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U16 Boys reach the North indoor finals

Match Report: U16 North West Indoor Finals

The Under 16 boys travelled to Manchester Grammar School to compete in the North West Indoor Finals, with King’s finishing top of their group in dramatic fashion.

Their first match was against a strong Wirral Grammar School, and the team felt suitably prepared despite a number of players having little to no previous experience with competitive indoor hockey. King’s started the game strongly, transferring their outdoor skills to keep possession well and control the play, causing Wirral to rely on quick counter-attacks, which were quickly dealt with by the defence.  A number of King’s player displayed their individual skill, quickly driving down the wings and find good passes into dangerous areas. Despite the team’s dominant performance, they were unable to convert a number of very good chances, including two penalty flicks, which were both missed. The game ended 0-0, with the team defending well as a unit and controlling the play through-out the game, but a number of missed chances eventually cost the team a win.

The second game of the tournament was against a strong Rossall side, who had defeated hosts Manchester Grammar School in their opening match. King’s started well, with the team moving the ball around swiftly on the counter and defending well as a unit, making it difficult for the Rossall attackers to find and use space. Despite their best efforts to resist the mounting pressure of the Rossall attack, the opposition scored late in the first half. The team went into the half a goal down, but with the knowledge that if they keep playing as they were, started the second half positively, which resulted in an early Cameron MacKinnon goal from a successful short corner. There were a few chances left in the game, but Rossall dealt with the King’s offence well, and the game ended 1-1.

King’s went into their final game of the tournament against hosts Manchester Grammar School knowing that they needed a win to be in with a chance of progressing to the North Finals, as well as other results going their way. The team started well, with the team pressing Manchester Grammar School deep into their own half, building pressure on the opposition defence. Within a matter of minutes, King’s were two goals to the good, with Cameron MacKinnon converting a well-executed short corner and scoring from a good piece of open play. The team went into the break with the knowledge that they were in the best position that they could be, and started the second half as they finished the first, with Cameron MacKinnon getting his well-deserved hat-trick via a short corner. In the dying minutes of the game, Manchester Grammar School pegged back a goal that merely proved to be a constellation, as the match ended 3-1 to King’s.

The last game of the group between Rossall and Wirral was the deciding game as to who progressed, with Rossall needing to win and King’s needing Wirral to either draw or defeat against Rossall. After a closely contested first half, neither team had put one past the other, which left the top spot still very much in contention. The King’s boys had to head home at the half, with the promise that they would be informed promptly if they had progressed. Mid-way through the journey back to school, Mr Sanders received the call that would reveal the winners of the group. The final score of the Rossall-Wirral game was 0-0, which mean that King’s had progressed through to the next stage, the North Finals.

There were good performances throughout the day, with everyone contributing to the team’s success. Goalkeeper Henry Ives made a number of crucial saves during the course of the day, some of which kept King’s in contention for the top spot. These saves included a string of good stops against Rossall, preventing the team from conceding from a string of Rossall short corners. Defenders Max Ridings and skipper Keeran Manoharan were solid in defence, with both players displaying their excellent technical ability in the tackle as well as their composure when under pressure, allowing them to play the ball out of the defence and launch quick counter-attacks. Sean Neary proved on many occasions to be too much for the opposition defences to handle, using his pace and dribbling ability to weave in and out of players with ease, fashioning multiple chances for himself and others. Cameron MacKinnon showed his clinical finishing by converting a number of short corners, as well as adding to his tally from open play. He also drove down the pitch with pace, and pressed the opposition well, creating panic in the opposition defence. Callum Snook held up the ball well and often acted as an offensive outlet for quick counter-attacks, using his vision and distribution to bring in others into the attack. Max Gillson and Mike Naismith provided movement off the ball when in offence, and pressed the ball well, forcing mistakes and pouncing on loose passes.

Overall, the tournament was a success, with the team progressing to the North Indoor Finals, which is at Manchester Grammar School on Thursday 10th December. The team did well to progress to the next stage, and will be looking to add to their fortunes in the North Finals.




Match Report: King’s 6 Weaverham 0 – 12th October 2015 (Home)


After a strong start to their cup campaign this season, the Under 16’s continued their winning ways by beating Weaverham in a closely contested game, despite what the score line may suggest. The team began well, holding possession in the defensive half and in the midfield, as well as moving the ball around quickly and driving up the pitch strongly. The team made use of their strong start by scoring within a matter of minutes from the push-back. They doubled the score later in the first half, and when into halftime full of confidence and had their nerves relaxed by the two goal cushion that they held. They started the second half just as well as they did the first, once again scoring within a matter of minutes of the push-back. They finished the game well, adding three goals in the last 15 minutes of the game, exploiting the opposition’s tired defence and loos of confidence. Goals came from a number of players, with Sean Neary contributing 2 goals and a handful of assists, Marcus Wesley also scoring two, finishing off two well-worked moves, Sam Buckingham adding to his tally, taking it to 2 in the cup and new-boy Louis Gruber contributing a deflection goal to the score line.


There were a number of positives to be taken from the game, including the Under 16’s constant control of possession, which forced Weaverham to press hard and high, allowing the like of Archie Phillips, Charlie Toms and Sam Buckingham to either pick out good passes to the flanks, or exploit the space in midfield and drive down the pitch themselves. Once again, the combination of Neary, Callum Snook and Max Ridings on the flank proved to be too strong for the opposition, which the trio often linking nicely and rotation down the flank, due to their versatility. The defence was also very solid, once again leaving goalkeeper Tom Carter with little to do; they marked well, and dealt with the opposition’s use of free-roaming forwards, who were constantly dropping in and out of the midfield, effectively. The team were also able to prevent Weaverham from winning any short corners, once again dealing with their tackles outside of the defensive circle, and tackling in a strong but clean manner when inside the circle.


There were good games all over the pitch, with Sean Neary just beating skipper Keeran Manoharan to the Man of the Match award, and Marcus Wesley, Charlie Toms and Joe Laughton all having exceptionally good games. Neary proved to be a constant threat to the Weaverham defensive unit, often driving from deep in the midfield down the right flank, exhibiting his dribbling ability. He contributed two goals and a handful of assists, including a reverse stick lob over the keeper. Manoharan orchestrated his defence well, acting a pivot around the defence, allowing the team to switch the play to the other flank with pace. He swept up any loose ball at the back, and made strong tackles in the defensive half. Wesley showed his goal-scoring prowess, neatly finishing off two good moves, and narrowly missing another; this was also show during the second XI game against King’s Chester, where he once again found the net. Toms displayed his excellent range of passing, often sending through balls to Neary and MacKinnon to latch onto the end of, and confidently drove through the centre of the pitch, causing panic in the opposition defensive unit. Laughton marked tightly, not allowing his man to get passed, and made a number of good tackles and interceptions. He used his physicality to his advantage, often staying strong on the ball, and winning a high percentage of his tackles.


Overall, the match was a success, with the team winning against a Weaverham side with a number of good players. The win takes them through to the Cheshire finals, with their opposition yet to be confirmed.   




Match Report: King’s 6 Weaverham 0 – 12th October 2015 (Home)

After a strong start to their cup campaign this season, the Under 16’s continued their winning ways by beating Weaverham in a closely contested game, despite what the score line may suggest. The team began well, holding possession in the defensive half and in the midfield, as well as moving the ball around quickly and driving up the pitch strongly. The team made use of their strong start by scoring within a matter of minutes from the push-back. They doubled the score later in the first half, and when into halftime full of confidence and had their nerves relaxed by the two goal cushion that they held. They started the second half just as well as they did the first, once again scoring within a matter of minutes of the push-back. They finished the game well, adding three goals in the last 15 minutes of the game, exploiting the opposition’s tired defence and loos of confidence. Goals came from a number of players, with Sean Neary contributing 2 goals and a handful of assists, Marcus Wesley also scoring two, finishing off two well-worked moves, Sam Buckingham adding to his tally, taking it to 2 in the cup and new-boy Louis Gruber contributing a deflection goal to the score line.

There were a number of positives to be taken from the game, including the Under 16’s constant control of possession, which forced Weaverham to press hard and high, allowing the like of Archie Phillips, Charlie Toms and Sam Buckingham to either pick out good passes to the flanks, or exploit the space in midfield and drive down the pitch themselves. Once again, the combination of Neary, Callum Snook and Max Ridings on the flank proved to be too strong for the opposition, which the trio often linking nicely and rotation down the flank, due to their versatility. The defence was also very solid, once again leaving goalkeeper Tom Carter with little to do; they marked well, and dealt with the opposition’s use of free-roaming forwards, who were constantly dropping in and out of the midfield, effectively. The team were also able to prevent Weaverham from winning any short corners, once again dealing with their tackles outside of the defensive circle, and tackling in a strong but clean manner when inside the circle.

There were good games all over the pitch, with Sean Neary just beating skipper Keeran Manoharan to the Man of the Match award, and Marcus Wesley, Charlie Toms and Joe Laughton all having exceptionally good games. Neary proved to be a constant threat to the Weaverham defensive unit, often driving from deep in the midfield down the right flank, exhibiting his dribbling ability. He contributed two goals and a handful of assists, including a reverse stick lob over the keeper. Manoharan orchestrated his defence well, acting a pivot around the defence, allowing the team to switch the play to the other flank with pace. He swept up any loose ball at the back, and made strong tackles in the defensive half. Wesley showed his goal-scoring prowess, neatly finishing off two good moves, and narrowly missing another; this was also show during the second XI game against King’s Chester, where he once again found the net. Toms displayed his excellent range of passing, often sending through balls to Neary and MacKinnon to latch onto the end of, and confidently drove through the centre of the pitch, causing panic in the opposition defensive unit. Laughton marked tightly, not allowing his man to get passed, and made a number of good tackles and interceptions. He used his physicality to his advantage, often staying strong on the ball, and winning a high percentage of his tackles.

Overall, the match was a success, with the team winning against a Weaverham side with a number of good players. The win takes them through to the Cheshire finals, with their opposition yet to be confirmed.


U15 Hockey vs Denstone College 12.09.15

This weekend we travelled to Denstone College, our first hockey fixture of the season and came back with a 10-0 win. We had a very strong first half with our goal keeper and defenders making some great saves. The score at half time was 8-0 with Ffyona, Adele and Hannah scoring some great goals from the top of the circle and Izzy Stevens with a tap in on the post. Denstone fought back in the second half; however the team stepped their game up, worked hard and kept the ball out. Goals in the second half came from Olivia Moores and Ffyona Booker, and the highest goal scorer of the match was Hannah McCormick with a hattrick. Denstone selected Izzy Stevens as their player of the game and the King’s player of the game went to Grace Gudgeon. This is a great start to the season and I hope this success continues, well done girls.

 (Captain) Olivia Moores


JAC Selections

Congratulations to the following boys & girls who have been selected to progress through to the next round of JAC Hockey in 2015.

FlossieBlackwellFemaleU13
HollyBurkeFemaleU13
ChantelleCarrollFemaleU13
AislingDayFemaleU13
LottieDennettFemaleU13
LucyGriffithsFemaleU13
FrancescaSawyerFemaleU13
OliviaMooresFemaleU14
NatalieStevensFemaleU15
VictoriaBlackwellFemaleU16
AllanaBuckinghamFemaleU16
AnnabelHebbFemaleU16
EleanorTomsFemaleU16
JamesDavisMaleU13
GeorgeMuirheadMaleU13
JonathanMurrayMaleU13
MarkStevensonMaleU13
ThomasCarterMaleU14
OliverClemetsonMaleU14
GeorgeDickinsonMaleU14
SamJonesMaleU14
HarveyWildMaleU14
SamBuckinghamMaleU15
OscarJacksonMaleU15
SeanNearyMaleU15
CharlieTomsMaleU15
BenjaminLynchMaleU16
MaxRidingsMaleU16


Trampolinists in Seventh Heaven at NW Championships

posted a minute ago by sarah hopkin

King’s School trampolinists were in seventh heaven after their best ever performance at the North West Championships.
Competing against the top club and school teams from across the region, King’s were the stand out squad with seven teams named North West Champions and pupils Rowena Moores and Oliver Jones crowned champions in their own individual competitions.
In all eight teams qualified with six individuals performers to represent King’s in the North of Britain Championships to be held in Northern Ireland on January 31.

A special mention should go to under 14 novice Vicky Theaker who was placed eighth in a section with 133 competitors, an outstanding achievement for a newcomer to the sport. 

The results were:
Under 19 Elite girls first with Rowena Moores first, Beth Burrows fifth and team members Katie Fray and Antonia Bianchi.
The Under 19 novice girls second with Tash Salem third, Kelly Corcoran fifth and team members Becky Quinn and Sophie Jackson.
The Under 14 Elite girls first with Susie Moores Moores fourth, Olivia Moores fifth and team members Izzy Stevens and May Broadley.
The Under 11 intermediate girls First with Izzy Moores third, Izzy Watkins sixth and team members Scarlett Brough and Amy Willock.
Under 13 boys elite first with team members Harry Pinches, Harry Collett, Harry Wallace and Paul Saurez
The Under 14 novice girls with Vicky Theaker eighth and team members Emily Friston, Hannah McCormick and Fiza Kokan
The Under 14 intermediate girls were Anna Kaz, Zoe Thomas and Imogen Collinson
The Under 19 intermediate girls first with Eleanor Collett third, Fiona Cornish fourth, Ellie Holder eighth and Amy Johnson tenth.
The Under 11 novice boys first with Oliver Jones first, Elliot Naylor second and Ted Broadley fifth.
The Under 11 novice girls Team One first with team members Sophie Fletcher, Cara Holliday, Jessica Burton and Millie Crummack. Team two were Lydia Hine, Serena Panton, Lotte Clarke and Holly Burke.



GIRL'S HOCKEY FIXTURE SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER IS NOW AT HOME VS KING'S CHESTER


U12s: Meet 9am, Start 9.30am Finish approx 10.30am 

U13s: Meet 10am, Start 10.30am Finish approx 11.30am 

U14s: Meet 9am, Start 9.30am Finish approx 10.30am 

U15/16s: Meet 10am, Start 10.30am Finish approx 11.30am 


*Playing 1st

*Playing 2nd


King’s Senior Hockey Team vs The Grange

Wednesday 19th November (A)

On Wednesday the 1st XI traveled to Northwich to play the Grange. The team played some great hockey to come away with an 11-0 victory. There were some great performances from player of the game Abigail Johnston as well as from the three girls making their first appearance on the team: Elaine Goulbourn, Mioni Armstrong and Hayleigh McCullough. The goals included a strong short corner routine finished off with a flick from Eleanor Toms, a tap in on the far post by Aiman Aslam as well as several shots from Charlotte Horne and Abigail Johnston. It was great to see the whole team keep fighting right up to the last minute in order to achieve a strong and well deserved victory that hopefully we will be able to build on in coming weeks against some tougher opposition.

Sarah Laughton (C)


National KO Cup
Congratulations to the First XI boys hockey team who are through to the next round of the National KO Cup. They fought hard to overcome a good opposition in Merchant Taylor's and comeback to win 3-2. Some excellent play from both teams was capped off by a wonderful late strike from Man of the Match Chris Taylor to secure the one goal lead with only a little time left on the clock.


JRPC HOCKEY REPRESENTATIVES


Congratulations to Sean Neary, Chris Harrop, Charlie Toms and Sam Buckingham who were all involved in JRPC games on the weekend. JRPC is the equivalent of representative sport at regional level. Congratulations to all 4 boys!


YEAR 10 GIRLS MATCH REPORTS


Saturday 25th January vs AEGS

The U15 girls went out feeling confident about their performance against AESG after a positive training session. Within the first 5 minutes the girls had taken a 1-0 lead with Tori Blackwell slipping a deflection past the goalkeeper. The atmosphere of the game was great with both teams having a laugh with the amount of players slipping over! The girls built their playing style back up driving down the wings of the pitch and using the pivot very well. By half time they had a 2-0 lead with Georgia having scored a great goal unstoppable by the keeper from a cross put in by Allana. At half time, the team were told that they had to keep playing the ball wide as they had begun to play very much down the middle. AESG didn’t even get a look in at goal, as they only made it in to the King’s half once. The team began to play a few more balls wide but still had a tendency to go down the middle but they were not punished for this. As the full time whistle went, King’s had secured a 3-0 win with another goal being fired into the back of the net by Georgia. Congratulations to Eleanor Toms who was voted player of the game.

 Saturday 1st February vs Liverpool College

This weekend proved to be another positive win for the U15 girl team with a successful win against Liverpool College. Despite a slippy, slightly icy pitch, the team played the ball down the wings and had a very goal bound vision. The right corner of the pitch was too slippy to go down so the ball was predominantly played down the left. By half time the girls had taken 3-0 lead. At half time the team doubted their performance showing the high level they wish to achieve and play at. In the second half, the ball was transferred from side to side barely giving Liverpool College a chance to intercept the passes. The determination of the girls and the pace they put on each ball ended up in the back of the net two more times. Well done to the goal scorers Allana Buckingham x2, Briony Phillips x2, and Charlotte Horne x1. Also congratulations to the player of the game Allana Buckingham and the coaches player Briony Phillips.


GIRLS SPORTING SUCCESS 

Girls Hockey

A number of girls have been going through the representative hockey training and selection process from October to December. The following girls should be congratulated on their achievements so far from progressing through the Junior Development Centre stage to the Junior Academy Centre Stage (East Cheshire). These girls will represent East Cheshire in a tournament after several training days post-Christmas.

Year 9

Annabel Hebb

Victoria Blackwell

Year 10

Allana Buckingham

Eleanor Toms

Georgia Hehir

Year 11

Helen Lyons

 

We wish the girls the very best of luck in the remaining stages of the process.

 

Biathlon

The National Biathlon Championships are being held in April next year, good luck to Katie and Rebecca Hughes who will be competing in this.

Cross-Country

The following girls have been selected to represent Macclesfield in the County Championships at Knight’s Grange in Winsford on January 18th: Katie Hughes, Lulu Griffiths, Tanisha Orchard, Jodie Foxton, Amy Johnson, Chantelle Carroll, Evie Hancox, Olivia Moores, and Georgina Boden. This is a very strong representation at all age levels and shows the depth of talent for cross country running in the school. 

County Cross Country Championships January 16th 2016

posted 19 Jan 2016, 02:54 by sarah hopkin

COUNTY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday 16th January-Knights Grange, Winsford


On Saturday 16th January 2016 six Kings pupils represented Macclesfield in the County Cross Country Championships held in Winsford. Congratulations on being selected to compete and turning up and running well in extremely 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.

Match Report U16 Boys Hockey: King’s 5 Birkenhead 1

posted 16 Nov 2015, 04:47 by Ciaran Sanders   [ updated 16 Nov 2015, 04:48 ]

The under 16’s fourth game of the season was a success, with the team defeating a strong Birkenhead side comfortably. The team took the first few minutes of the game trying to find their feet, with resulted in a number of mistakes and eventually led to Birkenhead taking the lead from a short corner. This gave King’s the wake-up call that they needed, and the team started to play the hockey that they had become accustomed to after the last few games. With the team playing to their usual standards, an equalising goal was imminent, with the team piling players’ forwards. Within a few minutes, Callum Snook slotted home after a neat move down the wing. Max Gillson also scored only a matter of minutes later, and the team when into the half a goal to the good, after a sloppy start. King’s started the second half confidently, with the team dominating both possession and territory as well as moving the ball around the back with pace, which resulted in numerous switches of play. Sean Neary slotted home twice in quick succession, by finishing off a neat piece of play down the left flank, as well as winning back possession in the opposition half and driving through the middle of the pitch, finishing off his run by flicking the ball past the keeper. Cameron MacKinnon added a fifth in the closing minutes of the game.

There were a number of positives to be taken from the game, including the team’s control of possession and territory. The patience of the likes of Max Ridings and Sean Neary when passing allowed the team to hold the ball in the midfield and move it around the pitch quickly, and exploit the spaces left in the Birkenhead defensive unit. This control of possession allowed the team to press higher up the pitch, which forced Birkenhead to rely on quick counter-attacks and long passes through the middle of the pitch. Another positive to be taken from the match was the team’s display of versatility; King’s when into the game with 15 players in total, which left 4 substitutes on the bench at all time, and resulted in heavy rotation through-out the game. A number of players played out of position, but all quickly adapted to the rigours of their role which allowed for the team to maintain their fluidity in play and meant that the team were a threat the opposition for the entirety of the game.

There were good games all over the pitch, with Marcus Wesley, Cameron MacKinnon and Sean Neary all having exceptionally good games. Wesley often drove down the left flank creating two-on-one situations with the midfield and forward lines against the opposition fullback. MacKinnon showed great work rate and determination through-out the game, making a number of tackles in the midfield and driving down the pitch with the ball effectively. Sean Neary, who was deployed in a deeper role, created numerous chances of the team, picking out good passes to switch the play to the other side, as well as causing havoc to the Birkenhead defence with his mazy runs with the ball, and his ability to get past his marker without the ball. 

Match Report U16 Boys Hockey - King’s 4 King's Chester 0

posted 14 Oct 2015, 01:44 by Ciaran Sanders

The first cup match of the season for the under 16’s was a success, with the team winning in an emphatic style over a strong King’s Chester side. The team began well, dominating both possession and territory, forcing the opposition to rely on their pace on the counter-attack to create any chances on goal. The team pressed the defence well, and occupied space well at the opposition free hits, often causing them to play the ball backward, or causing an error in their defence, which ultimately lead to Cameron MacKinnon slotting home the first goal of the game, after he pounce on a poor ball from the opposition to drive into the circle and finish neatly in the bottom left corner. The team when into the half one goal to the good, but knew that King’s Chester could come back at any point. The started the second half strongly, with Archie Phillips hitting a first time shot only a matter of minutes from the break. The goal was created from a hazy Sean Neary run down the baseline after good passing play between Neary, Callum Snook and Max Ridings. This calmed the nerves in the King’s Macclesfield side, allowing us to merchandise the play more, with the team exploiting the gaps in the King’s Chester midfield and defence. The likes of Charlie Toms and Sam Buckingham were able to find long-ranged passes for Neary, Phillips and MacKinnon to latch onto the end of, which caused panic in the King’s Chester defensive unit. The third goal of the game came from Sam Buckingham, who took the ball past a number of King’s Chester player in the midfield, and drove in a strike from the top of the circle. The final goal of the game came from a short corner, with the ball being slipped to Sean Neary, who launched a goal-bounded shot, which was deflected by a King’s Chester player into the goal.

There were a number of positive to take from the game, including the fact that King’s Chester didn’t win any short corner; the under 16’s dealt with their tackles outside of the defensive circle, and were strong but clean when inside the circle, which left goalkeeper Tom Carter with very little to do. The team were also very accurate with their passes through-out the game, which allowed the forward line to make more adventurous run in and out of the King’s Chester defensive line, and allowed for more fluid passages of play in the midfield and on the wings, many of which lead to chances on goal. The King’s Macclesfield defensive unit also played well, often man-marking the opposition forwards out of the game, or holding them up allowing the midfield to support the defence; this lead to a limited number of chances for King’s Chester to score.

There were good games all over the pitch, with Joe Laughton, Will Harrop and Max Ridings having exceptionally good games. Laughton dealt with the pace and dribbling ability of his winger using his strength in the tackle and physicality when on the ball, which often took the winger out of the game, preventing numerous counter-attacks from King’s Chester. Harrop, who also played against with the opposition winger, used his recovery speed to his advantage, often man-marking the winger, which drew the play into his flank, allowing play to be spread into space once the ball was won ball. Ridings displayed his both his offensive and defensive prowess through-out the game, dealing effectively with the opposition forwards with strong tackling, as well as driving down the line and finding a good ball into the midfield to start counter-attacks. The experience and ability of Toms, Buckingham, Phillips and Neary shone through-out the game, with all four players demonstrating their impressive passing range and ability to drive into space whilst taking on numerous players. This gave confidence to the rest of the team, which in turn spurred them on to play at a higher standard.

Overall, the match was a success, with the team showing promising signs for this season 16’s cup, and for the next season’s under 18’s cup. The under 16’s face Weaverham High School on Monday in the cup, and they look to be well up for what will certainly be a tough game against Weaverham.

Match Report Boys Hockey U16 - October 3rd

posted 6 Oct 2015, 02:44 by Ciaran Sanders   [ updated 6 Oct 2015, 02:44 ]

King’s 2 Calday Grange 4

The first game of the season for the under 16 boys was a learning experience for all, with the team losing to a strong and well-organized Calday Grange side. The team was missing a number of players, such as the like of Sean Neary and Max Ridings, who were both occupied with other sporting activities, and James Jordan, Joe Laughton, Max Gillson and Ben Robinson.

The goals came from two well-executed short corners within quick succession of each other, late in the first half; Sam Buckingham took the ball around 2 opposition defenders, and finished the move off neatly with a power strike in between the goalkeeper’s legs to get King’s onto the scoresheet and then moments later, Charlie Toms drove home a rebounded shot from Buckingham. The team went into halftime with the scores equal, conceding two weak goals earlier in the first half. The boys started well in the second half, but were unlucky to concede a poor goal minutes into the second half. Despite numerous chances to make the scores level, the team was unable to find the back of the goal. Calday Grange then made it 4-2 with a wonder-strike from their centre forward.

The team didn’t perform to the standards that we had become accustomed to last season, which was a disappointment, however, this was only the first game of the season, and the team showed signs of promise for the upcoming cup games. The cause of the underperformance of the Under 16’s may have been the fact that this was the first time this season that a number of the players in the team were playing on the same side as each other, with all of the Under 16 squad representing King’s at either First or Second XI level. There was also a distinct lack of structure and positional awareness in the team, which will only improve as the team plays more hockey and begins to acclimatize more to the system deployed.

HiPAC selections & September Boys Hockey News

posted 5 Oct 2015, 04:11 by Ciaran Sanders

The Boys Hockey at King's has made a promising start to the year with some good results for teams and individuals. Just last week Archie Phillips was selected for the U15 boys High Performance Assessment Camp. After great performances for his JRPC side Manchester, Archie was one of 18 boys selected for his age group and will now take part in a 3 day camp at the end of October. It is a tremendous achievement and just rewards for the hard work Archie has put in at the start of this season. A handful of other King's boys put in good performances for their JRPC sides but unfortunately did not progress through to the 2nd Tier of the program.

The First XI side has continued their good start to the year and now has 2 wins and a draw to show for it. A hard fought 2-1 victory over Hall Cross was the most recent result at home last Wednesday. Sam Buckingham converted a well executed penalty corner with a terrific deflection and Sean Neary continued his prolific start with another goal from open play. The side then held onto the lead with some great defensive work from Chris Harrop in midfield and Paul Roberts at the back. They face tough opposition this week against Calday Grange before facing King's Chester on October 14 in their first cup match.

The younger sides enjoyed mixed results versus Calday Grange with 2 wins and 2 losses. It is good to see plenty of goals being scored by the boys and with tightened up defence the results should see improved results.

SENIOR GIRL'S HOCKEY VS ROSSALL (4-3)

posted 28 Sep 2015, 01:14 by sarah hopkin

On Wednesday the 23rd September King’s first team set off on the two hour coach journey to Rossall School in Lancashire. The level of determination to come away from this game with a result was high amongst the team after last week’s fixture against Denstone. The tactics were to give 100% within the game and communicate throughout.

 The game started fast with Natalie Stevens scoring an early goal which gave the team confidence and kicked everyone into action (especially since she is usually defending the goal).

Rossall proved to be a physical opposition that were competitive and determined to win as much as we were. The score at half time demonstrated their determination as it was in their favour with the score being 2-1.

After an effective team talk at half time by our coach Miss Hopkin Kings started the second half brilliantly with the score line being changed quickly to our advantage after Tori Blackwell scored two impressive goals.

As the game developed our structure and team play improved, however a moment of misjudgment allowed Rossall to gain another goal making the score 3-3.

 Our heads didn’t fall; it gave us the extra push whilst fatigue was setting in, as we looked for one final goal. In the last few minutes Abi Johnston scored a composed goal, which meant that we had the lead once more. From then we knew that all we needed to do was keep possession until the final whistle was blown.

This game proved to the team that we do have the ability and strength be a dangerous opposition and respond to the pressures of the score line. This result will give the team confidence to go into our next challenge the National Schools U18 Tournament, and enable us to have a fighting chance of coming out with a victory.

Player of the match: Tori Blackwell

Final score: 4-3

 

Abi Johnston (Captain)

Cheshire Cricket Courses

posted 24 Sep 2015, 02:02 by Ciaran Sanders

Cheshire Cricket Board are starting their Autumn coaching courses this coming Wednesday (23rd Sept) evening  at Tytherington High School in 2 slots; 5:30pm – 7pm for 8 to 13 year olds, and 7pm to 9pm for 10 to 15 year olds. There are still places left if anyone is keen.

Players who impress will be invited on the Advanced courses which will start before Christmas, which in turn hopefully lead on to Excellence courses after Christmas and then into the Cheshire squads for next season. 

Those who have attended these courses before should have automatically received an invite, but if you have never attended before then you can apply for a place via the Cheshire Cricket Board website: http://www.cheshirecricketboard.co.uk/AutumnCoachingCoursesforChildren.html

Cheshire Level 3 coaches will be running the courses, so it’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and develop as cricketers whilst in out-of-competition season.

Senior Boys Hockey

posted 24 Sep 2015, 01:56 by Ciaran Sanders

The new season of hockey has started well on the boys side. A high scoring game for the 1st XI against a strong Old Boys kicked it off with the returning students the eventual winners 6-4. It proved a good warm up for the boys who beat Merchant Taylors' 4-3 the following week. The 2nd XI started their campaign with a 3-2 victory, also against Merchant Taylor's, with many of the boys putting their hand up for selection in the firsts during the season.

U15 Hockey vs Denstone College 12.09.15

posted 14 Sep 2015, 01:08 by sarah hopkin

U15 Hockey vs Denstone College 

This weekend we travelled to Denstone College, our first hockey fixture of the season and came back with a 10-0 win. We had a very strong first half with our goal keeper and defenders making some great saves. The score at half time was 8-0 with Ffyona, Adele and Hannah scoring some great goals from the top of the circle and Izzy Stevens with a tap in on the post. Denstone fought back in the second half; however the team stepped their game up, worked hard and kept the ball out. Goals in the second half came from Olivia Moores and Ffyona Booker, and the highest goal scorer of the match was Hannah McCormick with a hattrick. Denstone selected Izzy Stevens as their player of the game and the King’s player of the game went to Grace Gudgeon. This is a great start to the season and I hope this success continues, well done girls.

 (Captain) Olivia Moores

Trampolinists in Seventh Heaven at NW Championships

posted 9 Dec 2014, 04:23 by sarah hopkin   [ updated 9 Dec 2014, 04:24 ]

King’s School trampolinists were in seventh heaven after their best ever performance at the North West Championships.
Competing against the top club and school teams from across the region, King’s were the stand out squad with seven teams named North West Champions and pupils Rowena Moores and Oliver Jones crowned champions in their own individual competitions.
In all eight teams qualified with six individuals performers to represent King’s in the North of Britain Championships to be held in Northern Ireland on January 31.

A special mention should go to under 14 novice Vicky Theaker who was placed eighth in a section with 133 competitors, an outstanding achievement for a newcomer to the sport. 

The results were:
Under 19 Elite girls first with Rowena Moores first, Beth Burrows fifth and team members Katie Fray and Antonia Bianchi.
The Under 19 novice girls second with Tash Salem third, Kelly Corcoran fifth and team members Becky Quinn and Sophie Jackson.
The Under 14 Elite girls first with Susie Moores Moores fourth, Olivia Moores fifth and team members Izzy Stevens and May Broadley.
The Under 11 intermediate girls First with Izzy Moores third, Izzy Watkins sixth and team members Scarlett Brough and Amy Willock.
Under 13 boys elite first with team members Harry Pinches, Harry Collett, Harry Wallace and Paul Saurez
The Under 14 novice girls with Vicky Theaker eighth and team members Emily Friston, Hannah McCormick and Fiza Kokan
The Under 14 intermediate girls were Anna Kaz, Zoe Thomas and Imogen Collinson
The Under 19 intermediate girls first with Eleanor Collett third, Fiona Cornish fourth, Ellie Holder eighth and Amy Johnson tenth.
The Under 11 novice boys first with Oliver Jones first, Elliot Naylor second and Ted Broadley fifth.
The Under 11 novice girls Team One first with team members Sophie Fletcher, Cara Holliday, Jessica Burton and Millie Crummack. Team two were Lydia Hine, Serena Panton, Lotte Clarke and Holly Burke.

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