29 Apr 2022
A Week in Sport... W/e 29th April 2022

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Mr Watts writes...

Over the Easter holidays, six KGS students represented England in the 5 Nations Tournaments played at Lilleshall Sports Centre in Shropshire and HC Zwolle, Holland. This was the first time the tournament had been held since 2019 so it was great to see all nations back in action. The tournament was a round-robin format, with each side playing the other four countries involved.

In the U16 girls, Tula Knowles' side faced tough games against Holland and Germany, but beat Ireland 3-0. For the U16 boys, which included Mikey Eldridge, Ed Wheeler and Teddy Warner, results followed a similar pattern but this time with a 1-0 win against Ireland. In the U18 girls, Kea Murray and Martha Le Huray were part of a side that drew 0-0 with Ireland and 2-2 against Germany, with Martha on the score sheet in that game. This tournament will serve as great preparation for the European Cup this summer. KGS was the only school to have this number of players involved in both boys' and girls’ teams. We are very proud of them all and look forward to hearing of their continued success through the summer training programme.

There was a strong KGS alumni link too, as can be seen in the picture below. Alan and John were at KGS together and now their grandsons are both playing in the England squad!

Summer hockey

For information on summer hockey programmes at both Surbiton HC and Wimbledon HC, please click on these links:

Tennis

After last Wednesday’s enjoyable season-opening draw for the 1st VIII boys and 1st VIII girls against KCS Wimbledon, it has been a fantastic start with several teams in action. The U13 girls (Rhea Nayak, Rania Shittu, Allegra Kelly and Philippa Ivory) kicked off their LTA Youth Schools campaign last Thursday with a convincing 5-1 win against Howard of Effingham in their opening group fixture. While the U15 Boys (Maxim Dythtchenko, Nathan Harbour, Josh Moore, Cays Malik, Aran Dias and Zack Kelly) defeated Reigate Grammar 6-3 on Monday in the Surrey Schools League with each pair contributing rubbers to the win. And the U15 Girls (Natalie Ivory, Josie Roux, Hannah Wood and Gina Saltykova) had an impressive 6-0 win against Putney High in their opening LTA Youth Schools league match. At the time of writing, the U13 boys are due to play Claremont Fan Court, and next week the U18 and U15 boys and girls and the U14 and U13 girls are all in action. In addition, next Tuesday and Wednesday sees our top boys’ and girls’ pairs from each year group competing in the Surrey Schools Festival at St George’s College, while we are holding our annual KGS Play Your Way to Wimbledon tournament on the afternoon of Saturday 7th May in which we have over 40 students playing.

Mr S Morris, Head of Tennis

Cricket

The cricket season is in full flow after a competitive weekend of fixtures with Reigate Grammar School.

A particularly strong performance came from the U14A girls which saw seven KGS girls retire on their way to a hundred run victory. Simultaneously, there were exceptional performances from the girls in the U12A, including an impressive innings from Olivia Klein and 3 wickets in an over from Sonali Garcha. Elsewhere, Johnny Higham scored a debut 50 for the 1st XI boys, while late addition to the U15A girls, Ellie Phillips (First Year), filled in taking 2 wickets and scoring 27 not out.

This week we've seen strong performances from both the 1st XI boys' and girls' sides, who had exceptional performances against Ewell Castle School, including a classy half-century from Tim Bryce. Two wickets on debut also signalled a bright future in senior cricket for Christian Park (Fifth Year).

The performance of the week however came from the U15A girls in the first round of the National Cup. After a shakey start to their batting innings against Surbiton High School, captain and leading Surrey batter, Natalie Ivory, stepped up. First stabilising the innings before she launched fours and sixes to all parts on her way to her maiden century, scoring 100* in one of the most impressive innings ever seen at Ditton Field.

This weekend our girls take on St George's Weybridge and our boys will compete with Churcher's College. As always, we hope to see parents and families supporting our young cricketers home and away.