07 Jul 2022
A week in Sport - w/e 8th July 2022

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Mr Watts writes...

I can’t quite believe we are reviewing the end of the Summer term already. The Sports Department has been extremely busy over the past couple of weeks, with great success along the way. Our tennis players travelled to Eton to play in the Independent Schools Tennis Association Festival against schools from all over the UK. We finished the week with two trophies – The Springthorpe Cup and The Ralph Cake Plate – in the U15 and U13 age groups respectively. Congratulations to Natalie and Josie, as well as Ellie and Varia for their performances. I would also like to commend Charlotte and Ava, who were playing a year up and competed brilliantly against tough opposition. Well done too to Maxim, Nathan, Zack, Aran, Platon, Jonah, Rhea, Rania, Arjan and William for their efforts over the festival weekend. Thank you to Mr Morris and Mr Daly who accompanied all the players.

I was also fortunate enough to follow our rowers at Henley last week, as the girls raced superbly to beat Kingston Rowing Club and faced tough opponents in Wycliffe Junior RC. Congratulations to Audrey, Matilda, Lola and Alice on all their efforts. We are very proud of what you achieved and excited about the future too.

The cricketers had a great block v St Benedict’s, which provided some real challenge and variety of opposition. Well done to Max who took five wickets and scored 40 runs. This Wednesday saw the staff and students' match with Mr Lavery/Tim’s team coming out on top! Thank you to all the cricket coaching staff for their efforts this season. There is a huge amount of potential and we look forward to extending the cricket season with a few additional weeks of play in the Autumn term. This will also see the U15 girls compete in the National Finals Day on the 5th September. I hope that our cricketers continue to play with clubs over the summer and hone their skills developed so far this term.

Monday saw a return of the whole school sports day with students pupils from First to Fourth Year running, jumping and throwing their way around Ditton Field. It was great to see so many involved and there was a really positive and supportive atmosphere. A number of school records have been broken, with full details to follow in the House report in Kingstonian. Thank you to all the staff who helped with events and in particular to Mr Bartram who put a huge amount of time and energy into the planning of the day.

As we finish for the summer, I would like to thank you for being welcoming and helpful during the course of the year: we have certainly hit the ground running following two disrupted years. Thanks to Mr Lavery and Mr Morris for their efforts this term in particular. The return to fixtures and competition has been great to see, as well as knowing that so many students have been participating in after-school clubs and practices.

On behalf of the Sports Department, I wish you all a fantastic summer.

Cricket

As we head towards the summer holidays, there is a huge amount of success to reflect on, as well as much to look forward to in the Autumn term. Below are a few highlights that stand out in my mind but I’m well aware that I am only scratching the surface of what has been a long list of impressive performances.

  • Natalie started the summer with a bang, striking her first century for KGS.
  • A double hattrick weekend saw Ellie and Isaac both taking hattricks.
  • Tim piled on the runs in the 1st XI passing 50 on multiple occasions.
  • Jemma picked up her best bowling figures for KGS, taking 6 wickets for just 8 runs against Reeds.
  • Max (First Year) stepped up to the U14As at St Benedict’s, scoring valuable runs down the order, before spinning his way through their batting line up and taking 5 wickets on the way to victory.
  • A nail-biting 1st XI girls' victory over Hurstpierpoint, led by 50 from Kea and an exceptional spell of bowling from Madi
  • An incredible spell of bowling that returned five wickets for Tom on his 1st XI debut.

One other highlight that stands out above all others has been the cup run of the U15 girls, who will be taking part in the U15 girls' national finals day on September 4th. They will play Ipswich School in the semi-final. Along the way, they have been tested with one of the most challenging cup runs imaginable, beating Wimbledon High, Reigate Grammar, Cranleigh and Bede’s. The winners of the semi-final will take on either Repton School or Clifton College in the final (on the same day). We wish all the girls involved the very best of luck, and congratulate them on what is already an incredible achievement!

Finally, this year, for the first time, we will be pushing on with an extended cricket season in September at the senior end of the school. The current U14, U15 and senior cricketers will take advantage of what we hope will be a typically warm autumn and we have planned for three weeks of cricket practice sessions and fixtures that will fit around the usual autumn timetable. Details of this will be circulated to those concerned during the summer.

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer term, and I encourage all of our cricketers, young and 'old', to continue building their own cricket experiences throughout the holiday. Be it watching the fearless and much-improved England team on TV, or most importantly, joining a local cricket club. Details of your local club can be found here.

Mr S Lavery, Head of Cricket

Tennis

This week saw KGS participate in the ISTA Independent Schools Tennis Championships for the first time. Held at Eton on 44 courts (10 hard, 10 artificial clay, 24 astro), the championships attract all the leading independent schools from across the country.

Our U15 boys' and girls' 1st pairs were in action first thing on Saturday morning. Maxim and Nathan found themselves in a group with Abingdon, Dulwich, Haberdashers, Mill Hill, St James and Whitgift, and ended with a 3-3 win/loss record which placed them fifth in their group just missing out on qualification to the main draw knockout rounds. Natalie and Josie won all their group matches, beating Claremont Fan Court, Epsom College, Mill Hill, St Helen's & St Katherine’s and St Swithun’s to go through to the main draw knockout. In the afternoon, it was the turn of our U15 boys & girls 2nd pairs. Aran and Zack competed really well but unfortunately lost out in a very tough group. Charlotte and Ava demonstrated fantastic determination and competitive spirit to qualify in third place from their group with wins against Hymers, New Hall and St George’s College.

Sunday then saw both our U15 girls back in action, with Natalie and Josie just missing out in three sets to Marlborough and Charlotte and Ava to King’s High. As a result, both pairs progressed through to the Springthorpe Cup Plate event. And while Charlotte & Ava were defeated by Millfield, Natalie & Josie went all the way beating two St Helen's & St Katherine's pairs as well as LEH to win the Springthorpe Cup – congratulations, girls.

On Monday, it was the turn of the U13s. Both boys' pairs qualified second n their groups to go through to the main draw knockout rounds on Tuesday, with wins against Abingdon, Bradford & Whitgift for Jonah and Platon, and Magdelen College School, New Hall and RGS Newcastle for William and Arjan. Unfortunately, both pairs were then knocked out in the next stage, with Jonah & Platon losing out to Sevenoaks and Trinity, while William & Arjan came really close with a win against the Sevenoaks 2nd pair but lost a tight one against Colston’s.

Lastly, our U13 firls pairs took to the court on Monday afternoon. Rhea & Rania did really well to qualify in second place from an extremely tough group which included the eventual champions, Brentwood, while Varia and Ellie just missed out on going through by the closest of margins on games countback. Despite losing in the next round to Epsom and New Hall, Rhea & Rania can be very proud of their performances. Varia & Ellie played superbly on Tuesday to beat Claremont, LEH, Stamford and St Helen's & St Katherine's on their way to securing the U13 Girls' Ralph Cake Plate trophy – an absolutely fantastic effort as a U12 pairing!

Monday also saw eight Fifth Year & Lower Sixth students go on the Wimbledon Tennis Trip. We were on No.1 Court and had a wonderful day watching some amazing tennis, including Taylor Fritz, Amanda Anisimova and Elena Rybakina all making it through to the quarter-finals, as well as soaking up the incredible atmosphere on Day 8 of the Championships.

It has been an absolutely fantastic season for KGS Tennis, with notable successes including: U15 Girls Surrey Champions, U15 Girls ISTA Springthorpe Cup winners, U13 Girls ISTA Ralph Cake Plate winners, the U13 Boys reaching the Surrey Finals, the U15 Girls & U12 Boys Surrey Festival runners-up, and retaining the Kingston Challenge Cup. In addition, several of our teams won their LTA Youth Schools qualifying groups and are in the county quarter or semi-finals of this competition which carries on in September. Well done, everyone!

Mr S Morris, Head of Tennis