13 May 2022
A week in Sport - w/e 13th May 2022

Mr Watts writes...

Well done to the U13 boys’ hockey side who finished second at the U13 in2Hockey Finals last week. This is a superb achievement, as they were unbeaten through the group and only lost narrowly 1-0 in the final against Reed’s. Mr Bartram has written a detailed report below, but I would like to thank him, Mr Durban and Mr Beaumont for their efforts coaching the side this year. This concludes a fantastic hockey season that has seen the boys’ 1st XI win silver in theTier 1 Finals, the 1st XI and U15 girls take silver in the ISHC and the U13 boys win silver at the National Finals this week.

This concludes a fantastic hockey season that has seen the School win silver medals at the boys’ Tier 1 Finals, the girls’ 1st XI finals at the ISHC and at the U13 boys' National Finals this week.

It has been great to see so many students enjoying competitive athletics meets again. We appreciate St George’s hosting us and look forward to the Boroughs next week. Athletics is mainly practised within our PE programme, so it's great to see so many involved and attending after-school clubs. The First to Fourth Years competed with great enthusiasm and energy, with over 120 involved this week alone.

On the cricket field, the U15 boys and girls both played Epsom, producing strong displays. Emily Barker and Holly Seabrook scored the runs, with Maddie Sloan taking four wickets. Last weekend’s block saw a huge number of students playing cricket against sides from Surbiton High, Ibstock, Bradfield, Claremont, Sutton High and Wilson’s. Well done to the U14B & U13A girls and U12B boys in particular for their wins. There was a big block against Latymer on Monday for the U13s, with the U13C girls’ side the highlight of the day. The 1st XI girls travelled to Lord Wandsworth in the first round of their 'Hundred' competition. Despite a much-improved fielding display, the side lost by 52 runs with Millie Good the top scorer.

Our tennis players have been busy, and not even rain could stop play this week. The Play Your Way to Wimbledon tournament last weekend produced some thrilling tennis and some high-quality play throughout the afternoon. Thank you to Mr Morris who coordinated the day. The U13 boys won their game convincingly against Howard of Effingham, whilst the U15As lost narrowly to Reed’s. The U13 girls beat Claremont, but then lost to a very good Wimbledon High side.

The Boat Club were also busy at the Bedford Regatta as the J15s took to the water. The J15 girls, in particular, raced well, winning their semi-final by a foot and losing the final by just a canvas against Mossbourne Academy. In the ISFA U13 competition, we started slowly before quickly working our way into the competition. Two wins and two losses were encouraging results against tough opponents.

Well done to all those who continue to contribute across a range of sports. It has been great to see so many involved in cricket, athletics and tennis in the same week. We are very fortunate to have Charlie Dean, England International cricketer, coming to join us next Monday. Charlie recently played in the World Cup Final and will be passing on her experience and expertise to our players and coaches. Read Mr Lavery's piece below for more details.

Cricket

The cricket season continues to move at high tempo, with Ditton Field hosting matches every day and the fields, as ever, the envy of our opposition thanks to the fine work of Mr Parry and our team of ground staff.

This week we’ve seen a string of exceptional performances. The U12 girls have continued their unbeaten run with impressive batting from Ellie Phillips adding to the early season runs of Olivia Klein. Sonali Garcher stepped up to play for the U13A girls this week in the County Cup, taking a wicket with the first ball of the game and setting the tone for a resounding victory over Sutton High.

Max Mason starred with the ball as the U12A boys eased their way into the second round of the cup. Max picked up his maiden KGS five-wicket haul, with an exhibition of leg-spin bowling.

Sam Sloan backed up last week’s match-winning 86* against Churcher’s College, bypassing 50 again, this time against a strong Wilson's side. The runs continued to flow in the U15 boys' match as Priyam Patel blasted a quick-fire 50 against Epsom College. In the U15A girls' game, a resolute batting performance from Amelie Glynn, allowed Emily Barker and Holly Seabrook to play their shots. Posting 92 against a strong Epsom attack, Hanna Garghouti put KGS in the driving seat, taking three quick wickets on the way to what became a comfortable victory, with Epsom being dismissed for just 73.

1st XI debuts came for Natalie Ivory and Anna Goodsman. Natalie was rewarded following her recent century, while Anna (Third Year) is yet to be dismissed this season, as well as showing consistently high standards with the ball. Natalie showed her class as the top scorer with 45 and both girls gained invaluable experience along the way.

Tim Bryce continued his good run of form, passing 50 for the second time, this time in a losing cause against Wilson’s, but his impressive start to the season is providing the backbone to a number of 1st XI batting performances.

Looking to the week ahead, we take on Latymer Upper School and Hurstpierpoint this weekend, while next week brings a wide range of fixtures including our annual MCC fixture at Ditton Field on Wednesday.

England World Cup finalist comes to Ditton Field…

We’re delighted to announce that England Women’s superstar and recent World Cup finalist Charlie Dean will be joining us at Ditton Field on Monday, during Games and at the after-school practice session. Charlie was coached by Mr Lavery from the age of 11 and broke into the England side last summer against New Zealand. Since making her debut, Charlie has gone from strength to strength starring in the World Cup with a string of match-winning performances.

During Games on Monday 16th, our Second Year students will be able to meet Charlie. After school, all our other cricketers are invited to make their way to Ditton Field for an extra practice session and Q&A.

Mr S Lavery

Hockey

Last Friday, the U13 boys travelled to Beeston Hockey Centre to compete in the England Hockey National Finals. The tournament consisted of two pools with the winner of each pool playing each other in the National Final.

In their opening game against King's School Chester, the boys got off to a flying start with goals from Jonah Callen and Romeo Ebanks to give KGS a 2-0 lead going into half time. We remained calm defensively, with Barnaby Harcourt transferring the ball well and Jamie Scott delivering some lovely passes. The boys held onto the lead until the final whistle was blown.

In their second game, KGS played Katherine Lady Berkeley's School. Again, we got off to a brilliant start with Ryder Ebanks converting after four minutes. Wilf Fox-Robinson scored a fantastic solo goal just minutes later to relieve the pressure from the opposition's attacks. Unfortunately, KLB came back from half time determined to get a goal, which they did. At 2-1, KGS remained calm and managed to score once again through Jonah. Some more attacking play through Yire Lee and Carl Romberg led to more chances, but KGS couldn't convert any more into goals. The score did remain 3-1 which meant that KGS were guaranteed top four in the country.

In their last pool game, the boys played Gresham's with the winner qualifying for the final. Goals from Carl, Alexander Christie and Wilf ensured that KGS went into the half-time break 3-0 up. In the second half, KGS remained dominant, with Alexander producing some quality individual skill to help win a short corner. Jamie converted it with a well-struck ball and Jonah managed to secure a fifth. Unfortunately, KGS did concede but the job was already done, and a National Final was secured.

KGS met Reed's in what was a very even final. We defended well in the first half and created a few goal-scoring opportunities. In the second half, Reed's scored first, with a well-executed corner. Unfortunately, our boys couldn't put the ball in the net with the Reed's keeper making a magnificent save against Jonah's unbelievable volley. The score remained 1-0 meaning we finished as runners-up. Special mentions must go to Oscar Darbyshire (goalkeeper) who applied himself brilliantly all day and made some exceptional saves and to Barnaby for captaining the side throughout the year.

Thank you, Mr Durban for coaching the boys throughout the year. Well done to all the boys: an amazing achievement.

Team: Jonah Callen, Oscar Darbyshire (GK), Alexander Christie, Romeo Ebanks, Ryder Ebanks, Wilf Fox-Robinson, Barnaby Harcourt (Captain), Yire Lee, Carl Romberg, Jamie Scott

Mr D Bartram

Rowing

Fourth Year rowers had another new racing experience, with their first-ever river regatta in Bedford last Saturday. Five J15 crews - three boys' and two girls' coxed quads - all learnt a great deal from side-by-side racing, which differs greatly from the six-abreast format used for lake events.

The stand-out performance of the day was the crew of cox Aria Chaukar, stroke Daniela Cuervo, Anne Thevenon, Charlotte Comard and Hattie Byatt who raced superbly, winning their first two rounds comfortably.

They then beat Norwich School by two feet in an epic semi-final to put themselves in a final against Mossbourne Academy. There, in another superb race, KGSBC couldn’t quite hold onto their early lead and lost out by a canvas - about six feet.

Two of the boys' crews won a round each in their event, won overall by Windsor Boys' School.

The whole KGS Boat Club will feature in another river regatta, on home water at Thames Ditton, this Saturday.

Mr M Gough

Tennis

It has been another busy and successful week for KGS Tennis. On Thursday last week, our U14 girls played Grey Court in their first group match in the Year 9 & 10 Girls' LTA Youth Schools' Competition, getting off to a good start winning 4-2. Our U13 girls were also in action against Ursuline, winning 8-1 to make it 2 out of 2 victories so far in their Surrey Schools' League group. And to finish off the day, the U18 boys played Grey Court in the first round of the Rootham Shield Surrey Knockout, winning a fantastic match 3-2. The boys showed superb fighting spirit to come back from one set down in two of the matches.

Last Saturday saw the annual U14 Boys' & Girls' KGS Play Your Way to Wimbledon tournament take place, with close to 50 students participating. Once again, there was lots of high quality tennis on display and it was great to see so many parents at Ditton Field supporting. In the boys' event, William McKay emerged victorious, just edging out Carl Romberg in an extremely closely contested final while in the girls' event, Rhea Nayak defended the title she won last year, defeating Ellie Phillips who had a fantastic tournament herself to reach the final in her first year. We wish William and Rhea the best of luck in the County Finals of this national competition.

On Monday, we had a double-header against Howard of Effingham. While our U14 boys lost 5-1 in their first LTA Youth Schools group fixture, the U13 boys won 9-0 to make it two out of two so far in their Surrey Schools League group. On Tuesday, our U15 boys had the unenviable task of taking on Reed’s, losing 3-6 but competing really well.

Lastly, on Wednesday afternoon (in miserably wet conditions) we competed in the Year 7 & 8 Girls' LTA Youth Schools group match. The U12s played Tiffin, narrowly losing out 3-4 in a tie-break shoot-out decider after the match ended 3-3, whilst the U13s beat Claremont 5-1. I would like to congratulate both teams for the superb attitude they displayed, especially playing in such challenging conditions.

Mr S Morris