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

The College welcomes Katie Tassell (OF) to Sports Department

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We are delighted to announce that Katie Tassell will be joining our Sports Department to oversee the tennis programme during the Summer Term. 

Katie joins us with a wealth of experience, not to mention that she is an OF and was Head of Pembroke as well as captaining the tennis and 1st XI hockey teams during her time at the College. Katie has been heavily involved in the Framlingham Tennis Club programme for a couple of years and is now working closely with Trevor Wright and Kari Sherington, who have done an incredible job and producing excellent results through all age groups. Katie is married to Guy and has two daughters Evie and Connie and lives in Easton.

She is currently Suffolk Ladies Champion (nine times) and captain of the Suffolk Senior County Cup team for this year, and runs popular cardio tennis classes at Framlingham and Ipswich Sports Club. She is also a practising lawyer, working two days a week in London.

Framlingham College Director of Sport, Simon Sinclair said, “We are delighted that Katie is joining our department and she comes highly recommended from Trevor Wright. With Katie’s experience and knowledge it will only strengthen our programme and give our pupils further opportunities to develop”

Framlingham College Tennis Club – Awards Evening 2012

On Monday, October 1st 2012 at Brandeston Hall, Framlingham College Tennis Club held its annual Awards Evening in which Head Coach Trevor Wright gave a report on the 59 competitive teams that represented either Brandeston Hall (30 teams) or Framlingham College (9 teams) in the Suffolk Schools Tennis Championships during 2012, as well as Framlingham College Tennis Club (20 teams) in the Suffolk Aegon Team Tennis Club Leagues.

He reported that across the board the club won 8 County Team Titles, and were runners up in a further 14.

Statistics the tennis programme were very happy to report on were that:

  • No fewer that 86 children represented Brandeston Hall this year in the various age groups.
  • Of the 30 Brandeston Hall Teams entered into Suffolk Schools Competition, 17 of them qualified for the 4-team County Finals.
  • The total of 20 Club teams entered into Suffolk Aegon Team Tennis (Club Leagues) was more than double that of any other club in the county.
  • 98 players represented the Club in 2012, the next highest from any other club was 43.
  • Across the entire county 111 female players played in the leagues, 43 of them were from our club.

Trevor also mentioned that 8 players on the programme represented their county at tennis during 2012. There are currently over 150 players on the coaching programme and he thanked the coaching team, Kari Sherington in particular for her tireless work in her 2nd year at the College as a full-time coach, as well as all others that have helped with either coaching, managing teams or organizing fixtures and transport.

Following the report, the new Director of Sport at the College, Simon Sinclair awarded “Player of the Year”, and “Most Improved Player” to players in four age groups, winners in each category were:

U18 Player of the Year – Tony Lam

U18 Most Improved Player – Katie Holmes

U14 Player of the Year – Florence McCausland

U14 Most Improved Player – Joanna Maberly

U10 Player of the Year – Isabella Prince

U10 Most Improved Player – Harry Williamson

U8 Joint Players of the Year – Georgie Gardens & Matthieu Lee

U8 Joint Most improved Player – Emma Williamson & George Jackson

To conclude things Club Chairman Andrew Payn thanked Sponsors Bidwells for their continued sponsorship of the Club and also Trevor Wright and all the coaching team for their efforts and work over the past year.