KES hosts South Coast Kings Rugby Tournament
On Sunday, the School hosted the 2017 South Coast Kings Tournament at Wellington Sports Ground. The event was well attended with several schools making their tournament débuts; University Hospital School and Christ’s College were welcome additions to an already impressive list of rugby playing schools. Even though the weather did its best to dampen the energy of all participating players, everyone engaged with the “free and fast” ethos of the competition and displayed some great attacking skills in the wet.
The U15 teams were very evenly matched with only a few scores separating the top four teams. Eventually Bedford School emerged as Trophy winners with Dean Close School picking up the Bowl; KES finished a very respectable 4th. In the U18 tournament there was pace and power amongst the top four teams with Whitchurch High, Dean Close, Bishop Wordsworth’s School and Beechen Cliff all vying for top honours. Dean Close were eventually crowned winners of the tournament with Bishop Wordsworth’s taking the Bowl back to Wiltshire.
Our thanks to the Hampshire Society referees who took charge of every game, the KES grounds team who produced incredible pitches and the catering staff who kept everyone fed and watered all day as well as Claire Powell who managed all the tournament scheduling before and during the event, Mrs Paul who coordinated all the administration leading up to the competition and the KES teachers who supported and encouraged our players in what was the wettest South Coast Kings Tournament to date!