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Old Boys vs St John's Beaumont

Saturday 22nd April 2017
Donhead Old Boys took to the Coombe Lane playing fields for the third annual rugby fixture against St. John’s Beaumont - our Old Boys spanning from over 17 years since leaving the mighty blue and whites, gathered early that Saturday morning fresh and ready for the fine game. For some this wasn’t their first encounter on putting back on the beloved jersey since leaving, but for Matthew Cockburn, Angus Fairburn, James Howell, Shem Reid, Thomas Hutton and our youngest member of the squad at just 17, Charlie Kuijpers, this was their very first time heading back onto the pitch with DONHEAD across their chest.

Donhead opened the scoring with three back to back tries in the opening five minutes, great start to the home side. St John’s fought back with some hard running and great offloading to see them chase back the scoreboard. Both teams entered the half with Donhead ahead by three tries.  The second half started off slow for Donhead with St Johns scoring the opening two tries under the beaming sun of Raynes Park. The following 30 minutes saw fantastic flowing rugby from Donhead with offloads coming from all areas of the park. With not only champagne team tries, but scorching individual efforts, saw the fixture finish in fine fashion with St John’s scoring five tries and Donhead twelve. Final score 68 – 33.

Donhead retain the trophy for another year. ‘Long live those Donhead days’. A special mention to both Thomas Hutton and Shem Reid on their Man of the Match debuts, both scoring hat tricks.

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Old Boys vs St John's Beaumont

Saturday 26th March 2016
The Donhead Old Boys XV were triumphant in their rugby fixture against St John’s Beaumont Old Boys on Saturday 26th March. Well done to Donhead for winning the Old Boys trophy for the first time in four years. Final Score: 45-23.

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U13 Old Boys in winning squad

Tuesday 15th March 2016
Congratulations to the four Donhead old boys (Luca Buttaci, Archie Brosch, Cameron Millar and Christopher Serra) who were in the victorious Wimbledon College U13 squad - winning the HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens on Tuesday this week! For those who are unaware, the RP National Schools Sevens is the largest schools rugby competition in the world, so winning it is obviously a magnificent achievement. The boys won eight games in total, beating Y Pant School, Pontyclun (South Wales) 38-12 in the quarter final, St. Benedict's School, Ealing 31-14 in the semi-final, and Glantaf School, Cardiff 15-7 in the final. Well done!

Wimbledon College win 7's Rugby Tournament

Wednesday 10th February 2016
Three Donhead old boys were in the victorious Wimbledon College U13 A team participating in the St John’s Beaumont 7’s Rugby Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. And there were also three boys in the U13 B team that were beaten finalists in their competition. Well done to all concerned.

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Young Chorister of the Year Finalist

October 2016
Former Donhead boy, Nicholas Stoner, was a finalist in BBC Radio 2’s ‘Young Choristers of the Year’. The grand finale of this year’s competition took place in the heart of London at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 12th October, and was hosted by BBC Radio 2, Diane Louise Jordan. It was broadcast on Thursday 22nd October at 10.00pm on BBC Radio 2. Nicholas was one of eight contestant finalists from around the UK who each performed in front of a panel of highly acclaimed judges, chaired by world renowned composer John Rutter.

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Tom Holland cast as Spider Man

June 2015
Tom Holland, Donhead Old Boy (2003-07) will be the next actor to play New York’s favourite superhero, Spider-Man. We should be seeing the 19-year-old’s first on screen appearance as the character in Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War. The cameo role of Spidey in that will then be followed by a series of standalone Spider-Man films.
Semper Magis, Tom!

Old Boys v St John's Beaumont 2015

Saturday 10th January 2015
The Donhead Old Boys team came together against a strong regular St John’s Beaumont side. Donhead offended impressively with faultless set pieces, working hard to dismantle St John’s pack. The following resulted in Donhead being camped in their opponents 22 for a solid 20 minutes which followed with a try from Tom Worrall. The remainder of the half was seen out closely with contests at the break down being fought tightly. Half time score was 5-0 to Donhead. The second half opened up for both teams with running rugby throughout, which wasn’t ideal for many of those who don’t get regular run outs! The final score was 5-21 to St John’s Beaumont.
Fantastic support for both sides was appreciated by all the players. There will be another game against St John’s Beaumont next January and as much support as possible would be greatly appreciated then also. The Donhead Old Boys team were: Tom Worrall, Michael Berring, Greg Wishart, Martin Dodds, Tom Wilson, Fred Brett, Ed Knights, James Kearney (c), Alex Berring, Freddie Villiers, Alex Fox, Jamie Crone, Charlie Villiers, Ben Siaw, Jonny Duck & Peter Stallard.

James Kearney
Donhead Old Boys XV Captain

Dominic Tripp plays for England

2013
Dominic Tripp was selected to play for England in the men's Touch Rugby team this year. Dominic played in the Home Nations tournament held in Dublin where England were champions, defeating Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He had previously represented South East England.

Old Boys v St John's Beaumont

Saturday 19th January 2013
St John's Beaumont Old Boys defeated Donhead Old Boys 19-10 at Maidenhead Rugby Club
Scorers: Greg Wishart & Patrick Crossley

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Daniel D'Silva - Wimbledon Ball Boy

In 2009 (in Year 9) Dan was Captain of Centre Court. He was ball boy for the finals and the fist picture show him in the background as Federer wins.

In 2010 (in Year 10) he was a ball boy too. This time he was in the line up for the Queen and she stopped by him to exchange a few words. The grin on his face says it all. I think she said “Do you like being a Ball Boy?”. There are three pictures, one as she approaches and the next when she is talking.

Lawrence Dallaglio & Danny Cipriani

Rugby Star visits Donhead

Wimbledon Guardian - Friday 14th May 2010:
"England rugby hero Lawrence Dallaglio joined team mate and Wimbledon son Danny Cipriani on a visit to Donhead school to donate more than £1,000-worth of rugby kit. Cipriani presented pupils at his former primary school with the kit as part of a European club rugby grass roots initiative, before joining world-cup winner Dallaglio in holding an impromptu coaching session.

Chris McGrath, head teacher at the Wimbledon school, said: “Both players were very generous with their time and I believe it is a morning that will live long in the memory. Cipriani was given the chance to donate the equipment to his former school after receiving the man of the match award in a recent game for Wasps against Saracens."

Congratulations Patrick!

1st May 2010
Congratulations to Patrick Crossley who captained the winning Oxbridge team at Twickenham, Middlesex, on Saturday 1st May 2010. The team was a mixture of Cambridge and Oxford Blues and they deserved the win over a Combined Services team. The match was the curtain-raiser to the annual Army v Navy game. The Oxbridge team won 50 - 22 and Patrick was lucky enough to collect the trophy on behalf of his team mates. It was a great match and a number of Donhead staff were there to cheer him on. Well done Patrick!

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Wedding of Catherine Owens & Richard Banks

Catherine and Richard were married on the 27th March 2010 at The Church of the Holy Name in Claygate
Richard was a pupil at Donhead from 1990-1993. Catherine’s mother, Mrs Owens, taught him Geography and Mrs Slemp taught him Maths! Richard was a hard working boy who continued his studies at Wimbledon College and then Tiffin Boy’s Sixth Form. Richard went on to Nottingham University, gaining a B.Eng in Electronic and Computer Engineering. He now owns his own company, Tip Top Computers, based in Thames Ditton. Like both her parents, Catherine trained as a teacher and is currently teaching Year 5 at St. Anthony's RC Primary School in Dulwich.

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News from Patrick Crossley

2010
Old-boy Patrick Crossley has had a great year so far. Not only has he played his 50th match for the Cambridge University Blue's squad but he has also been part of the winning side in the Varsity Match held at Twickenham this year. The current Elements boys were there to watch and cheer on the Light Blues!
To top off his season, Patrick has also been selected to play for the England Student's team. He earned his first Cap for England in January when he played against the Portuguese Students in Lisbon. On Friday 26th March, Patrick was part of the squad that faced the Irish College's team. The England Students side will be back in action on March 19th when they cross the channel to face the France Universities side at Riom.
I am sure that Patrick would attribute his rugby success to the grounding he received at Donhead all those years ago! Congratulations!

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Tom Holland to play Billy Elliot

2009
Look out for old Donhead boy, Tom Holland, who is starring in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Well done Tom!

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Old Ruts U12 at Brean Sands

May 2008
Well done to some of our old Donhead boys who play for Old Ruts RFC and drew at the Burnham-on-Sea Festival this month.
Some names to remember: Tom Donegan, Peter Stallard, Charlie Cull, Laurence Jones, Peter Chamberlain, Peter Morrison, Alexander Fox, Robert Collett-Creedy, Paul Franke, Tom Holland, Joe Izett.

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Donhead Old Boys Defeat Stonyhurst

Sunday, 28th September 2006
Donhead Old Boys defeated Stonyhurst Old Boys 27-0 at Coombe Lane
A good crowd of past and present parents supported the event and over 30 old boys (vintage 1999-2004) turned up. It was an excellent afternoon!