SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT
Summer term has again provided a number of sporting highlights across an array of sports. The PGS Sports teams have competed in hockey, cricket, athletics, tennis and croquet fixtures as well as at our recent Senior School Sports Day. The pupils have had the opportunity to take part in over 200 fixtures this term alone with cricket against schools such as RGS Guildford, Kingston Grammar School, athletics meets at Lord Wandsworth and Marlborough College and tennis fixtures against KES Southampton and Bryanston School to name just a few of the exciting venues and opposition.
The U16 Boys Hockey team took part in the England Hockey Cup Tier One finals at Lee Valley Olympic Park Stadium at the beginning of the term where they lost to Dean Close in a
closely contested game. The boys showed great spirit in the game and never gave up but were beaten by the better side. On day two however the boys won their 3rd place playoff against a very talented St Lawrence College side. The boys were excellent though out and were deserved winners.
This type of game is notoriously difficult to prepare for after the disappointment of day ones defeat, but the PGS boys were determined to finish the season on a high. This result places them 3rd in the country in the England Hockey Tier 1 Cup.
Our girls have enjoyed their first full summer of Cricket with plenty of fixtures taking place during the week and on a Saturday.
The girls have played around 60 fixtures involving the U12 to U14 age groups with two and sometimes three teams representing PGS in each age group. The girls have thoroughly enjoyed the new addition to the summer sporting programme and have worked with real enthusiasm and increased skill level.
The U14’s excellent all-round performances with both bat and ball have come from Louisa McKay, Liberty Mitchell Brook and Susie Taylor with the player of the season award being given to Lily Smith for her strong improvement and enthusiasm for the game.
The U13’s have had an excellent season winning all their Hampshire Cup fixtures. They have been extremely well captained by Lexi Bryan with strong batting performances coming from Maddy Peel and Isabel Wiles. All girls have greatly improved their bowling technique but special mention must go to Martha Jameson and Sophie Chamberlain. The most improved award for the U13’s goes to Phoebe Hung and Aimee Jennings.
In the U12’s Scarlett Smith and Bella Cameron have been awarded the most improved with excellent batting performances throughout the season coming from Evie Howard and Ria Freeman.
The boys have also been busy with the U13’s, U14’s and U15’s each winning their respective age group Hampshire titles.
1st XI batsman Tom Wallis has been the leading run scorer in the school scoring three centuries. Jack Lee U14’s and William Parvin U15’s have also scored a century. 1st XI captain Joe Kooner-Evans has been outstanding with both bat and ball and it was great to see him guide with the help of Toby Sambles the team to a thrilling one wicket win against the MCC.
Oliver Jameson scored a fine captains innings of 59 in the U15 Hampshire Final. Notable bowling performances have come from Joe Smitherman producing a fine performance in the U14 Hampshire Final taking 4 for 17. New pupils Robbie Stone and Zack Gadsby to Year 9 have formed an excellent opening bowling partnership in the U14A’s.
The U13’s A – C teams have produced another strong season of cricket with 50 runs in an innings being scored by Nikhil Patel, William Gadd, Ben Feeney, Sam Kalra and Joe Smitherman. In the A team leading wicket takers have been Aryan Singh, James Curwood and Elliot Hartridge. Sam Price in the B team has been the most improved bowler. Excellent performances have come from Dexter Jones, Benedict Magro and Arnav Ramamurthy in the C team.
In the U12A’s leading run scorer has been Ryan Nay and wicket taker Nikhil Sen. In the B team the all-rounder of the season award goes to William Magro and Suly Amin has done an excellent job as wicket keeper in his first season.
Special thanks for their commitment to PGS Cricket over the years goes to our U6th Leavers of Jo Kooner-Evans, Jac McBride, Viraat Sahu, Max Beckett, Matthew Kennedy and Alex Morgan we look forward to seeing you back at Hilsea in the years to come in the annual OP match.
Tennis teams have had another successful summer of fixtures both at Hilsea and away from home. The U13 and U15 girls finished second in their LTA Hampshire leagues and the U15 have had a successful season, losing only one of their league matches. A particular highlight of the season involved the PGS U15 team who won the Bedales Tie-break 10s tournament. This is a new event involving mixed teams playing boys, girls and mixed doubles matches involving a single 10 point tie-break. Our victorious team comprised Alice Collins, Flo Wassenberg, Luke Hooper and Freddie Binnington.
Towards the end of term the Senior School also hosted The King’s School Parramatta as part of their European summer tour (pictured). This was combined with the OP’s games to create a unique experience for both the visiting opposition and our pupils. The standard of tennis was extremely high from both sides and the occasion is something we hope we can repeat in years to come.
PGS Sailors took part in the Schools Week at Itchenor Sailing Club towards the end of term and for an amazing sixth year PGS won the team event.
There were some great individual performances but it was the depth and commitment from the whole team that brought home the trophy. PGS had 3 boats place in the top 10 of 93 competing teams which is an outstanding effort. We are already looking forward to next year’s event with anticipation.
In other sailing news James Curtis has been selected to sail for Team GB and will represent his country at the Irish Topper Nationals, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club this summer. He is one of only four U15 boys selected to do so. It’s quite an achievement and is based on his sailing performance at recent National Series selector events. James is very excited about representing Great Britain, and realises it'll be a moment to savour and enjoy.
The Croquet team has had a busy term, with an inter-house match, fixtures and weekly practice on Governors Green.
Matches have been played against Ryde School, both home and away, Abingdon School at Winchester Croquet Club and Winchester College away, with progress shown in both terms of individual player skills, and also team strategies, in every match.
The highlight of the year has to be the match vs school staff in June, which resulted in a resounding win in each of the four games for the Sixth Form team. Our progress has been such that we have been invited, for the first time, to the two-day Croquet Association National School Championships in October 2019.