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