Just a Normal Day in the DGS Sports Department
Wednesday 28th November was a good example of how busy our Sports Department can be. During the day our Year 8 and 9 athletes went off to the first round of the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Competition, at the close of lessons our Girls U18 Rugby team headed over to the field for their match, and in the evening the U15 Boys Rugby Team went to Gravesend RFC ground to play in the final of the Kent Cup. This is by no means an exceptional day for the Games department where staff are fully committed to exposing the teams to the richest of programmes and events, often out of school hours and well into the evenings and weekends.
The Boys U15 Rugby Team made the final of the Kent Cup for the first time. Normally dominated by schools from the Sevenoaks/Tonbridge area of Kent (both the public schools and the grammars) the DGS team had come to the final via wins against Colfe's (50-0), St Olave's and King's Canterbury (21-14). On the finals night our team met Tonbridge School at Gravesend RFC ground for a 7.15pm kick-off. They had a great match which ended with Tonbridge School deservedly taking the trophy with a 22-5 win, but the DGS boys hopefully feel some pride in having made this final for the first time, coming through against schools in the Kent county with strong Rugby reputations.
Earlier in the day the Year 8 and 9 athletes - fast becoming a force to be reckoned with (see the Cross Country article below in the News feed) - went to Lee Valley for the first round of the Lee Valley Indoor Cup. The unfolding of events can be tracked on the twitter feed that afternoon @DartfordGSSport, and several school records were smashed (300m, 60m and shot), culminating in an exciting last relay race where the Dartford Grammar A and B teams came first and second. We shall follow progress through the upcoming rounds of the competition but we have high hopes about the fortunes of this exceptionally talented group of young men.
The U18 Girls' Rugby team are to a large extent spearheading the effort in bringing this game to the Kent area. DGS has a committed team who meet in all weathers to hone their skills and despite their Wallington opponents on Wednesday arriving with less than a full team, the DGS girls stepped in to make up the numbers and the game went ahead. The 'DGS team' won, and we look forward to meeting Robert Clack and Simon Langton Schools next week in an ongoing busy programme of matches.