Senior Sports Round Up – Summer 2019
It has been another fantastic Rounders season for all our teams. We played 35 matches, won 27, drew one and lost seven across all age groups! Year 7 won the inter-school tournament at Wright Robinson College.
The main focus of our Rounders Season is the Manchester Schools Tournaments for all age groups. All teams – U12, U13, U14 & U15 – played very well in the qualifying tournament and all finished in the top two to qualify for the semi-finals, meaning there was a WGS team in every semi-final! Three teams won – U12, U13 and U15 – with the U14s losing narrowly to MHSG. Then, in a stellar afternoon of rounders at the Finals, all three teams won, making Withington champions in three out of four age groups.
Years 7 and 10 competed in the Manchester Schools Athletics Championships with some very good individual performances and personal bests achieved. The Year 10 team finished in third place – an excellent team achievement considering the strength of athletics in the surrounding area.
Silvia M gained first place in long jump, Leah H second in 300m, Mia B second place in 800m and Charlie B second place in shotput. Silvia qualified for a place in the Manchester team at the Greater Manchester Schools competition, coming fourth in the county in the Long Jump. In the Year 7 competition, Emma G threw over 7m in the shotput and won a Silver Medal.
Years 7/8/9 competed in the Manchester Schools’ League – run over three Fridays with one age group each week. Results from each age group were combined to give an overall position and WGS came a more than respectable sixth out of 14 schools.
English Schools’ Athletics took place on 9th May – a very wet day! The U15 team finished in second place and made it through to the Regional B final. Unfortunately, this was cancelled on the day due to bad weather.
U12 Quadkids Athletics – in the Manchester Schools’ round, the WGS team came second out of 15 schools and went on to represent Manchester in the County Round of the School Summer Games competition.
In the Year 7 House Swimming Gala, Scott achieved 78 points with Lejeune very close behind.
The tennis season is very short, but we have managed to squeeze in quite a lot. This year we have held a Road to Wimbledon Competition in School, with the winner qualifying for the final county round. The winner was Lorna A and the runner up was Eliza T.
We also entered the AEGON Team Tennis Competition, a national school team tennis event. We had a tough two draws for Year 8 and Year 10, meeting some very good opposition.
Four Year 7 girls took part in a small tournament at The Northern Tennis Club. The following week, they received some coaching there, and later had the opportunity to stay and watch the professionals.
We have had a fantastic turn out of girls for practices this year with so many enjoying recreational tennis and others playing at a more competitive level.
A team of four U13 and four U15 girls competed in the Independent Schools Tennis Association Championships held at Eton College at the end of June. This prestigious tournament attracts some of the country’s best players and, in very hot weather, the girls showed their Withy resilience throughout. All four pairs reached the quarter-final stage which was an excellent achievement against tough competition!
Sports Day 2019
Sports Day 2019 was a huge success that saw girls take to the Track and Field to compete for their House. Throughout the morning the scores were close between all four Houses and girls really were giving their all. The atmosphere was fantastic with Dr Smiles as the announcer keeping everyone’s spirits up.
We ended Sports Day with the Mile Cup – an historic event which allows any girl from Y7 – 12 to compete all together in a whole-school race. The winner receives the Mile Cup and 10 House points with every other girl that finishes the race within 12 minutes earning one point for their House. This year’s winner was Maya F from Herford House. This made the difference to the final scores as Herford were crowned Sports Day Champions for the second year running as they received 82 points from the Mile Cup.