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Sporting Cups and Colours for Bolton Boys

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Sporting cups and colours were awarded to almost 60 boys at this morning’s Bolton School Boys’ Division full assembly. Pupils collected awards for their success, often on a regional or national stage, in football, hockey, rugby, water polo, swimming, badminton, cricket, chess, golf and outdoor pursuits. 

Full colours were given to Jamie Fernandes, Ben Sykes, David Meadows and Sam Croston and half colours were given to James Larkin, Rupert Varley, Sam Brennan, Ben Turner and George Brennan for their participation in what has been another good year for hockey. There are now two senior sides and many players represent the county at different levels. The Ashworth Trophy for the most improved player along with his half colours went to Matthew Cavaliere. As 1st XI hockey captain, Tom Mair received the Allison trophy along with his full colours.

Andrew Mattison, swim captain, picked up the Field Cup and full colours. In Water Polo, the School has once again had an exceptional season with the teams regaining their crowns as National Champions and individual players travelling across Europe as a reward for their selection in numerous representative teams. Full colours went to Jos Winstanley, Kurtis Watson, Jack Phillips, Matthew Schaffel, Jamie Price and Aaron Murray and half colours went to Gareth Edwards-Williams, Marcus Crompton, Chris Rhodes, Elliot Mathieson and Jacob Male. Harrison Barker-Smith received the Water Polo Captain awards.

This year, for the first time, colours were introduced for Outdoor Pursuits, in recognition of the climbing and kayaking taking place in competitions and trips. Half colours went to Ryan Hibbert, Alex Young, Sam Ryder and Chris Jacob for their climbing exploits. Thomas Heyes picked up half colours for kayaking.

The new Trevor Pledger Award for Volunteering in Sport went to a young man who has been heavily involved with helping out in Outdoor Pursuits and who has also become a very talented rugby referee, Dominic Hardy, who also received his half colours.

Indoor sports, and whilst no colours were awarded due to the age of the players, special mention was made of U14 badminton players Karthik Ajith, Callum Wong, Ben Clarkson and Sam Schofield, who travelled to Milton Keynes for the National Badminton finals and finished a very creditable fifth in the country. Karthik Ajith picked up the badminton captain’s trophy. Chess colours were awarded for the first time in several years with half colours going to Luke Cavanaugh and Ryan Thakrar.

It was noted that the golf season is in full swing and players were wished all the best for forthcoming competitions, where the School will be represented by a new crop of talented junior players. One of the School’s youngest ever captains, Sean Dobson,  received the Eric Dawber golf trophy for the second year running as school golf captain. 

Daniel Southworth, School cricket captain, received the Hyde plate and it was noted that colours will be awarded at the annual MCC match. 

The assembly was told that School rugby had enjoyed one of its best seasons in recent years as the junior sides enjoyed many successes. The u13s had a good finish to the season reaching the County Cup final on schools' day, narrowly losing in the final to Kirkham GS. The u12s had probably had their best ever season with only 1 defeat all year.  Several players played for their district and Morgan Skeels-Caldwell, Piers Skeels-Caldwell, Chris Gillard and Daniel Bentham all represented Lancashire. Full colours were awarded to Dan Southworth, Sam Smethurst, Milo Holmes, George Morgan and Morgan Skeels-Caldwell. Half colours were awarded to Stuart Knight, Daniel Aspinall, Chris Gillard and 2nd XV Captain Alex Ramwell. Tom Ryder, who represented the school at the Northern Independent Schools' match, collected the Captain’s L C Jones trophy and full colours. 

The School had enjoyed another good football season with several sides doing very well in their relative competitions. Individual honours went out to several players who played for various ISFA teams, with more players representing the ISFA U13s’ North West side. The flagship player being 1st XI goalkeeper Paul Foster who went on tour with the full ISFA side. Full football colours were awarded to Paul Foster, Rehan Udwadia and Roman Slusarenko. Half colours went to Naeem Seth, Joe Ball, Lee Glover, Tom McGivern, Josh Bowers, Phil Robinson, Harvey Steed, James Porter and Connor Davies. As football captain, Jay Harland received full colours and the Bradley Trophy. The Chris Rigby player of the year award and half colours went to George Taylor. 

The final award, the much coveted Hindley Trophy, which is presented to the best individual performance or performer of the year, went on a unanimous decision to Harrison Barker-Smith, who has just been selected for the GB U19 Water Polo team to play Lithuania, Greece and Ukraine in Manchester in the coming weeks.

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