21 July 2017
Girls compete in first U11 Independent Schools' National Football Finals
At 7 am eight very excited U11 girls recently set off for St George’s Park near Burton upon Trent, to play in the first ever U11 Independent Schools' National Football Finals. Having qualified at King’s College earlier in the season, we were one of 12 schools from all across the country at the finals. When we arrived, we were lucky enough to have time to watch the England Ladies Squad training for the upcoming European Championships. Our matches started at 12.30 pm and we had five games to play in our pool. Despite much effort and goals on target, we were denied from scoring in four of the five games. Fortunately, with Peyton Broke-Smith in goal, we kept a clean sheet throughout the whole afternoon – including a fantastic save that she just got a thumb to, to push the ball over the crossbar. Emily Ogle blasted in a super shot that rattled the crossbar, came back out to Josie Woodard, off the keeper again and back to Emily’s feet – her second shot didn’t miss! This put us into 3rd place in our pool and a 5th/6th place play-off against AKS Lytham. We attacked the game and again were denied for much of the game, then Elise Roberts slotted one past the keeper for victory. Great effort from the whole team: Lexie Wallace, Ava and Peyton Broke-Smith, Elise Roberts, Emily Ogle, Sophie Flatt, Flo Delafield-Cook and Josie Woodard. We headed home, exhausted but incredibly proud of our performance.