1 March 2023
Hockey - Saturday 25 February 2023
1st XI Development Squad v The Grammar School at Leeds
The KGS girls started the match well with some great individual skill on display. The whole unit played incredibly well with Ari Milligan and Emily Marsh executing some excellent passes to release the ball into the midfield. The score line was opened with a great open play goal from Jess Cole. Keira Tomes went on to hit home a second before the half time break. After the break, great runs from Tomlinson and Margerison opened up another opportunity for Cole take her second. The players grew in confidence throughout and created some excellent chances on goal. The final goal was converted just before the final whistle with Cole completing a hat trick!
U15s v The Grammar School at Leeds
On Saturday, the U15 team came up against a top team at GSAL. The KGS girls worked hard throughout the game putting pressure on their opposition. The defence had a tough game yet they kept going and giving their all. When the girls got the ball they worked well up the pitch but unfortunately didn’t manage to get a goal away. Despite their loss, the KGS team put up a good fight until the final whistle was blown.
U14 v The Grammar School at Leeds (pictured above top)
The KGS girls started the game with great enthusiasm and determination to work hard for the duration of the match. It was a tough game as Leeds has some very talented played who put KGS on their back foot. Despite the KGS girls working hard throughout the game and battling up and down the pitch, they had some great opportunities but were not successful. Leeds put out a very strong performance finishing the score with a 4-nil loss to Kirkham Grammar.
U13A v The Grammar School at Leeds
Kirkham started strongly, on a fresh morning, attacking well down the right. However, GSAL managed to keep the ball out of the net and followed up on a fantastic save by the keeper to open their account. A change in formation helped Kirkham, but they did not convert their opportunities - it was just not their day in front of goal but it did not stop the effort and determination of the team. Unfortunately, GSL had the golden touch and the game ended 4 – 0.
U13B v The Grammar School at Leeds
Kirkham Grammar School's Under 13B girls were excited to play and worked hard throughout the entire game. Their teamwork was incredible with everyone being very supportive of each other, both in spirits and in play. The KGS girls were successful with a 4- nil win, with goals being scored by Sophia, Megan, Cerys and Evie. The girls should continue to work hard for the rest of the season, especially with their teamwork and enthusiasm.
U12A v v The Grammar School at Leeds
The U12 squad had a slow start and were punished by two early goals. Osborne and So linked up well to get the ball wide for Dunne to hit the back line. In the second half the KGS girls worked tirelessly to get back into the game with two short corner conversions from Osborne. A great run from Dunne down the right opened up space for McGarry to convert a third. Unfortunately this was not enough on this occasion with GSAL taking a 4-3 victory.
U12B v The Grammar School at Leeds
The U12B girls started well with a great deal of passing and movement upfront. Gabby, Harriet and Birdie were solid in defence and did not let much pass them. Just before half time KGS unfortunately went 1-0 down with some quick movement from GSAL. However, they came out after half time fighting and Aimee finished a lovely individual move making it 1-1. KGS continued to press with end to end play but unfortunately GSAL scored two very quick goals at the end of the game resulting in a 3-1 loss. There were many positives to take from the game and some excellent saves in goal from KGS' Alice.
Netball - Thursday 23 February 2023
First Years A - Lost 25-5
On Thursday the First Year girls A team played away to Hodgson School for a netball fixture. The girls started well against a very fast and experienced side. The defence battled hard and managed to work the ball through the centre court to the shooters where Isabelle put away all of the 5 goals. It was a hard fought game but the girls did not give up until the final whistle. Players' player was Gracie and coaches' player was Hollie.
First Years B - Lost 24-4
On Thursday the First Year girls B team went away to Hodgson for a netball fixture. They played against the Hodgson A team who were very fast and experienced yet the girls kept their heads up and gave it their all throughout. The defence had a hard game and managed to work the ball up the court well which gave us the opportunity to score, they managed to put away 4 goals. The girls played well together and did not give up until the final whistle. Players' player was Abbie and coaches' player was Alys.
U18s Collegiate Sevens, Bristol (pictured right)
On Sunday 26 February 2023, the KGS senior sevens squad travelled down to Bristol, to play in the prestigious Collegiate Sevens Competition.
In their group were Exeter School, Bristol Grammar School and KES, Bath. After a good week's training, the 12-man squad played some superb sevens, with Harry Tomlinson, Reece Hulse, James Stacey and Archie Barbour pulling the string well, whilst speedsters Aidan Hayward and Michael Webber showed their finishing prowess.
KGS breezed through the group with three 50-plus victories, with Seb Kelly, Darren Low & Captain, Cam Scanlon displaying their excellent abilities with ball in hand - along with some good defensive work from Vinny Durcan, James Sutcliffe and Wills Austin.
This meant that they faced a strong Christ College, Brecon side in the semi-final. In a tense game going into the last play, KGS were leading 12-7 and looked good to take their place in the final. However they did not get much luck for the closing parts of the game and CCB scored the last play to take the game into "golden-point" extra time.
Kirkham looked as though they were going to take the victory as the mercurial Barbour made a break, only to be tap tackled just short of the CCB line. Brecon then launched an impressive counter-attack to seal the game.
The boys conducted themselves outstandingly well in difficult circumstances and should feel very confident ahead of the future competitions.
U13s AKS Sevens
On Monday 27 February, the U13s played their first sevens competition of the season and acquitted themselves extremely well. They won four of their six games, playing some outstanding ball-movement rugby sevens.
For many it was their first tournament and they should be proud of how they played. They were led superbly well by Jonty Faith, with Oliver Hartley-Pagnillo and Seb Clarke showing excellent balls skills, whilst Jack Gillett and Jack Kelso scored some excellent tries.
They will be looking forward to their next tournament at Terra Nova on 8th March.