Y8 Form Class Football Tournament
Over 50 boys and girls from forms 8B, 8U, 8R, 8S, 8D, 8E & 8C came together last night to participate in the Year 8 football tournament.
Teams were split into two pools of 4 and 3, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the semi finals.
There were some fantastic pieces of individual play from students and the majority of games were very close encounters; many were even at half time and winning goals tended to be scored in the last few minutes of play.
After three rounds of matches; 8U, 8B, 8C and 8D progressed from their groups to the semi finals.
Mr Graham’s 8U were paired up against Mr Wood’s 8D in the first semi final and 8C and 8B played in the second.
First semi final
Mr Graham’s tactics meant that 8U were strong defensively and broke down Mr Wood’s more attacking side on the counter attack to win 3-1.
Second semi final
This was a much more tense affair. 8C took the lead in the first minute of play through Archie Templey but in the second half some excellent build up play from 8B allowed them to equalise. With the game heading to golden goal and less than 30 seconds on the clock, Lucas Wren broke the hearts of Miss Featherstone’s class. Final score 2 – 1 to 8C.
The final between 8U and 8C was a pulsating encounter. 8C were were all out attack but Mr Graham’s well organised defence, combined with some superb shot shaving from Johnny Lovejoy limited 8C to three goals only. Again 8U played well on the counter attack, pegging the game back to 3-3.
Nothing could separate the two teams at the final whistle. Extra time and the golden goal loomed.
Extra time and Golden Goal
Both teams played cagey football for the next 4 minutes; each worried about leaving a gap for their opponents to exploit.
The deadlock was finally broken in a goal line scramble. 8C just manged to bundle the ball into the back of the net past the flailing legs of Kieron Liddle.
Final score 8C 4-3 8U
The pride, effort and commitment shown by players throughout the tournament was commendable- particularly on such a cold November evening. Special thanks must go to the staff who gave up their time to make the tournament so successful. Mr Graham, Miss Lavigne and Mr Wood for managing their form classes and Mr Crozier, Miss Peel, Miss Collins and Miss Johnson for organising and refereeing matches.
1st = 8C
2nd = 8B
3rd = 8D, 8B
5th = 8R
6th = 8S
7th = 8E