RGS Wins Major Sports Fixtures and Holds All The Cups
The annual RGS Worcester v King’s School Sporting fixtures provide the opportunity for our communities to come together to celebrate the athletic talent and ability of our Senior teams across four Sports. These fixtures give the Senior pupils the chance to represent their School in front of large numbers of supporters in high profile matches. We have had great success this year in our four major Sporting competitions.
The winning streak began in November with The Modus Challenge Cup where the 1st XV Rugby team played with great determination, passion and belief at Sixways Stadium to win the fixture against King’s School.
Captain Loïc Keasey said of the memorable evening: “To be part of the winning team was a moment I have dreamt of from a young age, dreaming of lifting the trophy in front of hundreds of RGS supporters. Winning the Modus Cup meant a great deal to me and was a great honour and privilege to participate in such a momentous occasion. It’s great to see that the Modus victory helped inspire the other 1st teams to be victorious in their Sports as well”.
The second Sporting event held between the two Schools was the ‘Severn Shield’ Hockey match. The fixture saw the 1st XI Girls’ Hockey team show talent, dedication and resilience in a match that ended as a draw, played at the pitch at Bishop Perowne. The RGS 1st team dominated the match which was played in torrential rain but could not quite score that elusive winning goal.
Captain Ellie Nicholls commented “I feel honoured to have Captained the team at such a big event. The atmosphere from the supporters was amazing, and I am looking forward to seeing how the event grows for the younger years. Although the pressure was on, the team played with determination and managed to retain the trophy, all with the England Hockey Tier 2 National Semi final in mind (which the team played in January). While there were no goals scored, there were many close chances that kept the fans on their toes!”.
In February, the RGS community filled the University of Worcester Arena with over 700 RGS supporters to watch the RGS 2nd VII comfortably win their Netball fixture as the tension mounted for the annual 1st team ‘Superball’ Netball fixture. The 1st VII squad took an early lead and, despite losing the lead in the third quarter, showed the tenacity and athleticism to come back and win the match 41-36.
Captain Phoebe Seymour-Perry said of the memorable evening: “This year’s win at ‘Superball’ was an unforgettable moment for the RGS VII Netball team. The success was a product of hard work and commitment, and lifting the trophy will be a cherished memory of my time at RGS. It wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts and encouragement of every single player and our coaches who supported us every step of the way. The team should be proud of our accomplishment, and I have all the confidence that next year’s team will be able to retain the Cup”.
In the final Sporting fixture of the series, the Football Challenge Cup, the RGS 1st XI Football team played at Sixways Stadium. A determined performance in defence initially, followed by a dominant second half performance resulted in an impressive 2-0 win in what was a display of skill and teamwork.
Captain Kobe Chikosi said: “After winning or retaining the Cups and Shield in the other three Sporting events this year, the pressure was on for the Challenge Cup! The 1st XI Football team went into the game confident to bring the trophy home after a strong start to the season. The game started off nervously, but RGS grew into the game and showed spectacular fight and team spirit in the second half scoring two goals as well as keeping a clean sheet. The crowd was phenomenal and it was an incredible experience for all the players who will hold that night in our memories for the rest of our lives”.
We would like to congratulate all of the teams for their contribution and dedication to their Sports. These are high profile matches and it is wonderful to see RGS Sports teams with the confidence to perform at a high level, even when under pressure in major fixtures. A particular ‘thank you’ goes to the students in the Upper Sixth who participated in all of the Sports. They have displayed the determination and commitment that will inspire younger pupils for the future.