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!!
For the past 2 weeks AGGS girl’s have been battling hard on the Devisdale to try and secure places in the national Schools Hockey Competition. The first round is regional, so all teams in the Greater Manchester area are invited and represent their school in U18s, U16s and U14s category.
With some excellent players on our teams we hoped for some success stories, however, the wind and rain, and determination of all the teams to go through made for a very challenging tournament. The U16s and U18s sadly got knocked out but the U14s have gone through as runners up.
Mrs Hardicre reports: The U14 Hockey team played in the first round of the National schools competition. We played against Stockport, Loreto, Manchester High and Cheadle Hulme. We won against Stockport 3-0 and Loreto 2-0. Then drew 0-0 to Manchester High and Cheadle Hulme. It was a close tournament that left Manchester High, Cheadle Hulme and AGGS in joint 1st so it went down to goal difference. We are through to the next round as runners up and Manchester High went through as the winners. The team managed to hold it together and played to a high standard. We will be training hard for the next round in November!
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
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!!!!