OB Club Sport

OB Sport Weekend 25th & 26th March 2022

What a fantastic weekend, not only from the sport, glorious sunshine but also to the important camaraderie and social engagement this event provided. This was despite the absence of fives, who were taking part in the National School’s Championship, and girls’ hockey this year, and the 3-year hiatus due to the Pandemic. Boys’ hockey, football, netball and newly involved shooters keenly competed against the school teams. This keenness was also much in evidence back in the Beale Centre, where all teams and spectators enjoyed a catch up over a drink and food, provided by the OB Club.

The OB Club are delighted that shooting has now become part of this annual event and welcomes more involvement from members of the Blundell’s community, who have some experience in this field.

To ensure your involvement next year in any of the sporting activities, which includes girls’ and boys’ hockey, netball, football, shooting and fives, please contact Janet at obclub@obclub.co.uk or 01884 232010.

Boys' Hockey Match Report (Guy Bucknell)

The running of OB Hockey has recently been taken on by Jonny Hoaen (P 2007-14), and a fine set of players were assembled, including last year's 1st XI captain, Toby Peyton-Jones (OH 2016-21). Both teams played with pace, but the School have had one the most successful seasons in recent years and played with considerable confidence. Top-scorer, Henri Behrend shown his skill and composure in front of goal to score a hat-trick, as the School took the honours 5-2.

Boys' Football Match Report (Russell Barrowcliffe)

On Saturday the Blundell’s 1st XI played the Old Blundellians football team in an eagerly anticipated and always enjoyable match. Played in glorious sunshine, the students overcame the OBs 4-1, a fantastic way to say goodbye to some of our year 13s, playing their final football match for the school.

Football on the 2022 OB Sport Weekend

To see more photos please follow this link to the Blundell’s Community Past Events page.

 

Sports Facilities

For those OB's who are ardent cricket lovers or for those who just like to while away a pleasing day, the OBCC Box (at the top of the splendid Ondaatje Cricketing School of Excellence at Somerset County Cricket Club's headquarters in Taunton), now also known as the Ted Crowe Room, affords a marvellous day out from the tedium of the office or an excuse to leave the grass to grow for another day.

Only two miles from junction 25 on the M5 into the centre of Taunton, we are very privileged to have a wonderful Box facility with the best view overlooking the delightful County ground. All-day parking is available opposite the entrance to the Tone river end of the ground.

Old Blundellian Christopher Ondaatje, who is Patron of Somerset CCC, is a cricket fanatic and the Box is stuffed full of memorabilia, pictures from the Long Room at Lords and cricket bats from all over the world; also many of the legendary Frank Woolley's cricketing possessions.

Not only are there cricketing photos and memorabilia in general, but there are all the Wisdens and Blundellian Magazines that will enable you to browse through and fantasise on your feats at Blundell's or remember matches that you may have attended over the years! We also have a cricket book library. Many of the books have been kindly donated by OB's, visitors and cricketing authors and have been listed by our Librarian, John Hollands.

The busy County town of Taunton is only 5 minutes walk away and wives or girlfriends will always be able to find places to use your credit cards. Or if they prefer the cricket, and you wish to play golf, there are 3 excellent golf courses within 10 minutes drive. Children are also very welcome, provided that dad gives them plenty of money to spend in the club shop!

A very good lunch is available and you will be well looked after by OB's. Lunch and tea costs £15. If you are not a member of Somerset CCC you will have to pay the ground entrance money which is £8 - £10 depending on who Somerset are playing. Senior citizens and children will pay a reduced rate. You are welcome to bring a guest along, provided we know the numbers and can accommodate everyone. There is a small charge for guests, who if they are not members of Somerset CCC, must also pay the ground entrance money at the gate.

The Box always has a host of former First Class cricketers, Umpires, OB's and others going through the ever welcoming doors.

For further details on how to use this facility, please see the Ted Crowe Room page.