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The U9 Boys Football Journey to Phuket!

With a positive attitude and skills in abundance, our boys went into this tournament brimming with confidence and a desire to take on the world!


GROUP LEADERS! …and Semi-Finalists                                    


5N       Vedanth Satwalekar                                                  


4S        Nino Pham                                                                             


4S        Tais O’Donnell                                                                       


4S        Kuniharu Kume                                                                      


4H       Louis De Geer                                                            


4H       Ben Marshall                                                              


4H       Lucas Hornblower                                                      


4B        Oliver Life


3I         Rens Evers


U9 Boys


Our first game was up against the unknown entity of Westfields International School, and our boys came racing out of the blocks scoring 3 goals in as many minutes! With the nerves now blown away, our boys attacked wave after wave with everyone wanting a piece of the action! We eventually ran out 14-0 winners… Game on!


With long delays between games, the boys were called in three hours later and warmed up, given their team talk and psyched themselves up for a traditionally tougher opponent, Bangkok Patana School. What a performance! Our boys kept their shape, attacked with speed and width, whipping in crosses for our attackers to feed off, and seeing the game out with a resounding 4-2 victory. Now that certainly got the attention of our competition. By the end of the afternoon, our boys were bursting to finish with three straight wins and that came with a 5-2 thumping of the British School, Jakarta.


Day 2 pitted us early in the morning against BIS Phuket Soccer Academy, a much sterner and well organised opposition. Both teams were evenly matched throughout the whole game, but we fell to a 2-1 defeat. However, unperturbed and desperate to finish on a high, our mighty boys in maroon regrouped and rallied back for their final group game against North London School Collegiate JeJu. By this stage of the day, the heavens opened and the rain came down thick and fast, quickly turning the fields into one huge mud bath. Forget dribbling…this was old skool “hoof it, chase it” tactics!! Placing our striker on their ‘keeper, and our wingers remaining wide where the only remaining grass was to be seen, we resorted to the long ball game and it worked a treat, coming back from a goal down to win 3-1. An ugly win, but a great experience for the boys who had never played in those conditions before.


By lunch, the rain had gotten so bad that you couldn’t even see the grass. It was just a field of water as far as the eye could see. I’m sure I saw a boat float by! With football boots getting stuck in the mud and slide tackles becoming more uncontrollable, the organisers finally decided to stop the tournament. Health and safety of the children has been and always will be of top priority in these events, and the decision was correctly made. Of course our boys were deflated, to have come so far, truly believing that they were going to win the whole competition, but alas it was not to be. Until next year boys!


Simon Grimshaw / PE Leader


 

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