Rugby & Trampolining News
Congratulations to Josh Hilton of Year 11, who has now progressed through to the final squad of the Northampton Saints U16 Academy. The selection games, held at Silhillians RFC, were for Saints to determine the final team (25 players) to send to the "All Premiership Academies Festival" at Wellington College, 2-7 April. The squad played Bristol Academy and won 45-5, then lost to Harlequins 20-10. Josh scored twice, once with a pick and carry inside the 5 metre line and the second with a double smash and line break from the 22 metre line to stick it under the posts. He narrowly missed a third try, being brought down by three players a metre short following another line break on the 5 metre line, but managed an amazing off-load to the supporting No 10 who took it over to score. We wish Josh good luck in the Premiership Academies' Wellington Festival, where the England coaches will be selecting boys for next year's U17s squad. Josh could eventually emulate former King's Pupil, Harry Wells, by representing England at school boy level and who knows, we could one day see the pair playing together in the 2nd row for Leicester Tigers.
On Saturday 24 March, Kira Bland (Year 8) represented King’s at the National Schools Trampoline finals, held in Northern Ireland. Kira narrowly missed a podium position achieving 4th in the highly competitive Under 13 Girls' Novice category. Kira scored 49.10 points in total, against a winning score of 49.50.
The report from coaches at the finals indicated that Kira delivered the improvements that she had been working on in training to achieve an outstanding result. Trampolining is a very unforgiving sport, and with qualification requiring a top 3 position in zonal and regional rounds, one significant mistake at any stage of the journey would have prevented this achievement.