06 May 2022
A week in Sport - w/e 6th May 2022

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Mr Watts writes...

It has been great to see so many students engaging with summer sport and we hope that this number continues to grow over the coming weeks. There have been some superb individual performances, alongside some promising team development and results. On the cricket pitch, the U13As and U15As chased down challenging totals to secure home wins against Churcher’s on Saturday, while the U12 and U15 girls also won against St George’s. Well done to Anna Goodsman who scored 50* for the U14As in a promising team performance. We enjoyed welcoming The Hague CC U14 side as they finished their tour. Individual sessions are well underway for cricket, with players using time before school and at break time to develop their skills. The tennis players have also had a busy week with the Surrey Schools Festival at St George’s. The two standout performances came in the U12 boys' and U15 girls’ tournaments. Will McKay and Arjan Cheema reached the final against Ewell Castle, with Natalie Ivory and Josie Roux losing narrowly in their final. We look forward to seeing the players involved in the Road to Wimbledon tournament compete this weekend.

It was a busy weekend on the water too with students involved at the Wallingford Regatta and National Sculling Regatta at Dorney Lake. Mr Green's report is below but well done to all those who competed and we look forward to hearing of their progress in preparation for the National Schools at the end of the month. At the time of writing, the U13 boys' hockey side are busy preparing for their National Finals in Nottingham. Good luck to the squad and we look forward to hearing from our journalist-in-residence, Mr Bartram, next week!

Cricket

On Saturday, the U12A girls played against St George's in their second game of the season. Captain Hannah Price opted to bowl first, and it was clear from the start that this was going to be a tough match. KGS provided some excellent bowling to the opposition, but St George's opener managed to score some early runs. Some excellent wicket keeping from Izzy Tasker kept the number of byes to a minimum and it was Olivia Klein with the breakthrough as she bowled and forced a brilliant catch from Connie le Huray. Soon after, Jo Tasker ran out their third batsperson with some excellent fielding. St George's continued to bat well and Olivia yet again found her form to bowl out their fourth. Further wickets from Antonia Ridley, Jemima Mack and Ellie Phillips and some excellent fielding from Chloe Verdult meant that St George's finished their innings on 124-6.

Sonali Garcha and Sophia Raza opened the batting for KGS and did a brilliant job keeping St George's opening bowlers out. After 10 overs they were retired with Connie and Ellie next in line to bat. A fantastic swinging ball clipped Connie's bat for a catch behind. Nevertheless, KGS came back fighting with Ellie and Olivia scoring some boundaries in quick succession. Ellie was then bowled by a lovely in-swinger to allow Antonia to come into bat. Olivia and Antonia needed 35 off 24 balls for victory. The communication and running between the wicket was outstanding. With 18 balls remaining they needed 24 runs and with 12 balls left, with 17 needed for the win. When it came to the last over, KGS needed 8 from 6. We managed to draw the game with one ball remaining. And with the last ball of the match, Antonia scored the winning runs but a very special mention to Olivia who scored 35*(not out) as well as getting two wickets during her bowling spell.

It was a very promising start to their KGS cricketing career. Next Saturday we look forward to hosting Surbiton High.

Mr D Bartram

Tennis

The great start to the tennis season continued last Thursday with a superb 9-0 win for the U13 boys (Carl Romberg, Jonah Callen, William McKay, Arjan Cheema, Platon Khodykin and Alex Ritchie) against Claremont Fan Court in their first Surrey Schools League fixture.

This week kicked off with the Boys' & Girls' Surrey Schools Festivals held at St George’s Weybridge on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, with approximately 40 schools from all over Surrey sending their top pairs in each age group.

In the boys’ event, all our pairs (Maxim Dythtchenko & Nathan Harbour, Aran Dias & Cays Malik, Carl Romberg & Jonah Callen and Arjan Cheema & William McKay) competed really well and showed great spirit. There were good wins for our U15s against City of London Freemans and Tiffin, while our U13s won their group with victories against Epsom College and Claremont Fan Court and the U12s dominated their group with wins against KCS Wimbledon, Caterham and Danes Hill. Our U13s, Carl and Jonah, then went on to beat Harrodian to reach the quarter-finals before being edged out by Hampton. Our U12s, Arjan & William, continued their impressive form with further wins against Amesbury and Tiffin, before defeating Reed’s to reach the final where they eventually lost out to the Ewell Castle pair. An absolutely fantastic achievement, though, and a first for KGS. Well done to all our pairs.

Wednesday then saw the girls in action at the Surrey Schools Festival and once again we had pairs competing in the U12, U13, U14 & U15 events. Like the boys the previous day, the girls had great success. Our U12s (Ellie Phillips & Varia Karmalito) qualified from their group with wins over Wimbledon High and Priorsfield, before just missing out on the semi-finals in an incredibly tight match against Tiffin. Similarly, our U13s (Rhea Nayak & Rania Shittu) reached the quarter-finals against Harrodian. Lastly, our U15s (Natalie Ivory & Josie Roux) qualified from their group with victories over Epsom College and Manor House, and then went on to beat ACS Cobham and JAGS on their way to the final, where they narrowly lost out to Surbiton High in an incredibly high quality and closely contested match. Once again, an incredible achievement following on from our U12 boys the day before. Well done again to all our pairs - they can be proud of their performances.

Away from the Surrey Schools Festival, we hosted Lord Wandsworth College for an U18 friendly fixture. After going 4-2 down after the first two rounds, the boys came back to take all three rubbers in the final round to win 5-4, while the girls had a more comfortable 8-1 win. Following their opening victory against Reigate Grammar, our U15 boys played their second Surrey Schools League group match, losing to a very strong Rutlish side.

On Thursday our U13 girls are off to play Ursuline in the Surrey Schools League, our U14 girls are playing Grey Court in the LTA Youth Schools and our U18 boys are playing Grey Court in the Rootham Shield Surrey Knockout. And to cap an extremely busy week, Saturday afternoon sees our annual KGS Play Your Way to Wimbledon tournament at Ditton Field in which we have over 40 students playing.

Mr S Morris

Golf

The Past vs Present golf match took place for the first time since 2019 on Wednesday this week. Back at Malden GC club after the last staging was played at Coombe Wood, seven gallant students and three staff members took on the 'Past' - members of the KGS Golf Society. The weather was initially kind but ended with rain, a near inevitability with this event. This unique team event involved two mini-matches of greensomes and fourballs.

Out first was the all-staff team of Mr Farr and Mr Hardy. Solid team play saw the Present secure their first point in the greensomes but they lost the fourball match on the back nine, probably not helped by Mr Farr having to leave with a few holes to go to see his son play in a football final!

In the second match, featuring ex-Head of Maths Mr Cooper and his brother-in-law against debutant Adam Sloan and top golfer Jonny Ronberg, the greensome result was reversed but Adam and Jonny bounced back to again level the match by winning the fourball match.

The only clean sweep came in the third match out. Present captain, Oli Dawson, was paired with Mr Rodgers and they were never behind as they won both the greensome and fourball match with ease, dovetailing nicely throughout. They also picked up the spot prizes of a sleeve of golf balls each for the two nearest the pin competitions.

Match four was another shared match. Ollie Stone and Freddie Lett narrowly lost the front nine match but Freddie rolled in a crucial putt on the final hole to win the back nine match and give the Present an unassailable lead with one match to go.

Something was needed from the last match to secure the trophy for the Present and have the outright win. It wasn't looking good after the front nine for Upper Sixth students Max Mayhew and Lucas Griffin, despite some prodigious hitting off the tee. They hung in there on the back nine, winning the 17th hole and holding on for the half point that saw the Present victorious for the fourth time in the last five playings of the event. Winning captain, Oli Dawson, was awarded the John Makin Cup for a narrow 5 1/2 - 4 1/2 win.

Mr M Rodgers

Rowing

KGS rowers from the Fourth Year to the Upper Sixth raced at the Olympic venue, Dorney Lake, over Bank Holiday weekend, returning with some very promising results. Wallingford Regatta on Sunday marked the start of side-by-side summer racing after a winter of time trials, with three KGS senior crews reaching A-finals. Four out of five Fourth Year crews qualified for finals at the National Junior Sculling Regatta on Monday. Two boys' crews ranked fifth and ninth respectively, showing the great strength in depth of the squad.

Leading the way was the quad of William Adams, Asa Clayson, Joshua Cassidy, Pietro Forlin and cox Dexter Porter, who were sixth fastest in the morning time trial then moved up a spot in the A-final. Two girls quads raced in the D-final of their event. The crew of Daniela Cuervo, Charlotte Wigmore, Charlotte Wellman, Hattie Byatt and cox Hannah Topen finished second in that race for 20th overall in a field of 39, two places ahead of their club-mates.

The KGS senior squad raced 24 hours earlier, returning with a third-place finish for the girls' coxless four of Ife Dombrowsky, Ellinor Comard, Audrey Coursey and Poppy Emerson. The girls' quad finished fifth in their event and the boys' coxed four came in sixth place.

The Fourth Years next take to the water at Bedford Regatta on Saturday and the whole club will race on home water at Thames Ditton Regatta the following weekend. There are just four weeks until the National Schools Regatta, back at Dorney Lake.

Mr M Gough