We had our first tennis matches of the news season on Saturday for years 7, 8 and 9. In these matches we play for a certain amount of time. How many games can you win in that time. The results are therefore based on games and not sets.
Year 9 ‘A’ team won by 51 games to 21
Year 9 ‘B’ team won 42 games to 28
Year 8 team lost 28 games to 42
Year 7 team won 36 games to 35
Well done girls. You were brilliant battling through snow and hail towards the end of the match, which we cut short by 10 minutes!!
The year 10 Sports Leaders were asked to help at the Year 1 multi-skills festival at Altrincham Leisure Centre. They had a great time helping to organise all the events, although they were shattered by the end of the 2 hours!!!! ( Now they know how teachers feel at the end of a day!!!!!).
The girls were a credit to the school and the organisers were very impressed with their involvement. One of our leaders, Alice, was shocked though, when she asked a little boy to do something and he said ‘no’!!!!! She was so surprised, she didn’t know what to say!!!!!
The U13 Indoor Cricket team had previously qualified for the North Final as Cheshire Champions. The tournament was held at Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket.
We qualified for the first time, at this level, last year but got well beaten in all our games. It was great experience though. This year our aim was to win at least one game. Our first game was against Macmillan School from Northumberland. We lost by 90 runs to 107, largely due to the fact that we gave a lot of runs away in the first 10 minutes of the match when we were still waking up!!!!! The game really could have gone either way. Our second game was against Urmston Grammar School, who had had success at this level before. It was a low scoring game for us and we lost by 57 runs to 98. We still needed that one win to achieve our aim!! Our final match was against North Durham Academy who had narrowly lost against the other two teams by 4 runs and 2 runs. On paper it looked another tough match. However, the girls were on fire in this match and won by 85 runs to 136. This was the highest score in the competition and Amber Thoms had scored the most 6’s. Most importantly we had won a match, definitely in style!!!! Congratulations to Amber Thoms, Sarah Wide, Emma Simpson, Emily Conway, Millie Sewell, Lucia Oram, Charlotte Lord, Nielja Gerhard and Laurie Sheriden.
After the tournament we were treated to a short stay in a hospitality box to watch Lancashire 11’s play Warwickshire 11’s thanks to Mr Sheriden. It was a great end to the day. Thank you.
Charu Kayan and Annie Lu were selected to play for Cheshire in the prestigious U17 Inter-counties badminton tournament at Nottinghma University, recently. They helped the team finish 11th out of 35 teams.
We returned form a very successful ski trip on Wednesday 13th April. For once there was no-one on crutches or with a plaster cast on!!!
We had wonderful snow with largely blue skies although we did have one snow day.
I would like to thank all the girls who went on the trip (all 85 of them) for making it such a successful and enjoyable trip. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time on and off the slopes. The beginners even skied black runs by the end of the 5 days skiing!!!
I would also like to thank the 8 members of staff who accompanied me on the trip. Again, their hard work and support throughout the 10 days contributed it to being the ‘best trip ever’.
There is a separate blog giving day to day news of what we got up to. Please look at it for more details.
1,600 schools entered the competition which started in November. 32,000 players have played in the competition and we had qualified for the National Schools’ Finals : one of only 9 teams.
We arrived at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes, where all the top National badminton players train and play, as one of the nine best girls’ teams in the country.
The competition was organised in three sections of three schools. We had Hardenhuish School from Chippenham, in Wiltshire and Chelsford County High School, Essex in our section and we were seeded number two behind Chelmsford. Each match consisted of 5 matches (2 singles and 3 doubles) so each team was aiming to win at least 3 of the games to win the match.
Our first match was against Hardenhuish. After 3 games we were 2-1 down so could not afford to lose one of the final two doubles matches. We won the 4th game 21-19 (which was very tight) and then the 5th game 21-10 so the match was ours.
We then played Chelmsford who proved too strong for us and we lost by 4 games to 1. (Congratulations to Natasha and Aisling for winning the one game). However all the games were very close and one or two of them could have gone either way.
These results of one win and one loss placed us second in our section. This put us in another section of three teams who would play off for 4th -6th place.
Our first match was against Wakefiels Girls’ High School who had looked quite strong from the earlier round. However the girls played some magnificent badminton and we won the match 5-0 with only one close score.
Our final match of the day was against Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire, who had also beaten Wakefield but 4-1. After three games we were 2-1 down. Our first doubles couple won 21-17 so the score was 2-2 and everything depended on the final doubles game which we won 21-9.
We had won our group and were the 4th : the 4th best school in England.
Thank you to all the players for a wonderful tournament. They all played so hard and well deserved their success. Congratulations to Natasha Devbhandari, Priya Basnet, Georgia Bailey, Aisling Reid and Ella Davidson.
In the middle of the competition the girls met former Olympian Anthony Clark along with Team England player Tom Wolfenden. The girls were encouraged to ask questions and two of our team won Amazon vouchers as a result of the questions they asked. Aisling Reid also won a badminton bag – so she did have a great day!!!!!!
Thank you also to Mrs Reid, Mrs Bailey and Mrs Davidson for organising the transport and supporting the team at the tournament. Your help is very much appreciated.
4th best U14 badminton team in England!!!!
The team pictured with Altrincham Boys Grammar School, who won the silver medal in their U14 event. Congratulations boys.
The annual sports dinner was once again a huge success with students parents and staff celebrating the success of the school teams during the winter season. Congratulations to the girls who were awarded colours in badminton, dance, hockey and netball. We have had another very successful winter season and are very proud of our girls’ achievements.
Special thanks to Hannah Norman our guest speaker for the evening. Hannah was an ex ‘Alty Girl’ who played in the school hockey team who last won national finals in 2002. She is now player/coach for the Great Britain Tchoukball team. Her speech was inspirational and we all really enjoyed hearing about her international sporting experiences. We are looking forward to next year already!
Congratulations to all the girls who were awarded colours for the commitment and dedication to school sport during the winter season. Your achievements have once again been outstanding and we are very proud of you. Special congratulations to the girls in the pictures below who won special awards in sport and dance! We are very proud of you all.