TAG: Sport

17 June 2009

John Hart (S. 1995-00)

John Hart is one of the most respected members of the London Wasps squad and so it comes as no surprise that he was named as Wasps' captain for the start of the 2007/08 season throughout the World Cup period.

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17 June 2009

Duncan Hamilton (S. 1934-36)

James Duncan Hamilton - Formula One racing driver, winner of the 1953 Le Mans race.

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23 May 2009

OBs win the Egham 7s

The OB's won the Egham 7's on Saturday 23rd May in a new tournament record points tally. Hugo's Hooligans won all 7 games including a tough semi final game against the Household Cavalry Regiment 21 - 14 before going on to beat Windsor (one of the top teams in South West England 3) in the final 35 - 7.

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29 April 2009

Halford Hewitt 2009

A first round draw against Canford offered some ground for optimism that we would progress this year.  As is usual, there were some players unavailable that we might have liked to include, though we still raised a fair team of mostly middle single-figure players.  Unfortunately, hopes were dashed again.  In a very stiff north-easterly wind that made maintaining rhythm extremely difficult and the front nine at Royal Cinque Ports seriously testing (many a good drive failed to reach the third and fifth fairways), we went down 5-0, though not without some individual heroics.  The fact was that Canford's highest handicap was lower than all but one of ours!

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07 April 2009

Clare Connor MBE (W. 1989-94), OB of the Month, April 2011

Head of England Women's Cricket, Clare is a former England cricket captain. At the age of 30, she was awarded the OBE after leading England to their first Ashes win in 42 years. Clare retired from playing for England in 2006 with over 100 international caps and having led the side for 6 years.

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17 March 2009

OBs' World Cup campaigns

The England Women's Cricket Team beat the West Indies last night and have qualified for the World Cup Final this Saturday. They have one more group game to play against Australia, the result of which has no effect on the final result. Holly Colvin (F. 2003-08), Sarah Taylor (W. 2002-07) and Laura Marsh (F. 2000-05) are all likely to play. The final is on Sky Sports this Saturday at 10.55 pm.

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03 March 2009

OBFC in Title Decider

The Old Brightonians Football team can snatch the 2008-9 Intermediate League Title from under the noses of main rivals Battle FC with one last push in the final game of the season.

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25 February 2009

Kingsford Community School Scholarship

In view of the redevelopment of the squash courts, Martin Buss (D. 1954-58) has agreed that the sum of £40,000 which he originally donated for the refurbishment of the courts some years ago, should be applied to supporting a scholar from Kingsford Community School for two years. This very generous donation will provide opportunity to a bright boy or girl from a less privileged background who will now have the tremendous start in life they so deserve.

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27 December 2008

REPORT: OBs v Hurstpierpoint, 27th Dec 2008

With Christmas hangovers and steaming breath whipped away by the icy winds the OB's arrived at Hove RFC for this years instalment of the Padwin Cup. With honours even from last year there was a real expectancy in the air, round two if you will, a second chance to establish dominance. Icy heads and fiery hearts took the field on the 27th to do battle for just a few inches of silver but a whole institution's respect. It is a shame that in recent years Hurst and Brighton College have discontinued sporting fixtures, but both Old Boy Club sides were adamant whatever the stakes we would fight to keep the long standing rivalry going.

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02 November 2008

Matt misses out on Stanford payday

Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) was part of the England team that missed out on cricket's biggest ever payday in Antigua at the weekend (01/11/08).

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29 October 2008

Autumn Meeting 2008

The Autumn meeting last year was held in October at Puttenham Golf Club, a little gem full of glorious autumnal colours tucked away near Guildford and where one of our longer-standing and loyal members has held just about every office a Golf Club can offer.  We don't think (and hope he hasn't) been Head Chef, but that is about all!

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08 July 2008

REPORT & GALLERY: The Stockholm Ten's International Rugby Tournament

Stockholm in July, sits quietly, confidently and cleanly, amongst its cobbled medieval streets. The great pine wilderness on its doorstep stretches into the distance, as far as the Baltic archipelagos. The warmth of a Scandinavian summer gently envelopes its green and pleasant shores like the slowly lapping waves of the fjords; gone are thoughts of chilling winds and thick white powder - the ground is as hard as granite, this is the dry season and it’s perfect for tournament rugby!

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01 June 2008

Old Brightonian Golf 2008

OBGS - Halford Hewitt 2008 Hopes of a win through to further rounds in this year's Halford Hewitt were dented early by knowledge of a 1st Round draw against Uppingham, a team in recent years on the up. This proved to be the case when we met them on the ground and lost by 4 matches to 1 on a very pleasant day at Royal St. George's, Sandwich.

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16 March 2008

The John Pope Retirement Rugby Match

My last missive on this esteemed website began with the observation that the sun always seems to shine on the College whenever an event or function summons me there... apparently these were famous last words!

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02 March 2008

Paul Samrah (L. 1972-77) wins the EA Sports Fan of the Year, 2008

Brighton & Hove Albion supporter, Paul Samrah (L. 1972-77) has won the EA SPORTS Fan of the Year Award at the 2008 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players.

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16 January 2008

John Heal (D. 1982-85) Hangs Up His Boots

John Heal (D. 1982-85) was one of the founding members of the OB Football Club and has been a key member of the team over the last twelve years since the clubs formation, as well taking a primary role in the Club's administration having been the Club Secretary for 7 of those years.

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27 December 2007

REPORT: U25s v OJs 27th December 2007

It was a crisp blue December morning that I awoke to on that famous day of the 27th. The sky blue canopy stretched over the farmhouse and melted away into an almost white distance. Scraggy, skeletal looking conifers, stripped of their summer bulk stuck out, dark, jagged and deathly amidst the pure colours above, whilst the ever greens stood rigidly to attention like half cut guardsmen, swaying gently from side to side in the faint north easterly breeze. Two greyish brown rabbits hopped lackadaisically across the lush green paddock below, glinting from the morning glow; I fetched my air rifle.

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02 October 2007

Peter Rumney (H. 1937-39)

As many Old Brightonians will be aware, Peter died on 2nd October 2007. His memorial service at Bishop Hannington Church on 10th October was attended by several hundred friends from Peter’s wide range of interests, a tribute to the affection and respect in which he was held. Peter himself had a long association with Bishop Hannington Church as a member of the welcoming team “meeting and greeting” members of the congregation as they arrived for services in his own inimitable way.

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02 September 2007

REPORT: Cronk-Cunis Rugby Festival 2007

When engaged in the art rugby, the vanquishing of thine enemy can be the warrior's only concern. This is the first and cardinal rule of our game, of our code, of our very brotherhood. Suppress all human emotion and compassion; destroy whoever stands in thy way. This truth lies at the heart of the art of your combat, be it the power of the number eight or the nimble jink of the fly half. Once it is mastered. Thou shall fear no one. Though the devil himself may bar thy way.

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21 June 2007

The Lashings XI return to Brighton College in 2007

On 21st June 2007 some of the world's most prolific International cricket stars competed against the college 1st X1 in the 2nd annual Lashings match on the Home Ground on a sun-soaked afternoon. It’s hard to imagine an event that can appeal to, and draw together, the generations of Old Brightonians, College staff, and current pupils in quite the same way that Clare Connor’s (W. 1989-94) annual cricket-fest does so successfully.

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17 June 2007

Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) helps England to One Day victory over India

Matt took three catches (as well as receiving Monty Panesar's run-out throw) to help dismiss India for 184 as they chased England's total of 288/2 tonight at the Rose Bowl in the opening one-day international.

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17 June 2007

Brighton College cricketers picked to tour India

Brighton College pupils Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor have been named in the 14 player squad to tour India during February. England will compete in a World Series competition comprising the top 4 sides in the world: Australia, New Zealand, India and England. Both girls played for England during the 2006 summer and impressed the coach and selectors with notable performances.

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17 May 2007

Prior gets his Ton!

At 11.00 on Thursday 17th May, Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) became ‘Matthew Prior, Brighton College, Sussex and England’ as he made his test debut at Lords.

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06 May 2007

REPORT: OBFC Testimonial Match

For the last 12 years Paul Lawrence and John Heal have played for the club with distinction and have been at the very heart of the club rise from division 8 to Premiership where they now play.

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12 March 2007

Golf Letter to Editor 2007

The following letter is in response to comments made by Christopher Pett (H. 1962-67) in his golf report of the Summer of 2006.


Dear Editor,

Please remind young Christopher Pett that Aldrich House had plenty to shout about in 1962. We had recently moved from the anterooms of the Hall into the main body of the College, and under Geoff Lees’ “really” canny guidance, Aldrich was proving it could challenge the dominance of the boarding houses in all aspects of school life.

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19 September 2006

Graeme Roberts (S. 1944-47) Remembers His Swim Team

I do so much enjoy receiving the Pelican via e-mail and searching for signs of those still around who were colleagues of mine in the mid-forties.

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03 September 2006

REPORT & GALLERY: The Cronk-Cunis Rugby Festival 2006

Motspur Park near Wimbledon was the scene for the 10th annual National Cronk-Cunis U21’s Old boys Rugby tournament. Unlike the last two tournaments the sky was an uncharacteristic grey, bruised and heavy with moisture it suppressed overhead like a granite coloured blanket of discontent.

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29 June 2006

REPORT: "Legendary Entertainment" - The Lashings XI visit Brighton College

On Thursday 29th June some of the world's most prolific cricketers played against the College 1st XI. Chris Crosbie - a guest of Guy Bradshaw (R. 1979-84) - sends us this report...

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18 June 2006

Alex Cole (D. 1979-83) becomes Champion de France

Alex Cole (D. 1979-83) is the first Englishman to become "Champion de France Rallye Tout Terrain". At the final rally of the year in Normandy, a third overall secured the 2006 title 'Champion de France'.

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18 June 2006

OB's unveil the new preston Nomads Cricket Pavilion

The official opening of the magnificent new pavilion at Preston Nomads’ ground in Fulking turned into something of an Old Brightonian reunion - as these things so often do! The pavilion was opened by an emotional and engaging Robin Marlar - occasional scourge of Clare Connor’s England team, President of the MCC, and son of E A G Marler (OB. 1916-19).

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17 June 2006

SCCC sign up Michael Thornely (R. 2001-06)

Sussex have promoted their Academy batsman Michael Thornely to the professional playing staff.

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01 June 2006

Old Brightonian Golf 2006

After last year's success, we sadly failed to qualify for the Grafton Morrish Finals this year. We again played in the Cyril Gray Cup at Worplesdon in June where we lost 3-0 to a strong Whitgift side containing two former county players, and the first round of the Plate competition was lost 2-1 in a much closer game that could have gone either way against Framlingham. None of these setbacks has dented our resolve to try to get back to more successful ways in 2007.

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30 April 2006

REPORT: East Grinstead Sunshine Sevens April 2006

Rugby sevens is a game of tactics, patience, speed, skill and above all flair. Thus being the show off I am I decided the Old Brightonians 1st VII RFC should demonstrate all these admirable virtues and many more besides at the annual East Grinstead Sunshine sevens - Sussex’s premier Sevens tournament.

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13 March 2006

Clare Connor Retires from International cricket

England women’s captain, Clare Connor (W. 1989-94) has announced her retirement from international cricket after six years of leading her country.

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02 March 2006

Gerard Pearlberg's Letter From America

In September 2005, I co hosted the third annual All Star Running & Triathlon Camp with six time Hawaiian Iron Man Champion, Mark Allen (pictured on my right with hair in the photograph!). The camp also featured two time Olympic marathoner (Atlanta '96 and Sydney '00) Ronnie Holassie.

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17 October 2005

Holly Colvin Nominated as Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year

Holly Colvin has been nominated as Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year, and Clare Connor is in the final six for Sportswoman of the Year (up against phenomenal competitors like Paula Radcliffe and Ellen McArthur).

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02 October 2005

"Absurd, old-fashioned and patronising" - Robin Marlar Incurred the wrath of Clare Connor

He has been in the job for just one day but the new president of the MCC has already provoked howls of indignation by declaring it "absolutely outrageous" that girls play cricket with boys. Robin Marlar is the son of a famous OB: E A G Marlar (OB. 1916-19), member of College Council and Headmaster of Whitgift! If E A G Marlar had sent his son to Brighton College and not to Harrow he might have taken a different view.

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01 October 2005

REPORT & GALLERY: OB’s Vets v. Shoreham Vets

Great start to the season again for the OB Vets RFC. The unbeaten run continues in a game billed as “The Return of a man called Greenfield”.

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09 September 2005

Clare Connor (W. 1989-94) captained England's women to Ashes series

Clare Connor MBE (W. 1989-94) captained England's women to their first Ashes series win in 42 years with a triumph over Australia in the second and final test in Worcester on Friday.

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30 August 2005

REPORT: OBA Sponsored College Rugby and Netball Tour of South Africa 2005

All the efforts in planning and training were put under threat by doubts over our departure day due to the strike by South African Airways. A phone call at 11am on the morning of departure gave us the go ahead. The tour was up and running. However, another obstacle awaited us is Johannesburg in the form of passport control, which took two and half hours to clear. This put enormous pressure on catching our connecting flight to Cape Town and only the pleadings of an old man and the size of the party allowed us to win the day and board the plane half an hour late.

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18 June 2005

Cricket Dinner - Celebrating 150 years of College Cricket

This year we are celebrating the 160th anniversary of Brighton College’s foundation, and both the Headmaster and the Old Brightonian Association are very keen to celebrate this occasion fittingly. Hence there will be a number of events arranged at the school to mark the achievements of Brighton College, events which we hope will enable Old Brightonians of all ages to renew past associations and friendships.

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18 June 2005

REPORT: A Celebration of 150 years of College Cricket

150 not out and still with plenty of gas in the tank would be the best way to present Brighton College Cricket today. We as a school have had an enviable record in cricket since the early 1980’s and it is great to see that this still the case in 2005.

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05 June 2005

REPORT: Touring Car Racing at Brands Hatch

It had been some considerable time since the College had heard from one of her most famous sons, former Grand Prix racer Jonathan Palmer (A. 1969-74). In fact, to my recollection the last visit he paid to the school was when I had invited him to talk to the school’s Auto Club back in 1982! We were therefore particularly delighted when Jonathan contacted our President to invite the Association to enjoy a day’s hospitality at Brands Hatch. We were offered a large suite high above the main startline straight offering a magnificent view of every corner of the circuit.

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01 June 2005

Brighton College Girls Make History

The College made history this month by playing two girls, Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor, in the College 1st XI fixture against Wellington.

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01 June 2005

Old Brightonian Golf 2005

The OBs qualified at Knole Park for the Grafton Morrish Trophy finals, for the second time in three years. These will be held at Hunstanton and Brancaster at the end of September. It is a great weekend and competition for places in the team will be keen. Hopefully we won't meet last year's winners in the 1st Round (like last time)!

The over 50s lost their 1st Round match in the Cyril Grey Cup at Worplesdon to Wellingborough 2-1, but won the 1st Round of the Plate event, beating Epsom 2-1. They then lost a nailbiter of a 2nd Round against Greshams 2-1, with every game finishing on the 18th green. This is the first 1st Round we've lost in six years - we hope to get back to winning ways next year.

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25 April 2005

Netball Report, 2005

Our netball teams continue to achieve considerable success: we were the only school to qualify for the Sussex Cup Finals and the Sussex Independent Schools’ Finals in all age groups. The U15s achieved the treble by winning the King Edward’s School Invitation Tournament, the Sussex Cup and S.I.S.N.A. Tournament.

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01 March 2005

Old Brightonian Golf Spring 2005

In the 2005 Halford Hewitt, the fates conspired to prevent us fielding our best side and we went down 4-1 in the first round to Aldenham, who are enjoying something of a resurgence with some new talented young golfers. Julian Tate and James Bell picked up a point, and two of our pairs lost only on the 18th green, so the score belies the closeness of the competition.

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25 December 2004

Old Girls on the Ball

It was nice to see so many familiar faces returning to play Old Girls' netball in the matches against the College's senior teams on Saturday 18 September. However, the fact that the 'Dream Team', that was 4th in the National Finals of 2002, had turned out in force was a little daunting for our U16 VII and 1st VII.

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01 October 2004

Old Brightonian Golf Autumn 2004

A year that promised slightly more than was achieved but greatly enjoyed by all those that took part.

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28 September 2004

Old Brightonians Cricketer Cup Season 2004

The Cricketer Cup is now in its 38th Year and is the premier Public Schools Old Boys cricket competition. Although the Old Brightonians won the competition back in 1969 with the legendary ABD Parsons, it has been dominated by the likes of Tonbridge, Malvern, Oundle, Charterhouse and Harrow. At the beginning of this season we were sitting 13th in the national rankings. Having reached the ¼ final stage 8 times in the last 20 years the college hoped this year to proceed further and perhaps emulate the heroes of 69.

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