East Midlands Senior Schools’ Challenge – BGS team comes away undefeated!
Ten star members of the BGS GK Club travelled by train and tram to the impressive Cottingham Boys’ High School on Wednesday November 26th to compete in the annual senior schools’ challenge quiz tournament. (last year they won the plate trophy – duly returned by Richard Anderson).
There was a record turn-out of 17 teams from 10 different schools and the BGS a team of Sam Hallam (captain), Thomas Vamplew, Oliver Cammack and Neelay Sant gave an excellent account of themselves.
A hat-trick of wins:
|BGS A||570||Trent College||420|
|BGS A||440||Kesteven and Grantham Girls||390|
|BGS A||450||Uppingham School||370|
Therefore our lads qualified for the semi-final in a match scheduled to be against Leicester Grammar School. However, the time factor meant that our team had to pull out of the semi-final in order to catch the tram and train back to Boston at 6:44 pm as agreed in advance.
Hard lines for all, but we live to fight again!
The very young BGS B team of David Wardell (captain), Ross Hawkins, Abdullah Ahmed and enthusiastic newcomer Melbin Baby had the bad luck to be drawn against two A teams, scoring 160 against Carre’s GS A team’s 520. However, the lads managed a creditable 260 against Dixie Grammar School’s A team’s 580.
GK twins, Zain and Meursaleen Asif proved to be first-rate supporters and special surprise guest star, Ben Hallam (last year’s GK club manager) officiated ”hot foot” from Loughborough University! Old boy Michael Mardell (big brother of David) also popped up on the Nottingham station platform from his home town university to cheer us all up after the disappointment of having to leave before the finish.
Special thanks are due to Mrs Rennie for giving up so much of her time to make the trip to Nottingham possible.
Many thanks too to the lads’ parents and school management for their support of this highly educational and entertaining event!