Commoners’ held on for an impressive late victory over OTH to secure the title of XVs winners 2019 by two points.
The build-up to the biggest Winchester College Football game of the year was massive as always, with Flint Court decorated with tens of banners and posters, not to mention the hundreds of team shirts hanging around the school. This anticipation was carried across onto the pitch before the game started, with fans arriving with painted faces, waving flags and sporting their team's colours, long before the match began.
The game started exceptionally for Commoners’ who, led by captain Cosmo Summerfield and behind several superb busts from back kick Hereward Mills, took advantage of a strong wind and stormed into an early lead that they would not surrender for the rest of the game.
All this left them leading by more than 20 points going into half time; while the younger supporters were confident this would be insurmountable, the older heads knew that with the change of ends OTH would have the wind at their backs in the second half. Commoners’ came out from the half time team talk firing on all cylinders again, extending their lead further. It wasn’t until there were just 20 minutes left in the game that the OTH come-back started, but start it did. Several quick-fire goals from the Titus Grusnius-led OTH side brought the browns within touching distance of the Commoners’ lead but a late goal by Kaming Vancoille in the final minute put the result beyond doubt.
Despite the long busts and flyers receiving the biggest cheers of the afternoon, it was the Commoners’ hot that secured victory; they controlled the clock and secured clean ball for their ups.
The red support, of course, erupted at the final whistle, after chanting and singing passionately throughout the game.
VIs remains to be played in but for now, Commoners’ will revel in their impressive victory in what is undoubtedly the biggest match of the season.
31st May 2020
The inaugural PixPot was launched in April, alongside a photography competition open to the whole school community. The Winchester College Photography Society, which is run entirely by pupils at the school, oversaw the competition: securing the involvement of professional judges, drawing up a shortlist, and organising prizes.
18th May 2020
The traditional programme of inter-school sporting fixtures has been a feature of life at Winchester for more than 150 years. With no opportunity during lockdown to face familiar opponents, Mark Burley, Director of Sport provides an insight into the history of sport in public schools, as well as the role that Winchester has played in making it such a prominent part of school life.
18th May 2020
Winchester College has a long reputation for community service. No person is more responsible for this than the remarkable Mrs Clare Talks, Geography don and Director of Community Service. Here she provides a refreshing insight into the environmental impacts of an unseasonably warm Spring and a tranquil, undisturbed lockdown.
16th May 2020
According to his Div don, "more people have climbed Everest" and the final stages of an endurance event, such as this, will be the toughest, but sixth form pupil Freddie remains unfazed and focused on raising money for a charity close to his heart.
15th May 2020
Nat tells us about the perils - and lure - of going out in the sun in London during lockdown.
9th May 2020
James is running to get out of the house, and taking his dog with him.