A busy term of excellent sport.
Cranmore Tournament – Saturday 23rd September
On Saturday the 23rd September thirteen Year 2 boys were selected to represent WCPS in the annual Cranmore Tournament. We were fortunate enough to take along two teams to the tournament. The boys in Mr Morrison’s team were: Archie, Charlie, Jack, Laurie, Luca and Tobi. WCPS played in very competitive matches against Downsend, Parkside, The Rowans and Cranmore B. Mr M’s team won two games, drew a game and lost just the one meaning they qualified for the plate competition.
Mr Wright’s team consisted of: Brian, Daniel, Dashiell, Jaiveer, James, Prabhath and Sebastian. They too were in a very competitive group with Cranmore A, Cumnor House and Rokeby. Jaiveer scored a world class equaliser late on in the last game which meant that his team qualified fourth in their group, thus making the plate.
The two Wimbledon Common teams met in the semi-final of the plate and Mr Morrison spoke to the boys beforehand about how well both teams had done thus far and that no matter the result, one WCPS team would be in the final. The encounter was a thrilling one to watch. Mr M’s team created many chances to score but were unfortunate not to score as they hit the woodwork twice combined with some outstanding goalkeeping from Mr W’s team. In the end Mr W’s team took their chance with their only shot at goal in the match. This came after some confusion in the penalty box from Mr M’s defence, where a goal was eventually scored, with three different boys from Mr W’s running of celebrating claiming the goal.
In the plate final Mr Wright’s team played against Rokeby A team for the second time in the tournament. This was another tough encounter with both teams creating few chances to score due to resilient defending from both sides. The game ended as a draw which meant that the final went on to extra time. With less than a minute remaining Rokeby scored with an unstoppable shot which flew into the top corner to win the game.
Congratulations to both Squirrels’ teams on an exciting morning of football.
Milbourne Lodge Tournament – Saturday 14th October
Milbourne Lodge hosted a Year 2 Football Festival on Saturday 14th October. Once again WCPS took two teams across for this fixture.
In group A, Mr Wright took a team that included: Charlie, Dashiell, Harry, Jake, Joonsung, Rien, and Sebastian. The team played two group games with the first coming up against Milbourne Lodge and the second against Parkside. The boys were unfortunate to lose their first game; however they showed grit and determination in the second to win the game. This meant that they had qualified into the plate.
Their first game in the plate was against Rowans ‘Green’ team. The first notable difference was how big the pitch was, as soon as one of the boys had dribbled past one or two players, they would still have another 30 yards to travel to get towards the goal. However, the boys did not let this deter them as they put on a valiant display and ended up drawing the game 1-1. In their final game of the day, the team played against Rowans ‘Red’ where they won 2-0. Charlie scored the first goal of the game with his class mate, Harry scoring a lovely struck volley in the closing minute. This meant that the boys finished joint plate winners. Well done boys!
Mr Morrison’s team were in group B and in his team he had the following boys; Archie, Jack, Jake, James Laurie and Tobias. They won both their group games convincingly 7-0 and 6-0. This meant they progressed into the cup semi-final. In their final two games, the boys still continued to play some excellent football using the space available on the pitch to their advantage. They won their semi-final 3-0 and the final 2-0, meaning they were crowned Milbourne Lodge U7 Champions!
Mr Morrison was interviewed asking his perspective on how the morning went, this was his response:
“The lessons learnt from playing against U8's on Friday were put to good use on Saturday morning and our U7 "A" and "B" teams performed magnificently and won the shield and shared the plate at the Milbourne Lodge tournament. There were 8 teams from 5 schools including Claremont, Milbourne Lodge, Parkside, The Rowans and ourselves. The A team scored 16 goals and kept 5 clean sheets in all games. Stand out performances from Jack (RM), Jake (LM) and Archie (CB) in the A team. Stand out performances from Jake (CM), Dashiell (CB) and Charlie (CF) in the B team. What was particularly pleasing was how we played together as a team, especially when pressing the ball as one unit.
It was wonderful to watch the A and B teams cheer on one another from the side lines and share in each other’s success.”
2L and 2J versus Rokeby on Wednesday 1st November
Mr Wright’s team were unlucky not to score in the first half as they played some lovely football against Rokeby. The opposition made it almost impossible to break through them and any time that we did, the goalkeeper made some super saves. However in the second half the tide turned as Joonsung scored our first goal and Rafe quickly scored our second. The defence was impenetrable until the last kick of the game where Rokeby scored to make the game finish 2-1 in WCPS favour.
Mr Rayar was delighted to see on his team sheet Rayan, Louis, Aarav, Thomas and Yash. There was some great defending and passing on show from Rayan whilst Thomas demonstrated how quick he is by getting past the Rokeby players on a number of occasions. Louis pulled off some wonderful saves in goal, keeping our Squirrels boys in the game. Overall the Squirrels boys played absolutely superbly and pulled off a 2-0 win.
On Mr Cassell’s pitch the boys took part in a very entertaining game which involved lots of goals in the second half. The first half was very tight with both teams pressing to score a goal. Max made one or two brilliant saves to deny Rokeby, whilst at the other end Yusuf managed to outwit the Rokeby goalkeeper and scored a fantastic goal. After a superb, tireless effort in the second half, the game finished 3-2 to Rokeby. The team should be very proud of their efforts as they constantly gave 100% to the game and ran their socks off, whilst scoring two very good team goals in the process. Well done boys!
Mr Foster was more than pleased with the Squirrles boys as they battled all the way to the end in their match against Rokeby. WCPS won 3-1 with Joseph, Hari and Taysir the goal scorers. Aiden and Neil worked tirelessly and overall it was a great team performance all round.
On Mr Whitley’s pitch it was a very tight game in the first half, with both teams finding it hard to break the deadlock. At half time, the boys themselves knew the game was there for the taking. In the second half they stepped up to the plate and Joseph managed to break the deadlock with a calm finish. Daniel quickly added to the tally shortly after. Daniel then managed to get his second and WCPS’s third when he ran onto a loose ball and scored to make the game finish 3-0. Well done to Sunny, Joseph, Rafe, Daniel, Vihaan and specifically Rien for his defensive performance.
When asked about the football match, this is what the boys were quoted as saying.
- Charlie: “It was a fantastic match as we scored 7 or 8 goals. My favourite part was when I was dribbling towards the goal, the goalkeeper came out and I placed it in the opposite corner with my left foot even though I am right footed!”
- Jake: “We scored 8 goals and everybody was encouraging each other and we kept passing the ball to our team mates who were in better space than us”.
2S and 2L versus Donhead on Monday 6th November
Mr Foster’s team performed exceptionally well with Laurie scoring two goals and also Luca scored a superb hat-trick. Donhead continued to put on the pressure; however some excellent defending by Sebastian and an outstanding save at the start of the second half by Prabhath kept them out. WCPS won 5-0.
Mrs Johnston’s pitch saw a sensational attacking display as the teams drew 4-4, with Yash getting a first half hat-trick! In the second half Rayan moved into centre forward position and got a fourth goal for the team.
On Mr Cassell’s pitch it was a difficult match with both teams trying their hardest for the entire match. Despite the final score line, the boys who represented Squirrels that day should be hugely proud of their effort.
Every player kept trying as hard as they could, despite the score which was fantastic to see. Theo scored two well worked goals and would have got more if it wasn’t for one or two great saves from the Donhead goalkeeper. WCPS lost 7-2
Mr Rayar had the privilege of managing, Aiden, Louis, Taysir, John and Roman. He was ably assisted by his number 2 - Jeremy P (due to injury, he couldn’t play but stepped up as Mr Rayar’s right hand man). With the Donhead boys only having four players Jeremy P was in charge of ensuring that one Squirrels boy was always warming up on the side and working on their passing whilst encouraging the team. This was a very close game and great goalkeeping from Roman C kept Squirrels in the game. All of the boys worked brilliantly together and it showed in their performance. A very close but entertaining game to watch which finished 3-3.
Mr McInnes was the manager for a team that included: Devrath, Bruno, Brian, Brian, Rafe and Joonsung (captain). This was another very close encounter with both teams having plenty of chances. Mr McInnes was very impressed with how the team not only attacked together to try and score past the goalkeeper; but also defended as a team to prevent the opposition from scoring. Despite Donhead narrowly winning the game with a late goal, the 6 boys who played worked their socks off and should be proud of their hard work during the entire match.
When interviewed the next day about the football fixture this is what some of the boys had to say:
- Harry “It was a big pitch so it meant that we could dribble the ball and pass it to our teammates in space. Joseph and Daniel assisted me and I scored all four goals.”
- Saleh: “The match was phenomenal, Jake worked really hard and assisted Harry for one of his goals, and we beat Donhead 4-1.”
- Jack W: “It was a very close match as we won 5-4. I scored two goals and I assisted two goals. I played a 1-2 with Jake and I scored. After I scored I ran over and gave him a hi- five.”
2J vs Willington on Tuesday 7th November
2J made the short journey across to Drax Avenue to compete in a football fixture against Willington
On the pitch that contained Archie, Charlie, Toby and Sebastian they managed a 4-0 win. Toby was quoted as saying “The football match against Willington was really good, I loved scoring a hat-trick” Archie was also on the scoresheet for WCPS.
Mr Wright’s pitch saw some excellent football played by the boys with a tireless attitude matched by the supporters from both teams. Bruno and Hari ran themselves into the ground, dribbling past opponents and also putting in crunching tackles to stop the opposition scoring. The match finished with Squirrels winning 4-0.
Unfortunately the team that Mrs Burgess was managing had to play with just the 3 players as one of our players was taken ill. However this didn’t deter the boys as they put on a valiant display. They worked their yellow socks off running up and down the pitch making excellent tackles whilst still creating plenty of opportunities to score. The final score finished 5-2 to Willington, a special mention to the 3 boys (Jake, Prabhath and Vihaan) in the team who played with a man down for most of the match.
Zahi captained his team to a 4-2 victory. When Charlie was asked what his highlight of the game was, he responded “my highlight was dribbling past a few players and I scored in the bottom corner!” This was also
Mr Morrison’s highlight of the day because as soon as Charlie scored, he ran back and hugged his teammate who gave him the assist.
Mr McInnes and his team won 5-2 after a fantastic effort from the WCPS boys. They all played with a great amount of confidence and willingness to take on the opposing players. This team included Aarav, Thomas, Sunny and Rien. The score line suggests that it was a very attacking display, however, as a team the boys all defended superbly and this led to the final score being what it was.
Well done boys!
1C versus 1H at KCS on Tuesday 28th November
Despite it being a freezing cold morning, the boys from 1C and 1H did not let it dampen their spirts as they headed over to KCS to compete in a football fixture against each other.
Mr Cassells, Mr McInnes, Mr Morrison and Mr Wright agreed that they were very fortunate in getting the chance to referee the four football matches as all the boys performed superbly.
Shortly after the fixture Mr Wright went round and interviewed some of the boys asking how they felt the football fixture went, the following are some of their responses:
- Kevin: “I was very happy because when I was in goal I made some saves and my team mates scored lots of goals!”
- Lachlan: “My team worked really well and Kevin set me up to score one of my goals”
- Seve: “I was very proud of my team because we played really well and I was happy my dad came to watch”
- Jai “I felt like Ronaldo because I scored a hat-trick. It was amazing!
- Nicholas: “Both teams scored lots of goals, I scored a goal and had another shot that hit the crossbar. I crossed the ball to Jeremiah who smashed it into the top corner!”
- Noah: “It was great, I enjoyed being goalkeeper because I made lots of saves!
- Sebastian: “It was a super match, but it was also very difficult”
In the end it was a fantastic fixture and for most of the matches very competitive. The boys covered themselves in glory (and mud!) and 1C ran out the victors winning 3 matches to 1.