Reigate Grammar School news
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Reigate Grammar School has been succeeding in chess and hockey this month
Reigate Grammar School students placed second at the ECF (English Chess Federation) U13 Schools Chess Championships in Grantham over the weekend, making them National Runners-Up.RGS scored 10.5/16 with the only loss against runaway Champions KCS Wimbledon; the 3-1 thrashing of old rivals Wilson’s in the last round was particularly enjoyable.
Final top positions (to be officially confirmed):
1st: CS Wimbledon 14
2nd: Reigate Grammar 10.5
3rd: Magdalen College School (Oxford) 10
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4th: Howell School (Cardiff) 9.5
The RGS team consisted of Alex Golding, Harry Armstrong, Annalise Hansen and Bernadette Cheng-Whitehead. Ernest Tan played some good games in the Reserves section and was a great backup to the team. All five players received runners-up medals and the School and each player will receive special certificates from the English Chess Federation. This was Reigate Grammar’s best National chess result for many, many years. Alex Golding is now officially the English Youth Grand Prix U13 National Champion and now qualifies for the European Youth or the World Cadets/Youth Chess Championships in 2016.
Reigate Priory crowned Surrey Quicksticks champions
Reigate Priory Junior School’s first ever mixed hockey team has enjoyed great success over the past month. On 21 March they entered the annual South East Surrey Quicksticks competition. The eight Year 6 pupils quickly gelled into a team and began to play some brilliant hockey. Reigate Priory left the tournament as winners having won every match, meaning they progressed to the County Final and had the opportunity to play against some of the best hockey players in Surrey.
In order to prepare for the tournament, Reigate Grammar School invited the team to train on their astro-turf the day before, and on the 13 April the team arrived at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Despite losing the first game 1-0 in a tight encounter, the team stayed positive and showed great resilience. Helped by Barton Carter’s 8 goals, the team went on to win the next three games. In the final round robin game a 1-1 draw ensured that Reigate Priory qualified for the semi-finals.
Neither team forced a breakthrough in the semi-final, meaning that the match went to penalties. Conor Woods and Barton showed great composure to defend and score their respective sudden death shootouts and see Priory through to the tournament final where they faced the only team to have beaten them so far, Cardinal Newman Primary School. Reigate Priory were victorious this time, going 2-0 up before Matthew Wickham settled the match with a brilliant run and finish.
Their 3-0 victory in the final meant that Reigate Priory School are the 2016 Primary Surrey Quicksticks Champions! Teacher and hockey coach Owen Morris was particularly pleased with the children’s conduct as well as their hockey skills: “The team played brilliantly and were complemented on their sportsmanship and fair play throughout the tournament. We now hope to play against the winning schools from other counties in the South East.”
P.E. and Sport Leader Ed Smith said “The result is a fantastic achievement for the school. Two years ago we started a partnership with Reigate Grammar School who taught hockey lessons to our children as part of their Sports Outreach Programme. From there, the children went on to play at clubs in and out of school which has given them the platform for their County success. We hope that this will be the first of many successful hockey teams at Reigate Priory!”
Hockey Stars of the Future
The following Reigate Grammar School hockey girls have been selected to attend the Junior Regional Programme Centres (JRPC); Ella Woods, Taylor Weber, Stephanie Weber, Amy Wickham, Timea Culverwell and Ellie Heron. This programme is in-line with the England Hockey Single System which is the pathway young players have to go through in order to gain England selection. Having gone through Surrey County selection, the JRPC aspect brings together the best junior players in the country to train and compete against each other for places to represent their region. These take place at various venues across the country and bring together England cream-of-the-crop hockey talent.
This is an amazing achievement for these talented athletes who continually train hard and push RGS hockey forward. Their selection is deserved and we wish them all the very best for the assessment days.