We arrived with high spirits and played Sedbergh and won 3-0, keeping most of the possession throughout the game. The goal scorers were Jenny (2) and Laurie (1). Then we had no time to rest and played Merchant Taylor and the final score was also 3-0. We were capable of a scoring more goals but we didn’t play as good as we have done before. So we won our group and our next match was to play Kings Macclesfield and the team fought but unfortunately we lost 1-0. It was a very tight game which could’ve gone either way. Well played everyone, maybe next year!!!
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.
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.
Big thanks to the organisers and to Mr Garrod for all his coaching and helping out tonight.
The Year 9 and 10 swimming team entered the English Schools national swimming competition before half term and were very successful.
They competed in both the freestyle and medley relay and won a bronze medal in the medley relay with a fantastic time. This means that they were the third best medley team in the North West. Congratulations to:
Laura, Emily S, Emily C, Christabel A, Lucy R, Katie H
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.
Tilly O, Year 11, competed at the Lee Valley Synchro Skating Open in London with her team, Whizz Kids on Sunday 5th November. It was the first time the team had skated at this higher level (Junior B) and they achieved a massive score of 71.71 and won the event. The team are now starting to prepare for the next competition which is the Winter Cup in Belgium.
We are very proud of Tilly and her achievement!
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
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!
CHANGES TO BADMINTON PRACTICE ON MONDAY EVENINGS
|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|
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.
On Saturday 14th Oct, Taekwon-Do UK held their British Championships at the Stratford on Avon Leisure Centre. All T-UK areas were present in force, including representation from our own AGGS club; Erin W, Yr9 and Freya P, Yr10. After a short speech from President of T-UK, Master Archer VII Degree, the tournament got underway. As always, standards were high and the officials had some tough decisions to make. Competition was fierce and the trophies available were top notch. Both our students performed extremely well and by the end of the day we saw Freya winning silver in sparring against a very tough group.