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National Schools Badminton Championships : Round 1 – Trafford

This afternoon AGGS took on Flixton, Lostock, Stretford, and Sale Grammar in the first round of the National Schools Badminton Championships at Sale High School.
We had two U14s teams which were lavanya, Anusha, Jahnavi, Samyukatha,  and Alicia in the A team and Neave, Dristi, Harshitha, Nam, and Charlotte on the B team.
The two U16s teams were Natasha, Priya, Aisling, and Raavi on the A team and Georgia, Olivia, Maariyah and Sophie on the B team.

All teams played well with some outstanding performances.

Both the U16s teams were unbeaten scoring maximum points in their competitions. The A team beat Sale grammar 55:6, and beat Stretford 55:3. The B team beat Flixton 55:15, Stretford 55:13 and Sale Grammer 55:7. This meant that they had to play each other in the final! AGGS A team won 53:49 but both teams will go through to the next round.
The U16s TeamU16s A team Winners 

In the U14s competition the B team came third place over all after beating Lostock, but just missing the mark against Sale Grammar. The A team beat Flixton and Stretford putting them top of their group. They played Sale Grammar in the final and beat them 55:39. These two teams will also go through to the next round.

The U14s TeamU14s A team winners 

Big thanks to the organisers and to Mr Garrod for all his coaching and helping out tonight.

Cross Country Update 2017

The AGGS Cross Country team are very excited to be through to the National Final of the ESAA Cross Country Cup which will take place in Kent on 25th November.

This is their journey so far.

The local rounds of this competition started in October with 1690 teams taking part across England competing against other local schools in their county. AGGS competed against other local schools and Longford Park and qualified for the regional round as one of the top three teams. The regional round took place this weekend in Sedburgh. It was a very cold morning and the rain the night before made the already difficult course very very muddy. Through grit and determination AGGS qualified in 3rd place and are through to the National Final in Kent in 2 weeks time. Here they will face the best 3 teams from the North, South, East and West and will compete to become Champions of England.
The Team was Laura H, Alice D, Millie P, Charlotte L, Emma S and Aimee R.
Special mention needs to go to Aimee who actually completed most of the course with ONE SHOE after it getting stuck in the mud on the first corner!! A true display of determination and team spirit.
Well done everyone and good luck. 

 

Hockey Training at Bowdon – Tuesdays

AGGS had their first training session at Bowdon on Tuesday night with lots of U14s and u12s in attendance. Lots of activities went on as the u14s prepare for the next round of the National Competition and the u12s had lots of game practice too.

However, Mrs Hardicre became aware that some new players were unsure how to get there from school. Please follow the link below for maps and directions to get to Bowdon from school.

Remember – you need to be there and be changed ready to train at 4pm!!

Happy Hockey Training

Directions to Bowdon Hockey Club

Changes to badminton practices

CHANGES TO BADMINTON PRACTICE ON MONDAY EVENINGS

4-5pm 5-6pm
Team Players (2 courts)

GCSE year 10 and 11 students (4 courts)

Years 12/13 (2 courts)

Team Players (2 courts)

Years 7 and 8, and Years 9-11 will then alternate weeks. (6 courts)

 

 

Year 7&8 dates Year 9-11 dates
30th October

13th November

27th November

11th December

6th November

20th November

4th December

18th December

These changes have been made due to the volume of players turning up on a Monday night and should therefore allow more space and more game play. If you have your own racket, please bring it so there are enough to go around.

Please remember there is a £2 cost to cover the hire of the courts.

Thanks

Mrs Reynolds

Manchester Schools Indoor Athletics Champions 2017

AGGS are the Manchester Schools Indoor Athletics Champions. 

AGGS team of 8 Athletes

Friday 13th October – 8 Athletes from AGGS set off to Sports City in Manchester for the Indoor Athletics Championships. Each athlete competed in one event each and there were some excellent individual performances.

Alice D was the star of the day winning a gold medal in the girls 300m with an impressive time of 44.62seconds.

Silver medals were awarded to Maddie L in the 60m hurdles, Laura H in the 800m  and Kitty H in the shot putt.

Emma S jumped an impressive 4m42cm in the long jump winning a bronze medal.

Mary W and Annie C ran in the 60m and 200m respectfully and both just missed out on medals by a few seconds. Millie P also had an excellent performance in the high jump sadly missing the medal mark by just a few cm.

The relay team (Emma, Mary, Annie and Alice) also came 4th in the girls 4x200m relay in a very fast competitive finish to the day.

With points being totted up it was very close between AGGS, St Peter’s and Trinity. However, with 199 points AGGS were presented with the winners trophy claiming first place over all.

All competitors were year 10 so will have another shot at retaining the trophy next year. Can they do the double?

Competitors with their medals and winners trophy
The girls having fun at the end of the day.

Coming Home

Coming home to Bowdon

Olympic Gold Medalist Sam Quek MBE along with GB and England Goalkeepers, Kirsty Mackay and Amy Tennant return to Bowdon Hockey Club on Saturday 7th October at 1.45pm, as Bowdon Ladies 1st team take on East Grinstead in their first head to head England Hockey Premier League match.

Sam, Kirsty and Amy have all played at Bowdon and all three have represented their country at senior level winning an array of medals between them, both Sam & Kirsty travelled with Team GB to Rio.

Saturday 7th October 1.45 @ Bowdon Club, South Downs Road, Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 3DT

All support welcome

Maccabi GB International Games

Maccabi GBCalling all Jewish sports stars; do you want to represent GB at the Maccabi world games? If so find out more about the trials here.  www.maccabigb.org
 
Maccabi World Youth Games – 23rd July – 1st August 2018 – Israel.
For 14-16 year olds in Basketball, Football, Futsal, Rugby 7’s, Dance and Netball with 1,000 athletes attending from around the World. These Games focus on the non-elite side of sports competition, where participants will compete in a non-judgmental and supportive, social environment.
 
JCC Maccabi Games – 2nd August – 12th August 2018 – Orange County, LA.
For 13-16 year olds in Football, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Lacrosse and Dance with over 3,000 young athletes coming together from across the US and other international countries. These Games focus on the non-elite side of sports competition, where participants will compete in a non-judgmental and supportive, social environment.
 
European Maccabi Games – 29th July – 7th August 2019 – Budapest.
An elite competition for 14-18 year olds in a range of sports where over 2,000 of the best Jewish athletes from over 30 countries from across Europe will compete.
 
Great Britain’s participation is always eagerly anticipated in these events. With the number of sports available and Jewish athletes spread across the UK, could it be you who takes up one of these exciting sporting opportunities?? 

AGGS Football ESFA Cup

FOOTBALL report Written by Ms Payne.

We played Wilmslow in the first round of the the FA Playstation 9-a-side Cup.

Comprising the team who played in year 7 last year, it was their first fixture on grass and the first game of the season.

It was quite a wake up call when we fell two goals behind within the first 5 minutes but the response was almost immediate with Phoebe G and Evie J scoring two quick goals to draw level.

The game settled down a little after the frantic first 10 minutes before Wilmslow scored two further goals. Phoebe scored again to make the it 4-3 to Wilmslow at half time.

The second half was a more one sided affair. The introduction of Amna S, who was outstanding at Left wing back, and the fantastic battling of midfield duo Nam V and Mahnoor A saw us take control of the game. Evie J exploited the space on the right flank to create several chances and Phoebe completed her hat-trick going on to score five goals as both Lois C and Evie also found the back of the net.

Final Score; AGGS 8-4 Wilmslow

It was a brilliant second half and the team started to find confidence and showed their superior fitness.

The whole team were fantastic and we now look forward to the next match.

Evie J was selected as player of the match by Wilmslow for her dazzling wing play.

Youth Health Ambassador Conference 2017.

Youth Health Ambassador Conference – 26 September 2017

Today 10 girls from AGGS attended the Youth Heath Ambassador (YHA) conference at Lancaster University. The idea of the conference was to champion the importance of leading healthy active lifestyles and inspire them to change not only their own lives, but the lives of others in the school and wider community.

The conference started with an inspirational talk by Rachel MacKenzie; a world champion Thai Boxer. Rachel told her story of the resilience and determination she had to have to overcome the barriers that she faced early on in her career. After working with a coach who did not believe that women should or could be boxers, Rachel dedicated her time to training to become the best she could be as she knew she couldn’t let other people stand in the way of her dreams. Over the next few years Rachel’s determination paid off, winning fight after fight and becoming world champion in Thai boxing multiple times. Her encouraging words set the tone for what continued to be a great day.

Inspired by Rachel’s words the girls then set off to complete 4 workshops. The first taught the girls about healthy active lifestyles and encouraged them to think about how they could make small changes to lead more healthy lives themselves. After this they went to their second workshop to discover what is meant to be a Health and Wellbeing Leader. They shared ideas and started to plan the events, activities and projects they might like to lead in school. Later in the afternoon they worked with Garry from Sports Leaders UK who ran a session on communication, teaching the girls all the different types of communication, how to communicate better and how they may advertise their ideas for their healthy active projects. Finally the girls completed a session about encouraging physical activity and how sessions can be made inclusive by GB badminton player Jenny Wallwork. With many of our AGGS girls being badminton players themselves, this was a real treat.

The day finished with another inspirational talk, this time by Jenny, who shared her story of over coming mental illness whilst representing GB at badminton and the struggles she faced. Jenny spoke about how to push yourself a little bit more each day in order to achieve your dreams and not let barriers hold you back. To use Jenny’s words, when you are “outside your comfort zone, that’s when the magic happens”.

All the girls had a fantastic day and have left inspired about how they can lead more healthy active lifestyles and are already planning the projects they would like to run at AGGS. What this space!

Our Year 10 YHAs are Shreya D, Elizabeth G, Morvyn C, Mary W, Isobel C, Hania S, Teje SB, Kalsoon A, Olivia P and Xiaoxuan Y.

At the beginning of the day 

Group 1 in their work shop.

Leading a session with Jenny

Discussing ideas.

Hockey Match Reports September 2017

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Saturday 23rd September 2017.

This weekend AGGS hosted AKS Lytham at the Devisdale pitches. Games were played by the 1stX1, U15s, U14s, and U13s A and B sides. The U12s also had their first ever game which saw the arrival of some new talented players to the AGGS school squad. The weather was much kinder this weekend than it has been the past few weeks which also brought out more parental side line support. There were lots of goals, lots of cheers and smiling faces after a successful morning.  A special thank you goes to all the mums/dads who helped to umpire.

U15s Match report by M.,Wardell.

After an effective warm-up and the unveiling of the new captains(Congratulations to Emma and Rosie!!) we had a solid first half performance with two great goals by Freya and Aude. Continuing the positive vibe during the second half we transferred the ball even more effectively and applied a much harder press. This resulted in two more fantastic goals by Emma and Annie. The match ended AGGS 4 Arnold King School 0.  The other team chose Ruby Burgess as our man of the match. Thank you to Mr Wardell for umpiring.

U13s A match report by A.Platt

The sky was a foreboding grey, but our Year 8 Team shone like the sun.  Winning 2-0 to Arnold Queen Mary School, the whole team ran a marathon up and down the pitch, with some good transfers by the defenders: Immy (C), Georgia, Abbie (VC) and Riya. Both goals were scored in the first half; the first was scored by Daisy and assisted by Hattie, and the second by Liv, who ran from the half way line into the goal circle to secure the goal. Kirsten had some great shots at goal, but the opposition’s defence was strong. A short corner was granted for the opposition, but Daisy swooped in and tackled the ball off them in the goal circle before they could take a shot at goal. Ella demonstrated some good skill as she rolled the ball out away from the opposition, and Rosa did some good running as she drove the ball up into their goal circle several times! The Man of the Match (as voted by the other team) was Liv.

U13s B Match report by L.Brazewell.

This was the first U13s B team  8 a-side match which delivered an excellent performance from the team scoring 5 goals against the opposition, AKS. Maddie scored 4 goals and Elena scored 1. We played as a strong team and everyone in the squad of 12 played their part. Maddie was voted man of the match by the opposition. It was a good result for AGGS.

Saturday 16th September

The second weekend of matches saw another good performance by all AGGS teams as they hosted Kirkham at home on the devisdale. Matches were played by 1stX1, U16s, U15s, U14s, and U13s. Thanks you to Mrs Langridge and Miss Chancellor for your help this weekend.

Saturday 9th September

This Saturday was the first weekend of matches and AGGS hosted Newcastle Under Lyme at the devisdale pitches. The weather was rather wet, but the constant down pour didn’t dampen the girls spirits and all teams came off the pitch as winners. Matches were played by the 1stX1, U15s, U14s and U13s.

U14s Match report by R.Driscoll

Year 9’s Super start to the season…..

Whilst the rain may have been pouring down it did not affect the great performance of our super Year 9 Team. Winning 8-0 against Newcastle under Lyme. The whole team played with great fluidity and all played their part in the win. GK Emily may not had a chance to touch the ball, but her vocal chords had a great work out. The scorers were Alicia  (2), Oliva (2), Laurie  (3) and Charlotte  (1). The Man of the match voted by the opposition was Roisin D.