Congratulations to Stuart Veitch who has won the Aberdreams got talent competition, with his own song he wrote about being in Lockdown. Emeli Sande chose the winner out of the top 3, on the 31st May. Thanks for all your support.
Well done to talented musician and Alford Academy pupil Stuart Veitch, who has reached the final 10 in local competition Aberdreams got talent, with a song he wrote about being in lockdown. Alford’s own Emeli Sande will choose the winner out of the top 3. Voting closes at midnight tonight.
Stuart is the third act on at around 6 minutes:
Well done to all our Pipe Band Drummers who have successfully completed the Backstick Challenge with their tutor Scott Niven. Watch this space for their next challenge!
Junior Girls Football v Ellon Academy (away)
Alford Junior Girls Football team travelled to Ellon on Thursday 5 March for a double Header game (league and Cup semi-final)
This was going to be a tough game with Ellon at the top of the league. What made it even tougher was that the team travelled with 3 key defensive players off ill.
The match didn’t start Alfords way with Ellon getting the first goal in under 2 min. This shocked the girls into action. Alford started to pass the ball about with great linking moves. Demi had an opportunity to score in the 7 min but her free kick just went over the bar. 2 other attempts were blocked off the line then Stefanie hit the post in the 8 min.
Stefanie eventually scored for Alford in the 29 min and it was all one way traffic with the ball hardly being in the Alford half. Unfortunately chance after chance just missed the target.
In the second half Darcie came out of goals and Rachel went in. Alford were pushing for the second goal and a lucky deflection saw the Ellon forward with the ball to slot into the Alford goal in the 21 min.
Heads didn’t go down. The girls kept on pressing for the equaliser with Stefanie and then Demi coming close. Unfortunately time was against Alford and the final score was 2 v 1 to Ellon.
Alford certainly played the better football but the missed opportunities cost them the match.
Credit must be given to all the plyers for their effort and commitment, it just wasn’t our day.
The Junior girls still have 1 league match to play against Mintlaw (away), The North of Scotland semi-final against either Fortrose or Kingussie (Home) and the Soccer 7’s Final round – so lots of football still to play.
Alford U15 Girls v Inverurie
The U15 girls team travelled to Inverurie on Tuesday 25 Feb for their league match.
With some of the school buses not running we travelled without 3 of our regular players.
It was a beautiful sunny day at the Garioch sports centre.
Alford started the game the strongest dominating play and took the lead by a great driving shot from Demi in the 6 min. It was all one way traffic and Demi scored the second in the 16 min. In the 20 min Demi had to come off due to getting her foot stamped on. This altered play a little and the team lost a bit of focus. The rest of the first half saw Alford camped in the Inverurie half with a lot of opportunities to score. Kerin only touch the ball once!
Half time 0 v 2.
A quick reshuffle of the team and formation was made at half time with the forwards going into defence and moving the midfield into attack. Demi was fit to play in the second half. This new formation saw a new energy from the Alford girls. Becky scored in the 38 min and everything became comfortable. Alford’s play was very fluent with great passing moves and supportive play. Further goals followed: Holly 43 min, Becky 50 min, Darcie 52 min, Demi 60 min and Demi again in the 65 min.
A much improved performance in the second have by the girls and a great performance by all.
Final Score Inverurie 0 v 8 Alford. Scorers Demi (4), Becky (2), Holly (1) & Darcie (1)
Next game will be the double header match against Ellon away on Thursday 5 March. Letters to follow ASAP.
Junior Girls Football
Unfortunately the U15 Girls football match v Ellon (away) today (20 Feb) had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This double header, league and Cup semi final will be rescheduled. Poss early March.
Next game for the Juniors will be on Tuesday 25 Feb away to Inverurie in the league. Consent forms were issued today. Please can these be returned ASAP. Any payment for todays game will be used for the Inverurie game.
On Monday 3rd February our Alford Arrows Junior Netball Team and our Senior Netball Team played at home against The Gordon Schools Junior and Senior Teams in the Aberdeenshire Schools Netball League
Each team played very well with both teams leading from the start and winning in each quarter.
Final scores Arrows 22 to 3 and Seniors 24-17.
Thank you to all the team supporters and our training coaches.
Additional thanks to Molly Hunter and Hannah Wilson who refereed the Arrows match as part of their preparation for their Netball Referee Qualifications later this month.
The Junior Alford Archers Played away at Mintlaw Academy on the 20th January. The team played very well against a formidable, more experienced team and scored an impressive 20 nets against Mintlaw.
A final note, thank you to Sarah McGregor who has generously continued her support of our Alford Netball Clubs and purchased 20 new training balls and a new match ball, as well as being part of the S1-3 coaching team.
Congratulations to the U13 boys and the U15 girls for an outstanding performance at the soccer 7’s. The U13 boys qualified for the next round of the competition in 3rd place at Inverurie. The U15 girls also qualified for the next round coming 1st overall and were the top goal scoring team with 9 goals. Scorers were, Demi 6, Becky 2, Holly 1. Congratulations to both teams and good luck in the next round which will be against North of Scotland teams. Date to be confirmed.
Junior Girls Football Aberdeenshire Cup Quarter Final.
Alford U15 Girls travelled to Stonehaven to play Mackie Academy in the Quarter Final of the Aberdeenshire Cup on Wed 11 Dec. It was a very cold and windy day in Stonehaven and with Alford Academy the present holders of the cup all was to play for.
Alford started the strongest with fantastic passing from the defence through midfield to the attack and in the 4th min took the lead with a great passing move and Becky slotting the ball home. It was basically all one way traffic in the first half with Darcie controlling the defence and the midfield of April, Becky, Demi and Rachel dominating the midfield. Kerin in goals had very little to do. Soon more goals were to follow with Demi scoring 4 in the 9th, 13th, 23rd, and 31st minute.
Half time Mackie 0 v 5 Alford.
Early in the second half Darcie took an injury to her right wrist and had to come off. Rachel wanted to move into the “centre mid back” position (ha ha) and changes were made to the midfield and attack.
Alford struck first in the second half with a goal from Stephanie in the 38th min. Alford seemed to loose their shape a little and Mackie started to fight back and scored in the 41st min. It then became an end to end game with both teams scoring after each other. Kerin in goals now had something to do. Demi in the 46th min, Mackie 53rd min, Becky 55th min, Mackie 60th min, Demi 66th min, Becky 67th and Mackie again in the 68th min.
This was a new look squad with some new S1 and S3 player joining the team. All players played extremely well in a cold and dark night in Stonie.
Final Score: Mackie 5 v 10 Alford.
Scorers Demi (6), Becky (3), Stephanie (1)
Alford now play either Ellon or Mintlaw in the semi-final. Date TBC.