U13 Football Team
A great effort by the boys in the ISFA qualifier. The team lost their first game to Parkside 2-0 and also ended up playing the rest of the tournament with 7 players as Tino was carried off injured and damaged his ankle ligaments.
They then played Hoebridge School and won 3-0 with goals by Ollie and 2 goals by Nathan. The perfect response to the first game loss. The boys bounced back immediately! They then when on to play Westbrook Hay Prep School losing 3-0 and then a 1-0 loss against Great Walsted, followed by a 2-0 win against Dorset House School, with goals scored by Ollie and an own goal. The team finished 4th in the group stage receiving six points and then progressed to the plate competition. In the quarter-final they played Rokeby School and lost 1-0. A special mention goes to Ollie for his non-stop running for the team and Robert for making some last ditch tackles in defence.
The boys have come on since the start of the season, creating a strong team spirit, learning how to adapt under many different challenging conditions and looking to improve at every opportunity.
I would also like to thank all boys for their efforts and those parents who came to support the team. I am sure we are all looking forward to the second half of the football season when it starts again in the spring term.
The team would also like to wish Tino a speedy recovery!
U11 Football Team U11 Football Team
The U11 team were drawn in a tough pool. They started the tournament drawing 0-0 to Eaton House School; a team they had lost to 1-0 in the Northcote Lodge School 6 aside tournament. Hamish made some fantastic saves to keep the game drawn. They then played St Paul’s Cathedral School winning 4-0 with a goal by Oscar, two goals by Hugo and the final goal by Alexander. They then when on to play Wetherby School (who they’d lost to on penalties in the Royal Russell tournament) and won 2-0, with goals scored by Joe and Hugo and again Hamish making some fabulous saves in the opening minutes of the game. This was then followed by a 1-0 win against Hornsby House School, with a goal scored by Subomi. The team finished 1st in the group stage receiving 10 points.
In the quarter-final they played Hereward House School and lost 3-0. It had looked so promising for the team, but it just was not meant to be! They had invested all their efforts in the double header previously and the energy levels were very low going into the quarter final.
A special mention goes to the players of the tournament, Hamish for his outstanding saves in the tournament at real crucial moments and Hugo for his constant work rate supporting his team mates no matter what!
The boys have come on since the start of the season, creating a strong team spirit, learning how to adapt under many different challenging conditions and looking to improve at every opportunity. They have participated in many tournaments and I am sure they will learn from these experiences going forward.
I would like to thank the boys from both teams for their efforts and all parents who have come to support over the season so far. I am sure we are all looking forward to the second half of the football season when it starts again in the spring term.