Sport at KES

U16 Report

The 2012 Under 16 rugby squad has made significant progress during the course of the season. The results may suggest otherwise, but the enthusiasm and determination of this group of players has allowed them to improve their rugby-playing ability. There were times when the work ethic of a few could have been better, but generally the squad trained hard.

A few players deserve a special mention. Max Bickford has the potential to be a very good player as he understands and reads the game very well whilst Mark Mitchell has been the stand out forward for me. His tackle rate and work at the breakdown has been outstanding and he was closely followed, in this regard, by Jake Schofield. James Kingshott has the makings to become a good scrum half with a swift service and an eye for the gap on the short side where he was able to use his pace and Max Self is to be thanked for his contribution as Captain. He has also played his heart out in every game; he will become a valuable member of the Senior rugby squad next year.

All those who have played and represented the School this season can hold their heads up high; they have played with pride and passion and will have some fond memories of the season. The highlight was a first ever victory over Portsmouth Grammar School in the final game of the autumn term. A controlled display saw the team allow PGS no time or space to play their game and gain momentum. A narrow win, by one point, was well deserved and due reward for their efforts throughout the season. Unfortunately the result could not be repeated in the County Plate Final, but given the weather and ground conditions it was hard to play any rugby that day.

In addition to those already mentioned, the following played for the Under 16 side this season: Max Allen, Josh Baxter, Joe Chalmers, Tim Cornish, Jack Dobbie, George Gadd, Kosta Hodson, Tom Hurst, Hamish Jackson, Alex Kellett, Matt Kyle-Henney, Duncan Loader, Tim Morgan, Yiannis Raftopoulos, Jack Scullard, Dan

Stephens, Owain Thomas, Henry Thould, Ben Vail and Lewis Wildsmith Gentlemen; it was a pleasure to work with you. Thank you and good luck with the rest of your rugby careers.

Mr Wood

Results:

V Bishop Wordsworth 0 – 32 Lose
V St George’s College 8 – 22 Lose
V Cranleigh School 0 – 59 Lose
V Reading School 15 – 7 Win
V Churcher’s College 3 – 34 Lose (County Cup)
V Churcher’s College 19 – 37 Lose
V Magdalen College 24 – 26 Lose
V Rookwood School 54 – 13 Win (County Plate Round 1)
V Bournemouth School 10 – 17 Lose
V Bishop Challoner 27 – 13 Win (County Plate ¼ Final)
V PGS 13 – 12 Win
V Bay House School 30 – 17 Win (County Plate ½ Final)
V PGS 0 – 22 Lose (County Plate Final