Ralph Adams-Hale (2015) continues to surge upwards in the Rugby world.

Breakthrough just the start for Harpenden’s latest Man in Black Ralph Adams-Hale

 A first try for Saracens may not have been enough to get him a Heineken Cup semi-final spot against Munster but there is no denying that it has been a memorable year for Ralph Adams-Hale.

 The Harpenden man made his first Gallagher Premiership start in December against Wasps and has featured a number of times since, including a try-scoring appearance off the bench at Bristol Bears one week ago. And when he reflects on the moment he found out he would be in that team to face Wasps, a smile floods across his face.

 He told HertsAdSport: “I’d just had a gym session and the forwards were about to go through our line-outs and everything at the start of the week. “Mark McCall came up to me and said ‘you’ve been playing well and we’ve been impressed with you so we’re going to start you on Saturday’. “Obviously my heart was going and it was really exciting. “I did the whole week of training and I wanted to impress but at the same time I didn’t want to get injured. “I’ve had games in the Premiership Cup so I’ve had experience of training with the first team but it’s a step up again to the Premiership. “But the day of the game there was just nerves and I just wanted to get on the pitch. I didn’t want to be waiting around. I was itching to get on. “Once you get going, everything clicks in and you’ve done it a million times.”

 The 22-year-old admitted he felt his chance was coming after the early part of his career was blighted by serious injuries. And ironically he believes those set-backs may have played a part in his current success. He said: “The injuries probably helped build my strength up as I was going to the gym for four months almost.

 “When I came in I was probably not the right size for a prop, not quite big enough. “I used to back row when I was 16 and then I moved to prop and that’s when I started going to the gym and putting on a decent amount of size. “That means I’m more confident in myself and therefore more confident on the pitch and also I’m less likely to be injured because I’m bigger and stronger.”

 And the with the World Cup looming at the start of next season he sees no reason why he cannot push again after the summer. He said: “There will be a lot of opportunities to play a lot of games and put my foot forward as a regular match-day 23 player.

 “It’s going to be competitive of course but that is what drives you to beat the people in your position to the one of two spots available each weekend. “If you coast through then that doesn’t push you and doesn’t help you improve.”

 PUBLISHED: Herts Advertiser( Harpenden Edition); 07/09/2019

 

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Luca competes in Commonwealth Powerlifting Games.

Luca Kawahara Musiu 2019Luca Kawahara-Musiu (Y11) will be competing in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in St John, Newfoundland, Canada from 15 – 21 September 2019.

This is a massive achievement and a great opportunity for Luca.

The entry fee and anti doping costs are funded but Luca is having to fund his flight and other costs. In order to help, he has set up a funding page.

We all wish Luca the very best in Canada and If you would like to support Luca please look at the following.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/commonwealth-powerlifting-championship-fundraiser

 

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RIP; Liz Berdinner ( teacher of English in the 70/80s).

It is with great sadness that we hear that Ms Liz Berdinner has died on Friday June 7th 2019.

Liz was an accomplished English specialist teacher whose knowledge of grammar, punctuation and literature was renowned throughout the school. After Roundwood, she moved away and lived in High Wycombe. More recently she became quite unwell and spent a period in a nursing home where she sadly died.

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Richie Michaels [1995-2000]

Richie Michaels 2 2000Richie is currently the owner of Whisk(e)y Tasting Experiences and National Brand Ambassador at Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.

After his GCSEs, Richie attended Oakland’s College and gained an Associate degree in Sport & Fitness Administration/Management.

Richie then moved to the USA, joining the degree programme at Bellamine University in Louisville. Kentucky, studying Business administration, marketing and related support services; he graduated with a Batchelor of Business Administration (BBA).

Following his interest in sports, Richie pursued a career in Sports bar management in Louisville. After a spell as Key Account Manager for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits company, Richie started up his own business which involved whisk(e)y tasting and education events. He combined this with his current role as National Brand Ambassador for ‘Uncle Nearest Premier Whiskey’ in Louisville.

 

 

Ellen Hume Amateur golf champ 2019

Ellen Hume (class of 2016) is the new English Women’s Amateur Golf Champion

Ellen Hume Amateur golf champ 2019AAOn Sunday 19th May, Ellen Hume, aged 19, playing for Mill Green Golf Club was up against the number one seed Lily May Humphreys, but the Hertfordshire star was able to hold her nerve at the wet and windy Saunton Golf Club in Devon.

The testing conditions didn’t affect the standard of golf with the momentum swinging between both players in the closing stages.

Humphreys birdied the short 16th to get back to all square but Hume immediately birdied the long 17 to go one ahead.

A par on the final hole from Humphreys took the match to a 19th hole.

And it was there that Hume claimed the title with a steady par, after Humphreys’ approach found a thick clump of rough just off the green.

Nineteen-year-old Hume said: “It’s the toughest match I’ve ever played. I know that Lily is a great player and I felt I was the underdog going into the match, definitely.

“It’s unbelievable, I never expected to win, especially with the opponents I’ve had. The odds weren’t in my favour.”

Not only did she have to face the top seed, the winner in 2017 and fresh from victories in the Irish and Welsh stroke play championships, but she had also been drawn against defending champion Georgina Blackman and England international Emily Toy in earlier rounds.

However, Hume’s confidence was also sky high going into the competition having won the Herts Championship earlier in the month at Sandy Lodge Golf Club in Northwood.

She showed her fighting qualities in this morning’s semi-finals after going four down to Emily Brennan in the first five holes.

But she began the comeback on the eighth and after overhauling the deficit, clinched a 3&1 win.

And she continued the momentum in the final, winning the first hole with a par, a start she believed was crucial to settle any nerves.

She was never behind in the game, although Humphreys pulled her back to all square on three occasions.

“Match play is a format I like,” she said. “My game was in a good place after my year at college in America and winning the county championship in exactly the same format helped me prepare for this.”

 

Report courtesy of the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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Felicity Sullivan(2009) and the language of success.

Felicity Sullivan 2009Felicity completed her studies at Roundwood Park gaining 3 A levels and 11 GCSEs. She was appointed Head Girl from 2008-9. Jonathan Richardson was Head Boy at the same time.

Being a passionate linguist, Felicity gained a place to study languages at Nottingham University where she graduated with a degree in French & German. She enjoyed netball and theatre studies when not acting as a telephone fundraiser at the university or in France as an English Language assistant or in Germany as an online marketing intern.

After graduation, Felicity had a spell as a Delegate Account Manager for a European Aesthetic Medical company in Paris before joining International Private Finance in London as a Junior Assistant. From there she worked her way up in the company and studied for the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) at the Institute of Financial services, gaining merits and distinctions.

Felicity has recently been promoted to Head of International Mortgages at IPF in London.

 

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Richie Driss (2007) becomes 38th Blue Peter Presenter.

After graduating with a degree in Film & Television Studies from aberystwyth University,  Richie took on a number of roles as a presenter for several radio and media outlets including Kiss FM, Slash Football (YouTube) and as both presenter and produce at JOE Media.

However,his most recent appointment is as the 38th Presenter of BBC tv’s Blue Peter programme.  News of this broke on the Herts Advertiser.

 https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/blue-peter-presenter-richie-driss-studied-a-level-media-at-sir-john-lawes-school-harpenden-1-6017804

This report is slightly misleading as Richie only attended SJL as part of his consortium studies whilst at RPS. Richie Driss 2019

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James Ewington (2008) snapped up by St Albans City FC

James Ewington HTFC2aJames Ewington is set to become a Saint after amazing 18 months for Harpenden man. 

A familiar face is set to be snapped up by St Albans City to help fire them into the National South play-offs. James Ewington counts home-town club Harpenden Town, London Colney and Colney Heath among his former club with spells at Welwyn Garden City, Hertford Town and Potters Bar Town, and even turned out for Skew Bridge in the Herts Advertiser Sunday League. 

He had always been fairly prolific wherever he went but it wasn’t until last season’s amazing goal haul at Rothamsted Park that the wider football world took notice and his incredible scoring run began in earnest. 

His 47 goals, including six in one match against Wembley and five in another against Stotfold, lifted Harpenden up to fourth in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division and earned him a move to step four with Isthmian Division One Central Northwood. 

He opened his career at Northwood Park with seven goals in his first four games and had reached 14 by the end of September. 

That got the attention of Walton Casuals, playing one step higher again in the Southern Premier League South Division. And despite their flirtation with the relegation places, Ewington continued to bang the goals in, with 27 goals in 30 appearances. 

Given that phenomenal scoring record it was perhaps only a matter of time that someone in step two took notice. And it is perhaps even less of a surprise that it is St Albans giving a chance to the former Roundwood Park student. 

Ewington will go into the squad for Saturday’s game with Truro City at Clarence Park, pending the ratification of his transfer by the National League.

 

Courtesy of the Herts Advertiser Feb 2019

 

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Omar Shahryar continues to musically dazzle

Omar Shahryar2 2019In December 2018 Omar Shahryar (2003) appeared on Channel 4 News to talk about his pioneering opera for young people on the difficulties they face talking about the effects and causes of terrorism: https://www.channel4.com/news/students-stage-opera-about-terrorism-threat

‘A Shoe Full of Stars’ went on to win the Best Opera prize at the international Young Audience Music Awards held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, beating fierce competition from world-renowned opera houses. The project is now looking to tour the UK and Europe – keep an eye out for it at www.operaschmopera.co.uk.

2019 will see Omar’s next youth opera, The Magic Lantern, performed at London’s Royal Opera House, as well as him following in the footsteps of Dr Smith by becoming a Doctor (of music) himself.

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Will Browning and Harriet Cooke get married

Will Browning (class of ’10) married Harriet Cook (now Browning, class of ’11) in July 2018Will Browning Harriet Cooke wedding photo july2018. Will, working for Diageo, and Harriet, a pediatric nurse are living happily in St Albans with their rescue dog Molly.