So said former Headmaster, Mr Barry Martin, in an interview with HSC before he left the school in 2013. What Mr Martin didn’t foresee, however, was the context of a crippling global pandemic, amidst which the HSC’s editorial team were granted more time than ever before to undertake such a prodigious task.
So, armed with numerous past editions of the HSC and extensive digital archives, Mr Smith and I have compiled what we think is an exhaustive list of Hampton’s greatest sporting successes. While it is impossible to come up with a logarithmic, formulaic scale for assessing the magnitude of a sporting success, we have attempted to cover a variety of different bases.
For example, there are numerous Olympic rowing medals (to the Boat House’s immense credit, of course), but we tried to limit it to one moment and opted for the Searle brothers’ success at the 1992 Olympic Games. Similarly, while there were three ISFA triumphs to choose from, we went for 2012, where the 1st XI’s glory was combined with an U15A Cup win too.
We have, therefore, compiled a list of various sports and various moments – both by individuals and teams – spanning the many decades for which Hampton has been a dominant sporting force. The group is by no means entirely exhaustive, but we’ve endeavoured to cover a broad range of successes.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll be releasing three reports a day, and asking you – our readership – to vote on Twitter. There are 24 moments, all split into groups of three, and the winner of each group will progress to the knock-out stage.
Eventually, we hope, after three knockout rounds, we’ll have come to some sort of judgement over the identity of Hampton’s greatest contemporary sporting success.
Josh Bartholomew, Hampton Sports Chronicle Editor
Mr Peter Smith, Teacher i/c, Hampton Sports Chronicle