SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT
PGS sport has had another fantastic start to the academic year with over 200 competitive fixtures already this year and 570 pupils representing PGS Sport at least once.
Hockey and Rugby have dominated the fixtures this side of Christmas but Netball and Cross Country fixtures have meant pupils have participated in huge numbers across all age groups. This combined with a number of individual performances across a range of sports shows the breadth of sport on offer to our pupils.
PGS Hockey has engaged in its busiest time of the year with U18, U16 and U14 Girls teams entering the Hampshire County Cup competitions held at Southampton Sports Centre as well as the Boys U16 and U18 teams entering the indoor preliminary rounds. The Girls U18 and U16 came third in their Hampshire Cup tournaments, both narrowly missing out on progressing to the Regional Rounds.
This term saw the first South Coast U12 Sevens Girl’s Hockey Tournament held at Hilsea which was a fantastic and inclusive event for girls in the area. The first half term finished with arguably our toughest block of fixtures against St Georges for the girls and the boys travelling up to Whitgift for indoor hockey and a mixed U17 against a Whitgift mixed U16 team.
Hockey fixtures this half term have seen the senior girls take part in the Lord Wandsworth College Sevens Tournament, where they competed well. The junior teams have played a number of more local fixtures against St John's College, Ryde and The Island Free School as well Hampshire Collegiate.
The U16 Boys travelled to Hurstpierpoint College for their indoor preliminary rounds and were successful in progressing to the next round coming joint first on points with St Georges, but second on goal difference. The team progressed to the South Finals of the Regional Cup but lost out on a place in the semi-finals after a tough loss to Whitgift.
This half term has seen many strides forward from many players in their individual play and a number have been successful in their selection for various stages of the England Single System selection.
"The Seniors have led the way for PGS Rugby over this term with some outstanding performances."
The 1st XV have had an excellent cup run, with a victory over Bishop Wandsworth seeing them progress to the last 16 of the NatWest Cup.
The team travelled to Ivybridge College led by captain Elliot Haydon for the South West A final, hoping to make the quarter finals, but unfortunately were beaten by just two points.
Not to be outdone the 2nd XV, led by Sixth Form veteran Will Lewis have been putting in some fantastic performances and regularly competing against other schools 1st XV’s. This is testament to the depth of the squad with over 40 boys training regularly on a Tuesday evening and 65 plus on a Wednesday during senior games. The U16s have discovered more consistent form in the last few of weeks with some robust performers.
This term has been challenging for the U15s, but the boys who have consistently attended training and fixtures have displayed a tenacity from which they will eventually reap the rewards. An example of what they are capable of was evident against Bryanston School, where both A and B teams lost out by only a few points each, in nail-biting encounters.
Congratulations to PGS U14s, who were victorious at the Hampshire 10s tournament this term. This group of boys are working hard to develop their game as they step up to playing some of the larger schools on our tough circuit. It is pleasing to see their progress and how they have adapted as a squad to these tough challenges.
Our U12s and U13s have enjoyed some really good fixtures over the term. We have a policy of not recording score lines in these two age groups, allowing us to focus on the boy’s development, rather than their final results. This has not detracted from the competitive nature of the games but definitely helps to makes the games a better learning environment for the players.
The Senior netball team have now progressed to the last 16 of the of the Independent Schools Netball Cup while the U13s are playing Guildford in the next round of the same competition at their age group.
Both the 1st and 2nd team squads have been in cup action at Southampton Outdoor Centre for the National Schools qualification competition and the County Cup. The 1st VII finished top of the Independent Schools with some solid shooting
stats from Captain Izzy Collins and Phoebe Hiller, excellent contesting from Sabby Choi and wonderful control from Abi Wood in the attack helping the squad to achieve fantastic results. The 2nd team had their first outing of the year and competed brilliantly
against a strong set of opposition. The U14 and U16 teams are still waiting for confirmation of their County Cup rearrangement after weather thwarted two previous attempts to play the competition.
SPORTING ROLL CALL
Well done to Rebecca Hawden who recently represented Great Britain at the European Championships in Lisbon in TeamGym.
Congratulations and good luck to Luke Anstey, Jake Wood, Raulf Berry, James Curtis, Edward Sitton and Richard Thurlby who have all been selected for the winter training squads for the Royal Yachting Association in various sailing categories while Tommy Millard will join the winter training programme for Windsurfing.
Charlie Dean has been selected as part of the England Women's Academy Cricket Programme. She will attend a number of winter development camps. Alex Broadbridge has achieved the outstanding accolade of the Number 1 Ranking in England in the U13 age group for Squash.
Congratulations to Sam Cooper who has represented Great Britain as part of the In Line Hockey Team at the U19 European Championships in Switzerland.
Last, but by no means least, congratulations to Jack Breen who has been selected to play for Irish Exiles U18s against the Boys Club of Wales at Merthyr Tidfil RFC. Jack will be hoping to impress selectors who will be look for talent to join the full Ireland training squad in the coming months. Also to Ollie Kettle who has qualifed to compete in the British Swimming Winter Nationals that take place 14 - 16 December 2018 in Sheffield. Ollie has qualified in 5 events - 3 breast stroke disciplines (50m, 100m and 200m), 200 indiviudal medley and 50m freestyle.
A huge thank you to the staff who give up so much of their time to ensure we can offer such a wide range of sporting opportunities, the ground staff for the excellent work done on the playing surfaces and not forgetting Sue and her amazing catering team for their famous Hilsea teas!