KCT Sport E-Magazine

Michaelmas 2017 Half-Time Highlights

Director of Sport Blog

Director of Sport Blog

It has been a hugely exciting start to the year for King's College Sport with the usual abundance of activity getting the term started with a bang. Already the change in sports options has allowed more freedom of choice for those who want it, but also a higher quality of coaching for those who wish to specify in the main sports we offer this term. We have had a huge amount of success with rugby with Mr Ed Lewsey making a very positive impact along with new coaches Mr Jones, Mr Sprangle and Mr Stone. Senior rugby sessions have been tough, purposeful and engaging, and the introduction of 1st XV video analysis has also helped hugely to see what the boys are doing well and what they need to work on. They are building in confidence and I am delighted to see so many seniors playing rugby again. The junior teams continue to thrive and are certainly dominating their respective circuits. The U15As have been brilliant to watch and continue to impress. The junior rugby programme has already come on considerably, with more players getting access to our top coaches. The rugby strength and conditioning (S&C) programme is now in place for all year groups thanks to our S&C coaches Ben Thomas and Rhys Llewellyn.

Hockey has had some excellent success particularly with an exciting group of girls dominating proceedings at the Sherborne girls' tournament. We have a great number of new players starting in the Third Form and Mrs Hayes has been her usual busy self, coaching pretty much every team so far (we wish her a speedy recovery from her knee operation, so she can get back to what she does best!). Our girls' U16 hockey team didn't qualify for the regionals this time around but they are a great bunch of players and this experience will only make them stronger moving forward. The best teams must always face true adversity if they are going to get better.

On a personal level, as well as coaching the U14 rugby team, I really enjoyed my Saturday where I was looking after the girls' 1st XI hockey against Sherborne girls. They played some wonderful hockey and showed how talented and committed they all are. My stint as the U14C team coach a few Saturdays ago was also a real highlight for me. We called ourselves "Real Madrid" and held Millfield to a goalless draw in the second half. We lost the game 2-0 but what I loved was how this group of girls epitomised King's Sport regardless of what team was playing. They had a huge amount of fun, worked hard, were very committed and played the game in the right spirit. I keep pestering Mrs Hayes for our next match and can't wait!

In addition to our rugby and hockey I enjoyed watching the girls qualify for the regional U16 netball finals in Bournemouth. I don't understand the rules – I will start swotting up – but I was blown away by the skill, speed and commitment the girls played with. It truly is a wonderful sport and well done to all who competed.

We did brilliantly in the national cross country (Sam Cobb, Fred Fisher and Max Watson leading the way for the boys).

Our girls' and boys' football teams continue to do well and have some high profile scalps already, and our badminton team beat Millfield in a recent friendly.

We have friendly basketball fixtures on the fixture card now and our swimmers are already back in the pool for their early morning swim training. Our new Tennis and Netball Dome has already been a huge success with one-to-one evening tennis lessons, netball matches and S&C sessions filling the timetable nicely. The new S&C suite has also been a wonderful addition to the programme and it has been fantastic to see the amount of activity that is going on in there now.

I'm really excited to be able to open the first ever official KCT Sport E-Magazine (Half-Time edition) and hope you take time to read everything that is wonderful about our sport at King's College.

Phil Lewis (Director of Sport)

Sports Performers of the week

• Week 1 Marcus Dennis (1st and 2nd XV rugby) and Caitlin Webster (3rd XI hockey) • Week 2 Grace Perkins (Girls' football and 2nd XI hockey) and Tommy Richardson-Jones (U15A rugby) • Week 3 Jenna Kirby (U15 B hockey) and Joe Messenger (U16A rugby) • Week 4 Alice Dymond (U16 netball and 1st XI hockey) and James Jelbert (2nd and 3rd XV rugby) • Week 5 Beth Barzotelli (1st XI hockey captain) and Theo Brownlie (3rd XV rugby)

Ollie Drummond UK Lions Captain

Ollie Drummond was appointed Captain of the UK Lions' U14 squad. The Lions' team is selected from those who were involved with the U13 Boys' UK Festival of Hockey that takes place in Nottingham every June, where ten teams compete from all over the UK. Ollie is also part of the England Hockey pathway and is entering his third year in the U15 Performance Centre.

Girls' U16 Celebrate with National Schools Netball Competition

King’s College celebrated the opening of their new Tennis and Netball Dome by hosting the Somerset stages of the Under 14 and Under 16 Girls’ National Schools Netball competition. There was some outstanding netball played in the dome and at the end of the day the King’s Under 16s qualified for the regionals.

Girls Selected for ISFA National U16 and U18 Squads

Some of our girls were invited to attend a trial for the ISFA National Football Teams. Those pictured attended the trials: U16s Jess Walrond, Abi White, Elena Pearce Jess White and Nicole Marlow; also attending were U18s Lannece Hole, Grace Perkins and Beth Barzotelli. Elena was selected for the U16 and Beth and Grace for the U18.

Sam Cobb – National Champion in Multi-Sport Activities

Sam Cobb – National Champion in Multi-Sport Activities

Sam Cobb, along with his team member Poppy Clark, have won Gold in the U15 UIPM Laser-Run World Championships in South Africa. Individually he came second, narrowly missing out on first place. Sam has been training hard over this term and is now being rewarded with fantastic results. Only a few weeks ago he became the National Pony Club Tetrathlon Champion when he competed as a member of the Polden Hills Pony Club. Competing against 40 others in the disciplines of shooting, swimming, riding a cross-country course and running 1500 metres, Sam was the best shot, with 980 points. In the swimming he managed a personal best time, in the cross-country he went clear and he won the running event. In addition to this, Sam has also been part of the team that won the Team Eventers Challenge 90cm. They were the only team over the three days – riding clubs and Pony Clubs (around 120 teams) – that all four jumped clear rounds and ended on zero faults.

King’s Girls 1st XI Triumph at Sherborne Tournament

King’s College girls’ hockey 1st XI enjoyed their first success of the new season when they were crowned the champions in the annual Sherborne Invitational Tournament at the start of term. In their pool the King’s team played Sherborne, King Edward Bath and Wellington, winning, 2-0, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively – Karis Chambers scoring a hat-trick against Wellington.

Rugby Teams Progress in NatWest Cup

An exciting game of rugby in round 1 of the Natwest cup saw King's College play Weston College. Ed Lewsey (Head of Rugby) said “The second half was a different story with King's tenacity in defence finally forcing errors from Weston. King's exploited this well and some continuity in attack to score some spectacular tries.” The senior boys teams finished the half term with a bang with excellent wins over Richard Huish College. The U15A rugby team had two gruelling matches against King's Ottery and Ivybridge Community College. The latter being a fantastic game of rugby played on the 1st XV pitch with a huge amount of support.

Karis Chambers Qualifies for Mitsubishi Motors Cup 2018

Karis Chambers Qualifies for Mitsubishi Motors Cup 2018

Karis Chambers has qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup with an excellent performance at the BE100 Regional Final at Broadway. She came third with a dressage score of 29.5, and jumped clear in the showjumping and cross country phases of the competition.

Next May she competes with the top 90 BE100 riders nationwide at the BE100 National Championships (Mitsubishi Cup), which are run alongside Badminton Horse Trials, the UK's top three-day eventing competition. It is a particularly huge achievement as it is open to all age groups.

Rugby U15As – 43-19 Win Against King's Ottery

Brendan Craggs (U15 coach) said “Another outstanding performance saw the U15As see off tough opposition 43-19 in the Natwest Cup 1st round that sets up a mouthwatering tie with Ivybridge College.” Sonny Baker was Man of the Match.

Caitlin Webster Selected for the Class National Squad RYA 29er

Caitlin has been selected as one of six girls, to be part of the Class National Squad RYA 29er for U18s. This is following a successful summer where she took part in three major competitions in two different classes of dinghy in the Feva World Championships in Holland, the 29er World Championships UK and then the 29er European Championships in France.

U15 ESFA National Girls' Playstation Football Cup

U15 ESFA National Girls' Playstation Football Cup

Our U15 girls' football team are through to the next round of the ESFA National Girls’ Playstation Schools Under 15 Cup. They beat Millfield in an away fixture to get through to the next round, which will take place in mid-November against Hugh Sexey's Middle School. Elena Pearce, the team's goalkeeper, has also been selected to represent Somerset in the U16 girls' Schools County squad.

Masterclass from Crista Cullen, GB Olympic Gold Medalist

Crista Cullen delivered a masterclass to some of our girls' hockey groups, providing inspiration for the future in a relaxed and personal environment. The girls experienced a top level skill-based session with Crista who won a Bronze Olympic Medal in London 2012 and then Gold in Rio 2016. She is considered as one of the world's best defenders and has earned over 185 caps for her country.

Natwest Cup U15A Victory

A big fixture for King's in round two of the Natwest Cup against Ivybridge, with King's coming out with a victory 29-10. It was a tremendous game with two very good sides playing exceptional rugby. Mr Craggs said "In a much anticipated fixture, in front of a very vocal King's crowd, the U15As proved that they can mix it with the very best of rugby sides and perform under the pressure of a big match occasion." King's now go on to face Millfield in the next round.

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