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On the 29th of June, the QEGS Athletics team set off for a day full of events at the District Athletics Championship at the King George Stadium, Grimsby. Heightened by the hot weather, the pressure for the students to perform to the best of their abilities was high as they needed to maintain the school’s position in Division 1. However, the students did not disappoint.

The first events happened almost immediately as the bus arrived, so the students competing had little time to prepare. In the first event of 1200m, Year 8 Oli Fields came an impressive second place, as did Year 7 Sophie Hutchinson.  As the heat increased, the next long-distance event 1500m took place; despite the weather, Year 9 Matthew Spendlove came a remarkable second place which was well applauded as he crossed the finish line.

Next was the short distance events; the runners had to be powerful and agile around the track, focus was needed to achieve their best time possible and they certainly did just that. In the 100m race, both Year 9’s Jack Leggate and Katie Mankelow came second in their race, both having fractions between them and the winner. The medals then started to come home for QEGS as Evie Blow in Year 7 won her 200m race and set a new district record in doing so; Jack Leggate in Year 9 also achieved a first place and new district record for his 300m. In the 800m race, the competition was tough, so our runners had to pace themselves in order to gain the highest position possible. We had winners in this race from both Year 8 Tom Lancaster-Eastwood and Year 9 Matthew Spendlove; one of our most inspirational runners Ella Bennett in Year 10 achieved an incredible second place as she fought off some brilliant runners.

Amidst the team support clapping and cheering in the stands, the QEGS Athletes were also winning medals out in the field events. In the shot put, Year 9 Amy Bunting came second throwing over 8m; she also achieved second in the discus, two events she competes for competitively outside of school. In Year 7, Emma Eastham achieved an impressive second place too, for someone small but mighty Emma performed incredibly well. In the triple jump, Year 9 Grace Lunn won the event for her year group and in high jump Year 8 Thrisha Hande won the event in her year group.

The best part of the day was when the 4x100m relay started; with everyone cheering for support, the runners definitely felt as if they all had a chance of winning. The Year 7 girls (Evie, Freya, Amy and Jess) won and also set a new district record; the Year 10 girls (Anna, Daisy, Ella and Lydia) also won. The Year 9 boys had the best result of achieving third place, all of which the points were needed.

Overall, it was another very successful day for the QEGS athletes. With the help of the sixth formers, they were organised, determined and raring to compete; it was a very enjoyable day overall and one that the students enjoy representing the school in. We hope to next year still maintain our position in Division 1 and set even more District records.

FINAL RESULT – QEGS HORNCASTLE 4TH in DIVISION ONE

Written by Chloe Donohue

 

On Thursday 7th June, Mr Cope along with two 6th form students; Chloe Donohue and Evie Gregory took two Y8 boys rounders teams to compete in the District rounders tournament, which was held at Louth Academy.

Both teams were drawn into leagues and played two games each, with the two highest placed teams qualifying for the semi-finals.

QEGS 1 team won both their league games very comfortably beating Louth Academy 5 and a half rounders to 3 rounders and QEGS Alford 7 and half rounders to 1. They finished league winners and played Somercoates Academy in the semi-final. Unfortunately, despite some good fielding the team lost by half a rounder, therefore Somercoates Academy going through to the final.

QEGS 2 team also won both their league games beating Somercoates Academy and John Spendluffe respectively. They faced QEGS Alford in the semi-final and unlike QEGS 1 they were successful and were through to the final.

So QEGS 2 were up against the team they played in their first league game; Somercoates Academy. Confidence was high as the team had already beaten their opponents and this was displayed in the final. Somercoates Academy batted first and only managed to score one rounder, due to some fantastic fielding from QEGS 2. QEGS 2 knew they only needed to score 1 and half rounders from 15 balls to win the tournament. The team remained professional and eventually won the final 5-1.

Mr Cope would like to say thank you to Chloe and Evie for giving up their free time to manage QEGS 2 (the winning team). The Y8 boys much appreciated their support and guidance.

QEGS 1 Team (managed by Mr Cope)

WINNERS: QEGS 2 Team (managed by Chloe Donohue and Evie Gregory)

Giles Academy vs QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI, Wednesday 15th November 2017

After a convincing victory over Boston College a week ago, it was that time again for the QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI to go head to head with another school in a game of football. Their opponents would welcome them to Giles Academy in Old Leake, who had only played one game so far this season and lost to Carre’s Grammar School and so this was the perfect opportunity for the boys to use their momentum from the last game to get their third win of this campaign. For the second week in a row Nick Benton was absent through injury, but one much different from the week prior and sadly much more serious. The current status means the centre-half will be unable to play again until after the Christmas break. Unfortunately injuries seem to be plaguing the central defensive position as Benton’s partner Sam Emerson was also ineligible for selection. This meant, with room for thirteen on the minibus, Mr Cope would bring in Jack Cooke as his replacement. Depth is a topic previously covered multiple times and this QEGS squad certainly has much of that.

Starting 11 diagram

Before the game had kicked off it became rather apparent that QEGS weren't in for the best game of football. The opposition were not looking the sharpest, but that did not mean that the visitors could just turn up and take a win. Starting on the front foot QEGS pushed for an early goal. A smooth turn inside from the left, followed by a cool pass slotted in behind the defenders from Kenneally-Forrester sent the ball back to the left of the box giving Gowshall a good chance to open the scoring. He eyed up the chance with time on the ball and tried to curl a shot into the far side-netting. A miss. Unlike the number nine, but the move showed that it would only be a matter of time before the Giles goalkeeper would be picking the ball out of his goal.

Disappointingly QEGS struggled to get out of first gear and it took a wake-up call in the form of Jenkins’ near post being rattled to make them realise that the opposition can only be laughed at once they’d actually beaten them at the end of the match. Promisingly an instant reply was given from the boys in burgundy, going from being inches away from trailing, to finding themselves a goal to the good seconds later. A quick counter attack down the right from Kenneally-Forrester lead to scenes all too familiar for the striker, having his shot saved, but not stopped. On its way for the number ten’s second of the season, Littleworth was there to commit the criminal act, tapping the ball into the unguarded net.

Read more: Giles Academy vs QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Following a game to forget, the QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI travelled the short distance to their temporary “home ground” on the Horncastle playing fields for their 7th game of the season and their last fixture before the New Year. With 3 wins and 3 losses this campaign, the burgundy boys have shown a respectable start to the season after being promoted to the A-league, but still Mr Cope and the players know that there is more for this team yet to prove. Consistency would be the final piece of the puzzle that will allow for this squad to go on to challenge for the top spot. Thankfully, after a minor injury scare, county goalkeeper Scott Jenkins was fit to play, although neither defenders Ollie Haskins or Tom Caswell were available. So with Mr Cope’s choices reduced, a 12 man squad was selected.

Text Box: 1. Scott Jenkins                                                                                                                                                         3. Sam Emerson                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Jack Cooke                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Alfie Lindsey                                                                                                                                                                                               6. Ben Robinson                                                                                                                                                                                       7. Jamie Jenkins (C)                                                                                                                                                                                         8. Jamie Jordan                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Max Gowshall                                                                                                                                                                                    10. Blake Kenneally-Forrester                                                                                                                                                                                   11. George Littleworth                                                                                                                                                                                  12. Alden Midmer                                                                                                                                                                                14. Oli Dean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fairly poor and uneventful first half followed the referee’s first blow on the whistle, with weak distribution and a lack of movement from every player wearing the QEGS badge. With Boston dominating possession the home side struggled to get any clear chances on the counter attack, which caused problems and invited unnecessary pressure onto the defence. The opposition had only 2 or 3 talented players that were causing genuine threats to QEGS’ goal, so this slow start into the game was going unpunished. Suddenly one of the dangerous players picked up a loose ball in midfield and took a powerful shot from about 25 yards out. Travelling on a very straight flight path directly towards the top left corner everyone stood in awe at what looked to be a magnificent goal. Jenkins had other ideas though, springing into the air to intercept the ball with two strong hands and bringing it into his chest before dropping to the floor.

Keeping it at 0-0, this sparked some energy into the QEGS team which provided good chances for Kenneally-Forrester to give them the lead. After rounding the goalkeeper and staring down an open net a goal seemed guaranteed. Painfully, he, along with his teammates, watched the ball sail over the crossbar. A head in hands moment, but a goal is never too far away from the striker, so everyone knew another chance would occur. After leading several attacks at the away goal and still with no luck, Jordan felt obliged to finally open the scoring in a calm fashion converting a ball delivered accurately along the deck from Littleworth with a clinical first-time finish.

Half-time. After a good little spell towards the end of the first half QEGS were in a position to go and win the game comfortably, having learned the weaknesses that they can attack to bring Boston down. Although it seemed shaky at times the defence had clearly put in a decent performance to keep everything out up until now, with credit to Dean for dropping into full-back, a position he hasn't played before. With reinforcements ready to get involved though, he was able to get back on the wing in a position much more familiar. Robinson made way for Cooke, who went straight into right full-back and Lindsey dropped into Robinson’s position, allowing Dean to play on the left.

A much stronger faster start to the second half was owed to Mr Cope and all the players didn't disappoint. High pressure, winning tackles, getting their heads up and finding passes all on display within the first 5 minutes. It wasn't long before Kenneally-Forrester finally got his goal, but it came in a manor quite strange. Not knowing a lot about it, a defender cleared a ball delivered into the centre of the box, no further than the knee of the striker. The deflection proceeded to loop over the helpless goalkeeper into the top right corner for QEGS’ second of the match and his second of the season.

With plenty of time remaining the home side were only just getting started. A corner was awarded on the left after a good save by Boston’s goalkeeper, who was already having a much harder game this half, Lindsey walked over to take it. The visitors organised themselves ready for the delivery into the box, but to their surprise the ball was played on the floor to the corner of the box where the unmarked Jordan roamed freely. A smooth roll of the ball past the first defender towards the by-line opened his options up and the one that shone through was the far side-netting. He took another touch with his wand of a right foot, to better his angle, before casting the ball into the far corner with stupendous curl.

QEGS were dominating the match and the game looked like it was now a question of “how many?” To assure more goals, Mr Cope substituted Robinson back on for Dean, now playing in his more favoured position on the wing. Quickly he received the ball and with a bit of trickery turned and ran past the full back, driving straight into the area. He took on the shot from the left of goal with his left foot, aiming across goal to the far right. The goalkeeper got a small touch onto the ball which added unwanted height to the shot, however it still looked goal bound. But as it dropped it kissed the top of the woodwork and unluckily went over.

The attacks were now flowing thick and fast with a fourth goal looming. An overlapping run on the right hand side saw Cooke, who had been enjoying his new found position, receive the ball out wide. He dug out a cross to the goal hungry attackers, which Gowshall received at the back post and played across into the feet of Robinson about 10 yards out. Unable to take on a shot first time he shifted the ball onto his left foot and took another touch past the defender out to the by-line. Taking on the shot at the tight angle he did well to beat the goalkeeper, but once again the woodwork came to Boston’s rescue.

Trying more and more inventive ways to get another, Lindsey took a corner that intentionally cleared all the players in the box with a pin-point pass to the captain waiting at the edge of the area. He hit the shot on the volley and although it was very well controlled, the shot was low and easy for the goalkeeper to smother. Despite save after save in the match, keeping the deficit at 3, Gowshall was still on the prowl for double figures this season. Having scored for 5 consecutive matches previous to the game, it was no surprise to Mr Cope and the rest of the team to see him bag another from within the 6 yard area and to then further push his tally to a staggering 11 goals in 7 games with QEGS’ fifth, placing the cherry on the top.

An easy victory in the end, with 5 goals and a clean sheet making a suitable early Christmas present for Mr Cope. A marvellous performance to end a year of fantastic football for the QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI. May the winning form continue into the New Year!

FT: 5-0                                                                                                                                                                                    

Man of the Match: Max Gowshall

Match report by Ben Robinson