On 12th December AGGS took 21 teams (84 participants) to the Manchester indoor rowing competition. All girls competed well and were by far the best in Trafford with each year group taking first place out of the Trafford schools. GO US!
The results were then compared with the Stockport and Manchester schools to see who was the over all winners.
In Year 7
Emma C, Yasmine I, Megan B and Olivia B came 2nd over all.
In year 8
Kirsten M, Selin C, Jemima H and Georgia H came 3rd over all.
In year 9 Alicia M, Beth H, Neave B and Charlotte Lord Came 1st over all.
In year 10
Ellie F, Milan W, Dani G and Millie P came 1st overall.
This means the year 9 and 10 team will be representing Greater Manchester in the next round in February.
Tilly competed with the Whizz Kids Junior Team at the Winter Cup this weekend and came away with an international silver medal. The ISU event attracted 30 teams from 8 different countries. The Whizz Kids are back in training now for their next big event, the British Championships in January.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Last Sunday Hannah H from Year 8 won Gold and silver medals at the Unity World championships. She is now the current Unity World Champion for Point Fighting. She has been asked to represent her Taekwondo club at the Irish Open Martial Arts Championship and she would also like to represent AGGS there. The Irish Open is one of the biggest fight competitions in the World and has 4000 competitors from 37 countries. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Hannah.
Eloise and her sailing partner had a fabulous world championships in Holland at the end of July. It was very close racing against 177 boats from around the world in very tough conditions. Eloise and her partner finished 16th overall and were the 1st all girl boat – gaining the title “2017 RS Feva Ladies World Champions” and a lovely big trophy!