U13 B Football Team draw in first home-game of the season
On Tuesday 5th December, the U13 B Football team played our first home-game of the year against a strong side from King Alfred's Academy. The game started slowly with both teams creating chances and DGS having most possession, only to go in at half time with a score of 0-0.
After half time, two substitutions were made, and within 5 minutes DGS took the lead with a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area from Bethany Davies. King Alfred’s Academy equalised through a lapse in concentration on our part.
DGS then gained the advantage again with a left-footed volley from inside the box from Lily Norton, after a good pass from Bethany Wright.
Unfortunately, with five minutes to go, the opposition managed to run through the defence and equalise. It was a great second game for the team with lots of positives to take away. The game ended with a score of 2-2.
U19 Netball Team compete in Oxfordshire County Schools Tournament
On Saturday 2nd December the U19 Netball team competed at the Oxfordshire County Schools tournament. They expected the competition to be the toughest yet, and the quality of netball to be extremely high. The team played some brilliant netball, in some not-so-pleasant weather conditions. Results were as follows:
Magdalen 9-5 Win
St. Helens & St. Katherines 4-8 Loss
Oxford High 8-12 Loss
Tudor Hall 6-11 Loss
The team were a credit to themselves and the school, playing some fantastic netball in a highly disciplined manner. We look forward to many more friendlies in the upcoming terms.
Congratulations to Ellie Taylor, Kate Millar, Vanessa Taylor, Erin Strange, Hannah O'Dea, Georgia Haworth, Katherine Burn and Molly Strange.
U12 Football team play Wallingford School
The U12 Football Team arrived at Wallingford School on Wednesday afternoon, excited for our first game playing for DGS.
The first game saw Wallingford have most of the possession and gain the lead half way through the match which was unfortunately closely followed by another two. This was despite our team having a number of shots at the opponent's goal.
We played a second game, which saw some improvement from the DGS girls. We drew the second game 0-0 and saw some excellent defensive work, positioning and maintaining possession of the ball.
For our first ever games this was a promising start to our season. Girl of the match went to Selina who played amazing in the position as central midfielder by working hard for the team. Well done!
Victory for U19 Netball team against The Cherwell School
On Monday 13th November, the DGS U19 Netball team played The Cherwell School in a friendly match. The girls started strong, creating good options on court, and delivering great passages of play in to attack. The final score was 56-7 to DGS, and player of the match was awarded to Erin Strange. The team are competing at the U19 County Schools tournament on Saturday 2nd December - good luck, girls!
U14 Netball team win first game of the season against King Alfred's Academy
On Monday 6th November, DGS hosted King Alfred's U14 Netball team for their first friendly match of the season. The team played well, trying out various player combinations and the shooting was impressive! DGS secured a convincing win of 33-3 and Player of the Match was awarded to Phoebe Maslen. Congratulations to the team: Rosie Park (C), Phoebe Maslen, Seren Fullbrook, Gen Carey, Izzy Langley, Hannah Muddiman, Jorja Smith, Hana Taylor, Izzy Driscoll, Laura Millar and Celena Appleby-Prince.
U19 Netball team secure win in first game of the season
On Monday 30th October our U19 Netball team faced Henley College in their first friendly this season. The team worked hard to deliver quality netball, both in attack and defence. After numerous turnover balls, being safely converted to goals with some fantastic shooting from Georgia and Erin, DGS secured the win of 32-25. An impressive performance of fantastic netball!
Player of the match: Vanessa Taylor
Opposition's Player: Erin Strange
Thank you to all the supporters, cheering the girls on from the side lines! Our next fixture is against Cherwell School on Monday 6th November at Home.
Year 8 and 9 Netball teams defeat Cherwell School in pre-season friendly
On Thursday 12th October, Cherwell School visited DGS with their Year 8 and 9 Netball team for a pre-season friendly. The Year 8 team had an impressive turnout of players which allowed us to try lots of different player combinations. The team gelled well in both attack and defence, and the game finished with a win for DGS 11-6. Player of the match was awarded to Laura Millar (8LXM).
The Year 9 team also had a good game and everyone worked really hard, leading to a 15-5 win. The teamwork was brilliant and it was fantastic that 14 players attended the session in order to play. Player of the match was awarded to Izzy Driscoll (9EXH) because she was extremely versatile, made numerous interceptions and applied maximum effort throughout.
Well done to all students who took part in this fixture and we look forward to many more in the future. A special mention to our Year 11 students who did a fantastic job umpiring the games.
Amber Collins-Freeman (7NHM) took part in the Pentathlon GB Abingdon Vale Biathlon time trials, this involved a 50m swim and an 800m run. Amber won a Gold medal - Congratulations!
U16 Football team kick-start County Cup campaign with 12-0 victory!
The team of 13 travelled to Oxford Spires Academy in the first round of the county cup. They started off well and had the vast majority of possession, applying pressure on to Spires’ back line who did well to fill the box and get bodies in the way of any of DGS’ strikes.
Our first sign of threat came from central midfielder Farah Khan who fired the ball into the cross bar.
Once DGS found their flow, the goals started to come. Nia Geary-Andrews hit two 30 yard free kicks past a helpless goalkeeper, and finished off her hat-trick by tucking away a corner from Jevon Brown.
Lauren Reynolds played havoc down the left wing, and her hard work was rewarded as she took on three players and placed the ball into the bottom left corner.
Tala Odeh had a fantastic work ethic throughout and cut in from the right wing to put the ball into the back of the net.
Jevon Brown and Bonnie Lynn worked well in midfield, creating a number of assists, and Jevon found the back of the net too.
Farah Khan matched Nia with getting a hat-trick herself, with two one-on-ones, and a coolly placed tap-in.
Versatile Izzy Butler played across the back line as well as a short stint in centre midfield, where she instantly made an impact by getting her name on the score sheet twice.
Shannon Sadler also showed her versatility playing across the midfield; her speed and skill outwitted Spires' defence as she darted through the back line and past a flat-footed keeper.
Abi Swindells, Ella Williams, Nia and Mia Doran held a good back line. Despite the score line the girls kept their discipline and were able to cancel out any of Spires attacks. Goalkeeper Emily Tyler was called into action a few times and pulled off some good saves to keep a well deserved clean sheet.
A good team effort, shown with the array of goals and goal scorers to complete a 12-0 victory. There’s still plenty more to come from this team, and with more playing minutes under their belt they’ll continue to go from strength to strength as the opposition and demands get tougher in the forthcoming rounds.
U13 Football team achieve sensational win in first home game.
Not only did DGS have the home advantage, the girls were extremely pleased to receive support from members of staff who had taken the time to come out and spur the team on!
The girls started the game well, applying pressure from the start of the game, getting the ball into the final third, but unable to get through Oxford’s deep defence to execute a shot. After 7 minutes of continual threats and a few wide shots, the girls began to find their attacking flow. Ellie White opened the scoring with some neat footwork and a coolly placed shot into the bottom corner.
Thalia and Ellie did a great job in winning the ball high up the pitch, and Thalia began to pull all the strings in her central midfield role. Constantly looking threatening, Thalia completed a solo effort by drilling the ball past the goalkeeper to open her goal-scoring account.
From then on in, the flood gates had opened; Ellie scored her second of the afternoon, and Thalia found the net 3 more times to complete her hat-trick before scoring her fifth with a beautifully taken half volley which rocketed past the helpless defence and keeper.
Not to be outdone, winger Rebecca Agg deservedly found her name on the score sheet after creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities and assists for her team mates.
The back line stayed well organised, marshalled by skipper Laura Miller, the defence remained tight and dealt with Oxford’s attack well. Final score, DGS 8 – TOA 0
Credit to Oxford for maintaining effort and remaining undeterred in a game which was played in good spirit.
A fantastic display from the U13s who are inspired by DGS previous successes in the national cup. The team look forward to an away draw to Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School in Reading.
Fantastic results for DGS swimmers in regional round of English Schools Swimming Association competition
The Swim squad have kick-started the competitive spirit in Sport at DGS with the first competition of the new school year. The squad travelled to Abingdon School for the regional round of English Schools Swimming Association competition, where they competed in Medley and Freestyle Relays. Both the Juniors and Intermediates put in a fantastic performance and were up against some tough competition. They had great starts, fluent turns with smooth and timely changeovers, which led to the following brilliant results;
Freestyle - 1st
Medley - 2nd
Freestyle - 3rd
Medley - 3rd
We now wait to see if we have qualified for the national round, which will be held at the London Aquatic Centre in November - fingers crossed!
Congratulations to the following swimmers; Juniors: Amber Collins-Freeman, Kelsey Sym, Maddy Langley, Theo Wornham & Rebecca Elms. Intermediates: Izzy Langley, Millie Dickinson, Sophie Martin & Alice Bracher.
Theodora Wornham competes in Pentathlon GB Schools' Modern Biahtlon Championship.
Congratulations to Theodora Wornham who took part in the Pentathlon GB Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace at the weekend. She finished 40th overall out of a field of 83, her swim was the 20th fastest.
Oxfordshire Netball County Finals
On Wednesday 29th March our Year 7, 8 and 11 Netball teams competed at the Oxfordshire Netball County finals. It was a busy afternoon, showcasing some high quality netball across all of the age groups. A big thank you to all the parents, for coming along to support the girls. Congratulations to all of the DGS players, the results were as follows:
- Year 11 – 1st place
- Year 8 – 2nd place
- Year 7 – 2nd place
Chance to Shine Cricket Tournament
On Tuesday 14th of March, the new U15 cricket team headed off to Blackbird Leys to face schools in the Oxfordshire’s Chance to Shine cricket tournament. The girls were energetic and supported one another all day. We faced Burford school first, walking away with a win. Next up was our rivals St Helens and St Catherine’s who we lost to in a tight match. Finally, we faced Oxford High school where we lost again. The whole team played their best, and a special well done goes to Hermione Jewell and Millie Dickinson who played exceptionally well for their first cricket match.
Well played girls,
Regional Badminton Competition
On Thursday 9th March our Year 10 and 11 County Badminton winners went to Guildford to compete in the regional round of the competition. There were 8 schools competing and play began in two rounds of pools. Our girls won all of their group matches, beating Folkestone Girls 5-0; Sir William Perkins 3-2; and Warden Park 4-1. This meant that they progressed into the semi-finals facing Aylesbury Vale. Despite a fabulous team effort, the girls narrowly lost 3-2. This led to a play-off for 3rd place, where our girls took on Sir William Perkins for the second time, this time winning 4-1. This resulted in an excellent 3rd place for the team.
The PE department would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Marriott for taking the girls to Guildford and team managing throughout the day. The girls all performed really well, behaved in a sporting manner at all times and were very supportive of each other - well done!