Congratulations to Charlotte L, Jenny J, Roisin D and Daisy A who had been selected to play on the U13 North West teams in the Tensworth (an anagram of North West!!), hockey competition at the Armitage Centre over three days last week. They were playing against teams from all over the country, including Wales. Charlotte, Jenny and Roisin were playing on the team who finished 7th and Daisy on the team who finished Runners-up. The standard of competition was very high and no doubt some of the players will represent England and Wales in years to come.
Our girls had a brilliant time and did themselves justice.
Congratulations to the Bowdon Hockey Club U12 team who had qualified for the Regional Finals of this National Competition in Leeds after their success in the Cheshire Cup. Their squad of 10 was made up of 9 ‘Alti Girls’ and one girls from Cheadle Hulme.
They came a fantastic joint 3rd with Alderley Edge Hockey Club after losing very close matches against Thirsk and Wakefield Hockey Clubs. This makes them 9th best team in England.
The hockey teams had their final full fixture of the season on Saturday against Merchant Taylor School, Liverpool and the girls went out in style!!!
As it was the 1stX1’s final match of the season, as is tradition, they dressed up, this year as grapes. The arrived at school early (even before Mrs Finch arrived – which is always early!!!!!) to blow up all their purple balloons.
They had a great match and won 5-0. The balloons did not get in the way as much as we thought they would but they kept coming off in regular intervals, all congregating in the far corner of the pitch ( which the year 8 girls popped Laure on in the morning!!).
For Becky, Genevieve, Katie, Hannah, Beth, Amy and Rosie it was their last match for school. Unfortunately Alice (the eighth player from year 13) was unable to play. The girls have been a great bunch to work with and Mrs Finch would like to thank them all for their hard work, commitments and dedication to school hockey throughout the seven years that they have been playing together. You will be very greatly missed.
Thank you to all the year 12 players too and good luck to you all in the coming season.
Here are some piccies of the girls enjoying their final match for school.
Meanwhile the other teams were winning in style.
U16X1 won 8-0
The U15X1 won 5-1
The U14X1 won 10-0
The U13X1 won 12-0 : Wow!!!!
The year 7 ‘A’ team won 8-0 and the year 7 ‘B’ team won 11-0
What a great morning’s hockey girls – well done everyone.
There are one or two matches remaining, during the week and over the next 2 Saturdays so keep your eyes peeled on the board.
We had a very competitive match against Manchester High School, this evening. We won the match 3-1 but were let off on a number of occasions as Man. High just could not score more goals. They were missing by centimetres and they even hit the post. It was our lucky day in that respect but we played very well and took our chances.
The year 8 mini hockey team took part in the North West final of the National Mini Hockey Competition at The Grange School, Hartford on Wednesday. They had qualified for this tournament from the Greater Manchester County final earlier on in the season as runners-up
Our first match was against Kirkham Grammar School (Lancashire winners). We soaked up a lot of pressure but lost the match 1-0. We did have a great chance to draw level but it wasn’t to be. Our next match was against Sedbergh School (Cumbria winners). We drew 0-0 but had loads of shots on goal. They had a very good GK who kept the ball out of the goal!! Our third game was against The Grange School, Hartford. They were a very strong team with several playing on the County teams. Again we soaked up a lot of pressure but again lost 1-0, not taking at least one great chance to score. We then beat King Ecgbert School (South Yorkshire Runners up) 2-1. Yeah!!!!! We had our first win!!! Our final match was against Liverpool College (Merseyside winners) and we went out in style winning the match 9-0!!!!!!
These results placed us third overall which was a very credible performance against some very strong teams. Unfortunately only the top two teams qualify for the North of England final in Leeds.
Never mind girls. You had a great tournament. Everyone enjoyed the experience and all played well. Unfortunately our mascot did not bring us much luck!!!!! You need a different one next time!!!!
Congratulations to the 1stX1 for their success last Saturday. They beat Withington Girls’ School 5-0 but then lost to Staockport Grammar School 1-0. It was disappointing that there were not more schools involved but the girls had a great morning’s hockey and played very well. Congratulations to Rebecca and Rosie ( joint captains) and their team.
The year 7 ‘A’ team had been invited to the AKA Jean Torrance Memorial Tournament last Saturday. We have been supporting this tournament for a number of years and the best we have ever done is reach the semi-finals. Schools come from all over the country : Edinburgh, The Malverns, London, Rossal and Lytham.
The tournament was organised in 2 sections of 4 teams.
In our section we beat AKA’s Year 8 ‘B’ team(Arnold/Queen Mary School) 1-0 : we beat City of London Freeman’s School 2-0 : and beat Rossall School, Lancashire 2-0.
This put us into the semi-finals as winners of our section. We then played AKA YEAR 7 team and won 1-0.
The final was played against Mary Erskins’s School, Edinburgh. After full time the score was 0-0 ( although we did have a goal disallowed) so we shared the trophy as joint winners. The girls also received a plague as a momento of the day.
It had been a wonderful day’s hockey and the girls really enjoyed the experience of their first tournament at ‘Alty Girls’. A lot of the parents came to support and I would like to thank them very much. They joined us all for a lovely cooked lunch (with a little tipple of wine, beer and prosecco!!!!). Everyone was also involved in a whole group photograph.
The girls even had a trip to the beach which was a lovely break from playing hockey.
Congratulations to the year 7 hockey players for their performance against Loreto Grammar School. Four teams had been selected to play which meant that all the year 7’s who regularly come to practices got to play some competitive hockey. The ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams have played a lot of matches on Saturday mornings but the ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams had girls playing who had not represented school before.
The ‘A’ team won 8-0
The ‘B’ team won 7-2
The ‘C’ team won 4-1
The ‘D’ team won 7-1
Thanks you to Olivia, Abbie and Megan for helping to umpire and organise the teams. To play so many teams would not have been possible without your help.