St Anthony's School Hampstead

St Anthony's Girls School Hampstead

Our Ethos

St. Anthony's aims to provide high quality education in a caring, supportive and Catholic environment, infused by Christ's Gospel, in order that each of our pupils is able to develop fully as an individual, well-adjusted to the wider community.

Rugby victory!

St. Anthony’s 1st XV defeat The Hall

Yesterday, on a cold and blustery afternoon, the 1st XV travelled to Wilf Slack to meet The Hall. It was clear upon arrival that the conditions would be problematic with plenty of water on the ground. The feeling in the changing room before the match set the tone for the afternoon and it was clear that our boys had the bit between their teeth. From the outset, St. Anthony’s looked to impose themselves on the opposition and did so effectively, taking the ball to the opposition and gaining yards in the opening minutes. Our boys matched, through sheer determination, the physicality of what was a larger opposition and played the stronger rugby. There were instances in which we found gaps but the wet ball and playing into the wind did us no favours. Soon enough, however, the ball found its way out to our wing and we had a chance to stretch our legs, opening the scoring in the corner.  Quickly after, followed a response from The Hall in the form of a similar try from what seemed their strongest player.  With the realisation that we would need to shut down their key links, this game would come down to who was willing to put in the greater effort. Our boys took the game by the scruff and through some dogged work in the forwards and strong tackling, we proved our place as the better team on the day, scoring again before half time thanks to our pace out wide.

Half-time saw a point to address some organisational issues and with this on board and the wind literally and metaphorically behind them, the boys took to the pitch determined to finish the job. Once again, it was our strength in the physical side of the game that shone through, doing the hard yards in the close and allowing our backs the freedom to take the ball on. Some great decision making by our half backs under pressure created a gap and we took the lead again before long.

St. Anthony’s showed character not to rest on their laurels and continue to go after the game, scoring two more before the finish of what was a very physical and punishing afternoon’s rugby. Special mention must go to our loose forwards for their tireless work in both defence and attack and to others in the forwards who kept up the fight by poaching and out foxing the opposition around the break down.

A great win on a tough day and a proud day for the school.

Final score: St Anthony’s 20-The Hall 5