Audenshaw Cricket: U12 A+B Start Their Season
On Friday afternoon 24 boys travelled to Lytham to face their first opponents of the season, Arnold Kings School.
The weather was glorious which set the games off on a positive; in the A fixture, AKS won the toss and batted first. The runs came quickly early on, however as the run rate slowed the extras began to mount up – giving the hosts 114 to defend after 20 overs.
Audenshaw struggled to reply, as each time a batsmen began to build an innings, they played a poor shot throwing away their wicket. Audenshaw achieved a reply of 55 all out.
The B side lost the toss and were put into bat – the side was made up of boys who had not played before so it was always going to be interesting to see how they performed in their first ever innings with the bat.
After a few early wickets lost due to some accurate and consistent AKS bowling, Martin and Williams steadied the ship. A final total of 86 was justified, albeit many of which were extras but this is expected in B team games.
With the ball we performed much better, but fielding techniques let us down a number of boundaries were given away due to simple mistakes. AKS made the target with 3 overs to spare, again a large number of extras topped the score up considerable. Yet the result was not the reason for the trip over with the B team. The target was reached as the boys played competitively against new opposition with the correct rules and a hard ball. This was a great learning curve for the 12 boys involved in this B fixture.
The next game for the U12s will be in the Lancashire Cup.
Johnson impresses as England thrash Wales
Audenshaw student Jack Johnson had his first taste of international duty for the England Rugby League team over the Easter holidays and scored an impressive try in a 34-4 destruction of Wales in Sheffield. The Warrington Wolves Scholarship star was singled out for special mention by his coach Dave Elliot who identified him as a potential senior grade star of the future. Jack completed a very successful Easter period on Wednesday evening with a hat trick performance for Warrington as they defeated Salford City Reds at Wilderspool Stadium by forty points to ten. Fellow Audenshaw star, Lewis Christian also featured in the game and showed some impressive touches throughout and Jonathan Wilbraham was in fine form again for the Wolves Under 15's earning a second man of the match accolade in as many games. Former student Gene Ormsby was also amongst the try scorers for Warrington Wolves Reserves as he grabbed a brace in the local derby success over Widnes Vikings.
The PE department would like to congratulate all the lads on their achievements.
More Success for Audenshaw Rugby as Ward Signs On
Year 12 student Richard Ward is the latest in a series of Audenshaw Rugby products to earn his opportunity at the professional level of the game. Ward, 17 has joined Co-operative Championship One outfit, Oldham on a two year deal and is set to make his debut in their forthcoming fixture against York City Knights on April 26th (Kick Off 7.30pm). The versatile forward who is a product of Audenshaw Rugby, Aldwinians RUFC and Salford Amateurs, Folly Lane ARLFC impressed in the Tri-County Series for Lancashire earlier this season and is expected to be a key acquisition for the Roughyeds this year.
Ex Student Set for Season Opener
Former Audenshaw School Student, Ashley Platt-Hughes is poised to make his season debut for Warrigton Wolves Academy in their opening match against St Helens at the new Langtree Park Stadium on Saturday March 31st. The talented loose forward learned his craft initially in the game of rugby union at Audenshaw School and with Aldwinians RUFC before joining Warrington amateur rugby league outfit, Latchford Albion in 2010. Platt Hughes was selected for Warrington Wolves U16's for the 2010 Scholarship campaign and enjoyed a very successful 2011 in his first season as an Academy player. He has shown great versatility as a utilty forward and will be relishing his opportunity to take on Saints on Saturday.
Special mention must also go to Audenshaw U15 star, Jonathan Wilbraham who recently made his debut for the Wolves U15's and to Jack Johnson, Brad Grantmyre and Lewis Christian who are all a part of the Wolves U16 team for the 2012 campaign.
The PE Staff would like to wish the lads all the very best of success for their matches.
Audenshaw School Year Six Rugby Academy
This week sees the opening session of the Audenshaw School Year Six Rugby Academy for 2012. The objective of the academy is to identify players and to develop their skills and game knowledge in preparation for their first competitive season in year seven. The sessions will focus on core skill development as part of overall player education as we look to develop the next generation of Audenshaw rugby stars.
A number of fixtures will be arranged for the spring and summer term in which we intend to host preparatory schools attached to Rossall School, Stonyhurst College and St Anselm’s School, Bakewell in a series of matches to be held at Audenshaw School.
The sessions will commence on Tuesday 24th January at 4.00pm until 5.00pm and will run on successive Tuesdays until the clocks go forward for British summertime when the sessions will move to a Monday evening.
Hopes High for 2012
Having already registered an impressive 11 victories in the first half of the season, the Audenshaw U14's are looking forward to the remainder of the campaign with great confidence and enthusiasm. Kirkham Grammar School provide the opposition on Saturday morning followed by a difficult trip to RGS Lancaster next week, in a repeat of the Lancashire Cup Quarter Final back in November. Outstanding performers including Sam Latham, Mamoon Hussain, Haydn Williams and Sam Slater will be looking to continue their impressive form in the subsequent weeks as the most challenging period of the season approaches.