Sporting success across the field

This year, College sports teams and individuals racked up some impressive results. The College cricket team beat Farnborough Sixth Form College in the Altham College Cricket Final in what turned out to be a really close game. Farnborough were bowled out for 105 with Chris Jones with 5 wickets for 21 off 8 overs and George Neave with 3 wickets for 27 runs off 8 overs. Alton scored 107 for 9 with George Neave hitting 24 and Jake Tapp holding his nerve at number 10 to hit the winning runs.  This inter-college trophy dates back to 1965 with colleges like Peter Symonds, Barton Peveril, QMC, Farnborough, Taunton, Brockenhurst and King Edwards all competing in it. Alton have won it 4 times in the last ten years.

Back row left to right Toby Cross (previously at Bohunt) Jordan Frost (previously at Weydon School) Chris Jones (previously at Farnborough Sixth) Jaymine Patel (previously at Perins) Hally Baldock (previously at Weydon School) Jack Robson (previously at Perins)

Front row left to right Cameron Hamer (previously at Amery Hill) Jake Tapp (previously at Bohunt) Daniel Trim (previously at Amery Hill) Max Harsham (previously at Eggar’s School) George Neave (previously at Eggar’s School)

Earlier in the season, the first ever girls’ rugby fixture was held between Alton College and The 6th Form College Farnborough.  The girls from both colleges had been visited by coaches from the ladies section of Basingstoke RFC at the beginning of the year and with help from keen Sport teachers were encouraged to take regular lunchtime sessions. The first ever girls’ college match took place on a chilly day in Alton and turned into a try-fest. The eventual winners were the team from Farnborough winning 65-55, but it wasn’t about the scoreline. Alton skipper Annie McMullan, previously at Eggar’s School said: ‘We’re all so happy and I think lots of the girls have found their sport! It was great to play the Farnborough girls, we really enjoyed it.’ Hopefully this will be the first of many matches.

Sam Jenner, previously at Bohunt School, reached the British Mountaineering Council Youth Series National Final earlier in the year. He was the London and South East area winner which entitled him to compete at the national finals held in Edinburgh, at which he finished ninth overall after several days competition. He trains three days a week in Guildford at Surrey Sports Park and has a climbing wall at home. There are two separate disciplines in climbing, lead climbing which uses ropes, and bouldering which doesn’t use ropes or harnesses. Sam does both disciplines and hopes to continue after College.  

College alumni Joe Truman, previously at The Petersfield School, has recently claimed a European gold medal at the 2016 UEC Track U23 European Championships in Italy. Joe is part of the GB under-23 sprint team alongside Jack Carlin and Olympic reserve rider Ryan Owens. This is definitely a team of athletes to watch out for at future Olympics!

Tia Ruel, previously at Treloar’s School, has made the British Lions team in the sport of Boccia following a successful qualification weekend in Sheffield.  She also went to Russia in the summer term with Team GB (U21’s) and they came 5th overall.  She did especially well as all the different classifications were mixed in the competition so she was playing with athletes who had far more movement than she does. This month she has the GB national championships, held at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, and she is representing England in these. After College she is going to become a full time Boccia player. 

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