U11 BISAC Football
Patana Primary hold up their end after an amazing weekend
for whole school sporting success and enjoyment.
On a very hot Saturday 6th February morning, the U-11 girls football teams gathered at Patana for the annual BISAC competition which had been rescued from a H1N1 stricken Bromsgrove at the final hour. Nine teams competed, including the 'heavyweights' of the BISAC footballing world - ISB, Shrewsbury and our old rivals Harrow. The Patana 'Tigers' team got off to a flying start with a 3-0 defeat of the Harrow 'B' team as did the Patana ‘Orange’ team who beat Bromsgrove decisively 3-1 with all 3 goals scored by Zahra Poonevala 4M. After a sleepy start the Patana Black team narrowly lost their opening game. Plenty of fluids were taken on board before the next round of opponents were faced. The Tigers girls played a neat passing game and came out worthy 4-0 winners vs Bromsgrove, with the Oranges and Blacks narrowly losing their next games, despite some fantastic defending and keeping from both teams. In the final group game our Tigers played our Orange squad which was made up entirely of Year 4 girls. Despite the obvious age and physical differences between the sides, the Oranges battled exceptionally well and only went down 3-1 after a brave fight and second half comeback - these girls will be a force to be reckoned with as they move up the school.
So, the Tigers team marched on to meet Ruamrudee International School in the semi-final. The 2-0 win was a fair reflection of a solid team performance which included some resolute defending and a lot of free-flowing attacking play.
The final was the 'big one'; as is often the case, we met Harrow 'A' and it was a titanic battle. Our girls played their passing game and moved the ball about beautifully, dominating the first half, their reward coming when Olivia Almond beat several defenders before drilling the ball past the Harrow 'keeper - 1-0. The second half was end-to-end stuff as Harrow searched for the equaliser. Time was running out and it looked like we were home and dry but after sustained pressure and some monstrous long-throws, Harrow scrambled in a last minute goal to make it 1-1. There was barely time to kick-off as the referee blew the whistle for full time.
The girls were deflated after being so close but it was all still all to play for as we entered 'Golden Goal' time - whoever scored first would be champions. A frenetic few minutes followed as both teams sensed how close they were and how easily it could all be lost. Eventually, the ball came to Olivia Almond 6S, who kept her cool, looked up and crossed to the far post where Alyce Barton 6P stretched to get the final, crucial touch to make it 2-1 to Patana and the game was over. We were the champions again! The girls were ecstatic and soon proudly collected their gold medals.
What was just as pleasing as the victory was the attitude, respect and fair play demonstrated by all our girls - they were a credit to the school and their parents. Thank you to everyone who cheered us on.
Ralph Gosling, Fiona Gibson and Andrew Morgan
The BISAC Boys U’11 Football comprised of 18 teams in 3 separate groups from the Championship which included our Patana Tigers and Patana Black Team in an 8 team, 2 pool, play off competition. Our Patana Orange Team represented us in the 5 team “Plate” round robin tournament and our Patana Tiger Cubs made up of mostly Year 4 students did the same in the “Bowl” competition.
As always I was delighted that we had been able to enter more teams than any other school in both the boys and girls tournaments keeping to our Primary ethos of sport for all while striving for excellence, with 70 children wearing our school colours with pride.
Our Tiger Cubs side coached by Mr.Woods defied their younger age and performed in each of their 4 games with clinical and entertaining football throughout. Their results of 7-0, 7- 0, 7-0 , and 8-0 speak for themselves and the fact that they managed to keep a clean sheet was the cherry on the top of a great “Bowl” trophy winning performance. All of the boys played extremely well but the player of the day award goes to Alessandro Miotto 4G for a determined and very much team oriented display. The future certainly looks bright.
Our Patana Orange side coached by Mr. Amuchou had a tough task ahead of them as they took on the ‘Plate’ competition and many of the other big schools “B” teams. After a confident 3-2 win in their opening game against Shrewsbury B the nerves settled. The following game against ISB proved decisive as they came back heroically from 0-3 down at half time to draw 3-3 in a tremendous game. Wins of 6-0 and 2-0 followed to ensure our second trophy of the day as ‘Plate’ winners. Again all of the players rose to the occasion with Richie Armstrong 6G deserving the player of the day award with his 6 goals and all around strong performances.
Our Patana Black team had generously agreed to step into the Championship group to complete the 8 teams included and performed courageously throughout, even making the semi final which was an outstanding achievement in itself. Mr. Chris revelled in his first Patana football tournament guiding Patana colours and the team responded with two 1-1 draws in the opening games. The goal from halfway to rescue the second game against RIS “A” by Alexandre Lacrosse 5R ensured his award for player of the day and was a thing of beauty to watch bobble past their keeper. A 4-0 win against BIST ensured their passage to the semi final where they met a focused and determined Tiger Team. From 2-0 up in the 3rd/4th play off it was a shame to lose on a golden goal but to have got so far demonstrated the amazing strength and depth that we are fortunate enough to have here at Patana.
Finally our Patana Tigers Team which was a finely balanced selection of Year 5 and 6 students only had one thing on their mind having lost the final the previous year. The boys cruised through their group games 3-0, 3-1, and 2-0 while I was happy that we had more in the task when needed. The semi final against our own Black team was always going to be difficult but a strong 2nd half saw them through 5-0 and set up a surprise final against a valiant TCIS. There was never going to be a repeat of last year’s final as the boys raised their game ever higher with some electric team football, finally winning 7-0 to claim well deserved BISAC Championship. A finer team will be hard to find but James Page 6 H deserves his player of the day award as he scored in each of the 5 games and played selflessly throughout.
A huge thank you to all of the students who attend our Thursday Football ECA even if you did not play in BISAC as it is the competition that you provide which ensures that we are always competitive. Thank you also to the Coaches without whom we would not be able to enter the number of teams that we do and to the parents for their tremendous support.
BISAC Tee Ball is next, so get swinging!
Mr. Andrew Tatam
Head of Primary Physical Education
Girls BISAC Football 2010
“It was really fun playing the different schools because we won all of the matches! Our most difficult match was when we played Harrow, in the final, and it came down to the golden goal. All of us didn't want to let each other down. Getting our medals was the best bit! We knew we had earned them.”Angelina Siddons, Tigers captain.
“Finally the big day had arrived for the Year 4 girls team, as today was the U/11 football tournament. Before we started our first game we all felt nervous as were the youngest team competing. The first game went really well as we beat Bromsgrove 3-1. Congratulations to Zahra as she scored all three of our goals! After the next game we were not very pleased as Harrow scored a late goal to win. Our third game was a tough game against the Patana Tigers team. Sadly we lost this game but did score a goal! We won our last game against ISB, this meant that overall we came 5th. We were all very tired but at the same time delighted with our performance. A big thank you from all of us to Miss Gibson for coaching us.”Jessica Lazaro 4E
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