KGGS ESSA National Water Polo Championship Success 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

On 15th March, sixteen KGGS students travelled to Northampton School for Boys to represent the school in U15 and U18 Girls’ English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) National Water Polo Finals.

The U15 team finished top of their group and progressed to the semi-finals where they met Alleyns, the team they beat in the final last year; this was a tight match, but true team work and determination gave KGGS a 2-1 win and a place in the finals.

In a brilliant final KGGS outplayed their opponents and a 6-3 win saw them become national champions for the second successive year, a great achievement and certainly well deserved.

Immediately following the U15 medal and cup presentations, six of the U15 girls joined their U18 team-mates who were on a mission to show themselves worthy contenders for the U18 ESSA title, having left the competition at the qualifying round last year.

KGGS finished top of the group after a 10-2 win against Bedford, which saw goalkeeper Naya Patel score a goal with a dream shot from one goalmouth to the other in the final second of the match. KGGS met Alleyns in their semi-final match and a 5-2 win put them through to their first ever U18 ESSA National Water Polo Final.

The final saw KGGS face old adversary Compton House who, despite a tremendous display of teamwork from KGGS, claimed the title.

KGGS is immensely proud of achievements of both teams and with the KGGS U13 team qualifying in their preliminary round to play in the national finals next month we have high hopes for the future.

None of this, of course, would be possible without the tremendous support of parents, teachers and coaches. The girls all train twice weekly with Grantham Water Polo Club at The Meres offer special thanks to Jim Caulfield who has given his time to coach them on a Monday morning for the last four months.

U15 TEAM

Maddie Barnes, Alexandra Barnett, Georgia Coyle, Lily Jackson, Katie Knott, Sadie Langdon, Pheobe Leech, Rachel Orridge, Amelia Peters, Harriet Underwood

U18 TEAM

Maddie Barnes, Alexandra Barnett, Rose Bitowt, Giorgia Bosworth, Georgia Coyle, Lily Jackson, Ellie Kirke, Katie Knott, Naya Patel, Amelia Peters, India Wilkinson