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East Preston Junior School

Team EPJS battle hard in tough District Finale


EPJS: 7th out of 12 finalists

Following a frantic relocation of the event to The Littlehampton Academy, the district Year 3/4 Football competition was a great success. Having qualified for the event in November the team had been thoroughly excited over the intervening weeks and were raring to get into the tournament. 

The team had to play 5 group matches and then a qualifier to determine their final position. each group match lasted only 8 minutes. Given the short time-frame of each game, it was paramount to get the first goal and defend passionately to get an edge.  There were fabulous performances all over the pitch and the team's overall position did not reflect their performance. If the post hadn't defied our team on 3 occasions and if it hadn't been for a moment of magic - a world-class last minute overhead kick by the White Meadows striker - EP would have been in the running for the trophy. 

Ralph said, "It was good, I enjoyed myself, the best bit was playing against Rustington School because I scored, got an assist and won a medal for “going above and beyond." 

Zac echoed this: "It was really fun last night, even though we lost a game. The best bit was when no-one could get past me in defence!"

Cole went on, "It was a fun night, the final game was really good because we all knew our positions and how to attack." 

Well done to: Arthur, Oliver, Charlie, Joey, Monty, Zac, Ralph, Cole and Vinni who helped EPJS to finish 7th overall, having the edge over local Schoolsworks rivals Rustington in a 2-1 playoff win - North Lancing took the overall competition. It is worth noting that the finishing position of 7th is from an original pool of 57 teams that entered the competition.

The fabulous thing about Year 4 football is that we have the makings of a strong team for the coming few years in which there will be plenty more opportunities.


Thank you to Mr. Jenner and the TLA Sports Leaders for organising the games so efficiently, thank you to our opponents who played the games in good spirit throughout and were a credit to their respective schools, thanks to our supportive parents for making the longer than expected drive to TLA and for their vocal support of the team. Thank you to Nurse Monk for being our on call medical consultant to help with injuries and finally to our Year 4 Footballers who played incredibly well and were a credit to our school. 

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