On the 19th December our 1st XV played Wilmslow High School in the Cheshire Cup Final at the AJ Bell Stadium, a curtain raiser for the Sale Sharks European game. A blustery morning with the wind swirling round the stadium and some heavy rain meant it was going to be hard for both sides to play expansive rugby, however it was a great game with some impressive skills on show.
Wilmslow took an early 5-0 lead with a try in the corner but King’s fought back with two quick tries making the score 5-14. The next score would be vital! King’s pushed at the Wilmslow line, trying to increase their lead and with a collapsed driving maul and a quick tap penalty King’s scored underneath the posts. However the referee brought play back to show the Wilmslow player a yellow card and disallowed the try.
It was Wilmslow who scored the next points, bringing them back into the game and only 4 points behind King’s. A penalty kick from Cameron Redpath gave King’s a 7 point cushion with 10 minutes to play. It was now Wilmslow’s turn to apply the pressure to the King’s try line and eventually broke through the centres to score under the posts. The scores were tied at 17-17 and Wilmslow managed to keep King’s pegged back in their half till the final whistle. With no extra time available the winner is decided on tries scored, making Wilmslow the champions. A sad way to lose in the final but King’s should be proud of their excellent display of rugby and with the scores tied missing out on tries scored.
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.
STAFF ALL STARS VS MIXED SENIOR XI HOCKEY
On Wednesday 16th December the King’s Staff played in a charity hockey match against a mixed boys and girls current senior side at Cumberland Street. The game provided many supporters with great entertainment with the staff fielding a team including maths and science teachers, PE/Games teachers and sports coaches, some of whom have never played hockey before. It was brilliant to see so much support from students, teachers and parents on the side line, and fantastic that we were able to raise £315.00 for the charity.
Hopefully this can continue to be an annual event which can be enjoyed by many, if not playing on the pitch but spectating, I’m sure the staff will want to come back next year and defend their title against another Strong Senior side.Thank you to all who were involved in any way; this was a great event for a great cause!
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