We are delighted to report that the annual OB v School Sports Weekend which took place Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March, was a great success. Around ninety OBs returned to the School over the weekend of sporting activities which included Squash, Rifle Shooting Football and, Hockey and Fives. Many thanks to them all, and to the students and staff involved, for a wonderful weekend of events.
The OB’s fielded two teams against the School, with one victory and a loss. The Captains XI, led by James Smith (09-16), won 6-3 against a strong School side. The OB’s experience told early on when James Smith’s through ball split the defence, and Oli Keary (99-10) neatly finished in the corner. Goal of the game was from Jon Lamb (90-00)– now leading OB scorer with 11 goals. He flicked the ball over his marker and volleyed in from the edge of the box, giving the keeper no chance at all.
The referee (Phil Waterhouse) was determined to make it an even game and awarded a penalty for a handball nobody saw! Frankie Hearnshaw sent the keeper the wrong way. He later equalised for the School making the half time score 2-2.
With no substitutes – the OB’s played the conditions well with Toby Walker contributing with a couple of assists from defence. The OB’s scored quickly from resulting corners with Will Robertson and MoM Frankie Lawrence (94-05). The speedy Julian Kitson added a further brace.
There was still time for another School penalty, Daniel “De Gea” Walker (81-85) pulled off an excellent save debuting in goal. There was still time for Alex Rennie to grab a consolation goal for the School making the final score – 6-3
The OB 2nd team came up against the 2nd XI side and eventually went down in a very close fought 5-4 loss.
Overall, it was a great day for football with a fantastic turnout!
Daniel Walker (81-85)
Watch this space for more details on Shooting, Squash, Hockey and Fives.