There were many good victories and one or two chastening defeats for our teams during a very busy term for rugby.
A particularly electrifying match was played against Kirkham Grammar in November. After two well worked tries early on, The Grange appeared to be cruising, however two late tries in the first half to Kirkham made for a tense second half. Kirkham came out strongly in the second half, scoring two more tries, while The Grange managed one from Oli Holmes after a scrum 5 metres out from the Kirkham line. With just minutes left, Kirkham appeared to be through for what would have been a match winning try, but Cameron Duff made a superb covering tackle coming from the opposite wing to deny them. With the last play of the game, Cameron scored a superb individual try, to add to two first half tries and put The Grange back in front at the final whistle.
A special mention must go to James Norman who was selected to play Prop Forward for the Cheshire U16 Rugby team.
A particularly exciting match involving the 1st XI against Wilmslow High School in November. Early in the match, a well worked short corner resulted in The Grange going 1-0 up, with Ben Webster’s shot deflected in by the Wilmslow defence. Before half time, Wilmslow levelled the score to set up a tense second half despite the ‘friendly’ status of the game. Again The Grange went ahead, thanks to a goal from Alfie Gyurkovitz, and appeared to be heading for a 2-1 victory. However Wilmslow continued to build pressure and eventually broke through to score an equalizer to leave the game 2-2 at the final whistle.
In October the U14 girls’ hockey team went to Nationals hockey at County Officers Chester. They did themselves proud with one victory, a draw and a couple of hard fought defeats.
The U16 hockey team competed at the County Hockey tournament in November. Their first match against Birkenhead High was a 0-0 draw. In their second game, against West Kirby, the Grange secured a 2-0 win. In their final match of the day, the team went down 0-2 to a strong Kings Macclesfield team. This result left them in second place, just missing out on progressing to the next stage of the competition.
In November The Grange swim team had a very convincing victory at the Northern ISA Swimming Championships with the U14 boys and girls, U16 girls, and the U20 boys and girls all winning their age groups.