Stunning goals, crunching tackles and typical boarding spirit typified the boarding 6-a-side football tournament.
Eight randomly picked teams from years 7-13 battled it out for the glory of indoor football champions over a four day extravaganza. The tournament started with 2 pools of four teams all playing each other in a round robin format. The teams who came 1st and 2nd from each pool progressed to the semi-finals, while teams who came 3rd and 4th played their own mini finals.
The tournament opener was a tense affair. In pool A, Southend, Captained by Yuen, edged out Winterbottom’s Slough by a goal to nil. This was followed by Tung’s Croydon overpowering Rangoonwala’s men from York city 3-0. In pool B, a stunning come back from Sheffield Thursday’s, player managed by Wardle, saw them come from 2-0 down, to draw 2-2 against Tsang’s Guildford in the final moments of the game. An enthralling Monday was concluded by an entertaining affair between Millard’s England and Ng of Reading. Ng and co came off the better in a high scoring, low defending 4-2.
On Tuesday, Thursday outplayed England in a 5-3 victory. Guildford put an unanswered 3 past Reading. A strong Southend squad were held 1-1 against a well drilled York defence. A scrappy Slough held on for a 1-0 win over Croydon.
The last round of pool games were the talk of the house in the run up to the evening’s games. Wardle’s Thursdays secured top spot in pool B with a 5-0 dismantling of Reading, Dean securing a sensational hat-trick in the process. Guildford followed by clinching 2nd spot with a nervy 1-1 draw against England. Yuen’s men of Southend claimed top spot in pool A with a 1-0 win over Croydon, followed by a true captain’s performance by Rangoonwala to send York through over Slough in an impressive 4-1 win.
In the 7th – 8th play-off, Slough destroyed a weakened England team 6-1, before Croydon deservedly took 5th spot ahead of Reading in a 2-0 victory. Semi-final 1 looked like men against boys. Ward led Thursday with the 2nd hat-trick of the tournament in a resounding 6-0 thumping! York City were out with quite a bang! Semi-final 2 saw an extremely close game between Southend and Guildford end at 1-1. Southend took it in a fabulous penalty shoot-out.
It was Yuen’s Southend vs Wardle’s Sheffield in what turned out to be an absolute humdinger of a final. Southend took the lead early on with a Calver goal. The game settled down afterwards, a strong defence by Southend, led by Yuen, kept Thursday at bay. However, a lapse of concentration saw Haworth race through to equalise close to half time. A quick change of ends and good natured sledging brought along a cagey 2nd half. The scores remained level for a long period, before a piece of individual brilliance by Haworth earned him his second goal and, in turn, player of the tournament. Thursday closed the game out to win 2-1 with a strong defensive display.
A brilliant tournament was concluded with the trophy presentation, awarded by the house Master, Mr Scourfield.
written by winning captain - Louis Wardle