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Year 5/6 boys indoor NPSFA 5 aside football

The Y5/6 Boys football season started earlier this year as they made the short trip to Trinity school to play in a local tournament. They were raring to go and registered a 9-0 victory against local rivals Curridge with Bobby scoring a 3 minute hatrick and Franklin making two excellent runs from defence to bag two himself. George kept two clean sheets in his opening two games as we beat Kintbury 3-0 with Cody and Lewis marking their debuts with a brace a piece as well. Birthday boy Micah had another successful s8nt in midfield and linked up with the strikers well to get some assists. Henry and Oliver managed to add to their accounts a:er tapping in from close range but soon a:er we were subject to a rou8ne dispatching from the eventual tournament winners, St Nicolas. We set a target of 6 points for the a:ernoon and met that with ease, finishing 3rd in the tournament overall and progressing to the next round. A great first day of the season.

Year 5/6 Girls Tony Mosson Cup 13th October

The Y5/6 Girls put on a wonderful footballing show for the mass of supporting parents last Friday, as we made light work of dismantling Chieveley, coached by Mr Strickland's old school friend. After learning a lot about the pace and physicality of competitive football at an earlier tournament, the girls looked much more confident as they eagerly awaited kick off. Bella made several excellent saves and is improving as a goalkeeper with every game, while Lily B and Olivia Needham ensured that Chieveley barely stepped foot in our area with some brave tackles and big clearances. Eva, Imogen and Mia consistently pushed forward in midfield and set up a number of chances for Ellie and Lily A. Kirsten put the girls ahead in the first half after running through Chieveley's defence and powering a thunderous shot which went in off the bar. It was more of the same in the second half- with Chieveley struggling to get into the game and Ellie, Mia, Imogen and Eva peppering the opposition goalkeeper. All 4 of them were unlucky not to score themselves and Chieveley will have been pleased to have only conceded one. Both teams left the pitch with huge smiles on their faces, but it's nice to take the three points as well!

A big thank you to all the parents who came to support, it really does make a difference. Also to Dan Smith for his help with the Girls team this season.

Y5/Y6 FA Skills Football Tournament- Monday 27th November

The Y5/6 footballing efforts are starting to be rewarded in silverware, with a mixed group of 10 Y5/6 girls and boys returning from a tournament at Park House wearing silver medals around their necks.

It was a perfect start for us in the 4-game tournament, taking an easy 2-0 win over St Martins. Defenders Benji, Sam and Franklin ensured that the opposition couldn’t even get close to our half and we played the first two games entirely in their halves. Bobby and Ollie warmed up their shooting boots with a goal each against St Martins before scoring a brace apiece in the following game against Curridge where the eventual score was a landslide 5-0, Henry S scoring the 5th coming off from the bench. Mia’s positioning off the ball was inch perfect and she very nearly scored a hattrick in the space of 2 minutes.

It was more of the same in our third match against Welford and Wickham, with Ollie scoring another brace after some tricksy runs into the box. Bobby’s turning on the ball was too quick for any defence and he set up Henry S nicely for his second of the night to win 3-0. Henry M threaded excellent balls through the gaps between defenders and midfielders all evening, racking up 3 assists; and at the other end George continued his chase for Golden Glove by adding 3 clean sheets to his record. For a small player in a pitch full of bulky Y6’s, Ellie tackled everyone as equals and often dribbled through a maze of legs like a young Messi before offloading to our strikers.

Mr Strickland was very, very impressed with the standard of football that the team displayed, as were the parents, organisers and referees. The final game was always going to be tough, going in unbeaten after 3 games to fight (also undefeated) Mortimer St Mary’s for a top spot and a chance to progress to the finals next month. With distracting thoughts of the trophy already in our hands, Mortimer’s set pieces got the better of the us and we succumbed to a 3-0 defeat. However, second place in a tournament of that standard is not to be sniffed at, and the entire team walked away from Park House with a medal, a smile on their face and (hopefully!) a sense of satisfaction that they played incredibly well.

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Year 5/6 Boys Mcilvride Cup - Monday 9th October

The first round of the Y5/6 Boys Mcilvride Cup took place on Monday as we hosted St Nicholas, the team who subjected us to our biggest defeat at the tournament last month. Dressed in the Brazilian yellow and blue, they picked up where they left of, cutting through our defence and exploiting the gaps with ease and flair. We only had two clear chances in the first half, with Bobby hitting the crossbar after a free-kick and Oscar's long range effort going wide.  However it was a completely different story in the second half. Captained by Henry S, the boys woke up to St Nick's tactics, entirely stemming the flow of their attacking moves and George making some excellent saves when they did manage to get a shot away. Henry M bulked up the midfield and was the missing link between Franklin, Sam and Micah in defence and Bobby in attack. Eventually, Ronan and Archie in midfield managed to get the ball forward to our lone striker who was through on goal and chipped St Nick's goalkeeper with an inch-perfect lob. We kept our clean sheet in the second half, but unfortunately the deficit was too great for Bobby's goal to cancel it out.

Year 5/6 Girls Tony Mosson Cup 3rd November

Every single spectator from last Friday’s game is booked in for a heart check up as the Girls Y5/6 team overcame St Gabriels and progressed into the semi finals of the cup in the most nerve wracking way possible. 

 

10 minutes of extra time and fifty-four ‘sudden death’ penalties followed a fairly nondescript game of football, which ended goalless. 

 

With the pitch on an upward slant, the teams took turns trying to kick it upfield to their strikers, but possession was constantly overturned. Despite midfielders Lily A, Eva, Imo and Mia’s best efforts, they couldn’t get the ball to strikers Eleanor and Kirsten. In the dying moments of extra time, Lily B and Olivia kept us in the game with some world-class defending. 

 

But the player of the match has to be Bella. Penalty shootouts are won or lost on goalkeepers, and Bella kept her nerve to face 27 of them, always saving the ones that needed saving. Only two were conceded, but Olivia and Kirsten were on hand to ensure that they scored theirs. After 53 penalties, the scores were level, Mr Strickland urged Kirsten to “Finish this!” and she powered home into the top right corner. Bella had to save St Gabriels final effort and she did. The crowd erupted - Mr Lucas claimed he’d never seen Mr Strickland jump so high - and our girls celebrated as one. “I’m glad that’s over,” said Bella. 

 

We can all relax with a smile on our faces while we wait to find out who we face in the semi finals. I’m not sure how much more of this knock-out football our fingernails can handle! 

 

ESFA Football Tournament- Y5/Y6 Girls

On Wednesday 11th October the Y5/Y6 girls played in the ESFA  7-aside tournament against St Nich's , Calcot and Winchcombe hosted by Winchcombe.

The first game was against Calcot, with great saves by Lily A in goal helped by the strong defensive line of Olivia N & Lily B the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

The second game against Winchcombe was a fast paced action game with great passing from Issy, Mia and Eva in midfield resulted in a very respectable score of 1-0 to Winchcombe.

The final game against St Nich's showed off our strikers Ellie & Kirsten. With their repeated attempts at goal just couldn't get it past the goal keeper. With Bella now in goal and some fantastic saves made resulted in a 1-0 score to St Nich's.

The girls should be very proud of themselves for the effort and results of this tournament.

 

 

Year 5 / 6 Girls indoor 5-aside Wed 15th November 2017

The Y5/6 girls continued their excellent start to the season after registering 3 more wins against local teams at a Trinity tournament. 

 

It was all guns blazing in our opening games, with Kirsten chasing down every loose ball and seriously pressuring the opponents. She scored twice against Hungerford, while Olivia and Lily B ensured a clean sheet with some more excellent defending. 

 

Bella kept 3 clean sheets at the tournament and continues to grow as a goalkeeper with every game, impressing spectators from other schools and referees alike. Ellie’s brilliant goal against St Finnians was cancelled out as their star player turned up the gas to score twice. Ellie scored again to take a 1-0 victory against Bright Walton, which could, should and would have been 2-0 had Imogen’s powerful strike not hit the post. 

 

Olivia was sidelined with a pesky back injury so Lily A stepped in and held her own in a tournament dominated by big, Year 6 girls. Mia also played in all 3 outfield positions, and her willingness to adapt and add to her game was rewarded with the winning goal to overthrow otherwise undefeated Calcot, who were on track to top the table. 

 

A tricksy technicality meant that the top 3 teams from the afternoon progressed to the Finals - and the referee (albeit later than we would have liked) has confirmed with us that our outstanding 9 points was indeed enough. Well done girls!

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