Year 7 and 8 Rugby Competition was AMAZING!

Our Year 8 team beat everyone in their group and went through to play Ryde Academy in the final and narrowly lost 3-2. They showed immense effort and character to come back but narrowly missed out. Zak Leverett in his first ever game created a try for Ben Sanderson in some amazing play in the final.

Our Year 7 team (playing a year up) were equally fantastic, they beat Carisbrooke College and the free school in the group stages to progress to the 3rd and 4th place play off. 

They narrowly missed out losing 2-1 after Zeph Wells ripped the ball off a Sandown player and scored the first try. 
The size difference was massive- however good pace and trickery as well as some fantastic skills shown by our Year 7’s meant for an exciting few games.

Squads: Year 8: Ben Sanderson, Alex Cole, Jack Davis, Nick Early, Chester Smith, Charlie Dyer, Zak Leveret, Jake Puckett, Jake Bushnell, Jack Turner, 
Year 7:
Zeph Wells, Callum Buckley, Adam Biss, Rufus Wood, Ryan Hughes, Fraser Law, Joshua Herman, Joe Coghlan, Joe Nelson
All students were excellent- a true pleasure to take!
Mr Dye

Year 8 & 9 Rugby -v- Carisbrooke College

Christ the King College 34 Carisbrooke College 17

The joint Year 8 and 9 team followed up their victory over Medina in December with a hard fought win on Vectis Field over local rivals Carisbrooke College.

This was a very entertaining and competitive game, always played in the right spirit and refereed very well by sixth former Joe Greedy. Christ the King had a little more experience and combined more effectively as a team, which helped them to secure the win. Yet some players also got valuable experience, playing their first or second game of rugby ever. Carisbrooke also had a host of players new to the game, so it was pleasing to see so many new recruits to rugby enjoy the match.

Christ the King College scored first through Alfie Foster after a period of early stalemate, but Carisbrooke were soon on terms to show that they would not lie down easily. With the edge in the set-pieces and in the rucks, Christ the King College built pressure, adding tries from Sam Woods and Ben Sanderson, along with Foster's second. Jake Puckett converted one of these with a great kick. However, Carisbrooke College had the final say in the first half, with a converted try; this left the home side leading 22-12 at half-time.

Defences tightened in the second half and the Carisbrooke College scrum improved, but Christ the King College held the edge. Jake Bushnell showed his pace to finish off a good move for the fifth try, Puckett again converting. The gallant visitors again fought back through one of their big runners, before The Try of the game. Man of the match Sol Wood won a superb turnover at the tackle area, before following the game plan and taking the penalty quickly – Louis Herbert carried on the move and timed his pass perfectly to set speedster Woods free for his second try. Apart from the man of the match, so many players played extremely well, but the coach chose Sam Woods as backs man of the match, and Ned Guy as forwards man of the match, for being first to most rucks and leading by example.

Christ the King College team: Benedict McGuirk, Sam Woods, Jake Puckett, Ben Sanderson, Jake Bushnell, Jack Davis, Sol Wood, Ben Burnett, Ned Guy (c), Louis Herbert, Chester Smith, Jack Turner, Nicholas Earley, Rhys Thomas, Alfie Caporaso-Foster, Ben Williams, Tom Hollis, Nathan Stubbings.

Island Indoor Rowing Championships

An excellent performance from the Christ the King indoor rowing team finishing 3rd in the Island Indoor Rowing Championships. A special mention to Anya Bennett for her inspirational leadership of the team.
 
The team:
Year 7: Erin Lovely, Grace Pointer, Isaac Kent, Dylan Holdsworth, Ben Timmons
Year 8: Peggy Stagg, James Schofield, Alfie Downey
Year 9: Ariela Richardson, Luke Herbert, Rio Penn-Grice, Ben Holdsworth
Year 10: Tabitha Hayden, Sophie Grandcourt, Oliver Bennett, Henry Bolton, Harry Spinks
Year 11: Emily Andre, Amelia Mills, Will Allsopp, Sam Maybe

 

Under 13 Rugby

Christ the King College 27-5 Portsmouth Grammar School (b)

The strong Under 13 squad set out on an overseas fixture vs Portsmouth Grammar School last week with a view to playing some exciting rugby.

The boys travelled excellently and represented the college in fine fashion as usual.

The squad began the match returning kick off and, right from the first contact made, we knew the Christ the King boys were up for the match. The forwards dominated around the breakdown meaning that Christ the King retained possession extremely well and led for Ben Sanderson to find gaps and look extremely dangerous early on in the first half.

Christ the King got their hands on the ball and played some great running rugby with Jake Bushnell edging close to the opponents try line, only for a knock on to scupper the chance of scoring.

It was Christ the King to score first, however, when Callum Buckley (Year 7) stole the ball from a ruck and powered away from the Portsmouth Grammar defence, touching down under the posts. 5-0 and returning the kick. Christ the King struck immediately after with pace-man Jake Bushnell finally gathering a slippy ball. He then raced through the Portsmouth Grammar defence darting in and out of tackles, running in from his own 22, to score once again. 10-0 after failing to convert again.

With time closing in on the half, Christ the King struck it lucky and Callum Buckley pounced on some good work from the forward pack Chester Smith, Josh Lee and Nick Early, to make it 15-0

In the 2nd half, our scrum of Christ the King was working as a powerful cohesive unit, led by some marshalling by the bossy scrum half, Charlie Dyer. Jake Puckett looked lively throughout, picking and driving where possible. The Christ the King defence withstood a large period of pressure with some fantastic tackles from Jack Turner Alex Cole, and Zach Ward.

Christ the King then made it 4 tries by stringing a number of phases together before the ever lively Sanderson sprinted over to make it 20-0 with a drop goal conversion from Puckett making it 22-0. Christ the King then battled through the hail and a pressing Portsmouth Grammar side battled into our territory again. Christ the King held them for as long as possible, however a couple of weak tackles in key areas led to Portsmouth Grammar going over to score.

With little time left on the clock, Ben Williams, on only his 2nd game for the school side, stepped his way to an opportunity to score, only forgetting where the try line was, he diverted to the posts and into traffic and was tackled just shy of the line. The forwards were up with play and a couple of passes to the wing led to Alex Cole to crash over for the victory.

The boys did a fantastic job in their first win of the season. They travelled sensibly and behaved outstandingly which is what we have come to expect with this squad. Hopefully we will be able to arrange some more games and allow the boys to stretch themselves further.

Squad: J.Nelson, J. Bushnell, B. Williams, B. Sanderson, J. Davis, C. Dyer, J. Puckett, N. Early, Z. Ward, C. Buckley, J. Lee, C. Smith, A. Cole, J. Turner. Subs: R.Wood

Sixth Form Rugby Trip

The College's sixth form rugby team were back in action for the second time this season in the RFU organised Central Venue League at Trojans RFC near Eastleigh. In keeping with the flexible nature of the competition, the ten Christ the King players joined up with four players from Portsmouth College (PC) to make a fourteen strong team. It was pleasing to see how well the team combined and the major contribution made by the mainland guests.

Overall, the team played some excellent rugby over the course of their two games. They started against a team made up mainly of players from Bay House School in Gosport, who had edged a tight encounter against College back in December. However, the tables were turned this time as Christ the King/PC produced a fine brand of rugby featuring pace, enterprise and strong support play. The game was won 29-5, as George Huish scored two tries and two conversions, while Rob Sice, Callum Morgan and PC player Ben added further touchdowns.
 
Itchen College were the much more challenging opposition for the second game, fielding a capable team considerably bigger and more powerful than Christ the King/PC. Matters looked ominous in the early minutes as Itchen bombarded the opposition line; though they met with stout defence, a brilliant running line from one of their enormous forwards led to a try. However, Christ the King/PC responded in style and contributed to a great contest between two well matched teams. Neither team could quite break through, and the final score was 5-0 to Itchen College. Coach Leahy was delighted with this performance, which was actually better than in the victorious opening game.
 
The exceptional Huish was the pick of the backs, while James Viney did especially well in the forwards. All players acquitted themselves well and played with exemplary sportsmanship.

Team: Jack Sanders, Rob Sice, Luke Stubbings, George Huish, Callum Morgan, Joe Greedy (C), James Viney, Ryan Tulloch, Arty Vince, Brad Taylor.

 Mr Leahy

Under 15 Rugby

Carisbrooke College 5 Christ the King College 17
 
The combined Year 9 and Year 10 (Under 15) team had a good win at local rivals Carisbrooke in their first game together this season. Indeed, for the Year 10s it was their first time representing the College in rugby this season. Played in cold and damp conditions, the team showed great spirit and heart to secure victory against a big but inexperienced home side, made up mostly of Year 10s.
                
All scores came in the first half. When Christ the King College moved the ball at pace and out wide they had the measure of their opponents, creating two tries for Sebastian Crouch with good hands along the line, James Reed kicked a conversion off the second try. Carisbrooke answered with a try of their own after rare poor tackling by the winners, but Crouch completed his hat-trick for a 17-5 halftime lead.
 
The scoreless second half saw Christ the King make a lot of handling errors, forcing them on to the defensive time and again. Tackling was excellent throughout this period, however, as was the scrummaging. Forward of the match was Michael Joyce for his tireless work, but Ben Burnett also caught the eye, having made huge improvements during this school year. Back of the match was hat-trick hero Sebastian Crouch, and Sam Woods deserves mention too for making a couple of crucial try-saving tackles. All the team played well though, and put their bodies on the line for their team mates.

Team: James Reed, Rio Penn-Grice, Sebastian Crouch, Tyler Hobson, Sam Woods, Louis Malkin, Luke Blackman, Ben Burnett, Ned Guy, Louis Herbert, Morgan Collingwood, Michael Joyce, Alfie Foster.

Mr Leahy

First Game of the season

Medina College 5 Christ the King College 42

Having waited a long time for their first game of the season, Christ the King's mixed year 8 and 9 team earned a comprehensive win over a gallant Medina side at Seaclose Park.

 It was a tight game early on, but as the first half progressed, Christ the King's greater experience and teamwork proved decisive. Both teams contested scrums and lineouts well, but the winners were much the better team at the breakdown, winning plenty of ruck ball. Scrum-half Sol Wood played a crucial role in keeping the pace of the game high which suited his team, and his slick service from scrums and rucks brought his backs into the game. Four tries and one conversion gave Christ the King a 22-0 half-time lead.

Medina-v-Christ-the-King-post-game

 Medina started the second half well and applied pressure but found College defence hard to break down. They did score one fine try, and almost added another which would have set nerves jangling, but were foiled by a brilliant tackle by full-back Benedict McGuirk. Christ the King eventually resumed control, and matched their first half tally of four tries in the second half, the last being scored as darkness descended. Most of the tries were products of teamwork rather than strong individual play, which pleased the coach. The game was played in excellent spirit and both teams applauded each other at the end – as it should be in rugby.

 Jake Puckett was backs' man of the match for his outstanding tackling, while Alfie Caporaso-Foster was forwards' man of the match. However, the whole team played very well and contributed to a good victory. Tries were scored by Caporaso-Foster (3), Ben Sanderson (2), Ned Guy, Sol Wood and Rio Penn-Grice. Jack Davis added a great conversion in the first half.

 Team: Benedict McGuirk, Rio Penn-Grice, Jake Puckett, Ben Sanderson, Jack Turner, Jack Davis, Sol Wood, Ned Guy, Alex Cole, Louis Herbert, Chester Smith, Ben Burnett, Harri Jones-Evans, Alfie Caporaso-Foster, Frazer Turnbull.

HAMPSHIRE SCHOOLS INTER COUNTY SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

HAMPSHIRE SCHOOLS INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Six students represented Christ the King College at the Hampshire Schools Inter County Championships on Sunday, 16th November.  The competition is for all Secondary Schools across Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.  From this competition a team will be selected to represent the Division 12 area in the next round.   It was a  very long and tiring day however, as always, our students behaved exceptionally and consistently performed superbly against very tough competition. All swimmers swum very close to their personal best and achieved season best times.

Huge congratulations to:

Abigail Lacey – who, although in the younger end of the Juniors, achieved Silver in both the 100 & 200 Back stroke and Bronze in both the 200 & 400 IM.

Ben Curliss – achieved Bronze in the 400 Freestyle

Grace Poynter

Lelayna Blacklock

Louie Herbert

Luke Herbert

Event

Race Time

Place

Personal Best

Lelayna Blacklock Y9 (Intermediate Y9 &10)

100 Free

1.08.91

21st

 

100 Bk

1.16.78

13th

 

Abi Lacey Y7 (Juniors Y 7 & 8)

200 IM

2.39.64

3rd

pb

200 BK

2.33.23

2nd

pb

400 Free

4.58.83

3rd

pb

100 Bk

1.13.07

2nd

 

Grace Poynter Y7 (Juniors Y 7 & 8)

200 IM

2.46.92

8th

 

100 Brst

1.26.18

6th

 

200 Brst

3.04.64

5th

 

Ben Curliss Y8 (Juniors Y 7 & 8)

400 Free

5.07.11

3rd

 

100 Bk

1.20.31

6th

 

200 Free

2.23.77

9th

 

200 IM

2.30.62

9th

 

100 Free

1.08.60

9th

 

Louie Herbert Y10 (Intermediate Y9 &10)

100 Fly

1.13.22

9th

 

100 Bk

1.14.86

13th

 

200 IM

2.38.20

12th

 

100 Free

1.07.43

19th

 

200 Bk

2.39.87

8th

 

Luke Herbert Y11 (Senior Y11-13)

100 Fly

1.06.53

12th

 

100 Bk

1.03.04

6th

 

200 Free

2.12.62

15th

 

100 Free

1.00.80

13th

 

200 Bk

2.17.62

4th