Sporting Success at Alleyne’s – February 2017
U14 Girls Football
Our U14 Girls did the Academy proud last night. In awful weather conditions and a delayed start, we played Cheadle Academy at home. Despite not playing together often, the group pulled together and played very well to claim a comprehensive 6-0 victory.
A strong team performance led to our dominating the pace of the game, and special mentions go to Alice Matthews (4 goals – 1 of which would have been in contention for MOTD’s goal for February after controlling it on the turn, and twisting to volley the ball home from 20 yards out) and Libby Whittingham (2 goals – one of which was a superb individual effort which left the keeper standing bemused).
We are off to St George’s Park (Home of English Football) for our final later in the year.
Staffordshire Plate Winners -U18 Rugby Team
It was a successful night for Alleyne’s sport as the U18 boys Rugby team beat Queens Mary School (Walsall) to become the Staffordshire Plate winners. The togetherness of the boys was brilliant and we are all really proud of them and their achievement.
COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY SUCCESS FOR ALLEYNE’S ACADEMY
On Saturday 4th February 5 students from Alleyne’s Academy represented the Stafford District in the County Cross-Country Championships at Rodbaston College not only looking for team success but also a place in the County team that will then go forward to the England Championships in March. Incredibly 3 of our runners have achieved this feat.
In the Junior Boys race yr9 student Luke Powell finished 3rd in the field of 50+ runners with only 15m separating him from 1st at the end after a demanding run over the course of 4km. Battling all the way fellow yr9 student Aston Rockley-Chapman came home in 9th. By virtue of their finishing place both will travel as part of the Staffordshire team to the Norfolk Show Ground, Norwich. Helped by these finishing positions Stafford District were the overall team winners for this age group, giving both boys a medal and a second one on the day for Luke.
In a creditable finish James Boote 19th, an excellent result bearing in mind he was up against many runners a year older than himself.
This was a fantastic result overall and demonstrates the quality of outstanding athletes present in the Academy across the year groups.
GIRLS U16 COUNTY TEAM BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Having easily qualified from their District competition by winning all their matches the County event was held at Clayton Sports Centre and the Alleyne’s team of 4 girls from yrs 10 & 11 finished in a very creditable 4th place.
Led by England player Abbygael Harris she was ably supported by Imogen Lambert, Alex Donkin and Megan Winfer. Winning 2 of their 3 group games, losing out to Trentham High by virtue of a narrow defeat in the first match, the Alleyne’s team then faced a very strong Thomas Alleyne’s in the semi-final. Abby gave the team hope winning the first rubber but after that the depth of the opposition team proved too much and Alleyne’s were knocked out to contest the 3rd/4th place play-off. After a very long day tiredness was now a factor and again playing Trentham the girls were unable to reverse their defeat from the morning. However with three of the team relative novices to the game and certainly having never experienced playing at such a competitive level this was a fantastic result overall.
It also maintained the strong tradition that Alleyne’s has with developing badminton players and achieving success at both District and County level.
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – November 2016
County Cup First Round – Clayton Hall
The game began with Alleyne’s falling behind very quickly to one goal down. Just before half time, the girls pulled a goal back thanks to Alice Matthews’ hard work. In the second half, they started well and scored quickly – 2-1 in the lead due to a fantastic individual effort by Libby Whittingham who lobbed the keeper to score the goal of the game. Clayton kept pushing in a game that really was end to end, and they gained a goal back (2-2). The game went to extra time, with Alleyne’s coming out on top in the final moments of the game due to a brilliant effort by Katie Wheatley – a clearance by Clayton caught on the half volley which beat their keeper easily.
The team is through to the semi-finals of the Cup!
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – October 2016
Staffordshire County Rugby Call-up
The following Year 10 girls have been selected to play for Staffordshire County Rugby, having only started to play rugby last year:
Well done, girls!
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – May 2016
Year 10 Cricket Staffordshire T20 County Cup
The Year 10 Cricket team reached the final of the T20 County competition after a resounding win over King Edward VI from Lichfield. Batting first, they posted a massive total of 213 for 3 wickets with SB scoring 82 and Toby Hough 42 not out. In reply King Edwards were bowled out for 89 the wickets shared around, but the star performance with the ball went to BC who took 4 wickets for 0 runs from just 7 balls bowled! The final will be played after ½ term. Well done to the team who now defend the title won in 2015.
Under 15 Cricket ESCA National Trophy
In the ESCA Under 15 National Trophy our strongest cricketers from Year 9 and Year 10 combined to overwhelm representatives of Ysgol Eirias from North Wales and easily reached the target of 75 in just 8.3 overs. Best performances on the day were by Max Cuthbert who took 3 wickets for just 12 runs and DG who finished on 48 not out.
They now look forward to the semi-final of the Midlands region where they will play either Leicestershire or Norfolk.
Year 10 Cricket Staffordshire County Cup
In the Year 10 Staffordshire County Cup, Alleyne’s began the defence of the trophy won last year against St Joseph’s, the team that they also beat in the final as Year 9 students. The outcome was very similar, as despite facing a challenging total of 97, they powered to victory inside just 13 overs for the loss of 1 wicket (DG 36). It was SB who top scored with 43 not out and Toby Hough with a quick-fire 19 not out who finished the match.
Year 11 Football Team Win District Cup
The Year 11 football team rounded off their season by winning the Stafford and Stone District U16 Football Cup beating Wolgarston 3-2 in the final. It was a close game but Alleyne’s went into the lead midway through the first half when a speculative shot from 30 yards by Oliver Harrison squeezed under the goalkeeper’s body. They took complete control early in the second half as Oliver Coleman converted a penalty after he had been brought down in the box and seemed to be coasting to victory, but a defensive lapse gifted Wolgarston a goal and then a handball gave them a penalty which was converted to make the score incredibly 2-2. With tired legs on both sides Alleyne’s summoned one last effort and with just a few minutes remaining Ben Roe capped his fine performance with a skilful dribble, quick turn and bending shot into the far corner of the goal to win the game. After three years of near misses in various competitions the Year 11 team finally gained that medal their ability has deserved.
Well done to all of the team.
Staffordshire County Rugby Shield Knockout Competition Champions
The Year 9 rugby boys pictured below have just become the new Staffordshire County Rugby Shield Knockout Competition Champions. The final score was Alleyne’s Academy 4 – Wolverhampton Grammar 15. The boys played some exciting rugby which was fast, hallmarked by team work against a proud well organised Wolverhampton Grammar School. The boys have worked hard since arriving at Alleyne’s Academy as their team included some new players who had not played rugby at all before. The boys proved that ‘practice makes perfect’ as they have attended training sessions far more than any other team in the school. The boys have been excellent ambassadors of the rugby section and the school as whole. Mr Muramba and Mr Whalley said they “feel privileged to have worked with such a fantastic group of players. They have worn the blue shirt with pride”.
The following Year 9 girls attended a rugby session at Trentham Rugby Club on Wednesday 4th May, making us very proud. They were extremely enthusiastic and very respectful towards the coaches. They played a mixed 7s match with St Joe’s and played really well!
The coaches were extremely complimentary, with all five girls staying on afterwards for the club session:
ESCA u15 National Trophy Cricket
Alleyne’s Academy v Ellesmere College: We won!!!!!
In thrilling style we managed to bowl straighter than our opponents in the cricket equivalent of the penalty shoot-out. The match was abandoned after torrential rain with Ellesmere College, the Shropshire champions, having posted a large total of 173 from their 25overs and no chance for our innings to start. We therefore ventured indoors to have a bowl-out with a nominated 6 players each to take one turn to try to hit the stumps. After the first 6 bowls from each side the score was one-all – DG being our successful bowler. So to sudden death with the same bowlers. Ellesmere struck first with their 5th bowler putting all the pressure on Year 9 student Josh Crossley who very calmly matched their hit to keep the game alive. Into round 3 we went and after the Ellesmere opening bowler missed, captain DG again kept his nerve to hit the wickets a second time and send us through to Round 2, where we will travel to North Wales to play.
Congratulations to all the team and especially those who volunteered to be in the bowl-off.
District Cup Football
Mixed fortunes for our Year 9 and Year 11 teams who had both reached the semi-finals of their respective competitions.
Year 9 went down 2-1 to Blessed William Howard School despite a heroic effort from our team who played the entire match with only 10 players. It was definitely a case of ‘if only’ as I am sure that with a full side of 11 players they would have been able to win.
Better news for Year 11 who maintained their recent run of good form to secure a place in the final by beating Walton High School comfortably 3-1. They will now play Wolgarston High School in the final.
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – April 2016
UK Badminton Championships
Our super talented Abbygael Harris won the title of National Under 15 Badminton Champion over the Easter break!
Abbygael was also a runner up in the final of the doubles!
Below is a picture of Abby receiving her medal from Nathan Robertson, an Olympic medallist.
Massive congratulations, Abbygael!
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – February 2016
Abby’s Flight to Russia
We are immensely proud of one of our Year 10 students, Abbygael Harris, who has been selected to represent England at badminton. Abbygael is also a key part of the Staffordshire team, having been a key part in their success recently where they were crowned Senior County Division Two Central champions.
Abby will be flying to Russia soon to compete at the European Under 15 Championships, representing England. The journey to Kazan will also be a challenge for Abby as this is the first time that she has ever flown in a plane.
We wish Abby every success at the championships and we are certain that she will retain her number one ranking in the UK in her age group.
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – January 2016
Year 10 Rugby Achievements
Many congratulations go to Ieuen Hodson who has been selected to play for the Staffordshire Under 15 County Rugby Squad!
This shows the enormous progress that Ieuen has made since training at Alleyne’s – Ieuen has demonstrated that he is a good leader as he often takes charge of training sessions with the rest of his team.
Ieuen joins Alex Finlow and DG as a County player in the Year 10 age group!
Well done, boys!
Year 11 Badminton – Stafford and District Tournament
The boys named below won all of their matches, some of them in a spectacular way! The boys were well presented and exhibited impeccable manners, thus were fantastic ambassadors for the school. The boys are now going on to represent the District at the Staffordshire County Finals at Fenton Manor on Thursday 28 January.
Students who took part are:
Year 9 Badminton District Competition
This was the first outing for our Year 9 squad to play badminton. The students were well dressed and displayed impeccable manners and sportsmanship throughout the tournament – coaches Mr Molloy and Miss Patrick were very proud!
Students who took part are:
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – November 2015
Sixth Form Rugby Against Abbotsholme School (4 November)
Alleyne’s Academy 18 Abbotsholme School 12
Although the scoreline indicates a tightly fought contest, Alleyne’s were dominant in all areas of the pitch and showed great team spirit throughout the game.
The game was thoroughly enjoyable to watch!
Well done, Alleyne’s!
Year 10 Rugby Against Abbotsholme School (4 November)
Alleyne’s Academy 54 Abbotsholme School 0
An amazing result for the boys! The team included some Year 9 boys in addition to the Year 10s.
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – October 2015
Cross Country – Years 9 and 10 (21 October)
The Alleyne’s Academy Year 9 and Year 10 Cross Country Teams showed an excellent performance yesterday at Stafford Grammar. The teams included both students who excel at running and some who took on their maiden race.
Four students have made it through to the County Cross Country Championships:
James Boote Yr 9 – First Place in the Year 8 and 9 race
Well done everyone!
6th Form Rugby Against Stoke 6th Form College (21 October)
Alleyne’s Academy 28 Stoke 6th Form College 0
The boys played a fantastic game of fast rugby.
Our band of parents who came to watch them were impressed and entertained by the manner in which the boys represented the school.
Year 10 Rugby Tournament at Stoke Rugby Club (20 October)
Alleyne’s Academy v Blythe Bridge High School 14 – 0
Alleyne’s Academy v Sandon High School 15 – 5
Alleyne’s Academy v Sir Stanley Matthews Academy 7 – 0 (opposition conceded match)
The boys won the RFU Staffordshire Year 10 Tournament.
Netball Festival at Stafford Manor High School
The Year 11 and two Year 10 netball teams from Alleyne’s attended the Netball Festival at Stafford Manor High on Wednesday 30th September.
This was an opportunity for the girls to play in a number of friendly matches against other schools in the Stafford area.
They played very well winning at least one of their matches. This experience has jump started their year, motivating them to train to be the best they can be.
Their behaviour was exemplary and a credit to both themselves and the school.
The Year 9s have a Netball Festival at Stafford Manor High on Thursday 8th October.
Staffordshire Schools County Football
Congratulations to Year 10 student Max Cuthbert!
Max has been selected as part of the U15 Staffordshire Schools County Football Squad for this season.
We wish him Good Luck for the matches ahead!
Alleyne’s Academy Sport – September 2015
Year 9 County Cup Football Success
The first match of the season went exceptionally well for our new Year 9 students!
They outplayed Madeley High School in the First Round of the County Cup to win by a resounding scoreline of 6 – 1.
It was a fine all-round performance with some superbly constructed and taken goals, demonstrating the potential of this group of students.
Scorers on the day were Tom Hassell (2), James Boote (2) Kieran Bond and Edward Bourne.
Well done boys!