Dave has been the badminton coach at AGGS for over 20 years since his daughter was a student at the school. In order to help her with her badminton he decided to get his coaching qualifications and worked hard to help AGGS shape the amazing badminton teams we have today.
He leaves us after helping secure the U16s in qualifying for the National Badminton Finals in Milton Keynes and we are all hoping for a win to end his legacy on a high.
He is retiring at the end of this season and will be missed massively by all. .
Here is a message from Dave:
‘Dear All, thank you all so much for the cards and “treats”. I really, really appreciate them. Over the many years of coaching I have thoroughly enjoyed it, especially, of course, the successes. However it has not been all about the successes, it has been primarily been about working with very nice girls who’s enthusiasm, attitude to learning and wanting to improve has been outstanding. This has not been “at all cost” because one of the most satisfying aspects of the coaching has been the bonding between the team members and the high standards of integrity and behaviour that you have maintained. You have always been a credit to the school. Thank you all, once again. I will miss you all Best wishes Dave‘
Almost 100 pupils attended the year 7 and 8 badminton interform competition tonight down at Altrincham leisure centre. There were some excellent performances and it was really good to see so many girls wanting to be involved in sport.
A huge thank you also goes out to the excellent sports leaders who came down to umpire, keep score and run the competition. It couldn’t have happened without their help so thank you.
Next week sees year 9 and 10 complete their competition.
Well done to the 16 young ladies from AGGS who took part in the badminton fixture last night vs Alderley Edge. The games were very competitive which some good rallies and the competitive atmosphere was friendly and fun.
In the Under 14s group lots of games were very close and high scoring. AGGS beat Alderley Edge 5 games to 4 in round 1 and the scores were reversed in round 2 with Alderley Edge winning 5-4, making this round a tie at 9 games all. There was a great match between Anusha and Lauren ending 20-22 and Samyu and Amy ending 21-19.
In the under 16s and under 18s age groups the results were less close with AGGS winning 18 games to 0 and 12 games to 0 with impressive performances from Maariyah in the singles beating her opponent 21-1 and Olivia and Sophie in the doubles beating their opponents 21-4.
The girls will continue to train on Monday nights down at Altrincham Leisure centre and anyone else interested in joining our team should come down too. All the information and dates are on the notice board at school. All rackets and coaching provided for £2.
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.
Years 7 and 8, and Years 9-11 will then alternate weeks. (6 courts)
Year 7&8 dates
Year 9-11 dates
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.
The U16 and U14 North West Regional round of the National Schools’ competition was held today at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
Both teams had qualified for this competition as Greater Manchester winners in a previous tournament.
U16 team played 3 matches. They beat Newman Catholic School 5-0 and beat Queens’ School, Chester 5-0. They went into their final match against Kirby Grammar School,knowing that if the won they would qualify for National Finals, but it wasn’t to be!!! After the first round of matches we were winning 2-1. We needed to win one of the two remaining matches to win. Both games were exceptionally close. We lost both games 15-14!!! It could not have been any tighter. Unfortunately this loss meant we had not qualified for the National Finals. The girls were devastated as they were so close to success. They had done really well, though, as 2 year ago, playing the same opposition hey had finished 3rd.
The U14 team were also playing at the same venue. They played 4 matches.in their first 3 matches they beat St Bede’s School, from Lancashire 5-0 : beat Greenbank School, Merseyside 4-1 and beat Queen’s School, Chester 4-1.
The team went into their final game against Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria knowing that if they won the match they would qualify for the National Finals, in May, at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.
The won the game 5-0 so had made it!!!!
Congratulations girls, you won the tournament, won a gold medal and qualified for National Finals – how good is that?