Under 11 BISAC Football Tournament 2011
Primary Footballers Peak for the BISAC U’11
Football Tournaments 2011
Saturday 5th February saw a hive of activity here at Patana with the Boys BISAC U’11 football being hosted across the road with 24 teams while the Girls BISAC U’11 football was on the Primary Back Field with 16 teams. This was certainly the largest BISAC event and I was delighted to see several of schools following our lead by entering several teams. From a Patana point of view we were able to enter 6 Boys teams and 4 Girls teams with nearly 100 Patana Primary students involved in total. Football-tastic!
The Boys Tournament was split into 3 tiers of 8 teams starting with the Championship, followed by the Plate and then the Bowl competitions. All of the teams were both eager and a little nervous to get started but as soon as the first games began at 8am everyone‘s confidence began to rise. At the end of the Pool Stages, 5 of our 6 teams had made the Semi Final as pool winner with our Year 4 Bengals also coming third in their pool. The experience was certainly paying dividends for the Bengals as they won their next two matches to come an excellent 5th place in the Bowl. Incredibly all 5 of our semi-finalists teams won through to their final so the Plate and Bowl finals were a Patana V Patana affair. The Patana Tigers team eventually won the Championship Final against NIST 1-0 but certainly deserved their victory after playing some tremendous team football throughout the tournament. Patana Black came out on top against Patana Orange in the Plate while our other outstanding Year 4 Patana Tiger Cubs team beat the Patana White Team to claim the Bowl. A tremendous day for Patana Primary Boys Football where the future certainly looks Orange and Black.
This years’ Girls BISAC was the largest in the history of the tournament with an amazing 16 teams entered. The standard of football continues to grow stronger every year and all students benefit from this type of competition. The goal for the day was for the girls was to finish better footballers than they started and I think all their supporters will agree they did and they did it in style!
The Patana Tigers were superb from the first whistle, getting stuck in and playing some beautiful football too. They were ‘passing and moving’ and cutting through their opponents. In their 3 group games they beat Bromsgrove, NIST and ISB, 4-0, 8-0 & 6-0 respectively. The semi-final was a great deal tighter, with Shrewsbury playing very well, Patana dipping a little and scoring opportunities were kept to a minimum. Both teams had half-chances but it finished 0-0. The referee explained it was to be a penalty shoot-out (cue sharp intakes of breath from everyone!). A large crowd gathered round the goal to see an amazing display of the art of goalkeeping by Christine Smits 5B as she saved all of the Shrewsbury penalties so Patana scraped into the final to meet our old rivals Harrow. Thankfully, our girls got back into their group stage form and played some ‘liquid football’ to overwhelm Harrow and run out 5-1 winners in the final. The ‘sportspersonship’, attitude and skill the girls displayed was wonderful and they deserved to win. Well done champions.
Our Patana Orange team went into the Plate competition where we had our Tiger Cubs, NIST B and Harrow C in our group stage games. The opening game was against Harrow C which was a good confidence builder for our girls and they finished with a decisive 4-0 win. The next game had me a little more on edge as NIST have fielded some very strong teams in the past. The girls went in to the game very determined and came away with a 3-0 win. Our final group stage match was against our own Tiger Cubs and this game was one of our toughest. This team played with a lot of heart and we battled to get our first goal against them. That goal came just on the half time whistle and we were able to score another three in the next half to end with a 4-0 win. Like our Tigers, we faced Shrewsbury in the semi-finals. This was a little nerve wracking as Shrewsbury were very strong when we went and played some matches there last term. However, the nerves were clearly not felt by the girls who got stuck in straight away and scored themselves three goals. That put them in the final against NIST B again and the result was exactly the same as it had been in the group matches. It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a committed and hard-working team. A great result for them and an excellent day for Patana football.
The girls Patana Black played together for the first time when they took to the pitch for their first game and their confidence and performances improved with each game they played. They put in a tremendous effort in the final game fielding only 6 players and managing to hold Harrow to a goal less draw only to lose the match in a desperately unlucky penalty shootout. A tremendous effort all round from the team.
For nearly all of our Tiger cubs this was the first BISAC tournament of their sporting careers. The team consisted of our Year 4 girls who were lent the experience and solid defending of captain, Guilia Forrester-Brown 6E. The day started with a very close game with Harrow going one up but the girls’ determination and tiger spirit came out and they leveled the game for a draw. The next game was against NIST where the cubs played a good attacking game and had their chances but just couldn’t convert. An unfortunate clearance saw the ball ricochet off a NIST players legs into our own goal and the game was lost 0-1. After a loss to Patana Orange the final match of the day against ISB ‘B’ saw a weary team take the field but they played with great sportsmanship and teamwork. It was a pleasure to coach the girls and I have a feeling they will be competing in many more BISAC tournaments during their time at Patana.
A final thank you to all of the children, parents and Coaches for all of their support during what was a truly remarkable Saturday for Patana Primary football. I must say that it was also very rewarding to see many of our former Primary students playing in the U’13 and U’15 BISAC Tournaments who also came away as Champions.
Article compiled by Mr. Tatam on behalf of the Boys Coaches, Miss Fiona, Mr. Gosling, Miss Michelle, and Miss Kerry. Thanks also to Mr. Trendall, Mr. Amuchou, Mr. Parkin, Mr. Saul, Mr. Hockley, Mr. Chris, Khun Patcharee and the Sports and Activities Team for their help during the tournaments.
Next BISAC is Tee Ball so get ready to schhhwing!!!!
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