22 Apr 2022
Weekly Sport News - W/E 22nd April 2022

Mr Watts writes...

Well done to all those who attended pre-season and training camps over the Easter break. It was great to see so many students back in action and we are very excited about the Summer term getting underway. Congratulations to Mikey Eldridge, Teddy Warner, Ed Wheeler, Tula Knowles, Kea Murray and Martha Le Huray who all represented England U16 or U18s in the Five Nations Tournament this Easter. A full report will follow in next week’s Bulletin.

This will be the first competitive Summer term for three years and we are excited to get back to fixtures for tennis, cricket and athletics. This weekend we host Reigate Grammar School on the cricket fields and it will be superb to see teams from U12 to 1st XI in action. I’d like to remind all students that sport during this term can provide a welcome break from their academic work, with variety also being important. For the older year groups in particular, managing time and ensuring that a balance is achieved will be really important over the next few months. In this vein, I am looking forward to working with the Fifth Year and Upper Sixth as they look to balance their time and continue to contribute to the summer sports programme at KGS.

Good luck to all involved this weekend!

Cricket

The cricket season is underway and we would actively encourage parents and families to join us at Ditton Field and watch our boys and girls represent the School. This weekend we welcome Reigate Grammar School to Ditton with a series of matches throughout the morning and afternoon.

Golf

At the end of last term, the KGS golf team gained their second victory of the year with a 2-1 win against Reed's on their home course of Burhill Golf Club. This reversed a 2-1 loss in the home fixture back in October.

On a glorious spring afternoon, Oli Dawson led the way in the top singles match. After some fortuitous bounces off trees over the first few holes, Oli found his game through the middle part of the round and secured a convincing 5&4 win.

The third match featured the Fourth Year pairing of Freddie Lett and Ollie Stone who decided to take on the Reed's pair off scratch given they had similar handicaps. This approach perhaps gave Reed's more of an advantage and KGS were always behind as they lost the match 5&4. The fixture came down to the middle match featuring Natalie Ivory and Joe Raven. The KGS pair were giving away a lot of shots but battled hard, with never more than a couple of holes in it. The match was all square going down the 18th hole, a long par 4, but was settled in the favour of KGS when Natalie nonchalantly rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt with about 4 feet of break to win the hole, the match and the fixture.

Mr M Rodgers

Tennis

The tennis season kicked off on Wednesday with a superb 1st VIII Boys & 1st VIII Girls friendly fixture against KCS Wimbledon. Despite the long break since last summer it was great to see lots of high quality tennis from our Upper and Lower Sixth and Fifth Year students, as well as being able to welcome back parents to watch. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams drew their matches 4-4 and with honours, with the boys and girls pairing up to play a mixed doubles deciding round. Once again, there was nothing to choose between the teams with the final round also being shared 4-4, leaving the overall match tied. At the time of writing, our U13 girls were on their way to play Howard of Effingham in their first LTA Youth Schools group match, while next week sees a busy schedule of fixtures with the U15, U14 and U13 boys and girls all in action.

Mr S Morris