National Rounders Finals – Tuesday 10th July 2012

Following our success last year at the National Rounders Finals the mixed under 11 rounders team travelled to Corby to defend our title of National Champions.  Despite an appalling weather forecast the day remained dry and allowed all the matches to take place although the weather had put some teams off and the number of matches played had to be significantly reduced.  TGPS played extremely well with some excellent fielding and backing up on catches, with, on one occasion the ball bouncing out of Henry’s hand and straight into Jacob’s.
TGPS won all their pool matches except the match against Barugh Green from Yorkshire who had six left-handers on their team and who seemed to find the patch of nettles on the perimeter of the field on each hit.  TGPS however had won enough to secure a place in the semi-final against Kirk Sandall and won that match comfortably.  TGPS found themselves again facing Barugh Green in the final and despite some excellent batting and fielding were unable to match Barugh Green’s strong left handers and this year they were crowned runners up.  I am incredibly proud of how the team supported each other on and off the pitch, as ever they behaved superbly and their play along with their new rounders tops was described as “Red Hot” by one of the umpires.
TGPS  v Royal Russell       9 – 3
TGPS v Osmaston            7.5 – 4.5
TGPS v Barugh Green     8 – 10.5
TGPS v Kirk Sandall       4 – 3 (with five good balls remaining)
TGPS v Barugh Green

Rounders Success at TGPS – July 2011

Grantham Prep. National Rounders Champions July 2011
It is official, TGPS has “Simply the Best” Under 11 mixed rounders team in the country!
Following an unbeaten season in both girls and mixed rounders, the Under 11 mixed team were determined to play their absolute best at the Rounders England National Championships at Stafford.  The weather conditions were far from ideal with monsoon like torrential downpours at times but TGPS went well prepared with football boots and grippy fingerless gloves and from the start performed superbly winning their first 18 ball match 8.5 rounders to Rosehill’s 3.5.  TGPS continued to bat and field well beating Stafford Grammar 6 rounders to their 4.5.
The final first round match was against Anston Greenlands, a very proficient team with an ex Rounders England team member as a coach.  TGPS lost the toss and had to bat first and by the end of the first 9 balls had two players out and only 1 rounder scored.  Playing tactically and finding the few holes in their fielding TGPS managed to finish their batting innings on 3.5 rounders.  The pressure was really on TGPS fielding but with their first batter caught on the first ball and their score also standing at just 1 rounder after the first 9, TGPS knew they just had to keep fielding tight and they stood a chance.  TGPS managed this and won the match by just 1 rounder.  In the quarter finals TGPS faced Broadstone Hall winning 6 – 4.5.  The semi-final was against Bournes Green Junior School and took place on a pitch 100 metres away from the M6, this made it difficult for the players to hear umpires calls and team instructions but TGPS adapted well and won 6 – 4.5.
The final took place against Osmaston School, TGPS won the toss and fielded first, under this amount of pressure it would have been easy for the bowler in particular to lose her nerve but she didn’t and although Osmaston hit a long way the balls were fielded well and they finished their innings on 4.5.  TGPS got off to a slow start in their battings innings with just 1.5 rounders in the first 9 balls, however rounders were struck on the next 4 balls and play stopped with TGPS declared National Champions.
Tears of joy quickly followed from the players, teachers and the large group of parents who had come along to support.  The team were presented with gold ball medals and congratulated on their high standard of play which was felt by all Rounders England officials and Umpires to be far above their age group.
This was a truly fabulous way to end the year.  The team has worked unbelievably hard, snatching time on the pitch whenever they could.  Throughout the stages of the competition, they have shown tremendous team spirit and we at school are incredibly proud of them.  Huge thanks goes to all the parents whose support has been fantastic whether it has been gazebo building, taking on the role of “official photographer”, providing cups of tea and chocolate biscuits to nervous team coaches or sending encouraging text messages throughout the day.
Mrs. Wightman/Mrs. Clegg