HALF TERM SPORT UPDATE

It’s already been a busy term for Sport at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Here’s a snapshot of some of the highlights so far:

OW Festival

The OW sports festival in September was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old school friends, teachers and take a look around school. This year was no exception and with over 4 hours of continuous football action and 7 teams for the netball tournament – it is clear that the success of the day is growing.

It was great to see alumni graduates from over 30 years ago reunited with this year’s Upper Sixth Form leavers. Particular highlights included the 2012 leavers had a full netball squad out and played as if they had never been away, winning the final in a very convincing manner.

Tennis

Special mention must go to the Boys U15 tennis team who have now reached the last 16 in the country, after a fantastic tie-break win against Ellesmere College in National Competition. This follows on from their County win last term, and the team of Ed Cooper, Jasvir Hayer, Ross Fletcher and Aman Chahal should go into the play-offs in Northamptonshire next month full of confidence.

Football

The 1st XI have started the season well, with a number of strong performances. In the ISFA Cup, they came through a dramatic games against Hill House School, Doncaster, however unfortunately then lost to Haberdashers Aske in the next round. The squad also performed with merit in the ISFA Sixes tournament held at Chigwell School. The U15 team have had a successful season already, winning the SSAW 9-a –side tournament. They are also still in the ESFA Cup after coming out on top in a ten goal thriller. The U14 team produced an excellent display to beat Baverstock as did the U12 team, and the U13 have had a busy half term, progressing through the first round of the ISFA Cup before losing out narrowly to Stockport G.S.

Netball

The opening few weeks of term have been both challenging and busy for the girls at WGS. With bearly 50 girls choosing senior netball the squads are looking very healthy this season. The 1st VII netballers faced Bromsgrove and Newcastle-Under-Lyme school in their opening two fixtures and whilst both were narrow defeats the girls demonstrated on court how this season is going to be an exciting one. In addition they have taken victories from Shrewsbury Sixth Form and King Edwards Birmingham and 5 Ways. The 2nds, 3rds and 4ths are dominating on court also with victories over Shrewsbury 6th Form, Ounsdale and Thomas Telford.

Lower school netball is up and running with midweek fixtures against St Doms, the Royal and King Edwards 5 ways and the Independent fixture list has seen tough losses against King Edwards Edgbaston and wins against Cheltenham Ladies College. The U14a team were crowned City champions in the City tournament beating WGHS by 1 goal in the final. The U15a team narrowly lost this time round to WGHS going to extra time in the final.

Hockey

The season has started strongly with the girls being entered into the U16 and U19 County rounds for the first time in many years. Whilst they faced tough opposition in Denstone and Stafford Grammar to name a few they performed with exceptional commitment and determination proving that this season is going to be another exciting one. The u15s have taken victories so far this term against Ellesmere and Wrekin and so too have the U14s and U12s getting their first win against Ellesmere early in September. The U13s are finding their feet and with narrow losses early on they secured a strong 2-2 draw against Princethorpe College.

In boys hockey, a young 1st XI team have made a promising start to the season, losing out narrowly in a number of games against more experienced opposition. With more of the team also now playing club hockey as well, the squad has high hopes for the rest of the season.

Rugby

The 1st XV have impressed in their first few games, the victory against King Henry’s, Coventry a terrific effort. The U15 7’s team won the inaugural ‘WGS Tournament’, and the U14 team have put in some gutsy performances against tough opposition. The U13 side have had an impressive start to the season, winning through to the next round of the County Cup, and winning a number of their friendlies, most recently against Abraham Darby. Well done to the U12 team who recorded an excellent win against QEGS Walsall.

Cross Country

The first league race this year had all boys and girls at Aldersley Stadium running set courses from Wolverhampton and Bilston Running Club. WGS girls filled teams in all age categories (U12, U14, U16 and U18) and the girls were superb. Individual performances to note by captain Emma Morely (U19); Elanor Charlson (U12) and Sophie Hickman (U16).

In the boys race, Oliver Mason winning the Year 7 race, and Oliver Evans and Eliot Owen Boden being the first WGS students back in their respective races. Good luck to those students representing Wolverhampton in the West Midlands Championships this Saturday.

Squash

The school U15 squash team put up a very creditable performance against tough opposition in the National Squash Championships. Being drawn against reigning champions Wycliffe College was never going to be easy however the team can be proud of their efforts, and they also pushed KES Birmingham close in that fixture.

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