OCA Autumn Sports Afternoon 2022
We were delighted to see so many Old Cats back to play in our annual Old Cats rugby and lacrosse matches. This year it wasn’t just the recent leavers playing lacrosse, we fielded three Old Cats lacrosse teams spanning Classes of 2015-2022.
As always it was a wonderful afternoon seeing friends reunited and of course excellent match play with the School winning back the cup from the OCs in lacrosse and the President’s XV holding onto the cup in rugby. See photos and match reports below.
We’d love to see more Old Cats of all ages returning to join in the Old Cats Sports Day, so do get in touch if you would like to join in the fun next year.
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School 9 v 6 OC Recent Leavers
Old Caterhamians Recent Leavers v School match report
It was great to see familiar faces at the Old Cats match last Sunday, including leavers from 2022 to 2018. Though there was little warm up from both sides it was a highly competitive match with a few sibling match ups! It ended in a 9-6 win to the School, though the recent leavers had a strong comeback after a 3–0 lead to the School at quarter time.
There were multiple goal scorers from both sides with a few outstanding trick shots. It was a great game to be a part of and we can’t wait to be on the other side next year.
Thank you so much to the Old Cats committee and the sports staff for arranging such a memorable match.
By Imogen L & Ellie S (1st Team Captains)
Presidents XV 48 v 26 OCRFC
Old Caterhamians returned for a special remembrance event and to form the Presidents team for a show against the local and strong Old Cats Rugby Club.
After the two-minute silence for remembrance, the Presidents team kicked off to start a top showcase. Within a few minutes the old school boys were five points ahead after a skillful finish by Alex Criscuolo. Enzo Pederson would then give an extra two points putting the Presidents team seven points ahead. As the game went on OCRFC were able to use the width and give themselves five points to the scoreboard. Throughout the first half, the 30 men on the pitch put on a display for the spectators with more tries increasing the scoreboard for both teams. After a physical first half the Presidents team was ahead by a a minor difference keeping the game narrow.
The second half consisted of world class tries, scored by Freddie from his 22, Will Buxton using his strength to get over the try line and Kwesi using his footwork to give an additional five points. The OCRFC were able to respond with tries themselves to keep them in the match, however the Presidents team kept on putting pressure with Jude Williams scoring two further tries. Jemine Pinnick having a phenomenal performance himself had 15 points under his belt after three outstanding tries. After a strong performance by two strong teams on the iconic pitch Home Field, the Presidents team came out on top with a final score of 48-26.
By Enzo Pederson (Class of 2022), Captain Presidents XV
‘Gold Cats’ – OCs from Classes of 2015-2020
Purples 13 v 12 Blacks
OCs v OCs Match Report
It was a joy to see so many old friends returning to Home Field last weekend. We started the match with a quick warm up and catch up, for some of us it had been many years since we last saw each other.
The game began with a powerful draw between Katherine Trantor and Emily Thompson which saw the ball swiftly picked up by Lauren Hunt-Williams. Both teams unfortunately played with one player less on the field and no goalie, consequently a lot of running and defence was required. Nevertheless, both teams rose to the occasion showing fight and determination throughout the match. On the Black team they had a solid wall of defence with Georgia Tuckett, Katie Starns and Ria Acharya guarding the goal exceptionally. But with no goalies at either end of the pitch the midfielders quickly turned over any fouls. Making it difficult for the defence to protect an open goal to the fast and furious Purple attack.
Altogether it was a terrific day in the sun. Both teams fought fiercely and tirelessly, however in the end only one team could be victorious. This year the winner was determined in a nail biting final two minutes, which resulted in the Purples beating the Blacks with a close score line of 13-12.
By Mia Hebden (Class of 2019)