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OS NEWS – NOVEMBER

Wedding: James McLeod (S 05-09) and Jemma Harrison (Old Castertonian)

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Congratulations to OS and former member of staff James McLeod (S 05-09) who wed Old Castertonian Jemma Harrison on September 28th. The best man was Tom Woof (S 04-09).


Wedding: Jennifer Charlton (R 01-05) and John Grealish

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Congratulations to Jennifer Charlton (R 01-05) and John Grealish who were married on September 21st.


Birth: Jasper de la Rivère


Congratulations to Sedbergh School archivist Katy de la Rivière and husband Richard on the arrival of their second son, Jasper, who was born on October 23rd, weighing 10lb 5oz.


2016-2017 Leavers’ Social in London

There was a social gathering of recent leavers supported by the OS Club last month at the Norfolk Arms Pub in Bloomsbury, London. The dinner was well attended and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Attendees included: Ben Watson (E 15-17), Maria Mendoza (L 13-17), Charlie Stephenson (SH 12-17), Fergus Macmillan (SH 12-17), Lorne Scott-Dempster (SH 14-17), Olly Ward (S 12-17), Ed Sanson (E 12-17), Felicity Brearley (C 15-17), Charlotte Preston (R 12-17), Sam Stewart (SH 12-17), Candice Dobson (L 12-17), Amelia Saunders (L 12-17) and Charlie Neate (L 12-16).


Storm Straker (L 14-16) Wins Open Novice Section at Burgham International Horse Trials

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Congratulations to eventer Storm Straker (L 14-16) who won her open novice section at the Burgham International Horse Trials held in Northumberland on the 26th-28th of July. Storm won her section with her horse Roma Victor (Max) jumping a foot perfect double clear, while her other four horses, Duke of Darlington (Dimi) (15th), Well Designed (Sace) (7th), and her two 5-year-olds Vsplesk (Putin) (4th) and Fever Pitch (Pitchie) (12th) also performed strongly in their respective events. The competition, held annually, is Northumberland’s Premier Equestrian Event. More recently, Storm also finished an impressive 7th out of 33 at the Land Rover Blair Castle International, and followed it up with a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the open novice section at Frenchfield, as part of the Cumbria Horse Trials Series. Click here to follow Storm’s results.


Cameron Harris (S 17-19) To Run 2020 London Marathon

After successfully completing the London Marathon last year, Cameron Harris (S 17-19) has again won a charity place for the 2020 London Marathon and will be raising money for the charity close to his heart, MS-UK. MS-UK provides support for people affected by multiple sclerosis, which is around 107,000 in the UK and 2.3 million people worldwide. In 2006, Cam’s mother was diagnosed with MS. Although Cam recognises that he and his family have been lucky to have been provided with support and health care, he is all too aware that not everyone is as lucky as his family. When asked about his experience of last year’s London Marathon, which he finished in a time of 4:26:41, Cam said, “it is one of the best experiences I have ever done. When you are coming around and see the finish line it’s just the best feeling in the world. It was such an incredible experience last year I could not wait to put my name forward to run for MS-UK again. They are a fantastic team of dedicated people.” Last year Cam raised some £2,500 and this year has a set £2000 fundraising target. Please click here for more information.


Andrew Murray (H 89-94) Completes The Bob Graham Round

Congratulations to Andrew Murray (pictured left) (H 89-94) who recently completed the gruelling 66-mile fell-running challenge on August 25th, along with friend, Josh Hickford, to raise money for charity.

The Bob Graham Round is a formidable 24-hour fell-running challenge of 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District, over a distance of 66 miles with 27,000 ft of ascent (just under the height of Mount Everest).

On his fundraising page, Andrew describes the challenge as “probably part of my mid-life crisis, and for Josh, it is a journey of hope and recovery; so we are raising money for these charities which are bringing hope to the lives of disadvantaged young people in Africa, Myanmar (Burma) and the UK”. The three charities that Andrew and Josh have raised money for are WeSeeHope (Africa), Health&Hope (Myanmar) and Eikon (UK).

“Together, Josh and I hope to echo the resilience and tenacity shown by those who work for and benefit from these amazing charities, as we tackle the daunting challenge of the Bob Graham Round.”

At the time of writing, Andrew and Josh have managed to raise £4110, well over their initial target of £3,250. Well done to both!


George Hill (W 14-19) Named Academy Player of the Year at Yorkshire CCC Awards

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is hillgeorge1-1024x588.png Keighley-born, England U19 prospect George Hill (W 14-19) was named Academy Player of the Year at the Club’s annual gala dinner at Headingley, which took place in the new Emerald Stand on October 3rd. Hill, a future White Rose star in the making, has already captained his country overseas and has been selected for the first leg of the winter series against the West Indies in Antigua. Click here for more information.


Yorkshire First Team Debut for Year 13 Pupil Matthew Revis (W)

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Year 13 pupil, Matthew Revis (W), made his debut for the Yorkshire first team in their County Championship fixture against Kent just two weeks into the start of this new academic year. Off the back of Matthew’s success with the bat against Sussex in a second team match, scoring 177, the week before, he was announced in the first team squad by Yorkshire Coach, Andrew Gale.

In a match of few highlights for Yorkshire, Revis took the catch off Patel’s bowling that got rid of Kent batsman Darren Stevens, who had scored a career best of 237. Revis showed great patience with the bat, frustrating Kent bowlers as Yorkshire were looking to chip away at the imposing total Kent had set them. It was ultimately too much for Yorkshire and Kent ran out winners by 433 runs. The result may not have gone Yorkshire’s way, but it was still a match to remember for Matthew.

“My personal highlight of it all was representing the county that I grew up in and had been aspired to play in ever since I started playing cricket. Not only that but making my debut at Headingley made it that much more special. The experience has definitely made me more motivated. Although it was very difficult and a huge challenge, I want to relive it all again.” Matthew said.

Revis, named Sedbergh Cricket captain for the upcoming season, is a product of the Yorkshire academy. Part of the Yorkshire Under-17 Championship winning side last season which also saw him play for England Young Lions against Bangladesh in July. Revis was also selected for the MCC side that took on an ESCA XI at Lord’s at the start of September. Revis had an impressive showing taking 3 wickets.

A key member of the 2018-2019 Sedbergh Cricket team, Revis finished the season as top run scorer, scoring 642 runs with an average of 58. This brilliant form with the bat helped Sedbergh through to the Under-18 National T20 final, where they unfortunately fell just short, losing by 12 runs to a talented Malvern College side. In the same competition, the Sedbergh Under-15’s managed to go one better, beating Whitgift School in the final by 10 runs.

Click here for to read the original article. Matthew’s incredible debut performance also won him the Howard Clayton Second XI Performance of the Year at the Yorkshire CCC Awards.


Theo Manihera (E 17-19) Signs With Nottingham R.F.C


Congratulations to Theo Manihera (E 17-19) who in October signed a professional contract with Nottingham Rugby Football Club. The club’s first team currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English Rugby. Best of luck, Theo!


Former Irish Rugby Lock Mike McCarthy (SH 95-00) Speaks on Retirement and Charitable Work

In a recent interview with The Sports Chronicle, former Ireland, Leinster and Connacht lock, Mike McCarthy (SH 95-00), reflects on retirement, the mental challenges of the transition from professional rugby, the magic of Joe and how he’s using his experience to help other players. “As professional rugby players, we’re goal-oriented, and that doesn’t just stop when your career is over. You need to work hard to keep perspective. The first year after retirement was challenging. I’d signed a two-year contract with Narbonne and was looking forward to playing in France. An elbow injury forced me into retirement. Not only was my opportunity in France gone, but I’d also played my last game for Leinster and Ireland and didn’t even know it at the time.

I was lucky to get to play to the age of 35. Other teammates and friends didn’t get to do that and were forced to retire even younger.  I’m also proud that I have a Challenge Cup, Zurich Premiership, Pro 14 and two 6 Nations medals at home.

It doesn’t make it any easier though. No matter what age you retire, it’s like walking off the edge of a cliff.

As a pro rugby player, you’re being told where to be, when to be there, what to wear, what to eat and drink. You’re being paid to be in the shape of your life. You get your travel booked for you. It’s not normal.

I still work in the game with the Rugby Players Association in England. My role is to work with the players to prepare them for their transition out of the game. We call it dual career; being the best you can be on and off the pitch. Its everything from education and courses to mentor programmes, networking and work placements, all geared towards life after rugby.

So, I’m still in the environment and using my learnings from the game for the benefit of current players. I can relate having played myself for so long.

Its great to be still involved within the game and give something back.

I’ll always miss playing though!”

To read the full interview in detail, please click here.


Oli Melville (S) included in 40-man England U18 squad

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Current Sedgwick pupil Oli Melville (S) was named in the 40-man England U18 development squad for the half-term October training camp. The camp took place at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, where the group came together from the 28th to the 31st October as they prepared for the U18 Internationals and U18 Six Nations Festival after Christmas. Click here for more information on the training camp.

Oli was also one of 21 in the group that toured South Africa in August, where England faced Argentina, France, and South Africa Schools. During the tournament he also went behind the scenes in a video for England Rugby. Recently, Oli also generously donated his England U18 shirt to Cressbook Boarding House at Casterton Sedbergh Prep School.


Archie Davies (P 14-19) Update

Representing his university of East Tennessee State, Archie Davies (P 14-19) has made a flying start in the American Collegiate Golf Invitationals. On his American debut in September at the Windon Memorial, Illinois, Archie finished an impressive 13th out of some 79 competitors, and even held a spot in the Top 10 on the final day. Last month, Archie went even closer to the top with a 10th place finish at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. A highlight was this eagle putt on No.8 as he shot a second-round 65 and was at that point tied for fourth overall.

In his most recent tournament last week, Archie was also part of the 6-strong Bucs (East Tennessee State University) squad which took home the winning Collegiate Invitational trophy in Hawaii, contributing with another top 20 finish. Archie currently holds a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 162. Click here to keep up to date with his results.


Angus Strudwick (W 16-18) Wins Gold at Bisley

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Congratulations to OS and previous Ashburton winner, Angus Strudwick (W 16-18), on winning gold in the air rifle team match at the Junior International at Bisley in August. Angus also came in 4th in the prone match.


Will Panday (H 15-19) Represents Hong Kong U20 7’s and 15’s

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Will Panday (H 15-19) was part of the winning team which won gold for the third successive year at the Asia Rugby Men’s U20 Sevens tournament in Laos. They beat Chinese Taipei 26-14 in the final. Please click here for more information. Will was also part of the U20 Hong Kong XV side that competed in the U20 World Cup in Brazil in July 2019. Well done Will!


Rin Murata (H 13-17) Stars In Japanese Rugby TV Drama

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Congratulations to Rin Murata (H 13-17) who made his acting debut in the Japanese TV series “No Side Manager”, which aired from July 7 – September 15 on TBS, one of the main Japanese TV channels. The drama is about a factory manager who seeks retribution within his company by becoming the manager for the company’s rugby team, despite not knowing anything about rugby. Rin plays an assistant to the rugby team which has struggled to regain it’s former glory days. The drama was well-timed with the Rugby World Cup recently being held in Japan.


Michael Cooke (SH 17-19) Part of Victorious U18 Ireland 7’s Squad

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Congratulations to Michael Cooke (SH 17-19), who represented Ireland in the 7’s U18 Boys’ Championship held in Gdańsk, Poland, on August 17th-18th. Ireland advanced to the Quarterfinal stage with two 43-0 wins over Russia and Luxembourg and a 31-7 defeat to Georgia. In the Quarterfinals, they came through to victory with three strong wins over Germany (15-5), France (24-14) and Spain (26-12).


Becky Glen (R 07-12) Features in Scotland Team During T20 World Cup Qualifying

Becky Glen (R 07-12) was again in action for the Scotland Wildcats as the hosts were looking to make history by qualifying for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Competition for the first time. The squad was unfortunately knocked out of the 8-strong competition which was held in Dundee and Arbroath. Scotland finished 3rd in their group a promising opening win over the USA but two later losses to Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh ended their chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup. The team however bounced back in the playoffs with a 10-wicket win over Namibia and then ended on a high with a clinical 70-run win over the Netherlands in the 5th/6th playoff match.


New Veterinarian Book Published by David Weaver (W 44-48)

Retired veterinarian David Weaver (W 44-48), Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Missouri, is co-author of the revised and updated Third Edition of Bovine Surgery and Lameness, which offers veterinarians a concise text ideal for use in the field. Bovine surgery is both challenging and complicated – not only does the surgeon have to decide whether surgery is economically justified, but surgery often has to be performed in a sub-optimal environment. The updated edition:

  • Offers a fully revised edition of the popular and well-respected book on bovine surgery and lameness
  • Presents a practical quick-reference guide ideal for the field veterinarian
  • Covers both common surgical procedures and the latest information on combating lameness
  • Written by an expert team of international authors Includes access to a companion website offering video clips

Click here to order a copy of the book with a special 20% discount using the code 97401.