Details of all matches alongside results and match report continue to be on FettesSport, but here is a round-up of some of this term’s highlights from the individual teams.
Six of our students travelled to Grangemouth to compete in the prestigious annual Scottish School Athletics Championships and although the windy conditions proved challenging, Lulu M, Torquil M and Marissa M all competed incredibly well in their sprinting events and Jessica A, making her debut, threw excellently in the javelin.Day two provided Callum S and Cora S the opportunity to perform. Callum S, the current Fettes record holder for high-jump, won the bronze medal in the Over 17’s Class A High Jump.
Every athlete competed with distinction and should take away a huge amount of pride in their performance. They not only gained valuable experience, but the opportunity to compete against a wealth of Scottish athletic talent.
At Sports Day, we were blessed with incredible weather for another superbly fought inter-house contest full of personal bests, record-breaking performances, excellent displays of sportsmanship all enhanced by the support of the crowd. See all of the photographs here.
With a heavy U6th representation in this year’s 1st XI squad, this season was always going to have ups and downs, given the impact of exams but when our full XI was on the field, we showed ourselves to be a match for anyone. Evidence of this has been another t20 National Cup Final appearance; a tangible reward for these leavers, who have contributed so much to Fettes sport over the years. Captain Robert E and Vice-Captain Ben M have led the XI with maturity and skill, establishing an admirable culture on and off the field. Two outstanding younger players have also featured in the XI, the batting talents of Oliver N, plus our gifted young wicketkeeper Matthew H.
In a weather disrupted season, it is remarkable the number of matches the 2XI have managed to complete. Highlights from the year include a marvellous win against a Heriots 1st XI and a tie with The Edinburgh Academy 1st XI. There have been a number of brilliant individual performances such as Alex C 60 n.o. against Strathallan and Tom B’s explosive batting against Heriots. The team have been a credit to the school and have played every match with the correct level of intensity and humour.
Colts A XI
The Colts A XI had a season of mixed success with emphatic victories but tough reverses too (but any adversity, spurred them to continue to work hard). Brilliantly led by Charlie W our leading run-scorer was Robbie S-H very well supported throughout by Benedict A who is emerging as a fine all-round cricketer and Harry M and Marcus K are talented batsmen who have much to offer in the future. Kushinga G and Henry H have excellent prospects as fast bowlers, our spinners Jamie B and Elliot W, bowled very well and Jamie’s outstanding reflex catch off his own bowling was our champagne moment of the season. The team were a good-humoured bunch and have a competitive spirit that will serve them well in the future.
Colts B XI
The Colts B side had a superb season and captained by Fergus B, the boys pulled together brilliantly as a team. Murray H and Ed M playing well-crafted shots alongside the more aggressive direct batting from Archie S and David L. A great highlight was the early victory against Stewart’s Melville College who were much fancied but thanks to aggressive shot making, fell 19 runs short of our impressive total of 115. With the ball, Jack W and Sean O spearheaded the attack, ably supported by Harvey M coming to the fore with a precise and ruthless spell of bowling ripping through the middle order. A super season that the boys can be very proud of.
Junior Colts A XI
The JCA XI won all of their matches, including two very close games against Merchiston (win by 4 runs) and Stewart’s Melville (win by 4 wickets). The team was superbly led by Sam W, who himself shone with both bat and ball; Marcus P played some attractive innings, timing the ball beautifully off front and back foot, whilst the more gritty Will F scored important runs. Additionally, Rayane B has the makings of an excellent all-rounder with the ability to score quick runs and take important wickets at the top of the order. Without an obvious wicket-keeper, Fraser M worked hard to make this position his own, showing some confidence and skill to stand up to our quicker bowlers. Along with Hamish B-S, who developed a more consistent line and length over the season, Fraser was probably our most improved cricketer. All told, it was a cracking team effort to get through the season unbeaten and more importantly to learn what it takes to set, chase and defend totals under pressure.
Junior Colts B XI
The Junior Colts B team had a frustrating season as poor weather caused the cancellation of two of the six planned matches. A particular highlight was what turned out to be the penultimate match of the season, playing away at Strathallan. Batting first, we amassed an impressive 157 for the loss of just one wicket. Strathallan were bowled out for just 47, and Fettes were able to claim a 110 run win. Charles C captained the team well, and promoted a sense of good fun and enjoyment within the squad. William M kept wicket and proved to be an effective stopper of the ball.
Boys’ 1st VI
The strength of boys’ tennis at the school continues to grow and the 1st VI squad have been performing at a very high level consistently all season. There has been great strength in depth, with talented junior players providing serious competition for places in the matchday squad. Significant victories over Merchiston, Loretto and Glenalmond have shown how far the team have come in recent years and tight fixtures against strong Strathallan and Stewart’s Melville teams were lost by the finest of margins. Having played 1st VI tennis since the Fourth Form, Harry M and Silas G have once again paired up brilliantly to win some crucial sets, providing the skill and mental toughness to fight back from losing positions. Owen C and Jamie B have also played some fantastic sets, mixing power and excellent touch at the net to defeat their opponents. The future of the 1st VI looks to be in safe hands for years to come, with Wyman and Toby C winning more sets than any other pairing this season, playing some fantastic sets with control and consistent hitting.
The 2nd VI have struggled for fixtures this year but have trained well and enjoyed their tennis. Matches against a strong Strathallan side highlighted the importance of consistency in doubles tennis but it was clear to see the progress that had been made in the comprehensive victory against Glenalmond. With a large squad allowing plenty of player rotation, most students had the chance to play some competitive tennis. Top performances from Yuichiro N, Ramiro R M and Joshua K.
Girls’ 1st VI
An away victory over Loretto 5-4, was all the more sweet having previously lost to them, 3-6 earlier in the season. The player of the season was Grace O and the most improved player was Alexandra N. It was great that so many of the team were able to play matches before, during and after their public examinations.
Girls’ 2nd VI
The player of the season was Bengu C and the most improved player was Eliza A. The team had a thoroughly enjoyable season, winning 5 matches and losing 4.
The main highlight this season was the away victory over Strathallan early in the season. The player of the season was Risako T and the most improved player was Zara W. The team had a thoroughly enjoyable season, winning all of their matches!
All matches were won this season with the highlight an impressive away victory over Glenalmond 7-2. The player of the season was Lara M and the most improved player was Jasmin L.
Captained by Freya B, the team had a good but tough season working hard in training to improve their game. Special mention must go to Ella W for her consistently high standard of play and the most improved players of the season are Jessica A and Leila F. Very well done, girls!
Captained by Kira K, the team had a very strong and almost unbeaten season. They are a reliable and enthusiastic team who worked well to improve all aspects of their game. Special mentions must go to Kira K and Phoebe M-B for their competitive game play. The most improved player is Amara M-M.
Captained by Hannah C, the team had an unbeaten season training well and showing great enthusiasm. They beat all of their opposition convincingly and played especially well against Glenalmond and Strathallan. Special mentions must go to Hannah C and Abbie A for consistently good play and the most improved player is Olivia N.
This U14A team have had an excellent year with all of the pairings playing some excellent tennis. Whilst the victories are an important part of the tennis programme, the most important aspect is the way in which the team improves and develops. Maria M and Erika T led from the front as our first pair, setting the right example for the rest of the team. The quality of their tennis and doubles play meant that they have not lost a game this year, and both players demonstrated their talents in both tennis and leadership throughout the season. Kiki B and Louisa T developed an excellent partnership as our second pair with both demonstrating some really strong and powerful ground strokes. Yeva K and Amelie P completed the A team pairings, both really improving as the term progressed. Their ability to complement each other and hold their nerve in some very close games was a real bonus to the team. It has been a really positive start to their tennis career at the college and the future looks very positive.
The U14B Tennis team have had a super tennis term this year brushing aside teams with their strong ground play and ever improving doubles tactic. The victory against ESMS (5-4) was a stand-out performance with Nadita G smashing down serves to bring home the victory. Her partnership with Sophie M developed into a strong doubles team. Olivia M and Louisa M were a very strong pairing, sharing the Captain and Vice-captain roles. Their determination and competitiveness throughout the season saw them grind out some really competitive matches. Megan E and Ella T completed the team for this year. Both played some excellent tennis with Megan’s measured ground stokes complementing Ella’s determination at the net. A great season all round and a very positive outlook for future years.
The U14C Tennis team have had a fantastic season showing the dominance of the team at this level. Chloe F’s serving has been a dominant force in a fantastic doubles partnership with Lily L who has led the team superbly as the captain. Imogen G and Isla D have put in some really solid performances and their extra work on the court has allowed them to develop into two very competitive players. Iris L, Sofia E and Caty S have formed a trio to complete the C team line up for this year. All three have been a real asset to the team and have started to play some excellent tennis. The depth and the quality of our C team is a good reflection on the dedication of all our girls across the college at all levels to play competitive tennis.
Well done to Catherine and Robert E, who both remain playing for their respective U20 Scotland teams. Matthew H remains in the Eastern Knights U16 team and Erin B was selected for the Girls’ Eastern Knights U16 team, both competing for their teams at district level, with Ollie N also representing the Eastern Knights U18 team.
District Boys and Girls
The U14 Inter-district Hockey Tournaments for both boys and girls were held at the National Hockey Centre at Peffermill in Edinburgh in May. Unfortunately, Marcus P and Sam W just missed out on selection for the final boy’s East squad but Marissa M was a member of the girls East team. Her team won their tournament following a full complement of wins in all of their matches. Marissa made significant contributions to all games and scored two goals – one against South and one against Highland.
International Boys and Girls
Isobel U was invited to join the Scotland U16 Academy programme following her performance in the East U16 Inter-district tournament at the end of September. She has been involved in some training weekends in the summer term.
On the strength of his performance back in September in the U16 Inter-District tournament, Matthew H was selected for the Scotland U16 squad. He has played matches against England, Wales and Ulster this term. The Scotland side won one and lost one matches against England. This was Scotland’s first win recorded against England at U16 for many years. Matthew scored a goal in that vital match. They won all three matches against Wales and also in their series against Ulster. Matthew scored the winning goal in the last matches against Ulster.
Ralph W played in the Scotland U18 side against Wales and recorded two wins and one draw. He scored a goal in their last encounter which was an 8 – 1 win over Easter. He will play a series for 3 matches against England this weekend (21st- 23rd June). He has been given the honour of captaining the side. He also has matches coming up shortly against Ireland. Ralph has also now joined his brother, Sam, in the U21 Training Squad.
Sisters Amaya L & Lydia L will both be playing for the Scottish U18 Girls’ Touch Rugby Team at the European Touch Championships in Paris in August.
Just after Easter, Kai H was selected as Captain for the U19 Scotland Lacrosse ladies’ teams which is a huge achievement for her. Kai and Rosie U were then selected for the Scotland U19 Lacrosse Team, where they will be competing in the World Championships in Canada, in August.
A number of boys have been selected for represented SRU Academy training squad which will train throughout the summer and take part in the Cross-Academy Championship in August. Henry H, Harry M, Lochlann N and Robbie S H have all been selected for the Edinburgh U16 Squad, Tom B for the Edinburgh U18 squad and Finlay D for Edinburgh U20 training squad.
In July Harry P will start his full-time Tier 2 Edinburgh Rugby Academy contract which is a fantastic achievement and we wish him all the very best.