As seems to happen all too frequently, our first fixture was not only scheduled for the first Saturday of term, without prior training, but it was then cancelled due to the monsoon season in the south of England! The weather was against us for most of this short session; practices and matches being played in inclement weather on several occasions.
Following last year’s success, this year KES entered two teams into the National Aegon competition (comprising four singles and two doubles matches). We have breadth in strength and talent throughout the year groups and, to this end, we introduced Julia Mead-Briggs (Second Year) and Yvie Lock (Third Year) into an already very strong squad. Our first match was against St Swithuns, to whom we lost by the narrowest of margins last summer. This year, however, although St. Swithuns put up an admirable fight, we were simply much too strong for our opposition, who were annihilated. KES A team demolished any School that got in its way, culminating in the girls reaching the finals of the Hampshire round. Their opposition would have been our very own B team, had PGS A not beaten them! KES A team now go on to the regionals … fingers crossed for them.
Congratulations should also go to Miriam Chapman-Rosenfeld and Juliet Fox for their victory in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight U16 Girls' Doubles Championships. This is the second year in a row that the School has retained the title.
Squad: Miriam Chapman-Rosenberg, Julia Mead-Briggs, Juliet Fox, Caitlin Brown, Milly Cobb, Ellie Gilbert, Yvie Lock, Gina Steel.
As ever, we are extremely grateful to Joe and George for their fun and interesting coaching. Practices were always energetic and thoroughly enjoyable.
Results: Aegeon Competition
V St Swithuns A team won 6-0, B team won 6-0
V Kings School A team won 5-1
V Priory Priory B team conceded
V PGS A B team lost 4-2
V Perins Perins A team conceded
V PGS A A team won 4-2
Results: Friendly matches
V Churchers Cancelled
V LWC Won 5-4
V HCS Cancelled