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Sports round up for the Spring term

Sports round up for the Spring term

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26 March 2018

Only the ‘Beast from the East’ dented an otherwise full and active games programme this term! Once again, our netballers can be very proud of their performance throughout the season. A full fixture list allowed a great many girls a chance to shine and represent the School, and this was augmented with an excellent campaign by our U19 team, who progressed to the Regional Finals as County Champions, where they were joined by our U16 team. We also hosted a touring team from South Africa and raised valuable funds for the School’s charities in the final victorious match of the season against a strong RHS side. Well done too, to our three players involved at different age groups in the National Performance League via Team Bath: Daisy Collett, Immy Stringer and Millie Pearce.

Repeating last year’s ethos, the boys’ hockey club linked ‘participation’ and ‘performance’ with a strong and extensive fixture list. A young and inexperienced 1st XI battled hard and developed a great deal over the season. The highlight of the term came in the last 16 of the National Plate Competition, where we edged past a talented Exeter School team 3-2 in an exciting encounter; the goalkeeping heroics of George Freeman came to the fore alongside the goal scoring skills of our short corner specialist, Will Peden.  Once again, we hosted teams from all over the country at the 34th KES Hockey Festival, with the opening game being played in front of the School against Solihull.  For the first time we opened out the event to girls’ teams and our 1st XI played twice against Solihull and Ratcliffe School. Mr King, our Specialist Hockey coach, guided the U11s to the National IAPS and EHA Regional Hockey Finals, and we look forward to seeing how these talented boys develop as they come through into the Senior School.

No Spring term would be the same without a strong and effective rugby 7s programme. The weather put paid to many events, however, when in action, we showed that we could be competitive, and beyond in various tournaments. Our U18 team won the Bryanston Shield, whilst our U13s were group winners and semi-finalists in the Clayesmore 7s. The HSBC National 7s tournament at Rosslyn Park saw our U18s and U14s come within one win of reaching the final stages, whilst our U13s came joint top of their group in an excellent week of rugby.

The football season runs over two terms, and the boys enjoyed a full and challenging fixture card. The School welcomed back a strong OEs team for an evening match hosted at Bathampton again this year, with the current school team coming out 5 - 2 winners. It was great to see our old boys once again playing the beautiful game!

In cricket, our U15 girls’ team played wonderfully well all season and narrowly lost out to a strong Wellington school side (boasting four England players) in the indoor County Final played at Taunton.  This was the only game they lost out of 11 played on their way to the county runners-up spot. Pre-season preparations continued with regular morning nets taking place at Bath Cricket Club, and Mr Brown is looking forward to the summer programme getting underway for both boys and girls.

In other areas outside of the major sports Renee Jelf performed well in the High Jump at the National Indoor Finals, and Justin Davies and Enya Maylor qualified and ran in the Final of the English Schools National Cross-Country event. KES Sports staff were also in action, with Mr King and Mr M. Simonds playing for Bath Buccs in the National 'Super 6s' indoor hockey final at the Olympic Stadium (and streamed live on BBC). Fourteen of our young athletes took part in the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships, which included an outstanding performance by Alex Knight (Year 7) who won his age group, whilst our U12 team came 6th overall. Well done to all our athletes!

 

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