It has been a fantastic year for Clifton College sports, with an unbeaten first XV rugby team, unbeaten first XI hockey team as well as being named as a top 100 school by Cricketer Magazine.
The hockey girls are through to the National Schools U18 Finals in February, which will be played in the Olympic Park in London. The girls have played nine matches won six and drawn three, scoring 27 goals and conceded only 9. The three draws were against Marlborough 1- 1, Queen’s Taunton 0 – 0 and Dean Close 2 – 2, however, all three schools were beaten by Clifton in the Regional Finals.
The big victories were against Malvern College 7 – 1, Kingswood 5 -1, Bromsgrove 5 - 0 and Taunton 3 – 0.
The team were lead brilliantly by Welsh U18 International Izzy Watson and Ellie Holley, both in their final year at Clifton. Lower sixth and fifth form girls make up the majority of the squad, and all have been outstanding throughout the season. The squad will be strong contenders for the title of National School’s champions at the Olympic Park next term. We wish them the very best and hope their preparations go well next term.
In rugby, the 1st XV have played 10, won 8 and drew 2 matches. The team have scored 394 points and conceded 131, and to have two draws in one season is very unusual and both could have easily been victories.
The victories were for the most part comprehensive. 50 – 0 v Colston’s, 62 – 13 v King’s Taunton, 46 – 13 v BGS, and 37 – 7 v Marlborough (Governor’s Cup). Probably, the most exciting fixture was against Rugby School, when Clifton over turned a 21 – 10 deficit in the final 8 mins of the game to win 21 – 22. The final victory v Sherborne on the Close was also a very satisfying 26 -12. The team has had three captains during the season – Jack Wright (Bristol), Dylan Jones (Bristol) and Josh Reid (Gwent Dragons). This was due to injury and commitments but all three have been very influential and we congratulate the entire team on a fantastic season. Special mention goes to fly half Carwyn Penny, who was the leading point scorer and brilliant at controlling the matches.
It’s been a hugely successful and enjoyable Michaelmas term of sport here at Clifton College – huge thanks go out to everyone who has made it possible and well done again to our teams. We look forward to resuming in the Lent term with more stories of success!