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Guernsey brings home two trophies

Guernsey brings home two trophies

Friday 22 November 2019

Guernsey brings home two trophies

Friday 22 November 2019

Two Guernsey schools have beaten their Jersey counterparts to claim victory at this year's De Putron Challenge inter-island finals.

Vauvert Primary beat a team from Victoria College Prep in the Year 6 challenge, having previously come out on top of their fellow Guernsey teams in the heats at St James earlier this month.

Vauvert gained a steady lead from the first round, Current Affairs, and won their year group’s Channel Island title by 11 points.

Ben Tooley (10), Vauvert team captain, was excited to participate in his first ever quiz. He said: “It was absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed going over to Jersey and winning a big trophy. My favourite round was Arts and Literature because I answered a lot of the questions.”


Pictured: Vauvert Primary, Guernsey - Year 6 winners (l-r) Joshua Osrin, Edward Robinson, Holly Ingrouille and Ben Tooley (holding trophy).

The boys from Elizabeth College's Year 8 team beat a group from Victoria College to bring the title back to the school again.

The teams fought hard throughout a tightly scored contest but Elizabeth College managed to take a clear lead in the Arts and Literature round and won overall with 25 points to Victoria College’s 20. This is Elizabeth College’s fourth consecutive year winning the Year 8 inter-island final.

Henry Hunter (13), Elizabeth College team captain, said: “It feels ecstatic to have won, I took part two years ago in the Year 6 competition and we won that too. Arts and Literature was my best round because I love to read and I have a good memory. It’s been great to come over to Jersey, my team have been invaluable. Being clever is cool so we enjoyed taking part and recommend others do too.”


Pictured: Elizabeth College, Guernsey - Year 8 winners (l-r) Henry Hunter, Max Wrench, Padraig McClay, Sam Brown. 

Victoria College did claim victory in the Post 16 event though, beating the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre in a tight contest which went down to the final couple of questions. 

The Guernsey Grammar School took an early lead after the first round which continued until the final round when Victoria College edged ahead in an unexpected turn of events and won with 20 points in the Post 16 final. Both teams showed some great resilience in what was a very difficult Post 16 event, rising to the challenge and posting impressive scores.

Oliver Wilderspin (16), Victoria College team captain, said: “It felt really good to win, we didn’t expect it. We were five points behind before the final round – Science and Geography- so we were quite shocked when we saw the results but very happy. Taking part was a brilliant experience.”


Pictured: Victoria College, Jersey - Post 16 winners (l-r) Thomas Mulholland, Oliver Wilderspin, Edward O'Sullivan.

The De Putron Challenge is organised by Orchard PR on behalf of the Ana Leaf Foundation. This year it was hosted by Express editor Laura Clayton. 

Amanda Simmons, a trustee of the Ana Leaf Foundation presented the prizes and thanked everyone involved for taking part in what was once again a very hotly contested inter-island final.

For more information and updates on the De Putron Challenge follow @DePChallenge on Twitter or follow the ‘De Putron Challenge’ on Facebook. 


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