KCT Sport eMag

The Final Whistle Goes on Michaelmas 2017

As part of my role here at King's it is important that I communicate and listen to our pupils with regard to the sport we offer. At the end of this term I conducted an appraisal with our pupils, looking at our sports teams, and I was overwhelmed with how positive the feedback was.

The positivity around sport at King's is our biggest asset and I have to mention a comment as part of these apprasials, that came from a group of our girls about our hockey coaches – this was a real highlight for me. The girls said how 'proud' they are of the manner in which their coaches behave on the sidelines. They are always fair, professional and calm, and I have to say this was music to my ears and a huge feather in the cap for our hockey staff. I am sure this is reciprocated across all of our sports and this is something I would love to see continue.

It has been another hugely successful term and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the sports staff and teachers who continue to give up their invaluable time and of course the pupils who work tirelessly for both themselves and the school in matches and training. Our hockey teams have had another excellent season with our U15A girls showing how far they have come, winning most of their games this year. This is a big turnaround from last year and although our sport isn’t all about winning, this can at least be used as a reference point to how well they are progressing. All credit to Mrs Berry and Miss Parker for coaching this team over the last two years and well done to the girls for their hard work! The senior girls have also had a huge amount of success and we certainly have some exciting times ahead, with some talented girls coming through and also joining us into Sixth Form next year.

The rugby teams, under new guidance from Mr Lewsey, have collectively shown great spirit and have won over 60% of their games – a huge improvement from the 45% we achieved last year. The U16As have turned things around much like our U15A girls, winning most of their games this year. Our U15 and U14 rugby teams dominated their circuit and our senior teams won more than they did last year, notably with far more players in this senior group as well. Most importantly though, rugby attendance is on the up here at King's and we have fielded more players this year than we have done for many years.

We have had basketball league matches, friendly badminton fixtures, and continued progression on our swimming programme (including a new underwater goPro to link with a new iPad for video analysis!). The squash courts have been refurbished, we have used the new indoor tennis/netball dome a great deal, and dare I say the new cricket centre is very near completion, ready for use as part of the Lent Term cricket programme.

Our junior cross-country team performed brilliantly at the nationals, our footballers (girls and boys) have already been training hard, with matches and cup games already played this term and lastly but certainly not least, our strength and conditioning provision continues to go from 'strength to strength' – excuse the pun! I have really enjoyed my first term as Director of Sport – how could I not – seeing all the wonderful things our pupils achieve on the sports fields! Many thanks must also go to our parents for their continued and positive support on the side line.

Below is my photo of the term. It is of Michael Bray (U15As rugby captain) being clapped onto the field by a huge King's supporting crowd, infamously led by Ed Hunt.

Phil Lewis, Director of Sport

Harry Blakey finishes a wonderful try in the U15 Natwest Cup against Ivybridge Community College

Crista Cullen offers a masterclass to our senior and U14 girls' teams as well as our Maddie Hinch scholar recipients

The main focus of the sessions was on individual skills such as drag flicking which extended on Susannah Townsend's (GB gold medallist) session in the Netherlands.

Girls' Hockey

Girls' Hockey

A great season for girls hockey: 97 matches played – 53 won or drawn, 44 lost.

The girls’ first team won the Sherborne Hockey tournament at the start of the season; the seconds played with unity and intensity; the thirds showed improvement throughout the term; the fourths weathered lots of adversity. Despite cancelled fixtures and teams that did not turn up, the teams did everything with a smile on their faces.

The U15As showed improvement from last year and steady improvement through the term. They are deservedly the girls' team of the term; the U15Bs had a huge squad of capable players; the U14As show much promise for the future and the U14Bs will be competing for those U14A places!

The captains, Beth Barzotelli, Grace Perkins, Andrea Manen, Liv Banks, Lucy Crossman and Katie Beale performed an important role as did the hockey ambassadors (Ana Richards, Beth Barzotelli, Eliza Chippendale and Honor Mead).

We finished off the season with our festive house hockey competition accompanied by hot chocolate and crepes!

Hockey Awards 2017

Hockey Awards 2017

1st Team

Captain – Beth Barzotelli

Players' Player – Beth Barzotelli

Player of the Season – Flo Keeling

Most Improved – Lucy Buckley

2nd Team

Captain – Grace Perkins

Players' Player – Lucy Mac Gillavray

Player of the Season – Millie Spurr

Most Improved – Jess Highton

3rd Team

Captain – Scarlett Manger

Players' Player – Holly Ambler

Player of the Season – Hope Webster

Most Improved – Emma Hawkins

4th Team

Captain – Andrea Manen

Players' Player – Christa Arliss

Player of the Season – Issie Burger

Most Improved – Sarah Jaeger


Captain – Liv Banks

Players' Player – Millie Frankis

Player of the Season – Anouska Reddin

Most Improved – Liv Banks


Captain – Lucy Crossman

Players' Player – Abi Howells

Player of the Season – Jenna Kirby

Most improved – Elena Pearce


Captain – Katie Beale

Players' Player – Abbie Stride

Player of the Season – Katie Beale

Most Improved – Grace White


Players' Player – Malaika Njema

Player of the Season – Hannah Johnston

Most Improved – Mia Ghir

Ana Richards (1st XI hockey) was Sportswoman of the term - for her outstanding attitude and work ethic throughout the season

​O Milly Frankis – being an integral part of her team, stepping up to the U18s and playing by example O Hattie Fox – approaching everything in a helpful and positive manner O Anna Crocker – for how hard she worked and improved throughout the season O Freja Gunningham – working hard to return from injury O Eliza Chippendale – being an ambassador for the sport, both inside and out of school O Charlotte Phillips – always smiling and working hard O Charlotte Sidwell – for playing in senior house hockey O Ana Richards – for her contribution to hockey

Boys' Rugby

The King's 15-a-side rugby term draws to a close with a win percentage across our whole programme of 62%; a marked improvement on last season’s 47% win rate. Perhaps the pick of the bunch has been the impressive U15As, who have gone from strength to strength and stretched their unbeaten run to 21 games, before finally succumbing in a gallant away cup defeat at the hands of Millfield.

Other notable success has to be the U14 teams, only losing three games between them with the U14Bs remaining unbeaten for two seasons now.

Our U16As have also had an outstanding season and perhaps signify the quality of the programme here at King’s. This season they won six games, whereas in the previous two seasons they won three and drew two respectively. They have worked incredibly hard and owe much to the coaching of Mr Kealy, Mr Craggs, Mr Stone and Mr Mckenzie Green, who have overseen their development over the last few years.

Our senior teams have won far more than they lost and have managed to regularly field a 3rd XV.

Several of our senior teams have won recognition with representative teams; Gabe Mead and Oli Walrond being selected for Somerset, while Angus Lyon and Dan Luedicke were selected to be a part of the National Public School Lambs squad.

The rugby season finished with a fun afternoon of house rugby, which Bishop Fox dominated, and a presentation evening for the rugby club.

Rugby Awards 2017

1st XV Coaches' Player – Angus Lyon Players' Player – Jack Mead 2nd XV Coaches' Player – Toby Glazebrook Players' Player – Matt Bullman 3rd XV Coaches' Player Theo Brownlie Players' Player – Ali Hesketh U16 Coaches' Player – Dan Potter Players' Player – Joe Messenger U15B Coaches' Player – Jack Masters Players' Player – Max Cheng U15A Coaches' Player – Connor Morrall Players' Player – Will Hall U14B Coaches' Player – Joe Seymour Players' Player – Cameron Collins U14A Coaches' Player – George Thomas Players' Player – Charlie Sharland Angus Lyon (1st XV Captain) was sportsman of the term

Eliza Chapple Selected for the Great Britain U18 Development Squad

Eliza has had an exciting term competing in three-day-eventing. Her horse Enzo Van De Nethe has had wins in both the 100 U18 and Novice U18 regional classes and has recently jumped double clear in an U21 National Trial.

She was also selected to compete at Millstreet International in Ireland as a part of the GB U18 Development Squad. Her other horse Lawd Of The Mill has also been placed at Novice U18 and also came 18th individually and 2nd in the team competition at the National U18 Championships at Frickley.

Sam Cobb Selected for GB Pentathlon

Congratulations to Fourth Form pupil, Sam Cobb who has gained selection for the International Pentathlon in Potsdam, Germany. Only 12 Pentathlon GB youngsters have been selected for this event which will take place next month.

Luli Loveridge Qualifies for Second Round of The Royal International 138cm

Luli Loveridge Qualifies for Second Round of The Royal International 138cm

Luli' Loveridge has competed in The Royal International First Round Qualifiers and won the majority. This has guaranteed her a qualification to the second round which starts in January.

Only the top three riders and ponies at each of the five Premier Shows go through to The 138 Final at The Royal International at Hickstead in July. This, along with HOYS, is the most prestigious event for ponies.

Good luck to Luli in the New Year.

King's Schools Equestrian Team Enjoy Success at NSEA

The King’s Schools Equestrian team performed exceptionally in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) qualifiers at King’s Sedgemoor recently.

The 1m team, consisting of riders Karis Chambers, Luli Loveridge, Sam Cobb and Lizzie Chetwode, were crowned Somerset County Champions, qualifying for the NSEA Championships.

Sam Cobb achieved first place in his class, qualifying as an individual.

In the 90cm class, the King’s Schools team of Lara Chapple, Sam Cobb, Matty Mercer and Georgia Hilton, placed 4th, with Sam coming 4th as an individual.

Luli, who has enjoyed a fantastic year of competitions, came 3rd in the 1.10m class, followed by Lizzie in 5th and Karis in 6th.

The National Finals are set to take place at Bury Farm next April

U15 Girls Through in English Schools Competition

U15 Girls Through in English Schools Competition

The girls’ U15s are through to the fourth round of the English Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) 11-a-side KO Cup after notching up a comfortable victory over their opponents from Exmouth Community College.

The U15s have already recorded victories over Holyrood and Millfield Schools and Mount Bay School from Penzance.

The girls’ U18s are through to the next round of the Independent Schools’ Football Association 11-a-side KO Cup after an emphatic victory over Millfield School.

The King's College, Taunton Cross-Country team took part in the ESAA Cup Finals, where they were placed an excellent 20th. Congratulations to Sam Cobb, Max Watson, Fred Fisher and Charlie Reehal.

Luedicke and Lyon Selected for Lambs U18

Luedicke and Lyon Selected for Lambs U18

Dan Luedicke and Angus Lyon were selected into the last phase of trials for the National Lambs rugby team with Dan gaining selection into the full side which was announced recently. Both players have worked exceptionally hard and we wish Dan the best of luck when he represents the national side. He proudly follows the footsteps of Tom Pittman and Charlie Agbo last year!

King's College pupils have been selected for the England Hockey Performance Centre. These include James Rew, Sam Cobb, Alec Sprague, Harry Blakey, Tim Robberts, Ben Davies, Martha Lawford, Eliza Chippendale, Lizzie Chetwide and Katie Beale.

Golf Team Training Tour to Portugal October 2017

​The golf team, along with Mr Lewis and Mr Craggs, embarked on a wonderful training tour to Portugal in October Half Term. The squad of pupils, parents and staff played non stop golf for the whole trip and we were incredibly well looked after by the Amendoira resort. Thomas Rew (King's Hall) won the overall individual competition, with Mr Craggs and Jack Veale winning the pairs competitions.