Congratulations to the U16 and U14 teams for their performance in the first round of the National schools’ competition.
The U16 teams played in. Round robin competition : the ‘A’ team winning all of their matches 5-0 and the ‘B’ only losing out to our ‘A’ team 5-0.
The U14 teams played in two sections of three. Both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams won their two matches, qualifying for the semi finals. Both teams won this match too so met each other in the final, the ‘A’ team winning by 5 games to 0.
Both teams in each age group have now qualified for the county finals in January (U14 on 18th and U16 on 25th) as winners and runners up of the Trafford competition. Such is the strength and depth of badminton at ‘Alti’ Girls.
Congratulations to the year 7 and 8 swimmers for their performance in this competition at St. Ambrose College, last Friday.
Each swimmer took part in an individual race, a medley relay and a freestyle relay. The ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams of year 7 swimmers put up a good performance against year 8 teams and finished joint 13th.
The ‘A’ team of year 8 swimmers came first or second in their races but in the other heat Ashton-on-Mersey School were also doing well. The results were all calculated on times so it didn’t really matter what position you finished in. Ashton put in some very good times and narrowly pipped us into second place, winning the silver medal.
Well done to :
Year 8 : Emily, Ella, Katie and Christabel – who each received a silver medal.
Year 7 : Kirsten, Jemima, Imogen, Evelyn, Alice, Jasmine, Caitlin and Ranvitha.
The U18 team had qualified for the North of England final of the National Schools’ Competition as winners from the North West round.
We travelled up to Leeds to take part in this very prestigious competition, knowing that the standard of play was going to be very high.
Our first game in our section was against GSAL ( Leeds Grammar School). After dominating the first part of the game we found ourselves 1-0 down. We created many chances but could just not convert them. Leeds were a very strong team and have reached the National finals on many occasions. Our girls played very well.
Our next game was against Greenhead School, from Huddersfield. We knew we had to win to have any chance of reaching the semi finals. The girls had a great game winning 4-1. We were still in the competition.
Our final match in the section was against old rivals Kirkham Grammar School from Lancashire. We knew we had to win or draw the match to qualify for the semis. The game did not go according to plan and Kirkham scored but the girls dug deep and equalised. The last part of the game was very frantic but we held on to the draw.
We were now in the semi finals, but against the tournament favourites and local rivals Stockport Grammar School. We had lost 6-0 in the county round so we knew we had a very difficult match in front of us.
The girls played some excellent hockey and created some chances but Stockport were too skilful and strong. We lost the game 3-0 so Stockport went though to the final where they beat GSAL 2-1.
Our girls had a great day and went home reasonably happy. Thanks must go to Sean from Bowdon Hockey Club who came to help coach the squad and to the many parents who transported the girls to the tournament. Thank you very much.
The badminton teams played a friendly match against Alderley Edge School for Girls instead of our normal Monday practice. We don’t play many matches as we only have the one practice a week and it more of a social club. However, the girls did very well. They played some doubles and some singles matches and the results were as follows.
The year 8 team drew 6-6
The year 9 team won 8-2.
The year 10 and 11 team won 12-6.
Well done girls. Some of our girls play on the National Schools’ team so it is nice to see some other members of the school club playing competitive badminton.
Today was the last Altrincham and District cross country league race. There has been a fantastic turn out from year 7, 8 and 9 girls (many of whom have fitted in the races around hockey and netball matches) and their commitment has seen some excellent individual and team success. The year 7 team were crowned champions and the year 8/9 team were runners up. Performance of the day today was from Millie in year 9 who won her race beating her Loreto rival in a very closely fought battle. Thanks to year 7 girls Olivia, Ella, Liv, Georgia, Kirsten, Selin, Phoebe, Katie, Jasmine and Emily. And to the year 8/9 girls – Millie, Laura, Charlotte, Holly, Isabelle, Eleanor, Emily H, Samyu, Emily C, Christabel and Nielja .
The year 10/11 team unfortunately didn’t manage to have 4 runners at any one time at any of the 3 races which meant they didn’t get a team placing. However, I would like to thank the girls who have run and put in some very good individual performances – Hannah, Freya, Ellie, Lucy, Lizzy and Josie.
It was the end of an era for Alice in year 13 as she competed in her last ever race. Alice has run in this competition every year of her 7 years at AGGS. A fantastic achievement and a great role model to the younger girls. Thank you for your support Alice.
The U18 and U16 hockey squads had both qualified for the North West Finals this week.
It was the U18 competition on Tuesday. As one team had dropped out we played a round robin competition with 5 teams.
Our first match was against Stoneyhurst College from Lancashire which we won 2-1.
We then drew our second match 1-1 with Sedburgh School from Cumbria.
After our rest we played St Edward’s College, Merseyside and won 8-0.
The result was to be decided on our final match against Lymm High School from Cheshire. We had to win the match to give us a chance of winning the tournament. We did this in style, winning 5-0. Sedburgh also won their final match so we had the same number of points. The tournament was to be decided on goal difference. Sedburgh’s goal difference was +7 and ours was + 14. We had won the tournament and now go through to the North Final at Leeds University on Thursday 24th November. Well done to the joint captains, Rebecca and Rosie and their team.
Thank you to Sean Hadfield from Bowdon who came along to help coach the team. He was a great inspiration to them and their success. Thank you also to the many parents who came to support us throughout the day.
It was the turn of the U16 team on Thursday.
As all qualifying teams were playing the organisation of the tournament was slightly different. There were two sections of three team. To qualify for the semi finals you had to finish top or runners up.
We won our first match against Hill House School from South Yorkshire and then drew our second match 1-1 against Queen’s School, Chester.
This time we missed out on goal difference finishing second in our section. This meant that we had to play the winners of the other section Sedburgh School from Cumbria. This was always going to be a tough match. Unfortunatly we could not get our game together and were 2-0 down with 10 minutes to go. We did score a late penalty corner but we had not left ourselves enough time to score another to equalise so we lost 2-1. This was really disappointing as the girls knew they could have played much better. These things happen though. We will just have to get our own back next time.
Congratulations to Hannah, Laura, Millie and Emma who competed in the English Schools’ Cup last Saturday. This was the North West finals against schools from 5 counties in the north west of England. Against some tough competition the girls finished in 2nd place as a team and have qualified for the National Finals on 3rd December. Well done girls – a fantastic achievement.
In the junior competition our girls finished in 9th place. Again some very tough competition from Merseyside and Cumbria. Well done to Charlotte, Holly, Olivia, Kirsten and Selin.
A big thank you also to all the parents who supported.
A reminder to all cross country runners that this Saturday is the last Altrincham and District League race. Year 7s are currently in the lead after 2 races and year 8/9 are in second place. Start times of each year group’s race are posted outside the gym changing room.
Date for your diary – Thursday 8th December is Trafford Schools’ Cross Country.