Fantastic Football Finals!
EPJS Runners Up
Mr Coates laid down a challenge to the Year 6 football team - to retain the locality football tournament trophy after last year’s victory. The team did not disappoint!
In a 5 team round-robin format EP would have beaten strong opposition from our local rivals - many of whom have had the edge over us in recent league meetings.
Representing their Commonwealth Games country of Trinidad and Tobago, EP played against teams from Australia (St Margaret’s), New Zealand (St John’s) and Kenya (Georgian Gardens).
Trinidad & Tobago 1 : 1 Australia
Kenya "A" 1 :0 Kenya "B"
Australia 3 : 0 New Zealand
Trinidad & Tobago 5 : 1 Kenya "B"
Kenya "A" 0 : 0 New Zealand
Kenya "B" 1 : 3 Australia
Trinidad & Tobago 3 : 0 Kenya "A"
Kenya "B" 0 : 2 New Zealand
Kenya "A" 0 : 8 Australia
Trinidad & Tobago 4 : 0 New Zealand
Some fantastic individual skill; great positional discipline and ultimately a great team clicked together to put in an accomplished performance. Lone striker Jack held up the ball well and turned his defender a number of times and picked up 3 goals; the deeper lying Ollie was able to pick up several loose balls on the edge of the box and scored a haul of 5 goals. Marauding wingers Harry and Henry picked up a brace of goals each and at the other end some no nonsense defending and great reading of the game by TB and George meant that the EP goalkeeper had a reasonably quiet evening, but when called upon pulled out some great saves.
With EP and St Margaret’s both having won 3 and drawn 1, and also tying 1-1 in their head to head fixture, it boiled down to goal difference and St Margaret’s edged out EP by virtue of their +13 to our +11 goal difference.
Final League Positions
1st: Australia - 14 points (+13)
2nd: Trinidad & Tobago - 14 points (+11)
3rd: New Zealand - 7 points (-5)
4th: Kenya "A" - 7 points (-10)
5th Kenya "B" - 4 points
Well done to St. Margaret's who have managed to achieve a League and Tournament "Double" - we look forward to continuing our rivalry next year. Thanks to Mr Gwynn and his team for running the event and to our parents and carers for their vocal support throughout.
For this particular groups of children, it is with a sense of pride and sadness that they have pulled on the light blue of EP for the final time - we thank them for their contribution and the footballing legacy that they have helped to create.