Sports season going well for Hurst College

October 5, 2016

Hurst sports teams have started the season well with more success this week.

Hurst’s girls’ Cricket team are County Champions, the girls’ Hockey team were runners-up in the Sussex round of the National Cup and the U15A Rugby team began the first round of the Natwest Cup with a major victory.


The Hurst girls’ U15 Cricket team are County Champions after winning the Sussex League Cricket final against Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) on Tuesday (27th September).

Hurst held PACA to 64 runs for 6 off the 16 overs. There was some tight bowling from PACA who took Hurst’s first two wickets but the Hurst girls reached the target in 7 overs.

Girls’ Cricket coach, Tina Towler said: “The Under 14 and 15 team have been outstanding. Their team spirit and camaraderie have been as vital to their success as their talent. The girls have only lost one game in the whole summer term and that was the National final. This team have been an inspiration over the last two years and we now have in excess of 80 girls between the ages of 9 and 18 playing Cricket at Hurst.”


In Hockey the Hurst U16 girls team finished as runners-up in the Sussex round of the National Hockey Cup Competition. The team remained undefeated after playing five teams in the pool round at Eastbourne College, finishing with 8 points.  In the semi-final they faced a strong Brighton College team and, with relatively short halves, the game finished as a draw, taking the game to penalty strokes. The five Hurst penalty takers all remained calm, which paid off as they won and went through to the final against Eastbourne College.  The Hurst girls finished as the silver medallists, having lost to Eastbourne, and will progress to the regional round of the National Hockey Cup.


The Hurst girls have also excelled in Netball with the 1st and U15 Netballers going through to the second round of the Independent Schools Cup after beating Alleyns and Bedales respectively.


The Hurst boys started the Rugby season well.  In the first round of the Rugby Natwest Cup, Hurst’s U15A team won against a committed and physical Sevenoaks side. After absorbing early pressure and having to contend with some excellent counter rucking from the away side, Hurst went into half time 28-3 up having scored just on the stroke of half time. In the second half they were able to identify space early and moved the ball well, to eventually finish with a score of 47-10.


Some special matches were played against a touring school from Chile. Fifty sports players from Craighouse School, Chile stayed with Hurst pupils for two nights and played Hurst’s 1st XV Rugby team and girls’ Senior Hockey team.

Head of Hockey, Scott Simkins commented: “A crucial part of our athletes’ development is looking after the opposition and creating friendships and bonds with those that we play against. This is something that Hurst relies on hugely whilst touring other countries so we are always happy to host. Both games this week were played in fantastic spirit and were a wonderful experience for all the players.”