Sports News - October 2018

Equestrian 

Congratulations to Charlotte (SFC1) who has been selected to join the GB International Prime Squad, a small group of top junior riders. This is an incredible achievement with a field of over 25 top juniors competing for just three places.  Over the next six months, Charlotte will be invited to compete internationally with the aim of being selected for the Junior European Team in 2019. 

CLC also had a fantastic day at the NSEA One Day Event Championships. All the girls taking part had qualified by being in the top placings at a regional qualifier and everyone rode to a very high standard.

Results were as follows:

- Laura - 6th in the 90cm Championships
- Lily - 2nd in the 100cm Championships
- Chloe - 3rd in the 100cm Championships 

We also saw some particularly good performances from Georgie and Isabel, Daisy and Amy.

Cricket 

Congratulations for Aimee and Issy in LC2 who have been selected for the U13 Gloucestershire Cricket Squad. Jasmine (LC3) has also been offered a place training with Middlesex.

Well done to all three girls on their achievements, which will also provide great preparation for the CLC summer cricket matches.

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Lacrosse

South West Division 1 Champions

For the second time in three years, Cheltenham Ladies' College secured the title of South West Regional Division 1 Champions.

The weather proved to be an additional opponent, but the players stepped up to the mark to win five of the seven games played on Saturday. In the first round of pool play, CLC had one win and two losses. Both losses were to the eventual runner-up and winner of the Premier Division.

Determined to make the most of the afternoon, the team came out strong against the opposition with two solid wins. The semi-final against Marlborough College proved tight in the first half. Marlborough took an early lead of 2-0 and dominated much of the possession. Strong defence, steady hands and clear thinking under pressure gave CLC the opportunity to pull two goals back before half time and bring it level. The second half saw CLC storm ahead with another four goals and secure a place in the final.

Dominance on the Draw Control in the final prevented Heathfield from gaining possession and finding any rhythm. Despite having possession, CLC found it tough to score as the opposing Goalkeeper made save after save. Three goals found their way in though and CLC finished the day as 2018 South West Division 1 Champions!

Every player made their contribution and the team effort from the players was absolutely superb!

Cross Country

South West Regional Tournament 

CLC's 2nd team found their rhythm at the South West Regional Tournament winning five out of seven matches against challenging opposition. In the pool stage the team started well, drawing against St Helen's and St Katherine’s and winning against Monmouth School For Girls. This meant that the team got through to the Championship Division where CLC faced Queen Anne’s, St Helen's and St Katherine’s, and Godolphin. After winning two of the three games we placed 2nd in the Championships group and got through to the semi-finals.

The semi-final was a nail-biting close game where CLC faced St Mary’s Calne for the first time. With a score of 3-3, we went into extra time (golden goal) and after five minutes of play, St Mary’s Calne scored the winning goal. A huge well done to the 2nd team who finished in the top four schools in the South West, with many players enjoying some standout moments.

Netball

Congratulations to our U19 Netball squad who played tenaciously to qualify for the Regional Netball Tournament.

Within our pool we faced some tough opponents but won our first two matches, 7-1 and 12-3. In the third match against Wycliffe, CLC was 7-3 down at half time, but a superb turnover by Sophie gave us the momentum to pull back level, 11-11, just before the final whistle. This was a thrilling end to the match which spurred everyone on.

The girls pushed on and scored 51 goals in total, conceding just one in the final two matches, and were delighted to hear the we had won the pool. We faced Sir Thomas Rich’s in the semi-final and managed to defeat them 13-11. Everyone was very tired, but pleased that the team had qualified!

In the final we played Hartpury and lost 14-6, but the team still played well, particularly given the exhausting day.

It was a fantastic afternoon of netball, with immense teamwork shown by our girls. The whole squad was a credit to themselves and to College.

Cross Country

Congratulations to the Intermediate Girls Team who won Round 1 of the ESAA Cup. Poppy led from start to finish and Mia held 3rd position throughout, holding off the 4th place runner in an exciting sprint finish!

Jessie and Eloise worked well together around the whole course to finish 9th and 10th respectively. Athena finished in 17th place and had a solid race. In her first cross country race, Kristen came home in a very creditable 20th place. The team have now qualified to compete at Regional Finals on Saturday 10th November.

Congratulations also go to the Junior Girls team for completing their first fixture this season at Round 1 of the ESAA Cup. Tessa led the team home in 9.04 to finish 3rd overall. She had a great race and was just pipped at the post in a sprint finish. Alex finished in 18th place (9.58), closely followed by Sophie in 21st place (10.10) and Emma in 23rd place (10.14). Tanya and Laila finished in 25th and 27th place respectively. The next race for the team is the Cheltenham and District Championships in November.

Tennis

The girls enjoyed a strong win at the Regional Finals, ensuring they qualified for the South West Regional Finals. After the singles we were up, 3 sets to 1. This was followed by two tactical doubles matches securing the win. Results were as follows:

- Aimee: 6-0 win
- Zoe: 6-3 win
- Fiorella: 6-1 win
- Maria: 3-6 loss
- Aimee and Zoe: 6-1 win
- Saphie and Fiorella: 6-1 win

Biathlon – South West Championships

Congratulations to the girls who took part in the South West Biathlon Championships.

Alisha had a great 1,600m race, pacing it well in the challenging wet conditions. Over the four laps, she had a super head-to-head race with a fellow competitor, but Alisha showed her strength and pulled away over the final 400m. In the pool, Alisha rose to the post-run 200m challenge and won her heat.

Vanessa started with a determined run in wet conditions and then produced a great effort in the pool over her 100m race.

Meanwhile, Tessa showed grit and determination to produce a very encouraging time in her run and placed highly in her heat. After a short break she was back racing in the pool and produced a fast 50m to help stake her claim for a top 10 spot.

House Badminton Results

Congratulations to all the girls who took part in House Badminton. Results were as follows:

Junior competition

- 1st: Sidney Lodge
- 2nd: St Helen's
- 3rd: St Margaret's
- 4th: St Austin's
- 5th: Glenlee
- 6th: St Clare
- Joint 7th: Glengar and Bellairs
- 9th: Farnley Lodge

Senior competition

- 1st: Sidney Lodge
- 2nd: St Margaret's
- 3rd: Glenlee
- Joint 4th: Farnley Lodge and St Austin's
- 6th: St Helen's
- 7th: Bellairs
- 8th: Glengar