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
Year 9 Rounders District Champions!
On Thursday 25th May, a team of 11 boys from Year 9 set off from QEGS in the hope to win the annual rounders tournament held at the Cordeaux academy in Louth. The team included Advith Tiruvalooroo, Billy Toulson, Fahim Hussain, Dewi Bourke, Jack Lunn, Athul Dinesh, Charlie Portlock, George Coleman, Charlie Tant, Harry Attfield and the captain, Joe Blackbourn. The first game, being against QEGS Alford, set off with a good start, and, after some good fielding, our batters put out a score of 5 ½ to 3. The next game went equally as well, with the team beating the hosts with a score of 7 to 2. The third game, and despite being worthy opponents, QEGS beat KEVIS Spilsby with a score of 6 to 1 . The final match saw QEGS have a decisive victory over King Edward VI school; the final score was 9 and a half rounders to their 1 and a half, with some good fielding tactics and strong batters ultimately leading the Year 9 team to become champions!
Written by Athul Dinesh 9P
Year 7 Outstanding Female Athlete - Chelsea Tumfour – 1st in Long Jump, 200m and 100m (New record set)
Year 7 Outstanding Male Athlete - Jamie Cull – 1st in 400m, Javelin and Relay
Callum Kiss – 1st in 1500m, 100m and Relay
Year 8 Outstanding Female Athlete - Katie Mankelow – 1st in Long Jump and 100m
Year 8 Outstanding Male Athlete - Tarun Vel – 1st in Triple Jump, Long Jump and Relay
Year 9 Outstanding Female Athlete - Ella Bennett – 1st in 800m, 1500m and Relay
Year 9 Outstanding Male Athlete - Advith Tiruvaluroo – 1st in 100m and 200m
Year 10 Outstanding Female Athlete - Bea Spendlove – 1st in Discus and 1500m, 2nd in 100m and Relay
Year 10 Outstanding Male Athlete - Jonathan Timmins – 1st in 400m (new record) and relay, 2nd in Triple Jump and Shot Put
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.