HOCKEY v LYMM HIGH SCHOOL

The U14 and U13 ‘B’ teams with a little help from one or two ‘A’ teamers played against Lymm High School ‘A’ teams instead of their usual practice on a Tuesday after school.

The U14 team won 3-0 and the U13 team drew 0-0.

It was a lovely warm and dry evening and the girls played well and enjoyed their games.

Well done everyone and thank you to the three U14 ‘A’ team players who came to watch and did a bit of cheerleading!!!

U14 and U13 A/B teams

BADMINTON CLUB

The school badminton club is up and running and going from strength to strength at Altrincham Leisure Centre.

We have so many girls who want to play that we now have had to alternate age groups each week so there is enough court space for everyone. We have 2 new coaches this year which is wonderful so we now have 4/5 coaches for the seniors (years 10-13) from 4pm – 6 pm and 4/5 for the juniors ( years 7-9) from 5pm to 6pm.

The teams are looking strong this year so we hope to do well in the National Schools’ Competition. We also have a couple of friendly matches against Alderley Edge School for Girls.

Here’s to an enjoyable season.

HOCKEY v AKS, Lytham

The hockey teams had a wonderful moning’s hockey, playing against our old rivals AKA (formally Arnold School, Blackpool and Queen Mary School, Lytham).

1stX1 won 3-2

U16 X1 drew 2-2

U15x1 drew 2-2

U14X1 won 7-0

U14X1 enjoying themselves after thier win.
A more serious photo!!!!!
                                                

U13X1 won 3-0 (after being 1-0 down at half time.

U13X1 after their win.

We are having a great start to the season. Well done everyone.

The year 7 girls had their first matches for AGGS 

Team 1 won 6-1 and lost 2-0

Team 2 won 4-1 and also lost 2-0

Well done girls. You played some very good hockey. The future looks bright with this age group.

SAILING SUCCESS


Congratulations to Eloise (year 9) for her success in her sailing. During the summer Eloise and her sailing partner took part in the RS Feva world championships in Santander, Spain. 165 boats competed with sailors of all ages. There were 3 fleets of 55 boats (gold, silver and bronze). Eloise qualified for the silver fleet and they came 3rd. This overall result means that Eloise and her partner (aged 13 and under) are the 5th junior RS Feva sailors in the world. For her success Eloise won a bronze mental and a trophy.

Well done Eloise, we are very proud of you.

HOCKEY v KIRKHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL

We had great matches against one of the strongest schools in the North of England (as we are!!) on a lovely sunny Saturday morning.

1stX1 were unlucky to lose 2-1 after dominating much of the game.

U16X1 drew 1-1

U15X1 won 4-0

U14X1 won 1-0

u13X1 drew 2-2

What promising results against such strong opposition. Well done.

Katie’s Track and Road Cycling Success

Katie H cycling winYear 12 student, Katie H, has won the GHS National Schools Championship 10 mile Time Trial, which was held on Saturday 10th September at Dunnington, Warwickshire.   This is a Cycling Time Trials (CTT) annual event and is named ‘GHS’ after a key patron of the CTT who was influential in expanding the time trials. Katie’s amazing winning course time of 24m 33s at an incredible average speed of 24.44mph secured her ‘GHS Manchester and District Schoolgirl 10mile Time Trial champion!’

Katie H cyclingKatie currently trains/races at Manchester Velodrome representing Sportcity Velo. She also races for a road team Racing Chance Foundation (http://racingchancefoundation.com/) and next year will be competing nationally in Junior age category.

She has been competing nationally for the past 5 years on both track and road (circuits) and has been invited to attend numerous British Cycling ‘Regional/National School of Racing’ training days.

Katie H race

Finally, Katie has just received her first set of lab test results from MIHP and not surprisingly, she is physically and physiologically in excellent condition. Her lab performance/results were comparable (if not better) to most premier league footballers in terms of her endurance and aerobic capacity and she was able to produce more power (watts) on the bike than current Tour De France winner Chris Froome for a similar test (albeit for a shorter duration)!

U13 AEGON TENNIS

The U13 team from last season qualified for the knock-out stages of this National Schools’ Competition. They were drawn against a very strong Manchester High School team. Unfortunately Amber Thoms, our number 1 player could not play as she was injured so Sarah Wide stepped up to mark to play the number 1 singles against the England number 1 player!!!!! Sarah lost the match but had some very good rallies and games. She enjoyed playing against that level of player (which doesn’t happen very often). Sarah was a 10.1 rating and her opponent was a 3.2!!!!

As Amber wasn’t playing Shevangi Kumar from a year below played number 2 singles. She was playing against the Cheshire number 1 who had a rating of 4.1 ( Shevangi’s rating was 10.1). Shivangi did very well to win one game and a number of games were also close.

Kitty Hamer won her number 3 singles (against a higher rated player) 6-1 and Evie McGuire won her number 4 singles 6-1.

We were 2-2 after the singles and went into the doubles with all to play for. Unfortunately we lost both doubles 6-0 and 6-4 so we lost the overall match by 4 games to 2.

Well done girls. You did ‘Alty Girls’ proud.

A NEW HOCKEY SEASON-results v Newcastle-under-Lyme School

Welcome back to all our hockey players and welcome to the new year 7’s. Hopefully we will have arrest season – even better than last year!!!!

We have started off very well with 5 of our players being selected to play for Manchester Pumas from the Junior Regional Performance Centres.


Congratulations to Nicola (U18), Siobhan (U17), Eliza )U16 and  Leah and Hannah (U15)for being selected for the Manchester Pumas. They will play in a Tier 1 competition at Leeds University on 18th and 25th September. From there they will be hoping to be selected for the next level which could lead to an England Hi-Pac invite. Good luck girls.

We also had some excellent results against Newcasrle-u-Lyme school this morning. The 1stX1 won 4-3 in a very competitive match. Good luck to Becky and Rosie the 1sX1 captains. 


Members of the 1stX1 and U16 squads

The U15X1 proved far too strong and won 10-0. Well done girls.

The U14 X1 drew 2-2. This was a very pleasing result as they lost against the same team last season. Good luck to Freya (captain) and Phoebe (vice-captain).


Members of the U14 squad

The U13X1 in their first 11 aside match won 8-0. What a brilliant first result. 

Members of the U13 squad.

I hope that you all have a very successful and enjoyable season.

Victoria’s Pole Vault successes


Victoria's pole vault
Incredible athlete, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls student, Victoria B, has lead a remarkable year of achievements in Pole Vaulting. Victoria, aged 15, who only took up the sport 2 years ago, has gone on to be ranked 2nd in the U17 Women’s Pole Vault and represented England earlier this year at her first International event at Ashford Stadium in Kent.

Victoria trains with Matthew Cullen a British Athletics Event Group coach and founder of Manchester Pole Vault and are based from Sports City, and associated with Sale Harriers. She originally joined Sales Harriers for Sprints training in 2014, and was referred to try out Pole Vault due to her sports history and all round ability. She represents Sale Harriers in competition and in her first year, in the U15 Women’s she jumped in to the UK top 10.

pole-vaultVictoria has competed at English Schools, Northern Championships, National Championships and YDL National Championships (Youth Development League). She would like to be selected for the World Junior Championships in the next 3 years and also continue to represent England and the North West in the UK. Indoor competition season commences late December and she is aiming to improve her current personal best towards meeting the selection criteria for the World Junior Championships.

Victoria recently attended a coaching day at Millfield School where she was coached by the Director of Athletics. The school has a reputation for developing elite athletes and has the highest representation in the Olympics.

On 2nd September she then went on to win Silver medal at the 2016 School Games at Loughborough University. Victoria says, “I have always brought a friendly open mind to competition and I hope to carry this attitude further with Pole Vault, and would be delighted to represent my country in future events”.

The 2016 School Games is by invite only. Athletes are selected based on their performance and rankings from British Athletics Power of 10 www.powerof10.info. Typically athletes have had to compete at National and International level and have won Gold or Silver. About 56 of the Olympians who attended Rio had previously been invited to School Games during their earlier athletics career. It is expected that a lot of those will go on to represent the country at Commonwealth, Olympic, European championships. Many had attended the World Junior Championships in previous years. So, watch this space we hope to see Victoria representing Team GB at the 2020 Olympics!

 

Victoria has undertaken 21 competitions during 2016 (15 during the Outdoor season – May to beginning of Sept). Here are some of her results:

Gold Medalist – England Athletics National Championships – Outdoor

Gold Medalist – Northern Championships – Outdoor

Gold Medalist – North of England League – Outdoor

Gold Medalist – Youth Development League – Outdoor

 

Silver Medal – 2016 School Games

Silver Medal – English Schools – National Championships Gateshead

Silver Medal – SIAB – Schools International – Ashford Kent