SGS sports teams impress at national level
It was a successful start to the year in sport at SGS with the Under 14 Netball squad crowned the third best team in the country and teams from a range of sports reaching the latter stages of national competitions.
Under 14 Netball
The Under 14 Netball team secured third place at the prestigious National Schools Finals which took place at the start of March.
After drawing their first couple of games against Guildford High School (9-9) and Farnborough Hill (11-11), the girls went on a fantastic winning streak as they secured victories against Bromsgrove School (16-5), Wellingborough School (13-3), Taunton School (14-4), Whitburn C of E Academy (9-3), Sheffield High School (12-5) and The Broxbourne School (11-10).
These results saw them reach the Semi Finals where they faced Putney High School. The opposition were unfortunately too strong on the day but the girls showed great determination and grit to earn an impressive bronze medal after seeing off Guildford High School 14-8 in the Third/Fourth playoff.
The team also finished with the best defensive record out of all the schools in the entire competition.
SGS’s Head of Girls’ Games, Mrs Laura Goddard said: “It was a fantastic experience for the players and a school sporting memory they will never forget.”
This most recent triumph continues a run of success including becoming Smile ISNC Netball Cup Champions 2018 and Finalists in 2019.
Under 15 Rugby
The Under 15 rugby squad put in a host of impressive cup performances as they reached the Quarter Finals of the National Cup.
Their cup run started back in October when they defeated Lymm High School 72-0 in the Last 32 of the Area Knockout and they followed this up with an impressive 35-15 victory over Birkenhead School in the Last 16 of the competition.
A 48-5 win against Wirral Grammar School for Boys in the Area Knockout Quarter Final saw them face Manchester Grammar School in the Semi Final and the boys kept a clean sheet as they defeated the opposition with a 26-0 score line.
In the Area Knockout North ‘A’ Final the boys battled the elements, as well as a strong Queen Elizabeth Grammar School side. A gritty and dedicated performance saw the boys earn a 26-15 victory and secure their place in the National Cup Quarter Finals.
A closely fought game saw Stowe School come away with a 21-14 victory but the squad can take great heart from the fact their cup run meant that they were one of the best eight schools in the country at this age group.
Under 15 Hockey
The Under 15 Hockey girls can be rightly pleased with their efforts after they reached the Quarter Finals of the National Plate.
A brace from Libby Porter and strikes from Amy Jack and Talia Zelhof saw them earn a 4-1 victory over Moreton Hall in Round One.
In Round Two they secured a hard-fought win over Stonyhurst College. With the game finishing 1-1 in normal time after captain Amy Jack levelled the match, the game needed to be decided by penalty shuffles – a one-on-one from the 25m line where the attacker has eight seconds to score past the keeper.
The girls held their nerve and, with keeper Lucy Stead in inspired form, they won the penalty shuffles by three goals to two, resulting in a final score line of 4-3.
In the Quarter Final they faced an away tie against Wakefield Girls’ High School and home advantage proved decisive as the hosts secured a 3-1 win despite Holly Smith’s goal.
Under 13 Girls’ Football
The Under 13 Girls’ Football team proudly reached the Quarter Finals of the Sisters n Sport National Plate Competition.
After receiving a bye in Round One of the competition, the girls faced an away tie against St Mary’s College in Round Two. The players turned in an impressive performance on the road to come away with a welcome 3-2 victory.
In the Quarter Finals they hosted Easington Academy. An entertaining match saw the game finish 4-4 and extra time was required to separate the sides. The away team edged it in the added on period and won the match 7-5.
Sport at SGS
From ages 3 to 18, children at SGS participate in an amazing array of activities with over 30 different sports available across the school. They have access to outstanding sporting facilities at school, including an indoor swimming pool and climbing wall as well as the support of specialist coaches.