On the 24 of May, a talented Year 8 team travelled to Cordeaux Academy, Louth to compete in the annual District Rounders tournament
In the group stage, QEGS played two matches. In the first match QEGS were up against a strong Skegness Grammar team. Team captain, Tarun Vel won the toss and decided to field first. With some excellent bowling by Max Marritt accompanied by some precision fielding QEGS restricted to the batting to only 2 rounders from 20 good balls. It was then QEGS turn to bat and it did not long for them to win the game. Brilliant batting some several members of the team helped QEGS to score 8 and half rounders from 20 ball. A convincing win in their first game.
The second match was more challenging and was against arch rivals, Banovallum. QEGS lost the toss and were put into bad first. After a combination of poor fielding and accurate hitting, QEGS finished on 5 and half rounders. Banovallum knew what they needed to win the game. However, again QEGS step up to the challenge and once again produced an outstanding fielding display. In particular some brilliant catches from Pranav Pothula, George Parkinson and catch of the tournament from Jack Leggate. As a result, Banovallum could only score 2 rounders.
After two wins, the team had won their group and were into the final where they played QEGS Alford. QEGS won the toss and Tarun decided to put the opposition into bat first. In the final QEGS produced a very well organised and practised display to limit QEGS Alford to only 3 rounders. Going into bat, QEGS were in control. The teams rose to the occasion with many schools, parents and teachers watching on from the side lines. It didn’t take long for QEGS to reach their target and finished the game on 9 rounders. A very comprehensive win, therefore meaning the team were now district champions! All 11 players made a positive contribution to the team, however the man of the match due to his performances when batting and fielding was Harry Alexander.
Team: Louis Jones, Harry Alexander, Tarun Vel, George Parkinson, Max Marritt, Jack Leggate, Josh Grooby, Lewis Bontoft, Max Booth, Pranav Pothula, Olly Hausermann
With the Y8 and Y10 teams being successful the evening before, there was high expectation on the Y7 team to follow suit. However, this added pressure did not faze them and they ended up winning the tournament with relative ease.
This was down to a combination of excellent teamwork and skill with both bat and ball. The team in total played against four schools winning all four, in the process scoring 39½ rounders and only conceding 6½ rounders.
In the first game QEGS were up against KEVIS Spilsby, team captain Aaron Mankertz won the toss and decided to field first. The team set the tone for the rest of the tournament. The fielding was superb and limited KEVIS Spilsby to only 2 rounders from 20 balls. When QEGS went into bat it didn’t take them long to exceed this score. After 20 balls QEGS achieved 8 rounders, winning the game quite comfortable. This gave the team encouragement and confidence going into their next game
In the second game against Monks’ Dyke, QEGS were put into bat first and managed to set an impressive score of 8 rounders from 20 balls. Monks’ Dyke knew that if they score 8 ½ rounders or more they would win the game. From 20 balls they didn’t register any rounders; this was down to brilliant fielding from QEGS.
QEGS’s third game was against close rivals Banovallum. This time QEGS did win the toss and put the opposition into bat first. QEGS didn’t field as well as they did in the first two games and gave away 3 avoidable rounders. Therefore QEGS had a target of 3½ rounders to win their third straight game. It didn’t take long, as Will Cheer, Mattie Hunter, Will Coveley and Jamie Cull all managed to score off their first balls. QEGS started to relax and ended up scoring an impressive 14 rounders from 20 ball. This was a statement of intent going into their final game.
So QEGS knew if they won their last game, they would win the tournament. The team was full of confidence and rightly so after seeing off their previous three games with relative ease. Their final game was against the host school, Cordeaux Academy. Once again it was a one sided game, QEGS were too strong for their opposition, despite Jonny Caswell leaving early due to a County cricket match. The final result was a 9-2½ win to QEGS.
A huge congratulations to everyone in the rounders team. Mathew Hunter was nominated best batter. George Spencer was voted best fielder after taking several good catches in deep field. QEGS had two fantastic bowlers who made it difficult for the opposition to score; Adam Zarien and Will Coveley. Finally, Will Cheer was voted best player.
The team consisted of 11 players who were: Aaron Mankertz (Captian), Will Coveley, Adam Zarien, Will Daft, Will Cheer, Jonny Caswell, Jamie Cull, Callum Kiss, Mathew Hunter, George Spencer and Cam Ball.
Lastly the team would like to say a big thank you to 6th form students Hugo Finley and Ioan Clark who gave up their own time to train and manage the team. If it wasn’t for their organisation, encouragement and hard work the team would not have been as successful.
COUNTY CUP SUMMARY– QEGS U13s Football
Round 1 – Bye
Round 2 – QEGS U13s 3 – 0 Priory Ruskin, Grantham
QEGS went straight in to the second round of the County Cup after receiving a bye for the first round. Going into the match, QEGS were excited to get their cup run underway and in the end, came out with a 3 – 0 victory, with 2 goals from Captain George Parkinson and another from attacker Tarun Vel. The man of the match was the Captain after his excellent brace.
Quarter Final – QEGS U13s 3 – 2 Kings, Grantham
After their last performance, QEGS had high hopes for their next round. Kings took the lead in the first minute of the game, but QEGS showed great resilience in fighting back. After an end to end game, QEGS were into the next round, thanks to goals from Tarun Vel (2) and Callum Dodsworth (1). After an excellent performance leading the line in the defence, the man of the match was awarded to QEGS’ defender Harry Alexander.
Semi Final– QEGS U13s 1 – 0 Carres
QEGS went into the Semi Final feeling fairly confident after their last two victories and in the end, their confidence paid off as they beat Carres 1 – 0, after a good all round performance from everyone in the QEGS team. The man of the match went to George Parkinson after scoring the only goal of the match, but special credit must go to goal keeper Max Marritt and the back four of Anton Kiss, Aaron Smith, Harry Alexander and Jack Leggate for keeping a clean sheet against a previously free scoring team.
Final – QEGS U13s 0 – 2 Deeping
QEGS arrived at Ravendale Drive with a good attitude and a team lifted by high morale, however, the victory wasn’t to be. QEGS failed to take their chances in the first half, leaving a lot to do in the second half, and unfortunately for QEGS there wasn’t enough time to change the result. After the final whistle, QEGS left the pitch with an overall result that unfortunately, didn’t really reflect their performance. QEGS still did extremely well to reach the final and their performances throughout the cup deserve appreciation, even though they couldn’t bring home the trophy. The QEGS team are looking forward to their next chance to try and win the cup and hopefully next year, they can bring back the trophy.
The team would like to say a massive thank you to Mr Randman who manged the team for both the league and cup matches. Without his organisation, commitment and support the team wouldn’t have been as successful as they were. Thanks Sir!
Written by Louis Jones 8B
Following the league stage of this competition, the top 5 teams met at Skegness for the first of two final rounds.
Our first opponents were Skegness Grammar, who we had a narrow loss to in an earlier round. QEGS were determined to win this time. The ball was passed between the two Issies (Williams and Graham) who then passed out to the left wing where Lottie was waiting to receive the ball, we attacked hard. Unfortunately Skegness gained back position and we had to drop back and start defending. A Skegness player managed to get a shot on goal from the top of the D but it was strongly deflected by our goalkeeper Annabel. The ball was then back into our possession and was quickly driven up the right wing by Bea, Lottie then passed into the top of the D where QEGS won a short corner. Isabel injected the ball to Issie who took a shot, unfortunately the ball went off the near post. Skegness were back in possession but not for long, as Catherine our midfielder managed to tackle the ball off Skegness. After several further passes, another opportunity arose which we took advantage of putting QEGS into a 1-0 lead just before half time.
To start the second half, Skegness began attacking strongly but were soon intercepted by Leah who defended well. By this time, our team were playing and communicating well together. QEGS were now fully in control with some accurate play. The final whistle blew, a 1-0 victory for us.
After the success of our first game, we started the second match against QEGS Alford with high spirits. QEGS were adopting different tactics in that they played all their players out. We took first push back but Alford quickly intercepted the ball and were attacking hard causing our defence of Bea and Jess to work hard to get the ball out of the D. Catherine and Lottie passed out on the wing but the ball was intercepted and Alford were attacking again. They struck at goal several times before scoring taking Alford to a 1-0 lead. That made us even more determined to score a goal now. Daisy on the wing was outstanding and dodged around two defenders before squaring the ball to Issie. She received the ball and drove into the D and managed to get a shot on goal, despite falling over the defenders stick, the ball went in bringing the game to a 1-1 draw. The whistle blew to signal the end of the first half.
After a quick team talk, and a revised plan, we knew where Alford’s weaknesses were and how to expose them. We held shape effectively and intercepted their first pass and quickly managed to score a second goal. Alford started again trying to force the pace but with another save by Annabel, we turned defence into attack and scored a third goal. After Alfords push back, we read their game, and were attacking again. In the last couple of minutes, the two Issies worked together passing down the pitch and into the D, and another goal was scored. The final whistle blew and the match finished with a convincing 4-1 win to QEGS Horncastle.