. Nathan Horgan was the player of the season for his hard work and consistency. Douglas Orr won the player of the season for the 3rd XI as they recorded victories over Holmewood House and Hawthorns as well as drawing an excellent game against Junior King’s Canterbury. Sebastian Coddington demonstrated great skill and bravery in goal and Theo Garrard provided a cutting edge up front. The 4th XI played out a very similar season to the 3rds. Sam Kingston and Gabriel Hossenboccus demonstrated real skill at this level and it was great to see so many boys getting an opportunity to play.

  • Rugby

    The rugby season followed and the boys played a mixture of tag but mainly touch. The A team started their rugby season with a double header victory over St Michael’s and Solefield. This superb start was unfortunately followed by a loss against a very strong Sutton Valence team. This was followed by a win over Hawthorns, a loss against Hazelwood and a draw against Hilden Grange to see out the season. Harry Corstorphine captained the side superbly, with Percy Rook doing an outstanding job organising the team’s shape. Barnaby Grant and Tristan Page provided the team with quick pace and skill on the wings, while George Crossland, Tom Costello, Sam Valentine, and Jack Buckley all played superb rugby through the centre of the pitch. The B team also started their season brightly, winning their first two matches against Solefield and St Michael’s. They went on to draw their next two fixtures against very strong Hawthorn and Hazelwood sides. All of the boys played their part in what was an excellent first season of rugby, demonstrating great handling and running skills. Artie Paice and Sonny Lampitt both enjoyed strong seasons for the U8 B’s. The U8C team played with vigour throughout the term. They also got off to a winning start against Solefield but unfortunately lost the next two games against St Michael’s and Hawthorns. This did not deter the boys though; they picked themselves up and went unbeaten for the remainder of the season.  Oscar Anderson, Lucas Crewe and Max Ventris all made impressive contributions to their team’s success. The D team that started the season was unrecognisable from the one that finished the season; the running with the ball improved dramatically and the positional play improved significantly. Rory Zoltowski proved to be a devastating runner at this level and Charlie Crampin was very elusive.

    The U9As had a successful season and played some fantastic and very physical rugby. Wins at the start of the term against Dulwich Prep and St Michael’s were followed by a very narrow defeat against Holmewood House. However, Yardley Court would have their revenge against them in the semi-final sudden death match at the Holmewood House tournament later in the season. In the final we met Hawthorns and once again the game went to sudden death! In extremely wet and cold conditions neither team was able to score in added time and a draw was the fairest result. Special mention must go to Oliver Paler and Rohan Brown who were immense in attack whilst Sam Bromley’s tackling was at times bone crunching.  The U9 B team were not far behind the A’s in terms of ability; Oscar Pottle and Cameron Cairns Scott in particularly were impressive. Speed was the name of the game for the U9C team this year, with some outstanding solo efforts in all games. The determination to get the ball over the line as fast as possible was exciting to watch. Tackling hard and low was what was missing and hopefully the boys who played for the C team will work on this prior to the 2017 season. 25 different boys played for the D and E team and they can all be proud of their efforts this season, winning 11 of their 15 games. At various stages throughout the term Hamish Phillipson and Logan Tabb showed the opposition a clean pair of heels.

    The U10As enjoyed another undefeated season. Highlights included winning both our own YC tournament and the Sutton Valence 7-a-side tournament. Angus Hall was our star performer being strong and committed in both attack and defence. To progress even further we must improve as a defensive unit but there is lots of raw potential and coach Coakley was pleased with the boys’ spirit and endeavour. The highlight for the U10B team was their brave and battling performance in the YC tournament up against A teams from other schools. Oliver Aylett was outstanding and he was ably supported by Max Tye, Oliver Doubell and others. They also had a strong season winning more games than they lost. The U10C team made significant progress this term and a willingness to get stuck in was evident throughout the season. Isaac Jones was awarded the player of the season for his pace and agility and Felix Jenkins proved to be a real dynamo. The U10D and E teams found the going tough as they were often matched against teams B’s and C’s teams but they never embarrassed themselves and put in some strong performances, recording wins against Dulwich Prep, Cumnor House and St Michael’s.

    The new laws presented schools with new challenges this season. The Colts A squad quickly bonded as a group and went on to have an excellent undefeated season, with 11 boys scoring 2 tries or more and the points tally standing at Points For: 195; Points against; 65. The squad proved to have great strength in depth and adapted very well to the Sevens format too, winning the Milner Cup at the King’s Tournament and the Ashdown Tournament where they produced some scintillating rugby, scoring 30 tries and conceding only 3. There may be no goal kicking at this level, but Toby Bright’s kick-off soon developed into a reliable way of pinning teams back in defence from the outset and our strong tackling, especially from the likes of Ralph Hawker, Felix O’Neill and Seb Nottage regularly put the opposition on the back foot from the start. Marcus Cook’s direct and robust style was a useful contrast to the mazy running of Oshi Hamilton and the Ollie(s) Croll and Caradas with Toby Brown and Charlie Lockhart offering steel in defence and a sharp cutting edge in attack. Toby Allen and Matthew Barry both joined the squad in the second half of the term and provided good options along our backline. A feature of this group of boys is the manner in which they accepted that rugby is a glorious TEAM game and some of the tries they scored – particularly at the Sevens Festivals – were superb “through the hands” spectaculars!  Well played, chaps!  The U11B team enjoyed a great season. They lost only once, to an experienced New Beacon side. All the boys reacted well to the new rule changes and adopted a very open and a flowing style of rugby. Defensively the boys were very strong and this proved to be the deciding factor in many games. Their best performance was against Hazelwood in which they were losing 2-0 at half time and came back to win 5-2. The C team can be very pleased with the progress that they made this term. They also gained a great deal of success, winning 3 and drawing 1 of their 5 matches. Louis Bullen and Jake Perren proved to be strong players. The U11 D team won 4 out of 5 and Seb Gillece was the standout player for this team, demonstrating great presence at the breakdown.

     
    The 1st XV enjoyed an outstanding unbeaten season in their regular fixtures wining 7 out of 7. The 1st XV was sprinkled with stars but also had a fantastic team ethic with every boy making a valuable contribution. Our first game of the season v New Beacon is so often our toughest encounter and this year proved no different. In a scrappy but competitive match it took some great team continuity and a stunning one-handed diving finish by captain Josh Pope Saffer to edge the season opener 10-9. From here on in everything became easier and the quality of rugby got better and better. A 28-0 victory against Holmewood House followed with a bit of try line fever preventing a cricket score although Holmewood House were very brave in defence. Cumnor House were then vanquished 12-0, gaining revenge for last season’s solitary loss. James Barry and Ollie Kirkland proved two great forward runners and Rupert Terry and Sam Stockdale were immense in defence and at the breakdown. Peter Schiener was an effective link between the forwards and backs at 7. Max Bright showed himself to be a natural at 9. Three easy wins followed with Will Tyler beating Bede’s on his own with a fantastic all round performance at 10, with YC winning 41-5. James Mardon went on the rampage against Hilden Grange (50-5) and St Michael’s (45-5) scoring 8 tries in the process.  James is a ‘force of nature’ and throughout the season has often been unstoppable for opposition defences. His determination and desire to win have been unparalleled. Josh Pope Saffer is also a very talented rugby player and along with James and Will he represented Kent this year.  The season ended with a close encounter against Sevenoaks School in an old fashioned mud bath with YC winning 12-5. Thank you to all the 1st XV this term for a great season and the future is bright with Tom Dickinson, Gabriel Riordan, Edward Leach, Toby Raj, Zach Trengove and Fin Croll all making strong contributions in Yr 7. The 2nd XV found things a lot tougher but still won two and drew one of their six matches. The two victories came against Solefield and Bethany 1st teams, fantastic efforts considering both schools has a couple of ‘big lads’.  They also drew against Hawthorns 1st XV. Nathan Horgan and Rory Lello, who both played a couple of 1st XV games, stood out at this level. Dylan Brown was awarded the 2nd team player of the season for some dynamic performances up front and he was ably supported by James Green and Douglas Orr. A thrilling game against Cumnor House saw excellent skill levels from both sides. However, Yardley Court were unable to capitalise on their possession and field position and lost narrowly. A similar story unfolded against Sevenoaks and the team lost by seven points. The 3rd XV enjoyed a very competitive season and were so close yet so far from an unbeaten season as they lost their first three games by a single score. The 2nd half of the season proved more successful as comfortable victories were recorded over St Michael’s, Hilden Grange and Sevenoaks School. Sebi Williams provided some go forward for the 3rds and Charlie Williams demonstrated a real cutting edge with ball in hand. Jasper Harrison was awarded the player of the season for his commitment and determination.

  • Swimming

    The YC swimming team has now been unbeaten for three years! A great achievement and testament to the overall standard of swimming at YC which is excellent throughout the school. There was individual as well as team success as Tom Creasey was crowned our first National Prep schools Champion in the 50m Back stroke. Well done Tom! YC dominated the regional IAPS qualifying with the following boys also making the National Finals. A record number for YC and included a bronze medal for our U11 freestyle relay.

    Tom Creasey GOLD in U10 25m freestyle; Tom Creasey, Angus Hall, Seamus Hamilton and Albert Whitlock got BRONZE in freestyle relay; Angus Hall came 11th in U10 25M backstroke; Oshi Hamilton came 10th in U11 50m breaststroke; Max Selby came 14th in U12 50M Breaststroke; Oshi Hamilton, Luke Mathews, Freddie Nicolson, Ralph Hawker came 9th in U11 Medley Relay; Finn Croll, Oliver Hill, Toby Lee-Aimes, Max Selby came 10th in U12 freestyle relay; Albert Whitlock came 7th in 25m U10 Breaststroke. Well done to all our swimmers.

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