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Wednesday afternoon, year 11 girls took to the court. They were up to play a back to back match, first against Sidcot and second game against Wells Blue. Sidcot arrived to the sports centre as our girls were warming up, preparing for the game. The first whistle goes and the game begins, our year 11 girls start strong with scoring the first goal. They manage to hold their own this quarter keeping the score within 2. Our defence were working hard to keep the attack under control in the second quarter, but the Sidcot team were on fire in the attacking end. Nevertheless, our defence never gave in, and our attack took every opportunity to shoot at goal. With our team on the side supporting, we were able to win the third quarter, scoring one goal more than Sidcot. Well done team. Regardless of the outcome of the game, every girl worked tirelessly, and it was a successful outcome for year 11 having a team of 18, and playing their first game without training.
Next is our back to back with Wells Blue. Our girls are pumped for this game, having had our warm up match. As Blue arrive, our girls position themselves and are ready for the match to begin. We get off to a great start, finishing the first quarter on equal points. Our centre court have managed to turn over several balls, which we have successfully scored from. A great centre court mix in the first quarter. As we enter the second quarter, the girls are beginning to feel the heat from Blue’s attack, they were on form. Regardless of the strength in Blue’s attack, our defence were able to break down their play and deflect some of their balls resulting in counterattack moves. We are now entering the final stages of the game, the girls are still working hard to control the Blue’s attack, but we just narrowly miss out. The final result being 21-16 to Blue. Irrespective of the result, the girls performance was fantastic, and their teamwork was noticeably brilliant.
Our second U14 boys sevens fixture saw us up against Millfield school. KOW started the stronger of the two sides with a 20-0 victory in game 1. This prompted Millfield to put out stronger sides for games 2 and 3. In the third and final game KOW showed an organised defensive display to pin Millfield back in their 22. KOW with this constant pressure gained a 5-meter scrum with 1 minute to go. Captain Will Creaser called for a strike move which paid dividends to seal the victory for the Kings boys.
KOW 20 Millfield 0
KOW 5 Millfield 10
KOW 10 Millfield 5
Our KOW U14’s boys had their first sevens fixture of the season in preparation for Rosslyn park. It was their toughest encounter yet in the rugby calender leaving the two games against Kings college coming down to the wire. Game 1 ended in a draw with 4 tries a piece leaving our boys fired up for the decider. Unfortunately, our boys came up short conceding a late try to give Kings college the overall victory. This was the KOW first true test against a well drilled outfit. The boys showed tremendous heart playing for each other to fight right until the very end. Final scores: Game 1 : KOW 20 Kings College 20 Game 2: KOW 20 Kings College 25
KOW academy showed an intricate display of creative football from the off. Our front 3 of Ben crook, Luc Griffiths, and Jacob Aberdeen caused the Norton back four all sorts of problems by getting in behind with their lightning pace. KOW were clinical with their finishing to put 7 goals past the opposition. KOW now progress to the fourth round of the Somerset cup.
In one of the wettest and windiest games I have ever witnessed, the Kings’, year 9, girls hockey team fought valiantly to achieve a one nil win over Sidcot School this evening. There were a couple of important saves by Trinity Conroy in goal, some strong defence from Phoebe Attiwell and the clinching goal from Millie Snellgrove. It’s great that at this stage in the year we are still attracting new team members and now have a hugely diverse and talented squad. Well done girls. I hope you managed to warm up!
Millie Snelgrove, Maya Barradas-Morales, Sky Gould, Annabelle Stone, Trinity Conroy, Phoebe Attiwell, Elana Wood, Lola Matthews, Evie Martin, Polly Fowler, Sophie Wilson, Saskia Munyard.
Kings of Wessex school had a successful afternoon at Millfield school for the Area cross country championships. Performances to highlight in the junior race was a third place finish from Joel Tudor earning himself a qualifying spot for the county championships in 10 days’ time. In the senior race another impressive performance was shown by Emily Murray who finished in 4th place to also qualify to the next stage. Also a massive shout out to everyone else who competed showing true grit and determination on the 4-6km course.
Year 9 Girls Hockey – Gold Medallists
With three convincing wins in the County Finals, including a 1-0 win against Holyrood, a 1-0 win against The Castle School and a 7-0 win against King Alfred’s (just a 20 minute game), the year 9 girls were crowned Somerset Schools Champions. A very strong performance and it was great to have some new faces in the team. Well done girls!
Millie Snelgrove, Laura-Ann Marshman, Maya Baradas-Moralas, Sky Gould, Annabelle Stone, Trinity Conroy, Phoebe Attiwell, Mary Flanagan , Lucy Olliff, Philippa Griffiths, Elana Wood, Lily Macey, Rosa Roberts, Daisy Thompson.
Year 10 Girls Hockey – Silver Medallists
Although remaining undefeated, two draws and a win in the County Finals meant that the year 10 team narrowly missed out on gold to become Silver Medallists for Somerset Schools. With a massive squad of 16 players and some major injuries this was a fantastic achievement. Well done girls!
Ciara Ambrosius, Ellen Campbell, Ruby Cahill, Ellie Chesterfield, Poppy McGibbon, Scarlet Smith, Beth Williams, Bonita Williams, Rhiannon Kelley, Aisling Kelway, Holly Cockram, Ella Hodgson, Jess Beven, Megan McClumpha, Amelia Sperrings, Jess Willis.
KOW progress to the third round of the Somerset cup. The game started evenly matched with chances from both sides. Half time saw the game tied at 2-2. Kings came out the stronger team in the second half by keeping the ball on the floor with intricate passing. Hat-Trick hero Ben Crook exploited his pace and power to cause the Huish back four problems. Further goals from George Harris and Luc Griffiths put the game to bed.
The Kings girls were outstanding in their rugby match last night, managing to hold a very strong Winscombe Club side to a 10-10 draw. Coach, Gareth Waterfield said that he was blown away by their performance.
The football team’s first game of the season was a cup game against Crispin. Unfortunately the boys didn’t capitalise on the opportunities given whereas Crispin did and did well. It is now a time to see how the boys come away from the loss. Do they come away as winners with growth mindset? They have been learning from the New Zealand All-Black rugby team, where they clean their stands following a game. They have been learning about respect and to respect their facilities. After the game the Kings boys stayed back after the visiting team from Crispin had left and made sure that their changing rooms were swept clean and clear of any rubbish on the floor. The building for the future has started.
Year 10 King’s Girls – 1
Year 10/11 Sidcot Girls – 1
Another trip to Sidcot, this time with the girls. We rested the year 11 girls due to the mocks and took our very competent year 10 squad. After a shaky first half, not being able to get into our normal rhythm, we were down 1-0. At half time we planned to play a more supportive and attacking game. The girls delivered this and with just 8 minutes to spare, Ellen Campbell was on the end of a cross from Ruby Cahill and scored to equalise. Bonita Williams, in goal was awarded a well deserved, player of the match. The team is constantly growing in size and it’s great to be able to take 15 girls to fixtures and have such a comprehensive squad. They are always so polite and appreciative, and a fun team to manage.
With Kings taking a very strong side to priory it was always going to be a long day for the boys from Worle. With Rosslyn Park sevens tournament to put their hand up for the KOW boys produced an electric display of running rugby. Kings dominated in every area of play by proving too physical, fast, and inventive for Priory.
Charlie Jackson, Adam Bulman, Sam Perry, Max Helps, Max Marshman, Harry Dilly, Ben Morgan, Ronnie Bradbury, Alex Scott and Will Creaser
Our team, made up of boys from year 9, 10 and 11 and captained by Charlie Jackson, played together like a team that had been playing together for years. They utilised the width of the pitch excellently and had full control of the game. At half time they were 1-0 up with a goal from Max Helps and in the second half they picked up a gear to score three more to win 4-0, Max Helps, Max Marshman and Adam Bulman. The Sidcot keeper had a great game denying our boys several more goals. It has been a great start to Boys’ hockey fixtures at Kings. Well done boys!
Fergus Hammond, Ronnie Bradbury, Ben Stoyles, James Tate, Louis Ramos, Will Creaser, Matthew Holmes, Alex Scott, Marco Hervada, Kian Moffatt, Jack Crossland.
The boys played an excellent game against Sidcot this evening. Having never played together before I was a little apprehensive as to how the team would gel. I needn’t have worried. The more experienced players welcomed the newcomers and to any onlooker we looked like a well established and supportive team. Will Creaser made his debut in goal. He proved to be a natural, making numerous saves and keeping a clean sheet for Kings. Kings had several chances on goal that were seen off by an excellent keeper until eventually James Tate managed to get the ball past him. Final score Kings 1, Sidcot 0. This was the first boys’ hockey fixture we’ve had at Kings and with this positive experience and really appreciative and thankful boys, I think it will be the first of many. Well done boys!
The boys took the 170 mile round trip down to Plymouth on Wednesday. With some last minute squad drop outs, a squad of 16 travelled and put up a real brave fight against table toppers Plymouth. Unfortunately the boys just fell short, but every single one of the squad should be proud of themselves after a difficult afternoon!
Sport: Girls Rugby 1st Team Squad: Triangular Festival with Weston College & Millfield
Score: Kings of Wessex 29-24 Millfield
Kings of Wessex 17-31 Weston College
Millfield 24-35 Weston College
Report: The Kings girls enjoyed a successful, yet cold afternoon out on the Kings Field earlier this week in a Triangular Rugby festival competing against Millfield and Weston College! It was great to see some new faces in the girls squad and the return of Nneka Ugoji to the Kings set up. Games were 30 minutes in duration, with Kings battling past a spirited Millfield squad in their first game. A tight fixture against Weston College followed and then Weston finished the afternoon off with a great win against Millfield. Yet another great afternoon of Girls Rugby. Thanks must go to Gareth Waterfield for organising, new coach Ian Cooksey and a newly qualified referee from Weston College! Well done!
With a weakened KOW side due to injury we fought hard for the draw against a tough Priory outfit. Priory were the stronger side in the first 15 mins by running in 3 tries. However, our boys showed tremendous grit and determination to claw back a draw with some silky support play and attacking the wider channels in the later stages of the game. Result: KOW 17 PCSA 17
Year 10 Girls’ Hockey County Qualifier
Despite a key team member suffering an injury just hours before the game and not being able to play, the team rallied together and played one of the best games I’ve seen them play. Ella Hodgson had an incredible game, showing endless determination and skill and Ruby Cahill read the game brilliantly and was always positioned in a way to support her team mates. This led to her scoring the second goal and being awarded the player of the match. The other two goals were scored by Ciara Ambrosius. This 3-0 win takes the team through to the county finals in December. Well done!
The year 9 team put out another extraordinary performance against Wells Blue this evening. Due to the icy conditions we kept subs rolling on a quick cycle. At half time we were leading 4-0 and despite subbing our key goal scorers during the second half we ended with a very convincing 11-0 win, with 6 goals for Laura Marshman and 5 goals, and player of the match for Millie Snelgrove. They are a lovely team with a great team ethos. All players are valued and supported by each other and they are a pleasure to coach. As a result of this win the team now qualify for the County Tournament in December.
A physical Wells Blue team made it a tricky encounter for our boys. We got an early foothold in the game with 3 tries from Finn, Sam, and Kenny. Blue made a fight back with some strong ball carrying from their forwards. We held on to the final whistle with a 22-19 win.
A really exciting, close game led to a 2-2 draw with Wells Cathedral. The girls fought well and responded well to a talented team. Our two goals were scored by Ciara Ambrosius. The second being an impressive lifted reverse stick strike. The girls were a credit to the school and a pleasure to coach. Player of the match went to Ellen Campbell.
Another girls Football fixture this week, with a County Cup game against a very strong Richard Huish outfit. The tie was extremely close, with Kings going lady to lady in every department. Bettine Harris in the Kings of Wessex goal had to make some vital saves early on but Kings held their own. Another game of what ifs, as a few little mistakes throughout the game were capitalised on from Huish! Its great to have girls football fixtures at Kings, if you are a budding year 9, 10 or 11 student and want to get involved in girls football; join Holly and Jim on the field every Monday after school, 15:30 – 16:30 for Girls football training!
Having experienced a tough start to the season, the girls travelled to Weston College to take on our neighbours! In a hard fought game, Kings trailed by 2 at the end of the first quarter. With a much improved performance from our girls, Kings only just lost the game by 4 points. The girls have since moved leagues, and will play in an AoC development league. We play teams such as Huish Episcopi, Richard Huish 4s, Strode and Yeovil College.
Despite the score looking one sided the match was far from it. Wells Cathedral were, unsurprisingly, a very strong side, who have been playing together for years. For our girls it was their second game together and they put up a great fight. Phoebe Attiwell was fantastic in defence and undoubtably saved us from conceding more goals. After a shaky start the team came together and worked hard on support play to get themselves back into the game. In the second half the play was more even and we had 3 good shots on target. Sadly, saved by their keeper. The girls never gave up fighting and were a real credit to Kings. Their coach was very complimentary of our team and their performance. Player of the match went to Millie Snelgrove.
Kings made the 12 hour round trip to Truro & Penwith for their first league match of the season! Missing skipper Lotte Perry, Ruby Cahill stepped in to lead the team in the first game of the season! Coach, Holly Tyson was extremely proud of how the team did, Kings created opportunities and made life difficult for the opposition. It's too often said, but this was a game where the result does not affect the performance. Team, well done!
Somerset County Cup
The football was rotated this week to include some of the newer members to our large squad. Making the 30 minute trip to Norton Hill in the Somerset County Cup, the boys were playing on astro turf. With the ball moving quicker than normal, the Kings boys took a while to adjust. Good work stand in goal keeper Daniel Grantham kept Norton Hill at bay, and went into half time all square, 0-0. The rumours of penalties could be heard on the astro, and with that Max Howell put Kings Sports Academy 1-0 up! This gave Norton Hill the boost they needed, and they went 2-1 up with clinical finishing. Bayley Gabriel made it 2-2 going into the later stages of the fixture, but Norton grabbed the winner, and progress into the next round.
The football team continued their strong start to the season with a battling victory over Richard Huish! Despite the adverse weather conditions and injury to Tom Harris-Snell in between the Kings sticks, Kings came through winners! Goals from Bayley Gabriel, Freddy Axton, Nathan Storer and a Matt Bulman Penalty secures the points! That's 6 points from 9! Next week the boys travel over then Mendips to Norton Hill, to play the first round of the County Cup! If you’re not in the squad, bring your trainers next week. You can take part in a pre planned session on the Astro turf 14:15-15:15, Wednesday 16th October! See the Teamer App for this session!
Our Netball girls, once again did themselves proud on Wednesday with a tough fixture at home to PETROC college! The team received great plaudits from the opposition coaches but unfortunately came off on the wrong side of the final result! The girls play with spirit, we are all really proud of the attitude you turn up with!
22 boys and 2 mini bus’ set off from Kings Fitness & Leisure, in the pouring rain on Wednesday morning, Penzance the destination! Having experienced some humbling defeats in the weeks gone by, Kings Sports Academy stepped up a gear and went into half time 0-7 up! Unfortunately, Penwith came back and won this AoC league match 15-7. Credit must go to the boys, and the support team for making the fixture happen!
Year 9 Rugby beat Crispin 55-10
Now it was year 9's turn to travel to Crispin and take on their physical side. We avoided running into trouble by drawing defenders and spreading the ball wide to our electric runners. Early tries from Joel, Kenny, and Ben put us at an early lead. Crispin stayed in the game with strong work around the breakdown. However, KOW ran away with the game with further tries from Luc, Oli, and Ben in the second half.
On a soggy October afternoon our KOW year 10's got a win on the road at Crispin school. We played the ball well in extremely tricky conditions by getting over the gain-line before earning the right to go wide. We proved too strong for the Crispin boys with our support play and clinical finishing. Also special mention to the year 9 boys who stepped in - Will, Kenny, Ben, and Jimmy.
KOW 50 v 0 Crispin
Year 10 Hockey beat Crispin 3-0
Another great game on a tricky, unfamiliar surface in very soggy conditions. The girls rose to the challenge and kept up the pressure throughout.
Goals from Ruby Cahill, Aishling Kelway and Ella Hodgson. Player of the match went to Ciara Ambrosius.
King's year 10 girls' hockey team beat The Blue School 5-0 this evening.
Goals from Ellen (3), Ruby (1) and Ciara (1) and Player of the match going to Rhiannon Kelley.
The girls played a very mature and well worked game of hockey. All members of the team played an important role. In a squad of 14 there was no weak link and it was a very enjoyable game to watch.
King's Year 9 U14 girls' hockey team won 11-0
Goals from Laura-Ann (6), Millie(3), Mary and Polly. Player of the match: Laura. Despite only having 10 players, the girls worked tirelessly to work the whole pitch. With strong players in both attack and defence The Blue School were unable to exploit their one player advantage. The girls formed a great team and we are looking forward to the next match.
Year 9 U14 boys rugby won 54-7
with tries from Kenny (4), Joel (2), Ben(2) and Luc. Player of the match Joel. Amazing display of running rugby by the Kings' boys. The ball was repeatedly passed wide and the space was exploited by our deadly pace.
1st XV Girls & Boys Training outside on the sports Field
Year9-11 Girls Football on the sports Field
1st XV Girls & Boys Captain’s run through
Year 9-11 Girls & Boys Rugby on the sports Field
Year9-11 Girls & Boys Hockey on the sports Field