27 Sep 2021
Sports report – Week 3

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Sports report – Week 3

Netball - The 1st VII competed against Queen Anne’s in a first round fixture of the SIS national competition on Thursday. A 12 strong squad very much enjoyed the chance to play competitive netball again. Despite having not played together before, or trained in a number of months, the girls put on a solid performance. Lucy Stubbs and Sophie Clargo were our shooters despite playing out of position but stepped up the challenge brilliantly. All players represented the school fantastically and despite a narrow loss by just 2 goals after a very close game, we are now optimistic for the upcoming netball season. Well done to all involved. Player of the match as voted for by the opposition was captain, Sophie Clargo.


This week a junior and an inter squad ran well at the Abingdon school relay event, the junior squad came 3rd, and the inters came 5th overall. Congratulations to Matthew Howell (3rd form) who ran the fastest junior time of the day, building on an impressive win for him in the 12-13 yr old Junior town and gown last weekend. Nico Hartley (2nd form) also did well in this event winning the 9-11year old race.

Rowing at the Wallingford Long Distance Sculls:

We took just 6th form to this event, one of the most competitive in our calendar. In the first division the quads came 2nd and 3rd and the double came 8th. In division 2, six singles raced, with special mention for Alex Underwood who came 4th in his division and was the 14th fastest single of the day, out of 87 boats entered.


Having lost earlier in the week to strong teams from Abingdon the 1st team and the U15’s played against St Edwards this weekend, with both squads pulling off impressive victories. The 1st team won 11-5 and the U15’s beat their U16’s 18-2!

Girls Hockey

Wednesday also saw the girl’s hockey second and third teams return to pitches with good games against St Edwards. Both teams came up against strong opposition, but it was pleasing to see the girls starting to work well together and show signs of improvement from the week before.


St Edward’s and Bloxham were this weekends’ rugby opposition.

Lower school pupils in the U12A, U12B and U13A squads took on Bloxham. The U12A winning a tough fought contest, with the U12B team losing out in a triangular. The U13A’s came out on top, winning 32-22. Internal fixtures saw the U12C, U12D and U13C grace Christ Church Fields.

Away at St Edward’s, the U15A, U15B and Senior 1st, 2nd and 3rd XV’s made the short trip to Woodstock Road. The U15A and U15B coming second, alongside the 2nd and 3rd XV’s. Owing to covid, the U14 and U16 games were cancelled.

The 1st XV however wanted to entertain. Following on from a 40-0 win away at Cokethorpe earlier in the week, the task at hand was always going to be a tougher ask. In front of a large Open Day crowd at St Edward’s, MCS barely came out of the blocks and were facing a 10-0 deficit at half-time. This was until the team started to put together with some slick and meaningful attacking plays. Woody Blakesey-Grimes standing out with his ball carrying abilities in attack, Henry Wiltshire chopping down anything that moved around him and young Thomas Cunningham making his 1st XV debut, soon to get on the end of a scintillating passage of play to dot down. Monumental scores from Woody Blakesley-Grimes, Barnaby Carey and Roshan Mowat, alongside conversions from Elliot Rees, led MCS back in front to edge a classic Oxford derby.

Final score, St Edward’s 13 - 24 Magdalen College School.

MCS 1st XV have now won seven out of the last ten matches versus St Edward’s.

Rugby Team of the week….

  1. Nico Hartley
  2. Josh Rowe
  3. Edward Gaunt
  4. Eddie Bowe
  5. Alexander Brain
  6. Conor Brogan
  7. Ned Percival
  8. Thomas Cunningham
  9. Joey Chataway
  10. Gael Poussot-Peleaz
  11. Freddie Newland
  12. Woody Blaksey-Grimes
  13. Elliot Rees
  14. Henry Wiltshire
  15. David Willis

Well done to everyone who represented the school this week. Special congratulations also to sports administrator Mrs Brine who won two awards this week – one in recognition of her work within safeguarding in cricket and the other an “un-sung hero” award for her work with Aston Rowant cricket club. This Saturday there is an open invitation to join the MCS community at the Cuttuslowe parkrun event – turn up for a 9am start in your red MCS sports kit.