We have had another frustrating season in
which we have played both brilliantly and
disappointingly, defeated many teams easily
and yet lost to teams we should have drawn
with or beaten. We went through September
in our usual way, with defeats and wins alternating.
The Cup always seems to come too soon for
us and this year was no exception. We again
went out early, on penalties after extra time,
when we had led with only five minutes to
go but conceded a needless penalty. A comfortable
2-0 win over Highgate was followed by defeat
away to Eton.
When we first came to rugby at Hampton a lot
of us had already played for clubs but some
of our forwards had never played before. We
won our first match, setting us up for our
winning time which would last for 6 games.
The last few minutes of this game were probably
the scariest minutes of my life and we were
the only team in the school to beat them.
We drew a great game against Tiffin. With
only one loss this season, we think we have
equalled the best ever record for a rugby
The season was not quite as successful as
previous years, in that we failed to win the
Middlesex Cup, but having said that we only
lost one match. Sadly, it was the only match
that really counted. However, I think that
this season will be remembered for the many
brilliant individual performances of the year.
Whilst there was obviously plenty of high
quality cricket played this season, it was
above all good fun, at least it was fun until
that very wet afternoon in Southgate. But,
I think we have just about managed to get
over it now.
It was just over four weeks before we managed
to get a game. Nearly all the schools in the
London area know our reputation as good basketball
players. We may not have a large squad but
we have players who have great skills with
plenty of enthusiasm; with the will to learn
and strong determination helped by the good
facilities we have at school. Our first game
of the season was against King's College,
Wimbledon, where we made history by beating
them for the first time on their own patch.
Unfortunately it wasn't too long before they
had their revenge at our school. Our basketball
captain also plays rugby so when he is not
playing he graces the basketball court to
show his skills with his fellow basketball
The results of the summer had indicated that
there was much potential amongst the tennis
players. Over the course of this year it became
clear that this potential could be transformed
into quality performances. Thirty boys competed
in two age groups during a day of excellent
tennis. The event provided the opportunity
for some of our more established players to
fight it out head to head and also allowed
several new players to stake their claims
for places in the demanding winter squads.
We look forward to the chance to win the Cup
The past year has been a quiet year for swimming.
The Tuesday lunch time sessions proved as
popular as ever, with many boys cruising up
and down the pool in an attempt to maintain
and even improve fitness levels, while the
majority of the pupils played water polo or
dived for sunken treasure. Much to our dismay,
the championships were cancelled due to a
lack of entries from the State sector. Fortunately
several of our best swimmers were selected
to represent our school in the London Youth
Games where they acquitted themselves well.