22 january 2017
Senior Inter-House Squash Competition
Report by Mr Georgeson
The afternoon started with the senior girls' competition. As wotj the Juniors last week, although there were a few who were familiar with the sport, the majority of the girls competing hadn’t played a squash match before. It is very pleasing to see so many with the confidence to try out a sport like this. With this in mind, thanks also have to go to the girls who have some experience in squash helping teach some tactics and rules to those who were completely new - quite often this may be mid game and those they are teaching are their opponents! This definitely demonstrates the excellent sporting behaviour we have in the school. At the end of the tournament, Plewlands were third with 50 points, Hopeman second on 65 points and Windmill first, scoring the maximum 88 points.
It was then straight on with the senior boys. A new format was followed this year; with all Houses in one pool playing a round robin event, however games were timed to 5 minutes. The goal was to score as many points for your team in five minutes, and with every point being “live”, it led to an exciting atmosphere where every point counted. Although many of the boys had a lot of experience on the squash court, it was very pleasing to see all teams taking turns to mark the matches so efficiently, this allowed for a smooth running tournament. The scores at the end of the 10 games were as follows;
1st - Round Square 226
2nd - Bruce 202
3rd - Cumming 169
4th - G-House 162
5th - Duffus 148
A grand total of 907 points were won in the senior boys encounter; although the games were timed to be quicker than a game to 11, considerably more points were scored.
Itt was great to see the squash courts and viewing area packed and buzzing with activity until the end. A large proportion of the school came to watch, and I would like to thank the Houses for their support in getting the crowds along as well as organising their teams.
15 January 2017
Report by Mr Georgeson
Today we saw the Junior interhouse squash competition. First up at 2pm were the girls and it soon became clear that there were some who had some past experience and others who were new to the sport. However with the seeding, it allowed for these players to play an opposition of the same standard. There were some great rallies with some close games. The tournament took the format of a round-robin event, with each House playing each other. The final scores were; Windmill: 84, Plewlands: 65 and Hopeman: 52.
Next up was the boys tournament, which followed the same round robin format as the girls'tournament. Throughout the day it was great to see the balcony buzzing with spectators, and it was really good to see the junior boys supporting the girls and the girls staying and supporting the boys. The junior boys tournament was a high tempo affair, with long rallies and exciting points as well as a number of notable matches that ended in a tie break which was great to see! The overall score was Round Square: 73, Duffus: 96, Bruce: 97 and Cumming the victors on 137 (very close to maximum points).
A big well done to all involved and many thanks to our squash captains, Pietro P and Olivia G for their help throughout the day. All students played exceptionally well and the whole day was played with great sporting rivalry.