Sarah Parkinson-Mills, Director of Sport at King’s High and Warwick Prep (and Investec Women’s Hockey League star) reports:
The U12 netball team recently competed in the National semi-final of the SNS cup competition, finishing in the top four teams in the country.
The U16 teams are celebrating successes in both hockey and netball, both reaching the the equivalent of the Midland’s finals. The netball team ended in the top 8 in the region, with the the hockey team narrowly missing out on progressing to the next stage of the National England Hockey competition.
The 1st and 2nd VII netball teams both played KES Stratford and recorded strong victories.
The U13 VII aside hockey team competed in the In2Hockey schools County finals. They won the group and reached the final, defeating Princethorpe and Bablake on the way conceding just 1 goal, and ending as runners up. The team now goes through to the Midlands Finals!
Congratulations to the U12 and U13 swimming squads who took part in the annual Warwick 50s swimming gala. It was a fantastic event, hosted in the swimming pool with Warwick School, which saw our girls competing against 11 other schools in each age group. The U12 Medley relay team started the proceedings in impressive style winning the first event of the day. There were a number of other excellent team and individual performances, with King’s High finishing as runners up overall.
Congratulations to Maddie Linfoot, Laura Watts, Emma Dobson and Gigi Thomas who have all be selected to represent Warwickshire at Cross Country in March.
On Fire for Autumn Term!
King’s High sportswomen have got this new season off to a flying start. In the past few days alone they have become: U16 Netball Champions, Plate Winners at the Midlands Tennis, won 1st and 2nd VII victories over Princethorpe College, 4 matches won for the U12A B C and D Hockey teams against Solihull School, 1st VI indoor hockey match and finally, our swimmers are ESSA qualifiers!
The Juniors (Years 7/ 8) were the fastest in the West Midlands region in both the medley and freestyle at the ESSA qualifiers. A fantastic achievement.
The medley A team finished in a time of 2.23.07. (Annabel/ Amelia W, Lizzie/ Molly B). In the free relay they finished in a time of 2.04.36.
The intermediates, disrupted by the late injury to Amalia, swam brilliantly to finish second in the West Midlands region in both the freestyle and medley relays. Free A time: 1.56.96 (Maddi/ Sophie G/ Ione/ Becca M. Medley A time 2.15.92 (Sophie/ Maddi/ Becca/ Ione).
Congratulations to Sophie (Year 11) has been selected to be part of the England U16 Rounders team
King's has had great success once again for on the sports front, with outstanding performances across many different disciplines, and by a huge number of our girls.
The Hockey and Netball teams continue to be some of the best in the Region and, despite training and matches being hit by the ‘Beast from the East’, the girls have continued to impress. 16 girls were fortunate enough to take part in a Wasps Netball workshop at the Ricoh arena early in the term which proved to be a very useful experience for them. There have been strong performances and victories against a number of teams, including Princethorpe, Malvern St James, Bablake and King Henry VIII. We have had 13 Hockey teams and 15 Netball teams in action over the course of the term.
The U13 and U15 Netball squads deserve a special mention. As the term has progressed they have taken on teams from all over the country and London, playing in the Independent Schools National Plate competition. We are extremely proud both squads played at a consistently high standard to make the semi-finals of this National competition. They have developed as individuals and as teams throughout and it certainly bodes well for the future of Netball at King’s to have two teams competing in the later stages of this competition.
We are extremely proud of the girls, their achievements and their competitive spirit when taking part in fixtures. There have been a huge number of girls who have represented the school in a number of different sporting disciplines. Well done to you all. We look forward now to the summer term where the girls will have the opportunity to compete in Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Tag Rugby and Cricket.
The U13 Netball squad most definitely used their experiences in the Plate Competition to see them take the County title at the end of the Spring term. Competing against other local schools they comfortably topped their group with victories against Kingsley, Alcester Grammar and Bilton Grange. Coming up against Higham Lane in the semi-final was going to be tough but the girls rose to the occasion and comfortably ran out winners to book their place in the final. Once again the team faced Bilton Grange. The experiences the U13’s have had through this season came to the forefront. After a cagey opening few minutes excellent composure all over the court meant a gap began to open. Super shooting under pressure from Hannah Walker and Sophie Gloster meant King’s took the title by an impressive 5 goal margin.
In the same week the U12B team competed against a number of other local school A teams in the Emerging Schools Tournament. We are delighted to say they finished runners up, which is a superb achievement. Congratulations to all who took part.
Hockey – County Championship Successes
In the County Hockey Championships the U12 team performed superbly, in what is a fiercely competitive age group in the area. A disappointing 1-0 loss to begin with spurred the team on to victories against Bablake, Shottery and King Henry VIII. At the end of the tournament there were three teams tied on points for the gold medal. It was to be decided by goal difference, which placed us in the Bronze Medal position. Whilst the girls were extremely disappointed to have lost the title in this way it shows what great potential they have for future years at King’s.
In the U13 XI County tournament there was a nail biting finish. Building on their tour to Holland during the October half term the U13 hockey team have continued to develop and impress. A convincing win against Bablake set the tone, followed by a strong performance against Princethorpe and another convincing win against King Henry VIII. Going into the last game against Shottery the team knew a win would give them a chance of a medal. In the final moments of the game, a breakaway attack by Shottery forced a superb save from Jecca Tetley who had stepped up to play in goal, Sophie Gloster carried the ball out of defence and played it to Gabriella Wait. With 30 seconds on the clock she passed the half way line and linked up with Sara Constantin down the right wing. Sara broke in to the attacking 25 with 10 seconds on the clock. Looking up she hit a cross to Olivia Smith who calmly collected on her reverse stick, and slotted into the goal as the final whistle sounded. Scenes reminiscent of the Rio Olympics final followed as the girls celebrated their hard earned silver medals.
It seems a long time ago that on the first day of term the U13 and U12 swimming squads competed in a gala against Bromsgrove. This set the tone for swimming this term with both age groups winning nearly every race.
The U18 and U15 A and B squads competed in the Bromsgrove invitational relays. It was a very successful day of racing with all squads, including the B teams, making the A team finals. The U15A team of Connie Hodge, Maddi Nuttall, Evie Thompson and Ella Vickers won two silver medals in the medley relay and freestyle relay.
The Warwick 100’s later in the term proved to be a tense affair and one where the importance of every member of the squad really came to the forefront. The U18, U16 and U14 squad all competed on the day with a number of individual wins for our girls. The U14 squad, Sophie Gloster, Amalia Macheng Midtsaeter, Maddi Nuttall and Rebecca Morrison, took their age group title but it came down to the last three races to decide who would win the overall title. We were level on points with Bedford, and came out victorious by just 1 point. An outstanding effort from all involved.
The swimming squad finished their season at the Otter relays. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious swimming meets in the school calendar. It is an open age group event and we took a number of young swimmers. To finish 14th out of 62 schools is an excellent achievement.
Early in the term our Talented Athlete Programme swimmers were fortunate enough to take part in a breaststroke Masterclass with Mark Branch, the Junior 200m breaststroke record holder.
Waterpolo – U15s Third at National Finals
Continuing our dominance in the pool, but this time with a ball as well, the U15 Waterpolo team have been in blistering form. They qualified for the National Finals in emphatic style as Regional Champions, knocking out the defending National Champions on the way. The team, made up of girls from Year 7 to year 10, and captained by Issy Hirst, travelled to Northampton to compete in the finals.
In their first group game they play Manchester High School. It was a cagey affair in the first half but Issy Hirst held her nerve when taking a penalty to give us a 2-1 lead at half time. A storming second half meant we ran out 6-2 winners. A great start to the competition. In the other group game against Highgate confidence was high, and we won through to the semifinal, 5-2.
After a short break King’s played Bedford in the semi-final for a chance to compete to be crowned National Champions. Having played then in the regional round we knew it would be a tough match. Bedford took the lead in the game to be leading 2-1 at the half way stage. In the second half we scored early to draw level then almost without answer bombarded the Bedford goal. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the score remained 2-2 until the end. A penalty shoot out was to decide who would progress. Disappointingly it wasn’t our day and we went out 3-4.
Keen to ensure we came away with a bronze medal, the least the girls deserved, the team showed great resilience and togetherness to put on a solid performance once again against Manchester High. We dominated play to finish 3rd.
Congratulations to all the girls involved. To finish third in the country is a remarkable achievement and we are very proud of you
Claypigeon Teams: Four Times National Champions
King'sClay Pigeon teams won the British Nationals Championship title for the fourth year running. This was an extraordinary feat, ending yet another victorious season - Champions 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 - which saw the girls regularly beating Millfield, Marlborough College, and even the Royal Agricultural University. All congratulations to Sophie, Chloe, Cassie, Elizabeth, Lucy, Nina, Matilda, Emily, Freja and Jemma.
Going For A Fourth National Championship?
Our Clay Pigeon Shooting team (- National Champions 2015, 2016, 2017) were the Team winners at the Oxford Gun Club’s Schools Challenge, beating the team from the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, a true accomplishment. Chloe Goulbourne, Year 12, was third in the senior Ladies and Freya, Year 9 was third Prep Lady. Our girls also won First and Second at the Warwick Schools Challenge, with Chloe Goulbourne the Top Scorer. Competition included Bloxham, Cheltenham College and a large cohort from Millfield. Our brother teams from Warwick School also won their competition!
Cross Country – Warwickshire Schools and Nationals
Our cross country runners have enjoyed the mud perhaps more than others special mentions should go to Daisy Nicolle who finished 9th in the U16 Warwickshire School Cross Country. In the U14 age group Gigi Thomas finished 8th out of a field of 48 in the U14 version of the same competition. In the younger years Emma Dobson finished 12th in the U13 age group and our youngest runner, Molly Bullock, ran extremely well to finish 4th place and qualified for the National Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to all our runners!
Badminton Teams Central Warwickshire Bronze Medallists
Following on from their success in the Level 2 competition the U16 Badminton team went on to represent Central Warwickshire in the Level 3 school games finals. They played superbly well losing only to the eventual winners. Congratulations to Emily Skillett, Faith Christopherson, Grace Harvey and Olivia Pigden who finished in the Bronze Medal position.
Athletics: Third at School Games Indoor Athletics
It seems bizarre to say we had our first Athletics fixture of the year considering the recent weather conditions. The Year 8 team competed at the School Games Indoor Athletics competition. They finished 3rd overall with a particularly strong performance from Georgia Cassel. We look forward to the outdoor season to come.