The Cokethorpe Society Sports Festival was held on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June, with Old Cokethorpeans (‘OCs’) invited to attend from all years of the School, arriving from across the country.
Teams of current pupils and staff took on the OCs, with the whole event being held across the grounds of the School. Sports at the festival included Clay Pigeon Shooting, Netball, Cricket and Football.
OCs 14-14 Cokethorpe Senior Girls
‘Each year I eagerly await the Society Sports Day Netball match as it is not only a well contested fixture but also a wonderful opportunity to see some familiar faces. As always the netball was met with an excited group of players who took an absolute age to get on court as they were far too busy catching up, laughing and hugging. After I put a stop to the fun and joviality (there was a serious netball match to be played) we enjoyed a vigorous warm up before both teams took to the court. As expected, the game was physical and play was end to end keeping the score line very close. The old girls had the help of Mr Gaertner in their mid court while Mrs Fuchs and I joined the Senior girls led by Captain Millie Evans (Upper Sixth, Vanbrugh). It was absolutely brilliant fun and I was delighted that the class of 2012 -Alyce McNaughton (OC 2012, Gascoigne), Lily Cartwright (OC 2012, Queen Anne), Steph Stanton (OC 2012, Queen Anne), Jenna Gordon (OC 2012, Gascoigne), Sophie Fisher (OC 2012, Feilden) and Connie Manning (OC 2012, Swift) - showed the youngsters that they were still a dab hand on the netball court, demonstrating tactical flare in attack. The overall result was a fitting 14-14 draw and we look forward to a rematch next year.
The nominated players of the match were Evie Philips (Fifth Form, Swift) and Lily Cartwright.’
- Mrs K Floyd
OCs 134 for 7 off 20 overs
Staff 90 all out off 17 overs
‘Although the weather was trying its best to ruin proceedings, there were smiles all around as the Cokethorpe Staff, led by Mr Joiner, faced the OCs for their Annual Society Cricket Match. Winning the toss, the Staff asked the OCs to bat first on a wet pitch. The OCs got off to a good start with the score at 70-3 off 11 overs. However, the introduction of Mr Maskery changed things, taking the wickets of Jack Biggs (OC 2012, Feilden), Luke Ryan (OC 2006, Gascoigne) and Tom Shellard (OC 2008, Harcourt) in quick succession, leaving the visitors languishing at 76-5. The OCs however regrouped and ended their innings on 134-7 off 20 overs. Jack Bennett (OC 2012, Feilden) finishing with a steady 37 not out. The Staff run chase started well with Mr Lewis smashing consecutive sixes on his way to a quickfire 32. However, the middle order was unable to capitalise on this good start and the Staff were eventually bowled out for 84. Wickets for Billy Webb (3-22) (OC 2010, Gascoigne) and Elliott Bennett (3-9) (OC 2008, Feilden) wrapping things up for the OCs. A great evening’s cricket and plenty of old stories to share afterwards.’
- Mr R Cook
Cokethorpe 1st XI 5-2 OCs
‘A very keenly contested OCs v 1st XI football match resulted in a hard fought victory by five goals to two for the School team.
The game was split into three periods of 25 minutes, given the likelihood of the OCs needing medical help. The first two periods were evenly contested with the School scoring first through Sam Sweet (six minutes) (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne) only for Chris Cassettari (OC 2008, Vanbrugh) to equalise on ten minutes. The quality of the football was excellent with passing to feet being the order of the day rather than long 'chase me balls'. Both sides showing their time at school has drilled into them the finer arts of 'pass and move' while Billy Herbert (Lower Sixth, Harcourt) scored to make it 2-1 at the end of the first period. Tom Biggs (OC 2008, Feilden) having been played clean through could only shoot wide as chances came for both teams. Charlie Cassettari (OC 2014, Vanbrugh) scored with a well taken shot in the 31st minute to make the scores level at 2-2 before James Staples (Upper Sixth, Swift) added a surprise third (48 minutes). At the end of this second period Max England (Lower Sixth, Gascoigne) scored a well taken penalty for the 1st XI to make the score now 4-2 after goalkeeper Angus Haines (OC 2014, Vanbrugh) had brought down Sam Sweet inside the area despite claims of a 'dive'.
In the final third the OCs were certainly feeling the pace and despite plenty of water the tempo dropped and a further goal from Sam Sweet (67 minutes) with a smart finish inside the area meant the School ran out as 5-2 winners. Charlie Cassettari was awarded the Old Boys’ Man of the Match, showing he has lost none of his midfield skills and the ever threatening Dickie Turner (Lower Sixth, Feilden), who launched attack after attack from the left back position was rightly awarded the 1st Xl Man of the Match. A thoroughly entertaining game was highlighted by Paul Whelan (OC 2010, Swift) receiving a yellow card for an audacious dive which resembled a 'dying swan'. Thank you to all the OCs for attending and making such an enjoyable game with George Murrin (OC 2013, Swift), Guy Biggs (OC 2010, Feilden) and Charlie Bartlett (OC 2008, Feilden) all making significant contributions to the game.’
- Mr C Maskery