Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham

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Litter

 

I went for a picnic one day with a friend
And the place it was covered from end to end
With untidy litter.    It was plain to see
That the people who'd been there had not thought of me.

So whenever you go for a picnic, my dears,
Don't leave broken bottles or soon there'll be tears,
For young children are apt to fall in play.!
So pick up your rubbish, don't throw it away.

JOYCE PEARTON, IB.

 

 


Inter-House Tennis Tournament

 

This year the Inter-House Tennis Tournament was held in Alexandra Park.  The event went off without mishap and indeed everyone seemed enthusiastic and eager to gain honours for her respective house.

Even the weather, surprisingly enough, was quite good, although when we (optimistically) began to play, the courts could not be called dry.

Every girl who had any idea how to hold a racket or showed any spark of interest was ushered on to the court to show her ability (or lack of it).  The more lethargic members of school seated themselves around the courts to watch the play and perhaps issue one or two tips which no doubt would be highly useful (except when put into practice).

Others, becoming bored with the activities on the courts, wandered off to find amusement elsewhere, but on the whole the support was quite good.

The juniors showed keenness and I think that Joyce Deane, Jean Wright and Eileen Marland deserve special mention because they all put up fine performances although they are comparatively new to the game.  Other juniors assisted as ball boys whilst some of the seniors acted as umpires.

Finally, I am sure I am speaking for everyone when I say that I should like to thank Miss Turbefield for her assistance and advice in making the tournament a success.

SHEILA MOLYNEUX, Upper VI Lit.

 


Hockey — The First Eleven

 

 

G.K.  
R.B.
L.B.
R.H.
C.H.
L.H.
R.W.
R.I.
C.
L.I.
L.W.
JEAN WOLFENDEN
JOAN ASPINALL
MARGARET NOLAN
MARY MULHOLLAND
JOAN MARLAND (Captain)
BERYL CRESSEY
SHEILA MOLYNEUX
  ——
SHEILA KNOTT
VERA JONES
MARGARET BUTTERWORTH

Reserves: PAT GREENALL, MAUREEN DIXON, BARBARA WOODCOCK

 

The official record for the 19S3-4 season reads : "Seven matches played, seven lost."  To this we may add much.

At the beginning of the season the team had had no match experience and little practice.  They played old-established grammar schools with greatly superior teams.  Although Greenhill were heavily defeated many times they played on to the end of the season without ever losing courage.  Future teams may win matches but they will do well if they can live up to the standard of cheerfulness and sportsmanship set this season,

The entire defence played well and made remarkable improvement.  They marked steadily and combined well.  The halves were particularly good in defence but sometimes, through lack of experience, they missed opportunities to back up the forwards.  Joan Marland's stickwork was good.   The forwards never became a well-established line though individually they worked very hard.  Vera Jones had the most control of the ball but lacked power.  Margaret Butterworth had an aptitude for playing on the left side of the field but lacked speed.  Sheila Knott had power and speed but lacked control.

The one member of the team who deserved special commendation was Jean Wolfenden. Perhaps the greatest compliment is to say that she kept out far more goals than she let through.  At times Jean faced a terrifying bombardment but never, once was she ruffled.

The thanks of the team are due to Beryl Cressey, who worked hard as Secretary, and to those members of the Second XI who came regularly to provide opposition at practices even when they had no more matches themselves.  It is a pity that more girls do not realise that the full pleasure of the game can only be enjoyed after a certain amount of hard training and stickwork practice has been done.  We can assure you that it is well worth while.