Manchester School Games hosts largest-ever entry

Sat 14 Jul 2018

On Friday 6 July, 11 schools from nine of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs took part in the largest Greater Manchester Level 3 School Games softball tournament to date, played at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury.

Softball is growing in popularity in schools around Greater Manchester, with BaseballSoftballUK North West Coach Linni Mitchell delivering softball sessions in secondary schools across the county.   More and more schools are getting involved in the local School Games, and talk of summer inter-school competition is floating around in conversation.


Format

To start off the 2018 School Games day, teams played round-robins in three groups on three pitches.

Based on results, these groups were then split, with the winning teams from each round-robin group creating the top band, second place teams the middle band and third-place teams the bottom band. 

Each game consisted of one inning, with each team member batting once.  Finals were two innings long.

Wardle Academy from Rochdal won the Gold final, beating Standish Community High from Wigan by a score of 5-3.

Captains proudly handed medals to their teammates for first, second and third place.


Comments

Linni Mitchell said, “It’s fantastic to welcome some new schools to this competition and we would like to say a big thanks to Emma Waterhouse (ex-Thunder player) from Parrs Wood, and Chris Drayton (Camels II) from Stretford Grammar for promoting our sports in their schools and bringing their teams down to compete.  The standard of play is improving year on year and there are some top quality softballers in the making!

“A massive thanks also goes to the eight young leaders from Hazel Grove,” Linni added, “who helped throughout the day with scoring and calculations and made everything run smoothly.”

Luis Arrevillagas, BaseballSoftballUK’s North West Regional Manager, said, “I have been working together with GreaterSport to host these tournaments since 2015.   We are always aiming to grow and hope that next year we can have at least one school from each of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs taking part in the School Games.  To have 11 schools playing competitively, (and even more who couldn’t make the date this year) is a great feat and we hope the number of teams gets bigger year on year.”


Results

The final table was:

1 -- Wardle Academy (Rochdale)
2 -- Standish Community High School (Wigan)
3 -- Parrs Wood High School (Manchester)
4 -- Hazel Grove High School (Stockport)
5 -- St Catherine's Academy (Bolton)
6 -- Denton Community College (Tameside)
7 -- Stockport Academy (Stockport)
8 -- St Anne's Academy (Rochdale)
9 -- Crompton House (Oldham)
10 -- Co-op Academy Swinton (Salford)
11 -- Stretford Grammar (Trafford)

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