Congratulations to the Year 8 Netball team who won the Trafford Schools’ Netball Tournament!!
Well done, we are so proud of you!
It has been a fantastic start to the 2017/2018 Netball Season, there has been some outstanding performances and plenty of areas highlighted during match play, that have created an ‘eager to learn’ ethos at training sessions. We got off to a slow start against Withington girls at our first Saturday fixture with some heavy losses across some of the year groups, particularly for the year 7 A squad. Tilly Y (Year 7 captain) put in a strong performance but the experience and determination of the Withington side lead to our first defeat. Since then the Year 7 squad have worked extremely hard in training, they have been enthusiastic and keen to learn and as a result gone from strength to strength and secured some amazing victories against teams such as Bradford Grammar and Loreto.
The year 8 squad have also had some great performances, defensively they have persisted with the centre pass defence strategies and made some game changing interceptions, particularly against Lymm High School where the score finished 9-7 to AGGS. Lucy B has shot consistently in every game and has become a key player for this squad and I know if they continue to train hard and put into practice during matches what they have learnt in training they will only grow stronger and have potential success at U14 National schools next year.
Our year 9 squad have some extremely talented players but have not yet realised their potential. As a squad they perform well as individuals but have yet to bring it together to produce a strong TEAM performance. Our superstar shooters Neave B and Emma B shoot consistently well and their skill level is outstanding. Charlotte T plays with passion and determination in every game and never gives up and is an asset to the team. Defensively Sarah A has improved every week and I know she will continue to work hard and make game changing interceptions. We attended National Schools earlier this term at Bury Grammar School where the team came up against some of the strongest opposition in the country against schools with very strong club links. As a team they gave some great performances and showed glimmers of brilliance, but unfortunately it was not enough to secure them a place in the next round. It did however give this squad a fantastic experience and the determination to ensure they improve for their next opportunity in 2 years’ time.
The year 10 and 11 squads have been training extremely hard and had some great wins so far this season. The year 11 squad were joined by Issy C, Kitty H and Raavi S at the U16 National Schools competition in November where they just missed out on a place in the semi final having only lost to Stockport Grammar and Bolton Girls School. They played some outstanding Netball and they are improving every match.
We have had some super stars emerge through the Manchester Thunder Performance Pathways with Laura M and Niamh H making it onto the Under 17 Squad and Elena N making the U21 squad. A huge achievement. These girls are true role models to every student at AGGS and we are extremely proud of them.
Huge congratulations to Laura M (11-2) who has successfully been selected for the Manchester Thunder Under 17 squad and Ellena N (12-8) who has been selected for the Manchester Thunder Under 21 squad.
The trials saw 100’s of girls fight it out for places in the squads, competing against girls they will have played with at club, county and regional level. Thunder plays an ever increasing role in finding, inspiring and developing the most talented young netballers across Manchester and the North West, to make them the next generation of leading netballers for their schools and clubs, for Thunder and for England and we know they will represent AGGS to the highest level. They are true role models to any student aspiring to play Netball.
Well done girls! Welcome to the Thunder Family!
On Saturday 23rd September, the year 9 netball team played in the Manchester and district tournament at Bury Grammar School. We played 5 matches in total winning 4 and unfortunately losing 1.
We started off by playing St Gabriel’s B. All of us agree that we did not play well and we were making silly mistakes resulting in the score only being 2-1. We just couldn’t seem to get the ball down the court and into the net without being intercepted or someone messing up in some way or another.
Secondly we played St Gabriel’s A and we won this 9-3. Our down the court passing was much improved and we gelled together much better. We made very few mistakes and everyone was running on diagonals towards the centre of the court when possible, to move the ball quicker in a straight line.
Our 3rd match was against Bury A and right from the whistle we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. In the first half we put everything we had learnt in training into the match and we scored 7 with Bury very rarely touching the ball. But at the end of that first half we let them score 3 times within the space of about 90 seconds. This meant at half time we were leading by 4. In the second half it was very close with us always leading by one but nevertheless was very stressful. When we had about 10 seconds left we managed to get the ball down to our end and in the goal resulting in the final score being 9-7 to us.
Our fourth match was against Bury B and this was the only match we lost. None of us played particularly well and as soon as the goal difference widened all of our heads dropped. We were easily the better side than them, but during the match we dropped down to their level rather than playing at our normal level, which would have forced them to work harder. The final score was a very disappointing 13-4.
Finally, we played Wright Robinson which was a good match to end on because we knew how they played and many of us played our best in that match. All our passing was in front of the player, all runs were diagonal and all turns were outwards meaning it was very hard for their defenders to get the ball. We won this match 12-2.
When it came to the awards ceremony we were drawn on points with Bury A and B. But overall we came 3rd because of goal difference.
In my opinion we need to work on staying consistent throughout all of our matches and putting what we learnt in training into our games. But we should all be very proud of ourselves.
(written by Neave Bray)
On Saturday 16th September the year 7 A netball team played against Withington Girls School. In the first quarter Olivia and Ria played well and executed some strong passes but unfortunately their defence could not stop the opposition from sinking their shots. In the second quarter Jess and Karina came close to making some great shots but they just fell short, however Lucy, Tilly and Charlotte worked well together particularly when bringing the ball through court. In the penultimate quarter Olivia and Tara were strong in defence making some great tips and interceptions. As a whole the team players amazingly considering it was our first game together and Withington had some strong players. The team consisted of
Tilly (Captain), Karina, Ria, Olivia, Tara, Charlotte, Freya ,Lucy (player of the match) and Jess
(written by Tilly Young)
U13 VII 21-30
The match has a shaky start with the team giving away two of our centre passes and we were then down by three goals. In hindsight I think this was due to our lack of focus in our warm up. However, we carried on and began to pull it back and started the second quarter still only three goals down. We were a lot more focused in the second quarter, which we drew, and pulled it back in third quarter which ended 19-19. Jenna made a huge contribution to this with some great interceptions and created some crucial opportunities on centre passes. However, the fourth quarter let us down and in the end we lost 30-21. We performed poorly and the team came away very disappointed, our fitness let us down, we lacked speed and we dropped too many balls. However, we never gave up. Zofia was man of the match and created lots of opportunities for the shooters. The defence as a whole made many interceptions but struggled when it came to rebounds. The shooters at times missed some crucial shots and we need to work harder in training to ensure this doesn’t happen again. As a team we need to work on passing accuracy and maintaining possession, but it was a great start to the season, giving us plenty to work on.
(written by Lucy Buckley)
U14 VII 15-23
Now I have more time here are some more memories of the hockey/netball tour to Barcelona.
This Spanish team were very strong. We lost the match 7-0 but it was very competitive and he score does not reflect the overall match. We had our chances but Club Esportiu Egara were better at finishing off their chances then we were.
Our introduction to Flamenco dancing.
Mrs Walker and Mrs Finch at the Nou Camp Stadium
Photos from our boat trip
In Tossa de Mar
I would like to thank all the girls and staff for making the tour such a memorable final trip for me.
Congratulations to my amazing netballers who were winners, Year 10, and runners-up, Year 9!
Their first game was against each-other and we must give credit to the Year 9’s who didn’t make it easy for the Year 10’s giving them a really tough game particularly in the first two quarters!
As the tournament progressed it was clear that we were going to dominate and that no other schools were going to come close in terms of scoreline; results below.
I am very proud of my girls who were a delight the entire week showing just how great Alty girls really are at home and abroad. They showed great sportsmanship and perfect manners throughout. They were great company and I would take them anywhere. Thank you girls for a fantastic week, looking forward to next season already!
Year 10 v Year 9: 25-9
Year 10 v CLW Academy 39-0
Year 10 v Danetre 33-0
Year 10 v Bradfield 16-1
Year 9 v Danetre 33-2
Year 9 v Bradfield 24-6
Year 9 v CLW Academy 29-2
The netballers worked hard today with the coaches focusing on some challenging defensive tactics. They played each other in a ‘friendly’ pre-tournament match to try out some of the rotations that we will use in the tournament on Friday! They play each-other in the first game of the tournament so the Years 9’s need to be sharp from the outset….we are very much looking forward to it!