Sports News - March 2018


CLC staff approached the annual Staff v Leavers sports matches with confidence and determination. The Senior Sports Committee had organised netball, badminton, tennis, hockey, lacrosse and rowing, making it an all-round sporting encounter.

The staff held their own against the strong SFC2 teams, with great interceptions, accurate shooting and teamwork all round. The result was the leavers and staff sharing the wins. Well done to everyone who took part in this fun event.

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On Saturday 17th March, CLC hosted its first Family Hockey Day. The event was a huge success with girls and their families attending, making up more than 60 participants. Despite the cold weather, everyone was in good spirits and it was great to see the girls playing alongside their parents and siblings.

The Pink Team were the overall winners. Well done to the Shaw family and the Rowlins family who were part of this winning team.


CLC were also the hosts and winners for the annual U13 Cheltenham & District Hockey Tournament. Six schools were involved and games were played in a round-robin format. CLC won the first two games, with the third being against Pate’s Grammar School. After most of the game it was 0-1 to Pate’s, but CLC played stronger than ever to equalise the score with only a few minutes to go. Following this, our girls confidently won the final two games.

In total, CLC scored nine goals and conceded just one, making them the overall winners. Congratulations to the team.

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CLC’s U16 quadruple scull of Evelyn, Katherine, Alex and Emily participated at the National Junior Sculling Head at Dorney Lake, near Eton. The competition involves around 1,600 juniors competing over two legs of 1,800m.

The CLC team showed the most progression of any crew by finishing 10th best in the UK, moving up from 25th place last year. A huge congratulations to everyone!


Because of some superb results throughout the winter season, LC girls Poppy and Mia were selected to represent Gloucestershire at the New Balance English Schools’ Cross Country National Championships, along with eight other girls.

The race took place over 3,100m at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds, on a weekend when many sporting events across the country were cancelled due to the cold weather. However, the girls navigated through the mud and strong winds successfully.

The U15 Junior Girls race consisted of over 350 runners and was a highly competitive field. Poppy finished 136th in a time of 12.47, and Mia finished 201st in a time of 13.07.

When describing her first ESAA National Championships race, Mia said: “Although there were troubling weather conditions the race went pretty well. In my opinion it was a tough course and, due to the competitiveness, it was more like a wrestling match than running!”.

The Gloucestershire team came 12th out of 44 counties, which is a fantastic result.

We are very proud of Poppy and Mia’s achievements this season and look forward to next season as they move up into the intermediate age group.


Despite the cold conditions, the performance of the girls at the National Schools Lacrosse Championship was excellent.

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The team won four of seven games on the first day, qualifying for Division 1, retaining last year’s national ranking. Sadly, the second day was cancelled due to standing water on the grass pitches, but congratulations go to the girls for their great efforts.

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Even with the difficult weather conditions throughout the day, the team showed high levels of perseverance. A draw with St George’s Harpeden was the best score for CLC, unfortunately losing the other matches.

However, particular congratulations go to Lauren, normally a 1st XI goalkeeper, who traded her hockey stick for a lacrosse stick. Her performance in goal was impressive throughout the day, with her presence much appreciated by the team.

At the National Schools Lacrosse Invitational, the U13 players performed well, qualifying for the semi-finals of the round robin tournament. The CLC team finished 4th overall, and congratulations go to all the players.

At Senior House Lacrosse, Farnley Lodge was the winner with St Helen’s finishing as runners-up. Well done to all the girls involved.


A group of CLC girls across all divisions entered into the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships in March. Thanks to their hard work and dedication to training, they came out with some very pleasing results. 

Girls’ Junior Foil
2nd: Izzy
8th: Elspeth

Girls’ Senior Foil
16th: Ruby

Girls’ Junior Epee
11th: Christy

Girls’ Mount Haes Epee
29th: Poppy

Congratulations to the girls on their results and their progress.


When competing at the prestigious Bath & Otter National Relays, CLC’s quartet swam superbly, beating their season best times to finish 15th and 20th. Well done to Rosealeen, Izzy, Jessie and Nicole. 

Congratulations also to Anastasia and Izzy who entered into a range of events at the Gloucestershire County Championships and recorded a number of new PBs.

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Guild members Georgia (2010-2016, Farnley Lodge) and Emily (2009-2016, Glenlee) were President and Vice President of Captain’s Club during their time at College. Their interest in sport has continued after leaving College, with both of them recently winning British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) medals.

Emily is in her first year at Durham University and has made it into the university's first team for Waterpolo (W1 squad). Durham University won the BUCS Waterpolo Championship 16-3 against Newcastle University.

Georgia plays lacrosse at Manchester University and also made it into the first team. Manchester University recently won the BUCS Lacrosse Trophy.

Congratulations to them both! We hope their success and enjoyment of sport continues.

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