Nov 2019 No.128 May 2019 No.127 - Page 24

No.127 OW Squash RP Johnson (H, 05-10) reports: The OW squash team has gone through a tough few years competing in the annual old boys’ squash tournament, the Londonderry Cup. The aforementioned ‘tough’ run, lamentably, holds a rather considerable time-scale of some 67 years: to put a historical perspective on the matter, when the OWs last reached the final of the Cup Sir Winston Churchill was still Prime Minister. A new look OW team, however, has begun to show signs of success comparable to our venerable Sen Men from 1952: the unseeded OWs become shock semi-finalists in last year’s tournament. Queen’s Club played host for the season’s first match against the Old Wellingtonians. A rather underwhelming 3-2 victory was secured, before facing the Old Tonbridgians in the 2 nd round. Theo McWhirter (I, 06-11), experiencing his first season in the OW team, fell to a tough loss against a tricky opponent while Christian Portz (H, 05-10), following a Christmas training plan inflicted by his elder brother, returned to his competitive best at 4 th string with a fine performance, supported by Alex Portz (H, 04-09), Richard Johnson (H, 05-10) and Charlie McCall (F, 91-96). Semi-final opponents Lancing College were reigning champions and it was at this critical juncture that the OWs encountered a selection crisis. Mike Poole-Wilson (I, 88-93) ably filled our gap at no.5 and Matt Hall (Coll, 99- 04), now residing in Spain, ensured a man-of-the-season award by travelling over to strengthen the side at no.4. The OWs were 2 down after the first two matches until Hall secured victory and Johnson recovered from a poor start and two-game deficit to bring the match level. Portz the elder made the most of his superior fitness to win his match. The Trusty Servant A 67-year run finally broken, the final was held at the Royal Automobile Club. True to form, the Old Millfieldians fielded a strong team, including ex-world no.2 Peter Marshall. This proved the OWs downfall as 4 of the 5 strings lost competitive matches by 3-0 scorelines. 67 years on, the OW Squash team can safely be considered ‘on the up’ once more. If you are interested in joining the OW squash team, hearing more about our results, or connecting with other OW players, please do get in contact. richardjh17@gmail.com. Obiter dicta PL Halling (E, 01-06) advises: On Tuesday 18 th June the Choir and Band of the Chapels Royal will give a gala concert – Sing We at Pleasure - to celebrate the life of Peter Parker (Coll, 46-51). Peter made an enormous contribution to the life of the Chapel over fifty years and was especially supportive to the music. The programme will include Mozart’s effervescent Exultate Jubilate for solo soprano, some madrigals (which Peter loved) and Haydn’s thrilling Nelson Mass. Tickets for this performance are likely to go very quickly so please buy early to avoid disappointment. www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/ explore/sing-we-at-pleasure/#gs.1eyomb. When purchasing tickets please select the option to have them delivered to you, rather than collecting on-site, if possible. And also: I am setting up a sea fishing club with a friend - sadly not an OW - with a boat based on the Sussex coast. I wonder if it might be possible to advertise to OW fly-fishermen? It would be fantastic to get some Wykehamists on board. We are interested in marine biology, fisheries, and the sea in general. plbhalling@ gmail.com. OWTC Winchester College Cross Country Results, Saturday 2nd March Win Coll vs Old Wykehamists and Old Etonians Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Name Morris, Charles Brockman, Will Stringer, Mark Doolittle, Anthony Shaw, John Kerr, Robbie Pascoe, Jack Wilson,Tim Balfour, Hugh Danylyuk, Richard Dvorak, Mayes Lenon, Andrew Tellwright, Tiger Nottingham, Tom Corry, Nicolas Dodd, George Gentile, Gabriel Lloyd, Jasper Chute, Richard Lloyd, Gary 24 School OE OE Win Coll OW OW OE Win Coll OW OE Win Coll Win Coll St John’s Win Coll Win Coll OE OE Win Coll St John’s OW Wellington Time 37.35 38.22 39.20 39.35 40.14 41.00 41.30 41.36 42.19 43.34 45.06 45.07 45.40 45.40 45.48 46.15 48.38 50.31 53.14 59.01