17 Jun 2022
A week in Sport - w/e 17th June 2022

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Mr Watts Writes:

Following a busy week of exams for First-Fourth Years, it has been fantastic to see students back out on the sports field or on the water. We genuinely believe that sport provides a real break and balance and will continue to keep encouraging students to remain active during periods of revision or exams. There were some excellent performances last week, which are detailed in reports by the Heads of Sport below. Thank you to all staff and parents who were involved in the Parent & Child tennis competition and the Sturgeons cricket fixture last weekend. It was lovely to continue to meet parents on and around the court, as the tournament was played in great spirit with some high quality points! It was also great to see some of our recent alumni back at Ditton Field in a competitive fixture for both teams. We look forward to hopefully expanding this event next year.

A specific congratulations to the U13 boys and U15 girls who have qualified for the Surrey Tennis Finals next week. Unfortunately the U13s final clashes with the Outward Bound trip, but am sure the U12s who are stepping in will do us proud! The tennis squads will also be busy vying for the Kingston Cup. We wish all sides the best of luck. The U15 girls’ have an important cup game v Reigate on Monday, which we wish them luck for. I wanted to write with the practice timetable for next term, so that parents are able to start planning their calendar. We have tried to create a timetable that allows pupils to participate in as many sporting options as they can through the week. This has taken some challenging logistical thought and indeed pitch booking from the Heads of Sport, which I am very thankful for. The games afternoons stay the same for each year group as they were this year, but a number of after school sessions have changed to create as much opportunity as possible. Fixture lists are being finalised as we speak and we are aiming to have all details on SOCS by the end of term to allow for maximum time to plan. Pre-season and new year information will also be sent out in the next week or so.

Thanks for all your continued support and we hope that pupils make the most of the summer weather and the last three weeks of summer sports training and fixtures. Oh, and don’t forget to add Sports Day to your diary on the 4th July. It should be a great day!

Cricket

Last week brought a strong block of fixtures against Emanuel School and a string of positive performances from KGS Cricketers. On the girls side, Ellie Phillips scored 50* and took 2 wickets playing in the U13A side who won a high quality game. Philippa Ivory, Imogen Cockerell and Sonali Garcha all bowled superbly in restricting the opposition. Abi Man scored 24* playing up a year in the 14B’s and in the U14A’s Anna Goodsman continued her fine from with 63. The U15’s showed some fighting spirit against a strong Emanuel side and Maddie Pritchard carried her bat in the 1st XI as they knocked off 88 runs just 3 wickets down after a fine display of bowling from the KGS attack.

On the boys side Tim Bryce brought up his third half century in the 1st XI scoring 58 in a tight T20 match against Emanuel. The match was also a historic debut for Tom Price (Year 3), who finished with match figures of 5-13 from 4 overs. Certainly one to watch in the future. We also welcomed our Alumni side to Ditton Field on Sunday. The Sturgeons XI, made up of some of KGS’s best cricketers from the last 10 years, posted an imposing score of 192. For some time it looked as though the 1st XI were on track, and the fourth “fifty” of the season for Tim Bryce, ably supported of Joni Ronberg (47 on debut), had the Sturgeons on the back foot. But the experience of the alumni proved invaluable as the 1st XI came up just short.

This week we welcome The Portsmouth Grammar School to Ditton Field for another weekend of competitive fixtures, and as ever, we would love to see as many friends and family at KGS supporting the teams. We also look forward to travelling to Reigate Grammar School on Monday for the last 16 of the U15 National Cup.

Rowing

Senior rowers from the KGS Boat Club took another step on the road to Henley last weekend, with racing at Reading and training on the Henley reach itself.

Our crews progressed through heats to reach four finals at Reading Amateur Regatta on Saturday and although they were unable to convert those into victories, they learned a great deal about side-by-side racing of the type seen at Henley.

The best race of the day saw the girls' quad race level with Wycliffe Junior RC for much of their final, before a late mistake saw them finish a boat length down.

The crew of Matilda Drewett, Rosie Symons, Audrey Coursey and Alice Cassidy had already soundly beaten an American crew from Agnes Irwin School, Pennsylvania.

Rosie also featured in a girls' four with Ellinor Comard, Poppy Emerson, Ife Dombrowsky and cox Nina Chamarette, who beat Sir William Perkins' School by half a length in the first round before losing to an all-Upper-Sixth crew from Lady Eleanor Holles.

Alex Middleton and Alex Currie beat Abingdon RC by an 'Easily' verdict in the first round of their pairs event but a steering error cost them in the final, where Bournemouth University triumphed by two lengths. The duo joined Matthew Mace and Max Crampin in a quad in the afternoon to beat a crew from Latymer School by clear water, but they then met a strong crew from Shiplake College in the final.

A Sunday morning boating from Leander Club offered the chance to row on the famous Henley course where they will all compete in the coming weeks. The girls' crews both race at Henley Women's Regatta this weekend while the boys compete at Marlow Regatta on Dorney Lake.

Qualifying races from Henley Royal Regatta take place a week on Friday, with the regatta proper - a six-day event for the first time - starting the following Tuesday.

Mr M Gough

Tennis

After the half-term break and last week’s end-of-year exams it was great to see our tennis players back on court this week following a really successful first half of the season.

Last Sunday witnessed the return to the calendar of the KGS Family Tennis tournament in which we had 23 parent/student pairs competing. Split into four groups, pairs played each other in a round-robin format guaranteeing lots of tennis for everyone. Charlotte & Jane Edwards, Arjan & Ish Cheema, Ellie & James Phillips and Nathan & Mark Harbour emerged as the four group winners. Congratulations to our champions Ellie & James who beat Charlotte & Jane in the final.

This week saw several of teams playing fixtures against Latymer Upper. Monday kicked off with the U13 boys and girls in action away: both teams played really well, continuing their impressive seasons, securing 8-1 and 6-3 victories respectively. On Wednesday it was the turn of the U17 boys who had a fantastic match, just losing out 7-9. The U14 and U12 boys and girls play their fixtures on Thursday and Friday afternoon respectively.

Wednesday also saw our U15 boys play their final LTA Youth Schools group fixture against Grey Court. With both teams unbeaten in the group, whoever won would go through to the county knockout rounds. Happily, it was 3-1 to us after the singles rubbers, with the boys winning both doubles to finish 5-1 victors. Well done!

Lastly, our U15 girls played their final Surrey Schools League group fixture away at JAGS on Thursday, hoping to continue their unbeaten run in this competition. We’re really pleased to report that they won 6-3 to top their group and qualify for the Surrey Schools Finals which take place at St George’s College next Tuesday. To have two teams (U13 boys & U15 girls) reach the Surrey Schools Finals is an absolutely fantastic achievement and we wish both teams the best of luck for next week.

Mr S Morris