The U16 and U14 North West Regional round of the National Schools’ competition was held today at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
Both teams had qualified for this competition as Greater Manchester winners in a previous tournament.
U16 team played 3 matches. They beat Newman Catholic School 5-0 and beat Queens’ School, Chester 5-0. They went into their final match against Kirby Grammar School,knowing that if the won they would qualify for National Finals, but it wasn’t to be!!! After the first round of matches we were winning 2-1. We needed to win one of the two remaining matches to win. Both games were exceptionally close. We lost both games 15-14!!! It could not have been any tighter. Unfortunately this loss meant we had not qualified for the National Finals. The girls were devastated as they were so close to success. They had done really well, though, as 2 year ago, playing the same opposition hey had finished 3rd.
The U14 team were also playing at the same venue. They played 4 matches.in their first 3 matches they beat St Bede’s School, from Lancashire 5-0 : beat Greenbank School, Merseyside 4-1 and beat Queen’s School, Chester 4-1.
The team went into their final game against Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria knowing that if they won the match they would qualify for the National Finals, in May, at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.
The won the game 5-0 so had made it!!!!
Congratulations girls, you won the tournament, won a gold medal and qualified for National Finals – how good is that?
Congratulations to the U16 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams for their performance in the Greater Manchester round of the National Schools’ Badminton competition which was held at the Amaechi Centre which is part of Whalley Range High School.
Both teams won their sections and then their quarter and semi-final matches against schools from all over Greater Manchester.
They then met in the final which the ‘A’ team won 5-0.
It is an amazing achievement to have two teams in the final, such is the strength and depth at this age group at school at the moment.
The girls have received a certificate and a gold or silver medal.
The ‘A’ team now go onto represent Greater Manchester in the North West semi-final. They will be trying to win that competition to reach the National Finals again. Good luck girls.
Mrs finch would like to thank Mr Garrod and Mr Weaver for their continued support. They give up their time on a Monday to help coach the team players and they both supported the teams at this tournament. Thank you.
The U14 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams had qualified for the Greater Manchester county final as winners and runners-up, respectively, of the Trafford Schools’ round.
Both teams were initially in sections of four. The ‘B’ team won two games but lost one 3-2. This placed them runners-up in their section, which unfortunately did not qualify for the semi final. They were the only ‘B’ team in the competition and played some excellent badminton.
The ‘A’ team won all their section matches 5-0, their semi final 5-0 Kingsway School and then the final against Holy Family College 5-0. Winning the competition now qualifies them for the North West Regional Final.
Well done to all who played for such good results.
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.
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.