Sport Update

Senior Cricket

U15’s prevail indoors to set up final clash... 

Following last week’s triumph over Parrs Wood HS, our U15 XI faced St Monica’s Bury in the semi final of the Lancashire Plate. With the rain clouds looming large, the proposed venue of Roe Green was waterlogged and so attention turned to our Sports Hall for a 16 over game. 

Having won the toss, we elected to bowl first and got off to a great start with Koby Bentley and Josh Waring sharing 3 wickets in the first 3 overs to reduce the visitors to 7-3. St Monica’s struggled to find any fluency in their innings as runs proved hard to come by. Tom Rawding’s spell of 3-9 from his 4 overs, plus a couple of run outs left St Monica’s 39-9 with only 4 overs left. A last wicket partnership of 25 took their total up to 64-9 as our fielding let us down for the first time in the innings. Needing 65 to seal our place in the final, openers Kashiup Lalji and Ben Thornton got the innings off to a steady start reaching 16 without loss before both fell for 8. Brad Palmer was the mainstay of the innings and put any bad ball away to keep the scorebook ticking over. All batters got in, but then got out as Palmer reached 27 to take us on the verge of victory. It was left to Max Mulligan and Jack Bentley to see us home as we reached our target with 6 balls to spare. 

In the final we will face The Blue Coat School from Liverpool, and this Tuesday’s cancellation mean that the game will be played when we return in September. 

Team: Brad Palmer, Kashiup Lalji, Ben Thornton, Lewis Brown, Tom Rawding, Tom Forbes-Leith, Jack Bentley, Max Mulligan, Koby Bentley, Alex Hardman, Josh Waring, Domonic Jones. 

Junior Cricket 

Keeler leads from the front in magnificent 8 wicket win... 

Last Tuesday, our Junior XI faced Moorside at Swinton Moorside CC in their final league game of the year. Bowling first, we restricted the hosts to few scoring opportunities as Brad Peers returned excellent figures of 1-2 from his 3 overs. Moorside’s opener continued to build the innings but the bowlers continued to chip away with wickets at the other end; Tom Cox (3-11) and Oliver Gaskill (2-7) the pick of Walkden’s attack as Moorside finished on 60-7. In reply, openers Oliver Gaskill and Tallis Keeler got the innings off to a positive start before Gaskill fell for 12. Keeler continued to flourish and hit 5 boundaries in an unbeaten 27 and along with Luke Wilson (8*) led the boys to our victory target of 61 with 7 overs to spare. 

A comfortable win seals another Junior League title for Walkden and together with reaching the Lancashire Cup Quarter Final, the boys can reflect on a very encouraging season. 

Well done to all members of the squad. 

Squad: Tallis Keeler, Sam Blezard, Josh Wilson, Oliver Gaskill, Jack Morrissey, Brad Peers, Luke Wilson, Ben Anderton, Nathan Lacey, Tom Cox, Harry Bentley, Ben Charlesworth. 

Mr A Tobutt

Year 7 Athletics

Quadkids Stars shine bright... 

On Wednesday, our Year 7 Athletics team took their place alongside 14 other schools from Greater Manchester in the Summer Games at Sport City.

After a carnival atmosphere greeted the opening ceremony, the athletes were ready. With all pupils taking part in 100m, 800m, Long Jump and Howler throw, the day began at the long jump pit. Femi Adesanya’s final jump of 3.95m was the best in the boys’ team whilst Eva McKee leapt 3.20m for the girls. Attention then turned to the track and the 800m. Sam Hopkins led the front and achieved the quickest time of the day, finishing in 2.30:1 with Charlie Mansfield not far behind (2.40:4) whilst Molly Franks-Calcutt led the way for the girls (2.52:2). After a brief pit stop, we made our way to the third event of the day – the Howler throw. Once again, Femi Adesanya claimed the highest points with a throw of 38.90m whilst Finley Lambert’s 29.60m was second best. For the girls, Paris Newbon (25.50m) and Deborah Otunji (23.10m) found the most consistency in their throws. To finish the rotation of events, our team went back onto the track to complete the 100m. Charlie Mansfield clocked 14.0s and Robert Stanger 14.2s for the boys with Deborah Otunji (14.4s) fastest for the girls. There were lots of positives to take from the performances and the events concluded with the relay quartet of Molly Franks-Calcutt, Robert Stanger, Deborah Otunji and Charlie Mansfield finishing 5th in the 4x100m relay.

Overall, Walkden placed 9th out of the 15 schools competing. With a high standard of competition throughout, a top 10 finish is a great achievement and rounds off an encouraging summer for the athletes of Walkden HS.

Squad: Sam Hopkins, Finley Lambert, Charlie Mansfield, Max Moseley, Femi Adesanya, Robert Stanger, Molly Franks-Calcutt, Danielle Gregory, Eva McKee, Paris Newbon, Deborah Otunji.

Mr A Tobutt

Annual Summer School Games - Sport City

Wednesday 6th July 2016 saw the Year 7&8 girls take part in the annual Summer School Games event held at Sport City. Being crowned winners of the Salford Schools Rugby Level 2 Competition earlier in the year meant that the girls qualified for the Level 3 competition which would see them play games with schools from across Greater Manchester. Having only started playing Girls’ Rugby this school year, the girls had a limited amount of playing experience compared to some of the schools entered, however this did not deter them from the task in hand.

After getting to grips with the rules of Tag they set off on their first match. A little hesitant to begin with, allowed space to be created for Failsworth to push through and go ahead. However the girls soon gathered momentum and Jenny Olinici made a run, weaving in and out of traffic to make the scores even at 1-1.

The second game was a little harder for the girls due to their lack of playing time and unfortunately they came away defeated 2-4. Game 3 however, saw the girls turn things around as they started to string some great passes together and with some beautiful running onto the ball from Ruby Jackson, Lily Matthews, Jemima Grimshaw and Olivia Merriman, the girls managed to come away with a 4-1 victory over Bramhall High School. The remaining games saw the girls compete in a similar vein, losing against the more experienced teams of St Damiens, Woodhey High and St Peters whilst holding Wright Robinson to a 1-1 draw.

The girls should be extremely proud of themselves and their effort not only because this was their first Tag Rugby competition but also because 3 of the 11 girls’quad had never played rugby before today.

Well done ladies, the future is bright and we shall look forward to taking girls rugby forward more next year when we become part of the RFU’s Rugby All Schools Programme.

Mrs Bawden

Dance World Cup

We are extremely proud of one of our pupils, Yasmin Mitchell, and her sister for representing England in the Dance World Cup. Since selection both girls have been training extremely hard and their hard work along with their natural talent have paid off because they achieved a bronze medal in the quartet section. This is a fantastic achievement.

Well done girls!

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