Host of suc­cesses at Monk­ton school

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Monk­ton School pupils con­tinue to punch above their weight with no end of suc­cesses on lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional stages. In equestrian Tom Grif­fiths and his horse Kenny, along with their Pony club team-mates, en­joyed suc­cess at the Na­tional Pony Club Cham­pi­onships in In­ter­me­di­ate Event­ing at Cheshire’s Chol­monde­ley Cas­tle. They all had dou­ble clears on the day and went on to win as a team over­all and are now na­tional cham­pi­ons. Grif­fiths and Kenny were placed fifth in their sec­tion and won a spe­cial com­men­da­tion for horse­man­ship at cross coun­try; only one of five un­der-18s to be awarded this on the day. Grif­fiths also qual­i­fied for the Na­tional Schools (NSEA) Cham­pi­onships, where he rep­re­sented Monk­ton and had a dou­ble clear and dres­sage score of 30.0, the best in his sec­tion. British skeleton slider Ash­leigh Pit­t­away, from Year 12, made a strong start to the sea­son. Firstly she was in Aus­tria where she com­peted in a dou­ble race of the high­est qual­ity with five com­peti­tors from this year’s Olympic Games, in­clud­ing British bronze medal­ist Laura Deas. From 20 fi­nal­ists, Pit­t­away fin­ished in sev­enth and con­tin­ued her fine form the next day, as she fin­ished 0.15secs be­hind Olympians Anna Fer­staedt and Ma­rina Gi­lar­doni. She then trav­elled to Win­ter­berg, Ger­many where she won a GB se­lec­tion race and be­came the cur­rent se­cond fastest slider in Bri­tain. She is now hop­ing to qual­ify to com­pete at the World Cup. Pit­t­away has since been com­pet­ing on the in­tercon­ti­nen­tal race series, where she cur­rently sits fourth thanks to fourth- and fifth­placed fin­ishes. At the Bushido Ju­nior Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, Prep School Year 7 El­iza Davies rep­re­sented the Bath club on her first ever com­pet­i­tive out­ing and showed great courage to win two of her con­tests to take the bronze medal in the girls’ un­der-52kg cat­e­gory. In ten­nis, Year 10 pupil and Team Bath ten­nis player Zara Bur­ney won the G3 18U Ju­nior Open at Oxstalls. 0-6,1-5 down with a match point against her in her semi-fi­nal, Bur­ney turned in an awe-in­spir­ing come­back to even­tu­ally win 0-6 7-6 (7-3) 10-8. She then beat the No1 seed in the fi­nal 7-5 6-0 hav­ing been 2-5 down in the first set and moved to 39th in the UK ju­nior rank­ings. Jack Webb, Year 9, won the B&NES cross coun­try Years 8 and 9 Ju­nior Boys event for the se­cond year run­ning and will go on to Avon County tri­als in Jan­uary. He was part of a team of Y8&9 boys from Prep and Se­nior who, cour­tesy of six fin­ish­ers in­side the top 23, won the team com­pe­ti­tion. Monk­ton’s proud row­ing tra­di­tion con­tin­ued with a strong start to the year. In the Blue­fri­ars Head Race at Salt­ford they had good re­sults with our two pairs win­ning J18 and J17 events. The top J18 pair recorded the fourth fastest time of the day, in­clud­ing 4s and quads. Ge­orge Shaw and Vic­to­ria Brown both sculled as well, with Shaw win­ning J18 and Brown both J16 and J18. Shaw was also in­vited to at­tend a four-day British Ro­ing camp in Not­ting­ham and came an ex­cel­lent sev­enth in a time trial on the fi­nal day. He, Sam Ford and Nick Pritchard also com­peted at the GB tri­als in Bos­ton where Shaw came 39th, Pritchard 100th and Ford 138th. In their most suc­cess­ful sea­son since 1989, Monk­ton’s 1st XV rugby team re­cently com­pleted their home fix­tures with a 100 per cent record and have so far won six of their seven games, with two away games and a tour to the Nether­lands to come. Their suc­cess has come play­ing the free-flow­ing and ex­cit­ing brand of rugby de­vel­oped at Monk­ton in re­cent years and their vic­to­ries in­clude matches against Kingswood (31-12) and Prior Park (1810). Their only loss came against a strong Down­side team, 42-12. In the Hockey West UK Avon U13 com­pe­ti­tion, the school’s girls were un­beaten in six matches and didn’t con­cede a sin­gle goal, nar­rowly miss­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the West Fi­nals by one goal and fin­ish­ing third over­all. They had even beaten the even­tual win­ners dur­ing the rounds. Mean­while, the U16 girls fin­ished run­ners-up in the Avon County Hockey Com­pe­ti­tion and qual­i­fied for the West Fi­nals.

Monk­ton Combe School’s rugby 1st XV, who have recorded their most suc­cess­ful sea­son since 1989

Cross coun­try star Jack Webb and, left, ten­nis ta­lent Zara Bur­ney

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