Handball, Cricket, Athletics & Tennis
On Monday, our U13 Boys’ and Girls’ Handball teams travelled to Cambridge University to represent Cambridgeshire in the Regional Handball finals, with the winners going through to the national finals. Having won the County round, our teams now faced teams from Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. The standard was unsurprisingly very high and our teams found the going very tough, having only recently started playing competitive fixtures. Both teams started their competition nervously and lost their opening fixtures. The results didn’t get very much better for the Girls, despite an improvement in performance and they eventually finished in 6th place overall. Alice Bennett showed real commitment and dedication throughout the day, even ending up on the scoring table when trying to chase down one ball! The Boys only fared slightly better, with their highlight being a comfortable 3-0 victory in their last match, against the Essex county champions, with Hugh Ludford scoring all three goals and Joe Lamin leading the way with a stunning defensive performance. The boys eventually finished in 5th place overall.
The U15 cricket team played their first games of the season this week, in a Super Sixes competition, which is a quick fire, shortened version of the hardball game. In their first match, against St john Fisher School, King’s bowled well, restricting the opposition batters to 32 runs and taking 2 of their wickets in the 5 overs. In reply, King’s made easy progress towards the low total with Duncan Hoyland top scoring with 11, as King’s reached the target within 2.3 overs. King’s faced a much tougher opposition in their second game against Thomas Deacon Academy. Duncan Hoyland opened the batting with Alistair Clark, who put on an impressive and unbeaten 4, with Duncan helping himself to 21 runs. This total just proved enough as the TDA batsmen fell just short of the target, with Alistair Clark taking a vital wicket to allow King’s to win by the narrowest of margins, 1 run! In the third and final game, King’s faced another strong team in Arthur Mellows Village College. AMVC batted first and made 46 runs, losing two wickets, which were taken by Duncan and Alistair. In response, King’s fell agonisingly short of the target, despite Felix Anderson making 20 not out, with King’s eventually losing by 1 run!
Athletics Track and Field Cup
56 of our athletes made the gruelling journey to Norwich to compete in the regional round of the National Track and Field Cup competition. Four King’s teams, junior and inter, boys and girls, were competing against schools from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk in a team event, with each athlete completing two events to try to score as many points as possible for their schools.
In the Junior Girls’ competition for Years 7 and 8, Alice Bennett picked up some good points in the High Jump, clearing 1.44m and gaining 22 points, as well as scoring 21 points in the Hurdles. Ruby Blakeley picked up 22 points in the 800m race with a time of 2min 40s. Georgia Coram and Hattie Smith both scored 19 points in the 1500m, with times of 5min 40s and 5min 42s respectively. Maddie Downer threw the Shot 7.45m and collected 18 points, whilst Livvy Buchanan collected 17 points in the Hurdles with a time of 14.28s. The Relay quartet managed to get the baton round the track in an impressive 59.53s to also claim 17 points. Overall the team amassed 298 points to take a well-respected third place.
In the Inter Girls’ competition for Years 9 and 10, Poppy Lyons ran the 100m in 13.22s to claim an impressive 23 points, with Sarah Pryce close behind with 13.72s and 18 points. Saffron Tasker collected 22 points in the 300m race in a time of 44.81s, with Millie Pinguenet just behind running 47.97s and collecting 17 points. Jose Downer picked up 19 points in the 200m with a time of 28.34s, whilst Charlotte Bennett (High Jump, 1.41m), Poppy Lyons (Triple Jump, 9.43m) and Anna Rutterford (Javelin, 21.07m) all picked up 18 points. Overall the team picked up 293 points and finished third.
In the Junior Boys’ competition, Daneeko Shephard led the way with a massive 28 points in the 100m, with a time of 12.19s. Chris King ran the 300m race in 42.91s collecting 21 points and Mark Dall ran 27.72s in the 200m to claim 18 points, with Fabien Wyer-Roberts also claiming 15 points in the 200m. The pick of the field events was Hugh Ludford in the Discus, who threw 21.90m to claim 16 points. Overall the boys collected 279 points as a team to finish in fourth spot.
In the Inter Boys’ competition, Felix Anderson collected 22 points with a time of 12.47s in the hurdles, with Royce Raj collecting 19 points in the 200m race with a time of 25.25s. Toby Charlton picked up 19 points in the 300m race with a time of 41.66s, narrowly beating Louie Brooks who ran it in 42.07s to get 18 points. Nathaniel Bailey ran the 200m in 25.71s to claim 18 points, but the standout performance of the day was George Harrison in the Hammer, who threw a massive 47.91m to collect 28 points. The highest scoring individuals of the day were Kelvin Benjamin and Enoch Opayinka, who claimed 40 and 43 points respectively with their performances in the 100m and Shot, Kelvin running 11.81s and throwing 10.08m and Enoch running 11.59s and throwing 9.92m. Overall the team amassed a fine total of 365 points which was frustratingly only enough for yet another third place, just a few points behind the leading teams.
Several of our pupils represented the school at the Annual Peterborough Schools U14 Mixed Doubles tournament and despite not fielding a full-strength team, King’s eventually finished third overall. Our top two pairs on the day were Robert Aylmore & Carys Attwell and Joe Green & Ella Baldaro, who played some impressive tennis.
U15 Boys Tennis v Arthur Mellows Village College
In their first league match of the season our U15 Boys’ team took on AMVC, with the overall score being decided by 4 singles and 2 doubles matches. In the doubles, King’s started very well, comfortably winning 6-2 and 6-1 in the two matches. All of our boys then went on to win their singles games to ensure a complete whitewash and a 12-0 overall victory. In seed order, Louis Luckhoo-Anderson won 6-0, Felix Anderson 6-3, Edward Cox 6-0 and Alistair Clark 6-1.