The Cokethorpe Society Sports Festival was held on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 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 Shooting, Touch Rugby, Cricket and Football.
'On Saturday 17 June the Old Boys football team took the field against next year’s First XI and in all both sides produced an entertaining match in near 90 degree heat. The result was never in doubt as a younger than usual First XI soon ran in three goals in the first ten minutes. Replies came and went from the Old Boys with goals from Charlie Cassettari (OC 2015, Vanburgh) and a single goal from Tom Wells (OC 2013, Queen Anne): he was offside but with such a smart finish the goal was allowed to stand. Between the opening three goals the School team scored a further goals leading to be 7-2 at half time but the OCs showed plenty of endeavour with Charlie Cassettari pulling the strings in midfield, Paul Whelan (OC 2010, Swift) keeping goal admirably with some smart saves and despite the eleven goals conceded and giving a penalty away. Guy (OC 2010, Feilden) and brother Tom Biggs (OC 2008, Feilden), Alex Cade (OC 2012, Swift), Charlie Bartlett (OC 2008, Feilden), and Cam Hughes (OC 2015, Vanbrugh) all made telling contributions for the OCs.
The quality of the play was high at times and the competitiveness evident from several strong challenges and some slick passing. The last session of play saw a more of a leisurely pace to the game with Charlie Evans scoring the goal of the game for the First XI with a superb chip over the goalkeeper and a final result of 11-3 to the winning School First XI.
Mr C Maskery
'The Cokethorpe Society vs Staff cricket match took place on Friday 16 July. On a scorching hot evening, both teams were honoured to welcome one of the true legends of Cricket to the School. Sir Garfield Sobers broke numerous world records during his 20 year career for the West Indies. Having such an incredible guest of honour was a real treat for both sides. Winning the toss, Mr Joiner decided to have a bat first on what looked like a good wicket. Some lusty blows from Mr Goulding, Mr Purdie and Mr Cook followed up by some excellent running between the wickets from Mr Maskery, gave the staff a fighting chance at 148-8 after their 20 overs. However, some big hitting from Luke Ryan, Tom Shellard (OC 2008, Harcourt) and co gave the Cokethorpe Society a well-deserved victory by four wickets with an over to spare. Mr Maskery was the pick of the staff bowlers picking up 3 wickets. Tom Shellard won Man of the Match for the OC team. An excellent BBQ followed the match and plenty of reminiscing of old days.'
Mr R Cook
'OC Guns from across the last 50 years came together for a friendly clay pigeon competition in our newly-refurbished grounds. It was a superb afternoon of terrific shooting and even better conversation. Despite the wealth of experience on offer, the competition was won by Ethan Bosse (OC 2013, Vanbrugh) with a highly impressive 37/40. His recent captaincy of both the Nottingham University Clay Team and the Oxford University Varsity Team may have given him the edge. We look forward to welcoming back all shots next year for another excellent event.'
Mr T Walwyn
'With the spectacular weather the Old and current rugby boys all joined together for a epic game of touch rugby. With the current first team showing their superior fitness they were able to out play the Old Cokethorpeans and put on a try scoring show. Even with the lack of fitness this didn't stop the Old Boys from scoring some magical tries from nowhere. With the sun beating down on all the players the game was unfortunately called short but it was a successful day for all the gentlemen involved in the match, especially for the younger members of the current squad getting some great advice from the more experienced Old Boys.'
Mr A Clarke