2018 has seen an impressive first half to the winter season with pupils enjoying and excelling in a wide array of sport and fitness opportunities; we’ve put together a round-up of some of the highlights.
Last year 97% of our First Years chose to take part in one or more co-curricular sport and fitness activity and SGS pupils are on track for another exceptional year.
- The U13 Netball squad have enjoyed spectacular wins and cups galore this season. Some of their more notable wins include a dazzling 57-3 win against Sedburgh School in the second round of the Independent Schools Netball Cup, and a 40-20 result against The Grange School in the Smile Independent Schools Netball Cup competition. They also won their age group in the Manchester and District Netball Tournament in October. The team was made up of Annalisa Griffiths, Aimee Reynolds, Sophie Harris, Amelia Massey, Rosie Lear, Anna Wilkinson, Darcy Breen and Libby Goodman.
- The U11 Netball squad finished third in the U11 tournament at Leyland Sports Association, hosted by St Pius. The girls won all but one of their games in the group stages and comfortably went through to the main competition in second place. They lost their first game against The Buchan School before going on to win the third and fourth place play-off match against Sedburgh School.
- The U15 Netball squad defeated St Bedes in the Smile Independent Schools Netball Cup competition 41-15. They then came second in the Stockport Schools Tournament.
- A number of our netball girls are celebrating after being selected for Manchester Thunder Netball. Second Year pupils Rosie Lear, Darcy Breen and Annalisa Griffiths have been picked for the Youth Academy whilst Fourth Year Libby Wolstenholme has been chosen in the U17s Futures squad. Manchester Thunder are part of the Netball Superleague, which consists of the top ten netball teams in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Nineteen players have been selected for developing player pathways and professional team development groups with Sale Sharks. With a focus on individual achievement and team work, the players have been going from strength to strength.
U16 Sharks Development Group
U16 Developing Player Pathway (DPP)
U15 Developing Player Pathway (DPP)
U14 Developing Player Pathway (DPP)
Max Crompton (also Scottish Exiles)
Josh Taylor (also Welsh exiles)
- Sale Sharks Academy also came to school to deliver a special training day for SGS rugby players to help develop their skills and match play.
- Third Year Lucy Stead has been selected to join the UK Lions U14 girls’ hockey squad following successful trials earlier this year. Lucy will travel to Malaga with the team in December for an intensive coaching course and to play against teams from other countries.
- The U12 team have been having a great season beating different school teams with phenomenal results such as 7 – 0 vs Newcastle Under Lyme School, 3 -1 vs AKS Lytham Independent School and a spectacular 12-0 vs Rishworth School.
- Year Four pupils travelled to Manchester City’s ground to take part in a football tournament with a host of other schools. The boys won their first two games 6-1 and drew 0-0 in the quarter finals. They won the semi-final 1-0 but were beaten 3-0 in the final.
- U13 football boys made it through to the last 16 of the Independent Schools Football Association Cup after winning 8-1.
The U11 football team have enjoyed a promising start to the season, winning against Newcastle-under-Lyme School (2-0) and St Bedes College (3-0) before a defeat to The King’s School Chester (3-0) saw them finish second in the group at the Association of Junior Independent Schools Cup qualifying round. In the annual 7’s competition the U11 team drew against Altrincham Preparatory School (1-1) and Terra Nova School (2-2) and then won the next three matches against King’s Macclesfield (1-0), Bolton School (4-0) and Cheadle Hulme School (6-0).
- Fourth Year pupil Joseph Farrelly finished 6th out of over 800 competitors in the ‘A6MARR’ 5k race, a huge achievement for anyone, never mind for the first junior to finish. Joseph also runs for Manchester Harriers and chose running as his skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme. The race, organised by Stockport Council, took place on the new A6 road to Manchester Airport.
- Following on from the Regional Championships in the summer, Fourth Year pupil Daisy Keigher was selected for the Greater Manchester team and competed in the English Schools Combined Events Championship Finals. The athletics competition saw Daisy take part in five events in one day: 75m hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump and the 800m. Daisy performed magnificently and finished in 15th position overall, and second from the North of England. Eighteen years ago a certain Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill also finished in 15th place. Not bad footsteps to follow!
- Year Six pupil Amelia Blakeley was proud of her success at the recent Wigan Harriers meet after picking up two medals. The keen athlete, who runs for Stockport Harriers, bagged gold in the 75 metres and secured silver in the 600 metres. Speaking about her success, Amelia said: “I am particularly proud that I came second in the 600 metres race as it is not really my event.”
- Year Four pupil Charlotte Underwood won the High Peak Triathlon Club’s Buxton Aquathlon. Charlotte, who swam two 50m lengths and ran 600m, finished first out of 18 competitors in the Tristar start (ages 7-8) category.
- Upper Sixth pupil Ali Chughtai has joined Lancashire Cricket Club as an Academy player for development along their emerging player pathway. The call-up comes after a great season for Ali who scored over 700 runs (including two hundreds and four fifties) and was selected to play for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) North team in the Super 4s National competition at Loughborough.
- Climbing is becoming ever more popular with students at SGS, and pupils demonstrated their climbing ability during the First to Third Year and Fourth to Sixth Form House Climbing Competitions and the Climbing Hangar Liverpool’s Winter Bouldering League.
- Junior School swimmers celebrated a host of medals in an Association of Junior Independent Schools gala at Darwen Leisure Centre, Blackburn. Year Five pupil Molly Mills got gold after beating the rest of the field in the Girls’ Under 10 backstroke and Arthur Wolstenholme also notched top spot in the Boys’ Under 10 breaststroke. In the Boys’ Under 12 fly, Year Six pupil Oliver Feehan came first and the Girls’ Under 10 medley relay team of Molly Mills, Annabel Elliot, Lucy Jones and Harriet Hanger were also celebrating a first place spot after finishing five seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.
- Annabel Elliot in Year Five was happy with her second place in the Girls’ Under 10 individual medley and huge congratulations go to Year Four pupil Melika Mortazavi who swam in the Girls’ Under 10 front crawl (a Year Five event) and got a silver medal. Silver was also the colour of the medals for the Girls’ Under 10 front crawl relay team of Annabel Elliot, Lucy Jones, Harriet Hanger and Melika Mortazavi. In the Girls’ Under 11 breaststroke, Lauren Storey picked up a bronze medal, as did Leon Porter in the Boys equivalent. In the Girls’ Under 11 individual medley Lily Courtney also picked up a bronze medal for her third place finish.
- Lower Sixth Form pupil Ben Foster performed exceptionally well at the National Swimming Championships during the summer, competing in four finals and securing a gold medal in the 1,500 metres.
- The Junior School boys’ swimming team beat Manchester Grammar School in a recent gala 179-150.The team had numerous boys who never swum in a gala before but they all did an amazing job. A special mention goes to Captain Oliver Feehan who helped organise the team and set an excellent example.
- ‘SGS Loves Dance’ saw beginners and experienced dancers enjoy performing in front of an enthusiastic audience in an evening of impressive solo, duet and group pieces. With styles ranging from contemporary to hip hop and tap, the Dance Show was directed by the school’s Teacher of Dance, Mrs Abi Downing, and many of the pieces had been devised by the pupils themselves.
- Year Four pupil Saara Gurjee successfully auditioned for English Youth Ballet during the summer and now appears in a number of ballet productions.
- Well done to Fourth Year pupil Archie Maughan who has made the junior first team at Blackley Golf Club, Manchester. He is three years younger than other members and has been accepted at the age of eight (a year younger than normal).
- Year Five pupil George Byrne finished a very creditable third in the World Kids Golf Championships which were held over the summer at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in the Algarve. This event allowed boys and girls, aged 7-18, an opportunity to showcase their skills and advance in the game. George played in the boys under 10 category, playing 18 holes over three rounds plus a practice round. A third prize net score in his category was a fantastic result after playing against some really talented young golfers from all over Europe.
- First Year pupil May Nassar and her Third Year brother Sami were delighted to pick up medals at the recent World Ju Jitsu Championships in Gibraltar. They have been training at CheshireJuJitsu for nearly three years and train three times a week.