Sports Update: Regional & International Success at Framlingham – Going from Strength to Strength

Hockey

I am extremely proud to report some outstanding recent achievements by College students. Firstly, after representing both Suffolk and Norfolk in the Junior Development Centre tournaments, a number of Framlingham College students have been selected for this summer’s Junior Regional Performance Centres. These days will see players pitting their skills against the best players in the East of England and vying for selection into the Saxon Tigers squads for both Hi-Pac and Futures Cup in the October half term. The long journey ahead will be an exciting one as they look to emulate the success of our own Kitty McWhirter who has worked her way through the system to recent England U21 selection. This is a magnificent achievement for Kitty who has been extremely disciplined in her approach to training; we are all very proud of her.

The Following ten players have been selected: Alex Emsden, Ben Slaven, Luke Quartermaine, Alex Wheatley, Chris Walwanda, William Hunt, Echezeaux Titley, Flo McWhirter, Tildy Paul and Georgie Seymour.

Head of Hockey Jamie Kingstone is delighted with the standard of hockey at the College and is very excited about the future. Not only have the pupils been busy with their hockey, but Jamie himself has been active in his role as England U18 Boys’ Assistant Coach, preparing the team for the European Championships in Vienna.

Rugby

Toby Trinder has been invited to join the England Midlands Training Camp at Loughborough this week under the watchful eye of the England Under 18 coaches. Toby played for Northampton Saints in the Academies Under 15 Festival in April. As a result, he has been selected to attend this two-day camp. This is a real honour for Toby and everyone wishes him the best of luck. Ollie Darwell-Taylor was also involved in the festival, scoring a try against Newcastle Falcons. Will Ponty has recently been invited into the Elite Player Development Group at Northampton Saints. He joins up with Cam Greenhall, Luke Quartermaine and Tom Scovell. All of these boys have represented Suffolk and Eastern Counties this season.

Cricket

Cricketers have been very busy this term and I am delighted that Tim Alexander was selected to play for the Suffolk Independent Schools XI against Essex Under 17s. Tim scored 70 off 59 balls and took 1-11 off 7 overs; his wicket left the scores tied. This was an excellent performance and I know the Essex selectors were very impressed. We have also had a number of pupils representing the county at U14 level and would like to congratulate Ben Boyden who is playing for Suffolk under 14s.

Netball

Alongside her success in hockey, Echezeaux Titley has been selected for the regional netball team. To be playing at regional level in two sports is a tremendous achievement and we are looking forward to supporting Sketch through her programme.

Golf

Golf is fast becoming very popular once more at the College and we are delighted to have Lottie Whyman leading the way. After securing a place on the England Development Programme she was runner up at the Suffolk County Girls’Championships last week, which sets her up nicely for the Independent Schools Golf Championships at The Shire, London, later this month. She will be entering this tournament along with Jamie Taylor and Will Rix and we wish them good luck.

Tennis

Tennis has had a huge amount of success with Flo McCausland representing the county at tournaments around the country in last few months. I am sure you will also have received news recently through the Framlingham College Tennis Club that the 1st team have become County Champions again.

Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport

Netball Tour to Portugal

Netball Team
During the Easter holidays, 25 Netball players from Y9 to 13 departed to Vilamoura in Portugal for the 2013 Netball Tour. The tour departed school at 2.30am and as we boarded the plane, rain looked heavy in the grey clouds above in the typical English fashion we have all come to know. Many girls slept on the plane due to our early start, dreaming of sunshine and sandy beaches and Netball of course!. As we stepped of the plane in Faro, squeals of excitement swept through the group as we were met by a warm breeze and bright sunshine!
After a short transfer through passport control and the baggage re-claim, we were on the coach with our Browns rep and heading to Vilamoura and our destination; Browns Sport & Leisure Club. We were greeted off the coach by Mr Sinclair who had flown out prior to us. The rooms were more like apartments with a kitchenette, sofa and TV’s, perfect for a rest before a light training session and dinner. It had already been a long day but the pool outside did look very appealing to most although the temperature of the water wasn’t!
The food on the first night and every night was fantastic. A buffet style meal with healthy choices of meat, rice and pasta normally with a creamy mushroom sauce which most people had second helpings of. The orange juice tasted like no other as it had obviously been freshly squeezed on the same day and I as many of the girls did notice we passed huge orange tree plantations along the road near the resort.
We all had an early night after supper as the next day we had our first full day of Netball and looked forward to meeting the other teams that had entered into the ‘Cosmopolitan Cup’, competing for the three large trophies that were on display. Also up for grabs was a Most Valuable Player Award which also was gifted an individual trophy.
There were many weary faces on our first morning as we met for breakfast but the sun was shining, our shorts and tour t-shirts were on and we had a spread of fresh breads, cereals, fruit and hot food to help prepare us for the day ahead. It was clear the sun would be shining for the entire day and the talk of sun cream was spoken about from breakfast right through to dinner although some/most were left more than a little bit ‘red faced’ as they showed up to dinner glowing!
The Netball matches were of a good standard and the spirit in which everyone played was superb. Each match consisted of two 15 minute halves and the heat added to the intensity of the matches although with our snowy season in England as a distant reminder, there were no complaints of the glorious sunshine.
After the last Netball match was completed, everyone returned to their rooms to have a cool shower and get dressed for dinner. The evening’s entertainment was a live band in the Sports Bar which hosted a pool table, tables to play cards and Ex-England Rugby player Matt Dawson for company! It was a lively and fun evening but most were appreciative when the time for bed came around as we had yet another action packed day ahead.
The finals day of our Netball tournament was played with increased determination and competition. The final game came down to the 1sts team versus the 2nds from Framlingham College. The score went the way of the 2nds for the majority of the 30 minutes with the 1sts being denied at every scoring opportunity and the three youngest players from the tour, all in Year 9 were excelling down court. With just over a minute to play, a missed goal from the 2nds allowed the 1sts to capitalise and score the next three goals in a row and on the final whistle the 1sts cheered with relief as they so narrowly beat the awesome efforts of the 2nds by just one goal! A brilliant final! The Most Valuable Player trophy was awarded to Molly Drnec in the U16 Framlingham side for her outstanding contribution in attack throughout the tournament.
The third and final day started with a restful morning and a late breakfast. At 12.00pm the girls were invited to a Zumba fitness class followed by a class of Spinning. Many of the girls took up the opportunity to get active with the fun Zumba instructor who had everyone smiling as she wiggled her way through the routine. After lunch we met for a coach ride to Vilamoura Marina. It was a beautiful sight as private boats and yachts lined the marina edge and open front restaurants and ice cream parlours enticed groups of girls in after our short walk to the beach.
Overall the tour was a perfect blend of fierce Netball action and relaxed poolside chatter. We experienced some of the delights that Vilamoura had on offer at the marina and we were looked after superbly by the staff at Browns and our hotel. The girls were well mannered and polite and I received many compliments about their behaviour from other holiday makers whilst we were away. A great trip and lots of memories to take away and share.
Leah Webster, Head of Netball

Framlingham College Sport: Netball Update

Netball Team

It has been a fantastic half term for Netball. The weather did disrupt our training programme and fixtures for a long week but the effort and determination from our girls before, during and since the bad weather has been outstanding. Starting the term with the annual pre-season Netball training day set the bar very high and my expectations were great for the 1st VII Squad. They have certainly not disappointed, winning all their matches so far. Greshams were particularly strong and after being behind the entire game they closed the gap in the third quarter and then Framlingham even went one goal down at the start of the fourth but rising to the amounting pressure on their shoulders, the shots remained consistent and defence tight and the winning result of 35-30 was well deserved and all the girls looked visibly relieved and delighted! The other Senior teams have had strong performances across the board with the U16s notably winning against Norwich after a hold up due to a nasty injury for the opposition. The girls still played on  with only one goal separating both teams but Framlingham cemented their win in the final eight minutes with a 26-20 victory. The 2nd and 3rd VII have had competitive matches and a very pleasing set of results. Each team having enjoyed success during this half term.

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The Junior Netball section is moving from strength to strength with the U14A side showing utter dominance since their shaky 12-12 draw against Culford in their first match. Their most recent results in the triangular fixture against RHS and Woodbridge highlights how much the team has improved with Donna Sullivan’s weekly training, beating both sides comfortably and accumulating a massive 83 successful shots in their two 30 minute games and only allowing 14 goals to go against them. The U15A’s have had a testing start to their Netball term but have shone in their two latest matches with improving performances and victories as a reward for their hard work. The B teams in both age groups have been fulfilling their potential on court and are now really finding their stride. They continue to impress during training and each week are exciting to watch in their fixtures. We are fortunate enough to have a good number of girls to play C team fixtures in the U14 and U15 age group and the depth of players we have in these teams are outstanding. The two C teams are a pleasure to watch as their rate of improvement has been steep since the start of term and they have become well-rounded teams in their own right. They are definite ones to watch in the future and I look forward to watching their progress after half term.

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I am very pleased with all the efforts of our Netball girls this half term. They have played through snow, wind and rain yet still played to the best of their ability and produced many superb performances of which they can all be proud. They can all look forward to a well-deserved half term break and I am most looking forward to watching how the second half of the Netball season progresses.

Many thanks to all the parents and supporters for your continued presence at all our fixtures. It really is much appreciated!

Leah Webster, Head of Netball