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Football: Camplin’s League 2022
May 6, 2022
Date: Saturday 21st May
Time: 11am – 2pm
Venue: Goals Tolworth, Kingston Road, KT5 9NT
Match Format: 5-a-side
Tournament Format: Group stage then knockout rounds
Cost: £20 per person; £15 per student
We are back! After a turbulent couple of years we are delighted to announce that the annual KCS Old Boys 5-a-side tournament is returning on 21st May. It will be taking place at Tolworth goals and the first games will be kicking off at 11am and the tournament should be wrapping up at around 2pm.
In terms of the tournament format, there will be a group stage followed by knockouts. There will also be a plate for teams who don’t make it into the knockout stages. Post tournament there will be a presentation ceremony, followed by food and drinks in the clubhouse.
The deadline for submissions is 14th May so keep them coming in! It is worth noting that unlike past tournaments, this is a 5 a side tournament rather than 6 a side, and there is a squad limit of 7 for each team. It is also worth noting that this is open to all old boys even if you don’t have a full team from your year, and even if you are not currently involved in the club set up, which consists of three sides including a vets team. This is great way to get involved to see what we’re about and show what you’re all about!
This promises to be a fantastic day for the club and is a great opportunity to play football with some old mates, current schoolboys, and maybe even some past teachers!
Put the date in your diaries and submit your teams to Mati Ortiz (OK16) on 07908 341192 or Chester Gash (OK16) on 07946473892. After a couple of years without the Camplin’s League it is great to be back doing what we love, and we can’t wait to see you all down there!
Kevin Hawney Cup
February 26, 2022
The annual cross country fixture between the Old King’s Club, King’s pupils and King’s staff took place on Saturday 26th February on a beautiful day on Wimbledon Common.
The race had a good turnout, with many OKs running and supporting the annual fixture. The 4 km event saw stiff competition, with the final results being very close. It was won by upper fifth pupil Caleb (U5L), who ran it in 15:22, Shivoham (L6M2) did well to clock 15:57 in second place, and Hugo (U6L1) followed in third place with a time of 16:20.
Special thanks to cross country captain Sam D (U6L2), who helped Mr Reekes mark and unmark the course, and Hugo and Ally (U6MAC2). Thank you also to Kevin Hawney for showing his support, as always, and for putting his name to such a stellar event.
Football: the last two years
February 2, 2022
In March 2020, under the guidance of Jack Stephenson (OK11) the 1st XI were on course to challenge for their first Arthurian Premier League title when, with just three games to play, the season was brought to an abrupt end due to the lockdown – with just one point separating them from the Old Carthusians at the top of the table, who they were due to play in the very next fixture. Despite its anti-climactic end, the season was a record-breaking one for the team on several fronts, including going an entire calendar year in 2019 undefeated in a competitive match.
The 2020-21 season was dominated by changing government guidelines related to the pandemic, making it impossible to play out the league season, which was brought to a premature end after only nine games played. The highlight of the season, however, was the progress of both 1st and 2nd XIs in their respective cup competitions. The 1st XI reached the semi-final of the Arthur Dunn Cup after a dramatic late turnaround in the quarter-final against the Old Tonbridgians, but unfortunately suffered a bitter defeat against Old Salopians, cutting short their quest to reach the prestigious final after many years of hurt.
The 2nd XI, under the leadership of Cameron Wilkinson (OK14), went a step further, however, making it to the final of the JLC competition against all of the bookies’ odds, dominating opposition from the division above in Old Harrovians II and Old Chigwellians II. On the day the boys put in a courageous performance but narrowly lost out to a strong Old Ardinians outfit.
The Vets XI also had a strong run in the Derrick Moore Vets Cup to the semi finals that was ended by Old Brentwoods, but there was plenty to be proud of as they comfortably dispatched the previous year’s holders, Old Foresters, and knocked out another fancied team in Old Etonians.
The 2021-22 season began in impressive fashion, with the 1st XI unbeaten after three games in the Premier League and scoring 13 goals. The 2nd XI has had a mixed start on the pitch but has continued its long tradition of recruiting fresh talent and boasts a youthful and enthusiastic core squad who are improving and growing together with every season. The Tilles Trophy (named after former Club Captain Mike Tilles OK02), staged in a stadium annually in preseason and contested between the 2nd XI and Vets XI, was closely fought for much of the game with the 2nd XI eventually running out 4-1 winners.
Despite a season largely disrupted Covid and an unthinkable amount of injuries, the 1st XI find themselves in the quarter-final of the Arthur Dunn Cup with Old Etonians welcoming them on 12th February, the 2nd XI contest their final game of the season on the same day knowing a victory over Old Alleynians III puts them in a good position to be promoted, and the Vets XI contest their Derrick Moore Vets Cup semi-final, also against Old Etonians, hoping to go further than they did last season.
All three teams will also be in action in their annual matches against the school 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI at Kingsway on Saturday 19th March.
The club currently plays its weekly Saturday home fixtures at Imber Court in Thames Ditton, with training on Monday evenings at Battersea Park. Our club is made up entirely of KCSOBs, ranging from OK97-OK21, with the majority of our 1st XI and 2nd XI playing squad ranging from OK11-OK18. We always welcome new recruits so please do get in touch through the OKC website, any current players you know, or our social media if you want to get involved!
Club Committee: Ramon Selvakumaran (OK07), Greg Stoddart (OK07), Jack Stephenson (OK11), Cameron Wilkinson (OK14), Joe Stephenson (OK14), Ali Marshall (OK14), Calum MacQuater (OK12), Henry Hodgson (OK15), Pete Bullivant (OK13)
Vets Committee: Mike Tilles (OK02), Max Camplin (OK99), James Badgett (OK99)
January 29, 2022
Micky King was re-elected as President, David Buckley as Hon. Secretary and Richard Criddle as Hon. Treasurer. All committee members whose 3-year terms had come to an end had agreed to stand and were re-elected. The Hon. Secretary gave a summary of the previous year’s activities and members looked forward to following up the success of the 2021 Annual Dinner with a return to regular live events.
December 1, 2021
The December 2021 newsletter is now available online. Click HERE.
2021 Annual Dinner
November 26, 2021
The 2021 Annual Dinner was held at the East India, Devonshire, Sports and Public Schools’ Club. The new Junior School Headmaster, Ted Lougher, was guest of honour. Dr Anne Cotton, who will take over as Head of King’s next academic year, accepted the invitiation to represent the school at next year’s dinner. Robin Reeve, Past President of the Old King’s Club and Head Master 1987-1997 and Anthony Evans, Head Master 1997-2008 attended. The vast majority of those present had left King’s in the past decade, including twenty-two OK2015s.
Adrian Steger (OK 1971) hosted the evening, although he was not able to attend in person.