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.
Mr Cope led the 6th form football team to winning the Lincolnshire School’s Football League after only losing 1 game throughout the entire season.
The season started with QEGS hosting Spalding Grammar on their first game of the season and after a really close game it took a thumping header from Captain Elliott Ludlow to win the game for QEGS 1-0.
QEGS then travelled to Boston United for their next game which forced striker Tom Johnson to go in goal as keeper Scott Jenkins suffered a severe foot injury that would keep him out of the side for 6 weeks. However, through hard work and teamwork QEGS grinded out a 2-1 victory with both Ludlow and Wythe scoring.
The next game was eagerly anticipated as the top two teams came head to head with QEGS on home turf. Replacement keeper Will Ross came into the side which allowed striker Tom Johnson to return to a striking role. However it wasn’t to be their day. QEGS lost the game 5-0 to St. Georges Academy and after an edgy start to the season, QEGS soon slipped down the table.
The next game of the season was against previous league winners Carres Grammar. This game saw Jamie Jenkins make his debut and resulted in a well fought 4-3 win away with Johnson (2), Ludlow and Wythe all scoring. The league table began to take shape and even after only losing one game, QEGS realised they needed to up their game if they were to have any chance of winning the league.
On a drizzly October afternoon, QEGS showed what they were made of by turning over Kings Grantham 7-0. A superb hat-trick from Jamie Jenkins gave QEGS the main dominance in the game with Johnson, Perry, Littleworth and Midmer all chipping in. QEGS kept the wins coming with another thrashing over Boston High at home, beating them 5-1 with Midmer (2), Johnson, Ludlow and Littleworth all scoring. QEGS knew they needed to keep this form up and with tough opponents
Spalding next up, they knew they needed to capitalise. Spalding stunned QEGS within the first 5 mins with a thumping striker past keeper Ross. QEGS then woke up and got an equaliser through striker Johnson. Ludlow then popped up with 2 key headers to put QEGS 3-1 up. This then gave QEGS some reassurance throughout the rest of the game which resulted in B K Forrester scoring on his debut and securing QEGS’ 4-1 win. QEGS now were top of the table and with only 5 games to go it was theirs to win.
However, their next opponents, St. Georges, were in the way. A very close 3 way challenge at the top of the league between QEGS, Carres and St. Georges proved this game to me massive in QEGS’ season. The return of Scott Jenkins in goal gave QEGS a bit more confidence but due to an early penalty and good finish, QEGS soon found themselves 2-0 down. However, just before the half, a superb burst of energy from Ludlow to get up the pitch and assist Jenkins from close range put QEGS to within 1. It was safe to say that St. Georges started the second half much better with QEGS barely getting out of their own half. A mistake at the back allowed St. George’s striker to tuck it past keeper Scott. This then force Mr. Cope to alter the formation as he realised QEGS needed to get something out of the game. 2 quick goals from striker Johnson saw QEGS salvage, what came to be, a very important point in their season.
QEGS then won 3 games in a row against Priory Ruskin and Kings Grantham which took them into the last game of the season which was a title decider against 2nd place Carres. Mr Cope decided to bring in Yr 11 striker Gowshall to strengthen the side. An early penalty saw a great opportunity for QEGS to gain an early lead. Top Goal scorer for the season Tom Johnson took responsibility, however, an average penalty and a good save saw the goal denied and another miss from B K Forrester saw another chance go begging. QEGS began to doubt whether it would be their day. However the support from the 70+ fans out on the field urged QEGS on who through, Gowshall and B K Forrester saw the home side go into the half 2-0 up. QEGS carried on piling on the pressure and scored another 2 goals through Gowshall and Jordan and put the game to bed and won 4-0.
A superb way to win the league and a pitch invasion showed how hard the lads fought thought the 5 months of intense football, in order to become worthy victors. Captain Elliott Ludlow produced a key presence in the best defence in the league alongside all the other lads to evidently produce the best team in the league!
· Tom Johnson (8 goals)
· Elliott Ludlow (7 goals) – Capt.
· Blake K Forrester (7 goals)
· Alden Midmer (5 goals)
· Jamie Jenkins (4 goals)
· Sam Perry (3 goals)
· Ben Wythe (2 goals)
· Mark Hendy (2 goals)
· George Littleworth (2 goals)
· Max Gowshall (2 goals)
· Sam Cull (1 goal)
· Declan Bennett (1 goal)
· Nick Benton (1 goal)
· Jamie Jordan (1 goal)
· Scott Jenkins
· Will Ross
· Callum Bennett
· Ben Robinson
· Ben Catchpole
· Louis Williams
· Hugo Finley
An average man feeling their January blues will condemn the Siberian climates of a winter morning but our runners rumbled with excitement to the cool temperatures and the damp ground. It’s county cross country day at Market Rasen Rugby Club.
Mr Cope, alongside Mrs. Wilkinson, fuels his inner child with a hot chocolate, courtesy of Umair and Gaurav’s catholicity of good nature.
A buzz fills the air; the typical aura of cross country day as the runners huddle into their respective schools. A shootout of glares to oppositions commence. By inspecting the laps and reading the maps, the QEGS runners jog their memories for the upcoming course.
The first race; Y7 girls finished with Isobel Leggate finishing in an impressive 17th place.
The second race; Y7 boys, consisted of the talented Callum Kiss, Will Cheer, Mattie Hunter and Oliver Fields, with Oliver coming in 21st place.
Next was the inter-year boy’s with Matthew Waters and Alex Ellis both performing to exceptional standard; Alex Ellis coming in 4th place.
The junior girl’s race comprised a team featuring Kirsty Gladding and Ella Bennett, who came in 10th place, which in comparison to her older brother, Declan Bennett’s respectable 18th place, does raise the question of who really is the most talented in their family…
Up next was the senior girl’s race; Emily Hockham in at 18th and Hattie Needham coming in a classy 12th place.
The last race was the inter-year girl’s that showcased a team of Bea Spendlove, Joanna Ward and Megan Bennett, Megan achieving 27th place in a competitive race.
Congratulations go to Isobel Leggate, George Parkinson, Ella Bennett, Alex Ellis, Hattie Needham and Emily Hockham who have all qualified for the Anglian round which is at Abington Park, Northampton on Saturday 4th February. Good luck to all six students.
Thoughts go out to Mr. Cope and Mrs Wilkinson for making the day possible and many thanks to Ellie English, Kieran Gillespie, Tom Johnson, Umair Khan and Gaurav Kakkar, for helping out.
Written by Umair Khan
On Thursday 26th January, QEGs brought 17 of its strongest badminton players to Lincoln University to compete in theSchool Games Badminton County Finals. Four boys and girls from KS3 and four boys and five girls from KS4; everyone was up early and ready for the tough day ahead.
There were many familiar faces there including Caistor Grammar and the dreaded team of William Farr which the KS3 and KS4 boys had the pleasure of playing against. The four teams split off onto different courts and started playing the games, hoping for a victory.
Overall all of the QEGS teams did very well, with KS4 boys; Josh Burgess, Sripathy Sriraman, Ollie Haskins and Charlie Rogers, and the KS3 girls team; Sakya Rajapaksha Arachchi, Ella Bennett, Anna Scott and Garima Kakkar both coming in third. The KS3 boys’ team; Will Coveley, Charlie Portlock, Joe Blackbourn and Advith Tiruvaluroo, came an impressive second but the KS4 girls’ team was the team to watch.
With a team comprising of Maisie Burgess, Morgan Bennett, Paige Cannon, Georgia Carter and Evie Gregory, the KS4 girls team won the competition comprehensively. In the first game, the girls were against Lincoln Minister and managed to win five matches out of five. The next game was against KGGS and this game was the toughest one. With QEGs winning 2 matches and KGGS winning 2 matches, it was all to play for in the last game, which was played by Morgan Bennett and Georgia Carter. QEGs deservedly won this match and therefore beat KGGS 3-2. The final game was against Caistor Grammar, and the KS4 girls again managed to win 5 matches out of 5, meaning that they won the tournament and were through to the next round. The girls will travel to the regional round full of confidence and this will be held at Loughborough Sports Centre on Thursday 16th March.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all the teams that participated and the KS4 girl’s team are eagerly anticipating what the next round will hold for them. The students would like to say thank you to Mr Cope for supporting the teams and for taking us to the tournament
Written by Maisie Burgess 10L