Meanwhile, the U11 A and B teams were over in Hinchley Wood at Surbiton Preps 5 aside tournament. A large tournament of 20 teams. Both teams did very well. The Bs were one of only a couple of B teams in the tournament, but they still managed to qualify into the middle tier knockout tournament that followed the group stages. They lost to the eventual winners but to get as far as they did was a great performance. The A team played well from the first whistle and after a brace of goals topped their group on goal difference. On their way to the final they won on a golden goal in the quarters and beat Cranmore in the semi. They faced RGS Guilford in the final, a big team who they unfortunately lost to. A great effort though.

It was only a couple of days’ rest before they were in action again. This time at Epsom College’s 5 aside tournament on Wednesday. Again, they produced physically strong performances to top their group and reach the knockouts. In the semi, they defeated Fulham School before losing to another big school, Danes Hill in the final. This is all good preparation for the ISFA regionals in a couple of weeks and here is hoping the team can go one better there and at our own U11 tournament at Hampton School next week. Here we will be welcoming Elizabeth College Junior School, from Guernsey, who are kindly being hosted by some of our own Year 6 parents.

This afternoon brought with it the Hampton Prep annual Swimming Gala, and happily some sunshine in between the clouds as well! As always, the boys raced their hearts out for their houses with some excellent performances seen, both in terms of level of skill and level of effort. A special mention to Rory in Year 3 who broke the Year 3 backstroke record with a time of 42.48. A big well done to all the boys but especially to York House who raced to the top of the table in the last few races to claim the cup!