After a strong showing in January, against DCHS in the annual inter-school competition, DCGS assembled a team to compete against other schools, from across the country. Consisting of half-hour matches, with junior rounds – in which only the younger students could compete – occurring every five minutes, the stage was set for a series of tense matches.

For the first stage of the competition, which took place in late January, the team of Joshua Robey and John Slattery (the Sixth Form representatives), and Rory Mills and Rory Collins (Year 9) travelled to Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. In the first pool of three, Challoner’s won both of their matches, including a spirited victory over the hosts. A combination of wide-ranging knowledge and buzzer speed allowed the team to progress, into a further pool, against the other winning teams.

Despite a very strong start from Magdalen College School in the third game of the evening, determined answers from Challoner’s paved the way for another win, though much closer than before. Magdalen won their next match decisively, meaning Challoner’s needed another win, to avoid losing on points difference. Fortunately, knowledge ranging from world rivers to historical anniversaries and cube roots allowed the team to overcome Wycombe Abbey School in the final match of the evening, despite their fierce buzzing technique.

Having come top of the nine schools present, Challoner’s now progressed to the regional final, held in March, where DCGS faced stiff competition from reigning national champions Westminster School. The match started levelly, though a sudden surge of well-drilled buzzes from Westminster allowed them to open up a lead. Despite some good knowledge of Greek mythology, Eastern European capital cities, and antonyms, the team never quite managed to overcome Westminster’s earlier strength. A final surge from the opposition sealed the game, Westminster winning 600-380 points, after an exhausting half hour.

Congratulations to the team for progressing to the regional final, and to Westminster whom we wish the best of luck to as they carry on in the competition.