Despite the fog on Tuesday evening, we arrived at the hotel safely and settled into our rooms.
The next day the sports’ tournaments began, starting with football. All boys played brilliantly throughout the afternoon, with the pick of the players being Jack Fernandes, Seb Hepworth, Ned Frost, Sam McCusker and Josh Clarence for their respective teams.
The hockey tournament, which was held in an old fort in the centre of Jersey, was a fantastic experience for all involved. Both our A and B teams got through to the quarter finals of the cup, but unfortunately lost on Penalty Flicks to both their opponents after normal time. This is the furthest a KHS team has got for a long time, and credit goes to the players in both teams for this. The hockey awards went to Ollie Smith for the As, and Joshua Johns for the Bs.
The Rugby, which is the most anticipated tournament out of the three, was on our last full day. After a later wake up, the boys were able to have some free time before playing rugby all afternoon. Unfortunately, the we didn’t start as well as we should have which left us fighting to stay in the main competition. However, the last two group games saw a massive improvement and we were playing some of the best 7s rugby there. We were entered into the plate competition and fended off two local schools, Belmont and Priory, to lift the award. This tournament, also saw the invention of the Green Army, led by Mr Marler and Thomas Gibson, where all the boys not selected for the rugby were there as supporters. This really helped the team grow in confidence as the tournament went on.
On the Saturday, we had 12 boys selected between the two England teams to face Jersey: Eddie Monk, Eddie Ellis, Elliot Sinclair, Jack Fernandes and Ollie Smith for the As, and Mete Tuncer, Max Mkpa, Seb Hepworth, Jamie Ellis, Ned Frost, Chris Caird and Conrad Burton for the Bs. This was a great testament to the rugby they had played the day before, and showed how high the standard of rugby is at KHS. Well done to all these boys, and congratulations on your 1st or 2nd team England Cap!!!
The boys then enjoyed a visit to Jersey Zoo before returning back to sunny England! The boys were a pleasure to have on the trip and it was fantastic to see everyone buy into the ethos of the sports tour. I would also like to take this chance to thank Mr Brooks, Mr Marler and Mr Bailey.
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