20 May 2022
A week in Sport - w/e 20th May 2022

Mr Watts writes...

This week we were fortunate to host two great cricketing events down at Ditton Field. England cricketer and World Cup finalist Charlie Dean joined us to help coach our teams during Games and after school. We also hosted the MCC on Wednesday. Thank you to all who played and the staff who supported the event. The cricket sides have been busy including a number of cup competition successes. The U15 girls played superbly against Cranleigh, limiting the opposition to 96 with some excellent fielding and bowling. They then chased down the total with three overs to spare and go on to face Godolphin and Latymer in the next round. The girls' 1st XI put on a great team performance to beat Hurst, with Kea Murray scoring 60*. They also beat Reed’s on Wednesday to continue their winning run. The boys' U15s finished in an exciting tie with Latymer while the girls' U12A, U12B, U13A and U14A sides all won their fixtures.

On the tennis court the County Cups and Leagues have continued apace. The boys’ U13s produced a magnificent team performance to beat Whitgift 5-4. This included a tense tie-break win from Carl Romberg and Jonah Callen with the match poised at 4-4! The girls' U13As beat Surbiton High 5-4, having been 3-3 heading into the final head-to-head rounds. The U15A, U13A and U12A boys beat St James' and the U14s also beat Box Hill. There was also a clean sweep against Manor House and Teddington on Monday. All in all, a brilliant week of tennis results.

Mr Green provides a detailed report from the Thames Ditton Regatta, where we competed in six finals and won three. Well done in particular to our J14 squad who all raced at least twice. The J15 B girls reached the final and the J4+ won their event, defeating Hampton. The girls’ eight were the fastest crew of the day and won a great final against Wimbledon High by ¼ of a length. We wish all crews well as they continue preparation for the National Schools' Regatta.

We had a number of athletic competitions including a meet against Claremont and the Borough Finals. Both events produced some excellent individual displays seeing students compete against some of the very best athletes in the area. Mr Bartram has provided a detailed report below and now turns his thoughts to organising Sports Day!

Rowing

Senior crews from KGS brought home the silverware and there were successful debuts for four Third Year crews as Thames Ditton Regatta returned to the KGS Boat Club's home reach for the first time in three years.

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On a brilliantly sunny day, the KGS girls' eight remained unbeaten this season, winning Women's Challenge Eights, while the senior boys won Open Coxed Fours.

In their first-ever regatta, the Third Years all won at least one race. The crew of Sophie Kelly, Sofia True, Maia Hendrickx, Ava Cooper and cox Mia Memaripour won the J14 Plate - a competition for crews who lose their opening race.

There were first-round wins but second-round defeats for the boys' quad, another girls' quad and the girls' octuple scull, who beat Lady Eleanor Holles by half a boat length before missing out in the final against Sir William Perkins's School.

The senior girls' eight were the fastest qualifiers in their six-boat event, with a mark of three minutes 13 seconds over the 900m upstream course.

In a close final, the crew of Ellinor Comard, Rosie Symons, Matilda Drewett, Lola Crampin, Audrey Coursey, Alice Cassidy, Ife Dombrowsky and Poppy Emerson then beat Wimbledon High School.

The boys' four of Alex Currie, Tom Hunt, Max Crampin and Alex Middleton beat Molesey Boat Club and then Hampton School to defend the Victorian Challenge Cup, which KGS won when the regatta last took place in 2019.

Cox Nina Chamarette took home a tankard for each win after steering both crews to victory.

With the National Schools' Regatta just a week away, the senior girls will race in quads and the boys in a coxed four and a pair at Nottingham City Regatta this Saturday.

Mr M Gough

Cricket

Another exciting week of cricket saw a string of highlights from throughout the school. The girls' 1st XI continue their good form, beating Hurstpierpoint College, partly thanks to an assured 60* from Kea Murray. Grace Dormer posted her highest score of the season with 46* and Daisy Mack put in an impressive all-round performance, taking two wickets for just two runs and following that up with 44*. On the boys' side, 1st XI captain Dan Roberts was in the runs, scoring a fluent 58* in a competitive game with Latymer Upper School.

The U15A boys played in the game of the week, which ended in a tie thanks to a cool head from Hugo Land. With only four runs to play with in the final over, Hugo held his nerve to bowl an excellent over, limiting Latymer Upper School to just three and securing the tie.

On Monday we were joined by England Women’s cricketer and World Cup finalist, Charlie Dean. Charlie spent Monday's Games sessions with our Second Year cricketers, followed by another 75 students after school who were from a range of other year groups. As an increasingly established cricketer on the world stage, this was a fantastic opportunity for our students to speak to Charlie about the experiences that took her into international cricket. They were able to spend time with her, talking about their own game, seeking her advice, as well as batting, bowling and fielding with her. The following day, Charlie played for the Southern Vipers in the Charlotte Edwards Cup and put in a match-winning performance, taking three wickets and scoring 20*.

On Wednesday we welcomed the MCC for their annual visit to Ditton Field. The match ended in a draw following a defiant batting performance from the 1st XI. This was after ex-KGS Head of Cricket, Dom Reed, had scored a century for the MCC. Impressive performances came from Roshaan Sornalingam, Johnny Higham and Harry Venning.

Mr S Lavery

Tennis

It has been another busy and successful week for KGS Tennis, with lots of fantastic individual and team performances. Monday saw the U15 girls (Josie Roux, Hannah Wood, Gina Saltykova, Charlotte Edwards, Ava Dent and Maia Hendrickx) beat Manor House 8-1 to make it two out of two victories so far in their Surrey Schools League group. The U13 girls (Rhea Nayak, Rania Shittu, Allegra Kelly and Tessa Holz) also played Manor House, winning 6-0 to maintain their 100% record in the LTA Youth Schools competition and finish top of their qualifying group – congratulations, girls!

Not to be outdone, the U13 boys (Carl Romberg, Jonah Callen, Platon Khodykin and Alex Christie) defeated Teddington School 6-0 on Monday and then followed it up on Tuesday with another convincing 6-0 win against St James' Boys to secure top spot in their LTA Youth Schools qualifying group – well done, boys and we wish you the best of luck for the county knockout rounds!

Also in action on Tuesday were the U12 & U14 boys. The U12s (William McKay, Arjan Cheema, Joseph Stanier and Arlo Godwin) were victorious in their first LTA Youth Schools group game, beating St James' Boys 6-0 with perhaps the individual match of the season so far being Joseph’s superbly hard-fought 7-6 win in an hour-long battle in his debut singles! Meanwhile, the U14 boys (Aran Dias, Tom Steiner, Jago Marton and Ollie Davis) travelled to Box Hill School where they won a close match 4-2, with Jago and Ollie winning their doubles in a tie-break to secure the victory.

On Wednesday it was the turn of the U15 boys (Maxim Dythtchenko, Nathan Harbour, Josh Moore and Dylan Gillmore) and the U13 girls. 3-1 up after the first round of singles matches, the U15 boys closed out the match, winning both doubles to secure a 5-1 victory in their first LTA Youth Schools group fixture. The U13 girls (Rhea Nayak, Rania Shittu, Ellie Phillips, Varia Karmalito, Phillipa Ivory and Tessa Holz) took on Surbiton High in their last Surrey Schools League group match. 3-3 after the first two rounds, the girls won two out of the last three to clinch a memorable 5-4 win and secure qualification from a very tough group to the county quarter-finals – congratulations again, girls and we wish you the best of luck in the next round.

Lastly, to round off a fantastic week, the U13 boys (Carl Romberg, Jonah Callen, William McKay, Platon Khodykin, Jamie Scott and Kamran Shaha) competed superbly to clinch a memorable victory over Whitgift in the Surrey Schools League. It was four matches all with the deciding rubber between each school’s no.1 pair going to a tie-break, which Carl & Jonah took 7-3 to win the overall fixture 5-4.

Mr S Morris

Cycling

Congratulations for Third Year Grace Goold who competed in the U16 London Youth Games this week. Grace, a talented and ambitious cyclist finished sixth in the Time Trial Event and third in the Road Race, an impressive achievement for someone competing outside of their age group.

Athletics

On Monday, KGS entered six teams in the Borough Athletics which took place at Kingsmeadow. The teams consisted of Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Junior (Year 8 and 9 Boys and Girls) and Intermediate (Year 10 and 11 Boys and Girls). Throughout the day there were some incredible individual performances and special mentions must go to the following students:

Gold

Olivia Klein (1S) - 100m

Philippa Ivory (2S) - Discus

Ted Tindall (3W) - Long Jump

Nico Clarke (3L) - Triple Jump

Freddie Lett (4Q) - 800m

Silver

Sinead Ritchie (1S) - High Jump

Grace Goold (3S) - 300m

Noa Armelin (4W) - Shot Put

Sophie Bailey (4Q) - 200m

Sebastian Cockerell (4L) - 1500m

Dylan Gillmore (4W) - 200m

Amelie Glynn (4L) - Javelin

Emily Jones (4W) - High Jump

Amelie Stark (4Q) - 800m + 1500m

Bronze

Wilf Fox-Robinson (1T) - Triple Jump

Max Mason (1W) - 1500m

Ellie Phillips (1W) - Long Jump

Antonia Ridley (1T) - Hurdles

Joseph Stanier (1Q) - 800m

Ryder Ebanks (2L) - 300m

Boadicea Cannon (3L) - Shot Put

Charlotte Edwards (3Q) - Hurdles

Noah Huwendiek (3L) - 200m

Ted Tindall (3W) - 800m

Ethan Harcourt (4W) - High Jump

Josie Roux (4W) - 300m

KGS also did incredibly well in the relay events:

Silver medallists

Junior Girls - Boadicea Cannon, Charlotte Edwards, Daisy Mack, Alice Marshall

Intermediate Girls - Sophie Bailey, Alice Cowin, Georgie Hauck, Ella Robinson

Bronze medallists

Year 7 Boys - Dom Bastajian, James Croston, Wilf Fox-Robinson, Joseph Stanier

Year 7 Girls - Amy Hassan, Olivia Klein, Connie le Huray, Jemima Mack

Junior Boys - Nico Clarke, Romeo Ebanks, Ryder Ebanks, Noah Huwendiek

Well done and thank you to every athlete who took part. The Borough will be in touch soon with the names of who has qualified to represent Kingston in the Surreys.

In addition to the Kingston Borough Athletics Championship, First Year Olivia Klein took part in this week’s Surrey Athletics Championships. Olivia placed second, picking up a silver medal in the 100m in an impressive time of 13.53 seconds.

Mr D Bartram