U11 House Football

Whilst drifting snow was present in the hedge bottoms, it was great to see the green grass of the playing field again. Our U11 children burst onto the pitches showing their usual enthusiasm and team spirit.

Ilaria finished a well-crossed ball from Dylan, to net her first of the afternoon and ensure Hares got off to a winning start (2-0) against Foxes. Badgers also began with a win, beating Squirrels 3-0. In the second round Foxes held Badgers to a draw- Josephine scoring from the penalty spot to grab a late equaliser. Hares continued with a 3-1 win against Squirrels before the two unbeaten sides met in the final round. It was a close game, but Dylan was able to help steer Hares to a narrow 2-1 win, with Kai producing some excellent saves ensuring Hares gave little away in defence.  Following the final round, the top 2 teams played progressed to the ‘grand final’. 

The children all played their part and it was fantastic to see so many of our girls make telling contributions in every game. Ilaria finished with an impressive 3 goals, Eva bagged 2 for Squirrels, while Charlotte and Josephine both grabbed a goal each for their houses. Edward was sensational in goals for Foxes, while Toby was prolific upfront. Across the board everybody gave their all and enjoyed some excellent football.  The grand final involved an unbeaten Hares and Badgers. It was a close-run thing, with Badgers and Foxes both finishing on 6 points. As a result, goals scored was needed to separate the teams- Harry proved pivotal in this area and ensured Badgers progressed. The final, showcased some exciting football that flowed from end to end. At the end of full time Badgers and Hares were level and extra time was needed. Dylan eventually grabbed the winner to ensure Hares were crowned champions. He finished with the afternoon with a tally of 5 goals and thus the ‘golden boot’.  
The 3rd and 4th place playoff was every bit as gripping. Squirrels took an early 2 goal lead with Ross pulling all the strings, before Edward (who was playing in goals) dribbled the length of the pitch and fired home past a mesmerised Crispin. Jimmy Glass eat your heart out! Toby levelled things up at 2-2, before Matilda smashed home the winner in the dying seconds. Her celebration was one of sheer delight and the look on her face suggested she couldn’t believe what she had just done- a treat to behold. It earned squirrels their first win of the afternoon and 3rd place, while a very impressive Foxes were squeezed into 4th.  

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