A Stellar Season of Sport for WGS

The sporting prowess of WGS pupils has resulted in a tremendously successful season of sport in the 2021-22 academic year. Withington performed excellently within our region and also on a national level, with our U14 lacrosse team securing WGS’s first ever national lacrosse title. The achievements on the court, pitch, track and field are testament to the hard work and commitment of the teams and individual sportswomen and also WGS’s PE staff.

Netball

A National Podium Finish
Our U14 Netball team finished third at the England Netball National Schools Finals held at Oundle School on Saturday 12th March. Unbeaten in all eight group matches and finishing top of the group, Withington progressed to the semi-final, where they lost 8-12 to eventual runners-up, St Helen & St Katharine. Undeterred, Withington’s bid for the bronze medal position was secured following a 12-9 win over Wimbledon High School. Read the full story!

Greater Manchester League
All our teams in the South Manchester League were victorious, ensuring Withington secured the top spot as South Manchester Champions. They all progressed to the Greater Manchester League final and the U12, U13, U14 and U15 teams won their games becoming Greater Manchester Champions. Our U14 team narrowly missed out in the final but they retain their impressive South Manchester Champions title.

Greater Manchester County Schools
Our U12 team won the Greater Manchester County Schools competition becoming county champions in their age category. Our U13 and U16 teams finished in second place with our U15 team competing in the semi-final round.

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Lacrosse

National Champions
Withington’s U14 Lacrosse team triumphed in their bid for the title at the England Lacrosse National Schools Lacrosse Championships on Tuesday 22nd March. They secured Withington’s first national lacrosse title – a historic moment for the school. After finishing second in the group with the highest goal difference, the team progressed through the competition to meet Birkenhead School in an all-northern final and remained undefeated all day. Read the full story!

Best Finish at Nationals for the U19s
Our U19 Lacrosse Team played earlier in the same competition, making it to the last 16 knockout matches of the championship round. They played well to secure a 3-3 draw against the eventual championship winners, but with no overtime and Putney High scoring first, it was they who progressed in the competition. This was the most successful campaign at the highly competitive National Lacrosse Championships for a Withington U19 team. It was the end of an era for six Year 13 team members who have been such key members of the Senior squad.

North Schools
Withington teams put in a great performance at North Schools with our U12s third, U14s first, U15s second and U19s third.

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Hockey

Greater Manchester County Schools
Our U15 and U16 teams played at the Greater Manchester County Schools competition, and both finished in podium positions. U15 – third and U16 – second.

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Badminton

Greater Manchester Schools
Success was achieved on the badminton court at Greater Manchester Schools for our U14 and U16 teams, securing first and second position respectively.

U14 Team

U16 Team

Athletics

English Schools’ Athletics
At the English Schools’ Athletics county round the Year 7/8 team placed as runners up and the Year 9/10 were the winners. Both teams then progressed to English Schools’ Athletics Regional A final with the Year 7/8 team finishing in eighth place while Year 9/10 team took fourth place.

Manchester Schools’ Track and Field
Both our Year 7 and Year 10 teams won their age categories and the Year 8/9 team placed second at the Manchester Schools’ Track and Field Championships. The teams came away with numerous medals in a range of activities.
Year 7: Gold (2); Silver (3); Bronze (2)
Year 8/9: Gold (2); Silver (3); Bronze (3)
Year 10: Gold (3); Bronze (3)

Sale Harriers Invitational Track and Field
Our Year 8/9 team competed against 18 other schools from the Greater Manchester area Sale Harriers Invitational Track and Field event and the results were: A team – 2nd and B team – 6th.

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Rounders

All teams competed well in their competitive fixtures during the term. Each age group qualified for and went on to win at the Semi Finals of the Manchester Schools’ Rounders tournament. The Finals on Tuesday 21 June brought another string of successes with Year 7, Year 8 and Year 10 finishing as Manchester Schools Rounders Champions and Year 9 a close runner up. The Year 10 team fared particularly well, celebrating an undefeated season after displaying excellent batting placement and fielding skills throughout the season.

Tennis

At the Team Tennis competition, a national school team tennis event, the U13s were semi-finalists and U15s were winners of the North West round – they progress to the North of GB round in September.

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