The King's School has been crowned one of England's top rugby sevens schools winning the overall championship at the national Warwick Sevens.
The Macclesfield young men competed in all five age groups from under 12s up to under 16s, against the cream of young English rugby talent including sides from top sports academy Millfield, winning the under-15 event, reaching the final in the under-13 event and winning the Plate at under-14 level
When all the wins, losses and points aggregates were totted up from the five age groups, King's were named as the top school and will as always will be one of the teams to beat in all the forthcoming prestigious end of season national tournaments.
The under-15 final saw King's take on a hard-working Wimbledon College team, with flying centre Will Fosbrook darting through the cover at the death to steal the win 26 – 22. Throughout the tournament Captain Sam Higginson had shone with a display of strength and leadership.
King's Director of Rugby Guy
Mason said: “We have got a lot of very good coaches lower down the school who
embed sevens trechnique into their practice sessions so keeping good depth and
minimising contact come as second nature.”
The King's Rugby First team squad have lifted the county sevens title with a powerful display against the cream of the Wheatsheaf sides at St. Ambrose College.
King's won in impressive fashion beating King William's, Lymm HS, Calday and then Bishop Heber School 35 – 5 in a what turned into a rout.
King's scored 142 points and conceded only five all day and were by far and away the best team on display. Fluid centre Cameron Redpath, rapier scrum half Will Hodgson and high velocity winger Kieran McKeever all excelled, though “as always in sevens,” said King's Director of Rugby Guy Mason, “it was a squad performance. You are only ever as strong as your weakest link and we had strength in depth.”
Guy continued:: “We have a talented group of young rugby players with the full set of running and handling skills needed to shine at sevens who have been moulded by our own sevens tactician, ex Macclesfield first team stalwart Paul Bartle.”
COUNTY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday 16th January-Knights Grange, Winsford
On Saturday 16th January the County Cross Country Championships took place in Winsford where hundreds of runners from across many districts competed. From King's there were 6 runners that competed and represented Macclesfield. Congratulations on the runners below for being selected to represent Macclesfield and running extremely well in freezing cold conditions.
Minor Girls (year 7-56 runners)
Holly Burke 20th*
Junior Girls (year 8/9-49 runners)
Lulu Griffiths 4th*
Jodie Foxton 14th
Junior Boys (year 8/9- 67 runners)
Peter Goodfellow 24th
Tom Barker 29th
Inter Boys (year 10/11-43 runners)
George Barker 14th
*Holly Burke has been selected to compete in the Inter-counties cross country on 14th March.
*Lulu Griffiths has been selected to represent Cheshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships on the 5th March.
GIBRALTAR AND SPAIN NETBALL AND HOCKEY TOUR
In the Easter holidays, twenty-six pupils and four staff spent six days in Gibraltar and Spain on a successful netball and hockey tour which also incorporated some interesting and educational geographic, historical and cultural experiences.
The first three days were spent in Gibraltar where the girls had netball and hockey training sessions and played four netball fixtures on picturesque courts beneath the backdrop of the Rock of Gibraltar. The runway for Gibraltar Airport was immediately next to the netball courts at Victoria Stadium but the girls were not distracted from their determined play by the frequent taking off and landing of airplanes, literally by their sides.
The girls quickly adjusted to their surroundings and acclimatised to the warm temperatures. They played some superb netball against very competitive Gibraltarian teams; winning three out of four matches. The U15s narrowly lost one of their games by two goals after a closely contested and exciting match.
Whilst in Gibraltar we enjoyed a very interesting and informative tour of the Rock, learning about the history and military importance of Gibraltar. A visit to St. Michaels Cave to see the limestone formations provided some geographical opportunities. Amongst the highlights were numerous close up sightings of the Barbary macaque monkeys that inhabit the Rock of Gibraltar and Bottlenose, Common and Striped dolphins whilst on the dolphin safari cruise.
We were privileged to stay in a beautiful 4-star hotel with luxurious facilities, close to the beach in Catalan Bay. However, we quickly had to update our risk assessments as the local inhabitants of the Rock paid daily visits to the Hotel balconies, which amused the girls but terrified the staff!
Later in the week we transferred to the beach resort of Benalmadena in Spain for four days to play the hockey fixtures. The girls coped well with the heat and played some excellent hockey against teams from Malaga, winning three out of four matches.
In addition to the sports fixtures, the girls appreciated some downtime on the beach, swimming, playing volleyball, shopping and a cultural tour of the city of Malaga.
The tour was a great success, providing both sporting challenges and many opportunities to appreciate other cultures. We were grateful for the generous sponsorship from ForFarmers which helped towards purchasing team kit and sincere thanks go to Mrs Dunn, Mrs Coleman and Miss Hopkin for their invaluable help throughout. All involved enjoyed the experience and look forward to a repeat tour in a few years’ time.
JAC Hockey Successes
From October to December King’s hockey players have been training at a Junior Development Centre (JDC) to develop their hockey skills and game play over this period. From these 6 training sessions Kings have had 32 players selected to progress onto a Junior Academy Centre (JAC) for more coaching between January and March where they will then compete against other counties.
The following were selected for their Counties:
Katie Barr (GK)
Beth Henshaw (GK)
Sarah Catlin (GK-Derbyshire)
Best of luck to all the players in their counties as practices continue throughout the rest of the season. Your continued hard work should see good results not only for the academy centres but also for King’s matches this term. It is great to see more players being selected each year, their commitment and desire to learn and develop their skills both at JDC and through school hockey has certainly paid off. Congratulations!!
Miss Hopkin and Mr Sanders-Hockey Coaches
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The following girls have been successful at progressing into their County, Regional Squads or Development Squads.
Izzy Moores (Cheshire U12)
Suzie Moores (Cheshire U14 Development Squad)
Mollie Pettit (Cheshire U14 Squad)
Ellie Morten (Cheshire U14 Development Squad)
Antonia Bianchi (Cheshire U16 Squad)
Rachel Catlin (Yorkshire Regional Academy)
The trialling process is very stringent and takes place over several weeks with scouts reducing numbers and stepping up the standard each time. Hundreds of girls start the process and for Cheshire, there are only 20 places in the Squad and the same for the Development Squad so to get so many successes from Kings’ is very commendable!
Collette Buckley-Netball Coach