27 May 2022
A week in Sport - w/e 27th May 2022

Mr Watts writes...

The first half of the summer term has raced by and we have a great deal to look back on. The number of students representing the school in the First Year across cricket, tennis and athletics has been fantastic to see. There have been busy cup schedules and some brilliant progress in cup competitions, particularly on the tennis court. Mr Morris’ report below details all that has happened this week, but it has been excellent to see players across different year groups combining to great effect on court. Mr Bartram has now received updates on all those who qualified for the Borough Finals and has been in touch separately. We wish them all the best of luck.

Sadly, last Friday’s cricket block against Ibstock fell victim to the unpredictable weather. However, on Saturday against the same opponents, we saw a number of great results including hat-tricks for First Years Ellie Phillips (playing up for the U15s) and Isaac Clark. The U13 girls lost narrowly game to St John’s in the final over of their 8-a-side competition while the U14s beat Tiffin Girls’. This weekend sees the boat club head to the National Schools' Regatta at Dorney. Well done to the seniors who won at the Nottingham City Regatta and we hope they continue this good form over the weekend. Good luck to all involved and we hope that everyone has a relaxing half-term break.

Rowing

The KGSBC senior squad prepared for this weekend's National Schools Regatta in encouraging fashion, with two victories and three second-place finishes at Nottingham City Regatta last Saturday.

The girls' second crew of Audrey Coursey, Ellinor Comard, Alice Cassidy and Poppy Emerson finished second only to the KGS first boat in the J18 Women's Quads, seven seconds clear of St George's College in third. The winning crew of Matilda Drewett, Lola Crampin, Ife Dombrowsky and Rosie Symons were rewarded with hip flasks for their victory.

There were hip flasks too for Alex Middleton and Alex Currie after they rowed through a field of adult club crews to win Open Pairs in the morning division. They then finished second in their afternoon event against a similar field, behind a crew from Leeds RC.

The girls' quad also met strong adult opponents in the afternoon, finishing eight seconds behind Upper Thames RC. All three crews will have high hopes for National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake this weekend. The two girls' boats race on Saturday, with separate competitions for A and B quads. The boys' pair races on Sunday.

The Fourth Year rowers are the first in action, on Friday, with two boys' and two girls' coxed quads and a coxed four, all racing over a shorter 1km course at Dorney.

Mr M Gough

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Golf

In very blustery conditions, KGS completed the golf season sweep against Epsom College over the prestigious Old Course at Walton Heath Golf Club on Wednesday. Playing the foursomes format, Jonny Ronberg and Natalie Ivory took on an all-girl pair from Epsom and, despite giving away a fair few shots, won 3&1. After a slow start, our Lower Sixth pairing of Oli Dawson and Adam Sloan took charge midway through the back nine and sealed the fixture with 3&2 win. In the final match, Ollie Stone and Freddie Lett didn't have their best 'stuff' but still clung on to only lose 3&2 rounding off a 2-1 KGS win.

Mr M Rodgers

Tennis

Despite the rain, it has been another good week for KGS Tennis.

A busy start on Monday saw the U18 boys, U15 girls, U12 boys and U12 girls all in action. The U18 boys (Seb Latimer, Maxim Dythtchenko, Oli Davis and Sid Nair) took on ACS Cobham in the last 16 of the Rootham Shield Surrey Knockout. The boys competed really well but were just edged out 3-2, after trailing 2-1 after the 1st round of matches and then splitting the two doubles rubbers in the 2nd round.

The U15 girls (Natalie Ivory, Josie Roux, Hannah Wood and Gina Saltykova) had a crunch match against St George’s Weybridge in the LTA Youth Schools competition. It was 2-2 after the singles round with some very tight matches, the girls taking both doubles rubbers to win 4-2 and secure top spot in their group to qualify for the county knockout rounds – congratulations, girls!

Following in the U15 girls’ footsteps, the U12 Boys (William McKay, Arjan Cheema, Joseph Stanier and Charlie Heyhoe) also continued their unbeaten start to the season with a superb 6-0 win against Claremont to top their LTA Youth Schools group and qualify for the county knockout stages – well done, boys!

And to complete Monday’s fixtures, the U12 girls (Varia Karmalito, Ellie Phillips, Izzy Tasker and Jo Tasker) made the short journey across Kingston Bridge to take on Teddington, bouncing back from their narrow defeat to Tiffin a couple of weeks ago to win very convincingly 6-0.

Tuesday’s heavy showers did, unfortunately, lead to the postponement of the U15 Boys' final LTA Youth Schools group fixture, but the U15 girls (Josie Roux, Hannah Wood, Gina Saltykova, Charlotte Edwards, Ava Dent and Maia Hendrickx) made the journey across London to Alleyn's, where all our pairs competed brilliantly to secure a fantastic 8-1 victory to maintain their 100% record and go top of their Surrey Schools League group.

On Wednesday, the U12 Girls were back on court in their last LTA Youth Schools group fixture, beating Putney High 5-1 to make it two out of two wins this week. And while Wednesday’s U13 Boys fixture was unfortunately cancelled due to Tiffin’s withdrawal, this means the U13 Boys finish top of their Surrey Schools League group (after last week’s superb win against Whitgift and previous victories over Claremont and Howard of Effingham) and qualify for the county Q/Finals – congratulations, boys!

And to end the week, the U14 girls (Ava Dent, Cara Straker-Grimes, Charlotte Edwards and Maia Hendrickx) played a triangular against Harrodian and Tiffin to complete their LTA Youth Schools group campaign, beating Harrodian 4-2 and Tiffin 5-1 to top their group and go through to the county knockout rounds – well done, girls! Meanwhile, the U15 boys (Maxim Dythtchenko, Nathan Harbour, Josh Moore, Dylan Gillmore, Cays Malik, Zack Kelly) hosted Trinity at Ditton Field in their final Surrey Schools League fixture, and competed superbly to win several tight matches and secure a 6-3 overall victory.

Mr S Morris