Young Ambassadors Assembly

4 04 2011

The Sports Department will be running a Year 7 assembly today. The assembly is aimed at making students realise the importance of the Olympic Games, promoting the Olympic beliefs and showing the students how they can make an impact on the Olympic legacy.


Countdown to the Sports Awards begins!

4 04 2011

Preparation for the 2011 Sports Awards has begun and the Sports Department are asking all sports captains to email sixth former Alex Watts with the following details:

How did your season go? PL W D L

Favourite moment of the season?

Who was your best player and why?

Top goalscorer/tryscorer?

Any indvidual successes in and out of school to note?

Please email your responses to

or alternatively leave a comment on this page with your name and team that you are captain of and include your answers. Thank you!

Year 10 Football

24 03 2011

King Arthur’s 0-6 Gryphon

On Wednesday 16th March, the Year 10 Boys football team travelled to King Arthur’s after a fantastic 2-0 victory over Sherborne Boys School last Thursday. Curtis Brown, captain, lead the side out. Gryphon started off strong attacking the KA goal from the first whistle. The deadlock was eventually broken after 10 minutes with a cool strike from Ed Guppy. This gave Gryphon, and Ed, the confidence to grab two more before the break. Ed seizing his hat-trick within the first half. James Fort and Lewis Upsher also came close to increasing the lead before the half was out. Subs were made, and the second half got underway. However, Gryphon made a poor start and allowed KA to frequently attack Ash Champkin in the Gryphon goal. Although the KA strike force were unable to score, a superb overhead kick stuck the bar, unlucky considering Gryphon were asleep. After the 10minute spell of constant KA play, Gryphon picked themselves back up, scoring a fourth, another from Ed Guppy, finishing his goal fest for the day. Jake Rawlings then put away a fifth with a volley just inside the area, the keeper unfortunately spilling the ball into his own net. The final goal came 5minutes from the end with a solid header from a corner whipped in by Jake Rawlings. Every player played to the best of their ability, putting on a superb display. Ed Guppy was awarded man of the match with Jack Botley also putting on a man of the match performance. They look forward to playing other school while they are on an unbeatable high.

Twynham 4-1 Gryphon 1sts

17 03 2011

Now to call a 4-1 defeat one of the best performances of our season, may reveal something about our season or it could show what a valiant effort the 6th form football team put in yesterday.

Gryphon made the very long journey towards the coast with a depleted squad of just nine (Yes, 9!) and from that nine, only two had played in the ‘A’ team last week. Discussion on the way down turned to how many would be respectable, rather than, could we win?

When we finally arrived, we were greeted by a Twynham team with a squad of 16; predominately made up of Year 13’s, while the Gryphon was made up entirely of Year 12’s. We lined up in a 4-3-1 formation, with the intention of creating two banks of four and hoping that when we were attacking either Jordan Cassell or Toby Dennett could hold the ball up long enough for the midfield to support.

The game started with Twynham wasting a flurry of chances while the Gryphon realised the size of the task in hand. After seeing their way through the first ten minutes, the Gryphon attempted to hold possession of the ball, with the front four of Adam and James Gooder, Toby Dennett and Jordan Cassell working tirelessly to put pressure on the Twynham defence and midfield. The deadlock was inevitably broken after Gryphon were out-thought by a quickly taken Twynham corner, which caught the team napping.

Twynham continued to dominate the game as it began to take a familiar feel, Gryphon doing a lot of chasing down and winning the ball back before surrendering possession simply because they didn’t have the numbers. The back four of Jon Vicary, James Choi, Kyle Gapper and Ryan Bungay were cutting out a lot of the Twynham attacks.

Unfortunately Twynham doubled their lead just before half time as Gryphon began to tire from the sheer amount of effort they were putting in. Luckily, the half time whistle went and gave the team an, albeit short, break.

The second half started with Gryphon looking the brighter of the two teams and managing to hold possession in the Twynham half. However, Twynham continued to look dangerous but were guilty of trying to over play it on numerous occasions.

Then came the moment of magic in the match, Toby Dennett managed to get away from his marker before unleashing a looping shot from all of 25 yards out from a wide left position. The Twynham ‘keeper could only stand and watch as the ball nestled into the back of the net.

Before Gryphon even got a chance to think about salving the most epic of draws, Twynham restored their two goal-lead after Alex Watts was beaten to a through ball by the Twynham striker. 3-1 and game over. There was just enough time for Twynham to score once more before the final whistle sounded.

On the face of it a 4-1 defeat looks like a bit of a drubbing, but under the circumstances this was a great resilient performance by the Gryphon team. Twynham had not scored less than five in a game until yesterday and the attitude of the Gryphon team was first-class. So much so that the nine who played yesterday have been guaranteed positions in the line-up next week.

Gryphon Football 1sts take on Twynham!

15 03 2011

Tomorrow sees the Gryphon 1sts football team make the long journey to Twynham in the hope of securing their first victory of the season. A short report should follow tomorrow so come back to the site to see how they got on!

Sixth Form football suffer double defeats to Boys School

15 03 2011

Last Thursday, the Sixth Form sent two teams down to Carey’s Playing Fields as they took on the Boys’ School in two eagerly anticipated matches.

Unfortunately, the ‘B’ team lost 4-2. The scores were level with about 10 minutes to go but after conceding a penalty to go 3-2 down, the team’s hopes were dashed.

The ‘A’ did not fare much better, losing by the same scoreline, 4-2. After going 1-0 up through Rory Bray somewhat against the run of play; Gryphon endured a ‘funny five minutes’ where they conceded after a long ball over the top and went down to ten men after Rob Helyar was sent off, only minutes after coming on.

The task inevitably became harder for Gryphon and had to run tirelessly throughout to try and maintain a foothold in the game. Naturally, Gryphon went 2-1 down but after a Ant Herrin free kick, was headed into the Sherborne net by one of their own defenders, Gryphon battled to hold onto the draw. Attack after attack came forward but Gryphon stayed resolute in their defending. Unfortunately with about 15 minutes to go, Gryphon conceded a third and after pushing forward in search of an equaliser conceded a fourth a few minutes from time.

Year 9’s and 11’s suffer mixed fortunes

11 03 2011

Four sides from the Gryphon travelled down to Sherborne Boys School and the results were a little mixed. In the Year 9 games, the ‘A’ team won 4-0 and the ‘B’ Team lost 4-1.

The two Year 11 sides had a couple of very entertaining games. The ‘A’ team drew 1-1 after conceding a last minute penalty! Whilst the ‘B’ team won 4-3 despite being 3-0 down at half time.