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GB Water Polo

Published on March 8th, 2014 17:44

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil, William Cleal, who has been selected as one of the final 30 players (from an initial 120) to attend a Great Britain Water Polo Talent Training Camp in Cardiff on 8th and 9th March this year.

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Clayesmore Boys in the running

Published on March 8th, 2014 17:43

Congratulations to Alex Miles, James Miles and Andy Smith who have been selected to run for Dorset at the South West Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 8th February at Kings Park in Bournemouth. The South West Championships are one of seven regional championships in the whole of England, so they are a significant step up from the County Championships. Every county in the South West enters ten runners meaning each race category has about 70 competitors.

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Water Win!

Published on March 8th, 2014 17:42

Congratulations to our speedy swimmers who returned triumphant from a gala at Canford School yesterday. This is a noteworthy achievement as it is the first time that both the boys and the girls have come back as overall winners.

The U16s not only won all their relays but also gave some outstanding individual performances with Xavier Jones, Rebecca Holden and Will Cleal winning all their races.

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Lambs call up for school rugby captain

Published on March 8th, 2014 17:06

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Congratulations to 1st XV Captain and Sports Scholar, Will Bailey (Year 13), who played for ‘The Lambs (South West)’ last Sunday at Esher Rugby Club.

‘The Lambs’ are an Independent Schools Rugby Club providing representative opportunities for talented young players. Set up in 2006, ‘The Lambs’ distance themselves from over–prescriptive, boot-led rugby, giving their players the opportunity to play ‘fast and free’. This means players get involved in heads-up rugby allowing them to give full reign to their creative rugby abilities without being restricted by the concept of a win at all costs.

Although Will didn’t have the chance to display his running skills, he showed off his defensive skills as a winger and this led to a place in the team. He will now go on to play for ‘The Lambs (South)’ against ‘The Lambs (North)’ on Sunday 12th January.

School Hockey Tour to India - catching up with the boys

Published on March 8th, 2014 17:04

Day 4 – HOCKEY Day 2

An early morning breakfast was not greeted enthusiastically by all tour members. Failure to have adjusted personal clocks, meant that the 6.45am wake up call was mis-interpreted as a 1.15am prank. However, the boys got themselves up and back to the Moti Lal Nehru School in time for a leisurely warm-up in preparation for our morning fixture. A lethargic approach to the warm-up and another early goal for the opposition provided some cause for concern but we needn’t have worried as the boys played some excellent hockey to lead the first half by 4-1 and finish the game as 5-3 winners! Goals for Rolph, Askew (2), Clarke and Price/Clutterbuck (some debate about the actual scorer here) sealed a well-deserved victory and was the cause for much happiness and celebration amongst the team. Some minor injuries were sustained by some of the players so a couple of days break from hockey comes at an ideal time. After another generous lunch from the hosts we set off on our first real sight-seeing excursion. Driving into Delhi we switched our plans to include the New Delhi tour rather than the Old. Beginning at Humayun’s Tomb (the site of 160 members of the last Mughal emperor’s family) we had a tour of the site that marks the end of the Mughal dynasty. This was an excellent opportunity to see the architecture that inspired the Taj Mahal which we will be seeing tomorrow. Then on, to visit the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. A sombre and reflective mood pervaded as we visited his room and read the many scriptures and quotes dotted around the site. From there, a bus tour of the various other important landmarks in New Delhi followed. We drove by the India Gate, and had the chance to see the Presidential Palace before setting off for our evening meal and our second visit to the Junior Hockey World Cup. Tonight was the 9th/10th place match between India and Pakistan so there was a noisy atmosphere provided by the local support. Unfortunately, they were disappointed as Pakistan won on a Penalty shoot-out but the boys had a highly entertaining evening posing as the English team in countless photographs with the Indian supporters.

Day 3 – HOCKEY Day 1

More eating like kings at breakfast to start the day before an early departure to the Moti Lal Nehru School of Sports for our first hockey experience of the tour. We arrived at the 300 acre site of the school in good time and got changed for a training session to get used to the pitch, each other and the conditions. After an hours work out, it was time to stop for lunch. Another traditional Indian meal was provided in the school canteen before we made our way back to the stadium to prepare for our first match of the tour. The boys were all nervous about the match, especially when it became clear that all 700+ pupils of the school were coming to watch how their team got on against the visiting Brits. Nerves were hardly settled by the pre-match introductions as both teams lined up in front of the main stand to hear each of their names announced and to be greeted individually by the schools’ Dean. Unfortunately, we didn’t start well. The opposition quickly stole the ball from us and scored before the 1st minute was completed. Another two goals followed in the first 20 minutes before we started to get to grips with the speed of the game. The Indian players seemed faster, more physical and their skill set was better adapted to the pitch but the Clayesmore boys competed hard throughout. The policy of rotating the two forwards every 6 minutes or so worked well for us. The boys were really grateful for the rest when they got subbed off as conditions made it hard to draw breath without discomfort when working hard. Those who weren’t so lucky to get rotated, braved the situation brilliantly and we completed the first half feeling like we had got on top of our opponents. Unfortunately, with the half-time break providing an opportunity to restore their energy levels, the boys from Moti Lal Nehru started fast again in the second half and another early goal put them out of sight. It was then a similar pattern as the Clayesmore boys continued to compete hard and get more into the game towards the end of the half, creating opportunities but unfortunately, unable to put any away for the consolation goal they deserved. We lost 0-7 but felt that we had learned a huge amount…..we’ll see as we play the same school again tomorrow! After the match, the boys were thanked for visiting by the Dean who then presented gifts to each member of the group before Rob Harris, representing the school as Captain for the match, gave a speech of thanks and presented a Clayesmore shield in return. The boys from Moti Lal Nehru were given the next day off lessons because of their team’s victory which resulted in lots of very happy pupils. From the school, a journey to Delhi for a meal at a local restaurant preceded the highlight of the day, our visit to the National Hockey stadium for the semi-final of the Junior World Cup where we were fortunate to witness a fantastic contest between Germany and Holland. Germany dominated and were in the lead through 2 first half short-corner routines. They appeared to go out of reach with a wonder goal in the second half but as time ran out, Holland found new life. They brought the score back to 3-3 with an incredible burst of play and the boys all started to look forwards to the 1 v 1 penalty dribble contest which would be needed to separate the teams. Much to Nico Von Rosenberg’s delight however, Germany suddenly regained their composure and scored two goals in the last 5 minutes to end the tie. An uneventful journey home and off to bed in readiness for our 2nd fixture against the Moti Lal Nehru School and our afternoon excursion to Old Delhi before going back to the National Stadium to see the second semi-final.


The journey was an introduction to the road system of India. It appeared to be essential to beep, brake and change lane every second for all the road users and the boys had fun spotting cows and people who dared to cross or use the road at the same time as the traffic. After a couple of missed turnings, some sleeping in laybys whilst waiting for other cars to catch up and some winding, bumping roads, we eventually arrived at the Laksh foundation. Despite the fact that we were much later than expected, we received an incredibly warm welcome with garlands and handshakes all round. Coca Cola and Tea was distributed to help the boys rehydrate and a traditional Indian meal followed swiftly. The teachers of the Laksh then presented themselves. Several were previous pupils who had returned to teach the next generation of pupils whilst continuing their education at the same time by attending night classes and weekend lessons. We heard how important the 3 Laksh sites had become since the foundation was set up in 2008. A large number of the children in the local villages were simply not able to access the public education offered due to their remote location. The Laksh foundation was determined to encourage these pupils back into a learning environment by locating themselves in the heart of the rural region. The pupils we met were delighted to be at school and were thoroughly enjoying their classes and school. We finished the visit with gifts of Clayesmore items to the Laksh pupils, Camel rides and the presentation of the motor bicycle that the money raised by the charity committee had provided. A long journey to our hotel for the evening was made longer by the timing of our departure from the Laksh which coincided with the rush hour traffic. Much more honking, braking, lane changing before we got to the hotel. The boys ate like Kings at the Crowne Plaza Hotel before getting to bed and some much needed rest in anticipation of the next day’s hockey.

OC Shannon Falcone is member of triumphant America's Cup Team

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:19

Old Clayesmorian Shannon Falcone continued a strong school tradition of sailing success as part of the victorious Team Oracle in this year's America's Cup race. Team Oracle overcame a 8-1 deficit to win in style in San Francisco on 25 September. Congratulations Shannon.

Clayesmore Cormorants Cricket Week 2013

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:18

After our usual poor showing in the Dorset Schools Old Boys T20 competition at Bryanston on the Sunday and a narrow defeat in an excellent game at Canford the following day, the Cormorants found their form. A week of glorious July sunshine was completed with wins against Bryanston Butterflies, Arkadin and Sherborne Pilgrims. A good time was had by all and the 2013 programme was rounded off as usual with an enjoyable dinner at The Cricketers in Shroton, at which Ben Merrell was awarded the Cormorants Cup. Full details and report are to follow.

Lewis McManus in England call up

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:17

Congratulations to Lewis McManus who has just left the school and has been selected for the England U19 cricket squad to play against Pakistan and Bangladesh this summer.

More OC Sporting Success - Steffi Wilson

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:17

Congratulations to OC Steffi Wilson who ran the 3rd leg for GB Juniors in both the heat and the final of the 4 x 100 relay in the European Junior Champs in Rome on 21 July.

They won their heat in the fastest time of the day and a new National Record, and went on to win the Gold in the final in an even faster new National Record.

Olympic Torch Relay at Clayesmore

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:15

Clayesmore welcomed the Olympic Torch as part of the Day 55 Relay on Thursday 12 July. For full story please click here.

Cormorants Results 2012

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:15

The 2012 Cormorants Week was badly affected by the rain. Results of the fixtures are below.

Sunday 8 July – T20 Tournament at Bryanston

Cancelled due to bad weather. (See photograph left)

Monday 9 July – versus Canford Cygnets at Clayesmore

Cormorants 142 (Connor 62, Marsh 3 for 22, Darby 3 for 27) Cygnets 145 for 7 (Darby 32, A Dike 3 for 39)

Match lost.

Tuesday 10 July – versus Bryanston Butterflies at Clayesmore

Butterflies 277 for 4 declared (Davies 47, Weld 81, Bucknall 52 no, J Denning 60) Cormorants 102 (Owton 51, Marshall 3 for 16)

Match lost.

Wednesday 11 July – versus Arkadin CC at Clayesmore

Cormorants 221 for 6 declared (A Dike 36, Owton 90, Webb 39 no) Arkadin 192 (Dawson 69, A Dike 4 for 36)

Match won

Thursday 12 July – versus Sherborne Pigrims at Clayesmore

Cancelled due to bad weather.

OC Steffi Wilson wins silver at U20 UK Indoor Athletics Championships

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:13

Former Prep and Senior School pupil Steffi Wilson has won a silver medal in the 60m race at the U20s UK Indoor Athletics Championships, held at the NIA in Birmingham on Saturday 25 February.

Competing in the first heat, Steffi was drawn with a field including Jodi Williams, the current European record holder who has already achieved Olympic qualifying status. At the gun Steffi, not renowned for quick starts went off slowly and was in 6th place after 15 metres, however she powered through and finished just behind Jodi in 2nd place with a new personal best time of 7.66. She qualified for the final.

In the final she was again drawn in lane for alongside Jodi Williams in lane 5. Again at the gun Steffi started slowly and was in fifth at the 15 metre point. Again she powered through and finished in Silver Medal position behind Jodie W in another personal best time of 7.61.

Last night Steffi received a phone call informing her that she has been selected the GB junior relay squad training in Barcelona later this year, and will travel to Loughborough this weekend for the first of their training sessions. Congratulations Steffi.

Former England Rugby Pro, Danny Grewcock at Clayesmore

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:11

This week, 80 key Clayesmore rugby players were fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in training sessions with ex-professional rugby player Danny Grewcock.

Danny, whose career spans the Bath, England and British Lions teams, is currently working as the Academy Director for Bath Rugby Club. The lucky boys, from a range of age groups, were constantly challenged to raise the standard of their performance and they worked on improving a variety of techniques with an emphasis on developing Bath Rugby’s 5 core skills. Practices included handling, decision-making and defensive organisation.

OC Team comes away with silver at Cronk Cunis Rugby Competition

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:11

OC Team comes away with silver at Cronk Cunis Rugby Competition This year the OC Society entered a team in the Cronk-Cunis Rugby Fesitval, held at Richmond Athletic Ground on Monday 29 August.

This is a 15 a side under-21 old boys tournament, playing games 15 mins each way. The squad, resplendent in their OC kit, were raised and captained by Will Rasbridge and results were as follows -

vs Merchant Taylors' Lost 0-10

vs Saffron Waldron Won 17-0

vs Norwich Lost 12-20 with tries from OCs Lewis Brown and Patrick Langdown

vs St Edward's, Oxford Won 14-10 with two tries from OC Captain Will Rasbridge

vs Wimbledon Lost 3-38

OC Tom Tait is the oldest competitor at Cowes Week

Published on December 23rd, 2013 20:10

OC Tom Tait was the oldest competitor at the 2011 Cowes Week, appearing on television and being introduced to Princess Anne. Tom is 10 days older than her father.

This year was the centenary of the XOD Class, always the biggest fleet, but instead of the normal 80 boats, in this special year there were 145 boats competiting, requiring a start line three times the normal length.

Tom's boat X181 ‘Xtravagance’, came 34th out of 145, not bad for a 90 year old Old Clayesmorian.