Please see below for a roundup of recent sporting activity across football, rugby, fives and rackets, including U18 selection for Harlequins, an update on the start of the football season and competition success for rackets and fives.
Claudius (Upper Eighth) played for Harlequins U18 against Gloucester U18. It was a significant achievement to get selected for their Elite Performance Group (EPG). He has been selected again on Saturday to play Exeter U18.
Over Christmas, football at St Paul’s rebooted with two pre-season tours: the U18s to the Northwest of England and the U16s to St George’s Park. Both tours featured high-level coaching for boys of all abilities at Wolves, St George’s Park, Derby County and Tranmere Rovers and the Paulines involved committed to the experience of life as a footballer.
We were delighted to be hosted in competitive matches at excellent facilities against Everton Development Academy, Neston Nomads and Mickleover Football Club. We are now ready and looking forward to starting the season with games against Hampton School and away in the cup against Colfe’s School.
At the start of the Spring Term, Head of Football, Mr Warriner, presented the 1st XI with their team. We wish them all the best of luck for the season ahead!
We had an outstanding achievement during the National Schools Rackets Singles Championships last month, where Adrian Siniscalco (Fourth Form), as a U14, reached the semi-finals of the U15 event, only losing to the eventual winner.
James Rossiter (Lower Eighth) also had an excellent event for the top 16 schoolboys in the country, again reaching the semi-finals and serving for the match in the third game (to win 3-0); however, he lost that point and subsequently the match 2-3.
St Paul’s enjoyed considerable success at the Fives West of England Tournament held in Sherborne, Dorset at the weekend.
At the U16 level, Fintan Delaney (Sixth Form) reached the semi-final losing in three games to the number one seed from Winchester, and Rufus Goodman (Sixth Form) reached the plate competition final.
At U19 level, in the doubles, both St Paul’s first pair of Ben Roberts and Aiden Whitham and the second pair of Alex Ridley and Ben Harrison reached the last four.