Under 9 Invitational Football Tournament 2012
Patana U’9s Take Centre Stage at our very own Invitational Football Tournament
Saturday 3rd March dawned clear and bright with the promise of another hot and humid Bangkok morning. This would have been welcome if we had been spending a day at the beach but with our annual invitational U’9 Football to look forward to the extra layer of sun cream was certainly slip, slap and slopped! As one of my favourite events of the year I was delighted to have 5 schools competing in 3 different competitions of the Boys Championship, Boys Plate and Girls Championship. It was great to have 4 Patana Boys and 2 Patana Girls teams getting the opportunity to play and to support our Primary ethos of Sport For All, Striving For Excellence. A huge thank you to all of the students and parents who played and supported on the day and to all of the Coaches who made it possible. Please read some of our short team write ups below to find out how our teams got on!
Head of Primary Physical Education
The Patana Year 3 Football team were taking part in their first school competition when they joined the Patana Under Nine Football Tournament on Saturday.
In spite of limited practice time together as a squad this term, the boys gave an excellent account of themselves, playing with some skill and determination against teams a year group older.
After a comfortable 7-0 victory over Patana Orange, the boys faced stiffer opposition in Shrewsbury B. The two teams were very evenly matched throughout with Shrewsbury coming back from a one goal deficit with two breakaway goals to record a 2-1 victory.
The young Tigers now needed to win their next two games to secure a place in the final and, without playing consistently at their best, these victories were achieved: 3-1 against Patana Black and 4-0 against Harrow B.
As expected, the Final was to be against Shrewsbury B and a chance to make amends for that earlier defeat. The game reflected the first encounter with end to end play at a cracking pace and chances created by both teams. William Ahl broke the deadlock to put Patana ahead but another swift breakaway saw Shrewsbury level with a fine headed goal. Just when it seemed like the game would go into Golden Goal extra time, Nicky Bocan squeezed a shot in by the near post after a good passing movement. The defence held out resolutely and the Year 3’s had won the Plate Final by 2-1.
Stand-out performances were from inspirational captain William Ahl, stalwart defenders Oliver Kerr and Shawn Richardson and speedy winger Prompt Sudlabha. However, all the players did their bit in a very satisfying morning’s football that augurs well for the future.
Team: Simon Scheibli, Shawn Richardson, Oliver Kerr, Kasper Lundgaard, William Ahl (captain), Matthew Lertsmitivanta, Prompt Sudlbha, Nicky Bocan, Peyton Picciano, Benjamin McCartney
The atmosphere was electric and the stage was set for a fantastic day of football, the boys Tiger team were raring to go. The team had worked hard for the tournament and confidence was high after their recent success in the U11 BISAC tournament. Nonetheless the boys knew that they could take nothing for granted.
The team got off to a great start in the group stage beating St Andrews 4 – 0 and then Bangkok Prep 3 – 1. Harrow were next and the boys let down their guard at the start and went down 1 – 0, it was tense for a few moments but the boys fought back to win 3 – 1. The final group game was against Shrewsbury who had a strong team. The boys focused and caught them off guard beating them 4 – 0 thanks to some great long range shots from Eemeli.
The Tigers were through to the final and would play Shrewsbury again, who would certainly not make the same mistakes again in underestimating the might of the Tigers. It was a very hard fought and tense game which was 0 – 0 at full time, extra time and ‘golden goal’ would follow. It was hard to watch, however after a goal line scramble the Tigers were able to score and the game was over. The Tigers had done it and proudly accepted the title of Championship winners.
Well done boys, a well deserved gold medal!
Mr Chris Meller
By the time the BISAC U/9 invitational tournament arrived, a group of year 4 footballers had been separated from their peers and formed into the formidable Patana Blacks.
In the group stage of the tournament, the Patana Blacks had a mixed bag of results. In the first game, they were drawn against Shrewsbury White and the match saw a lot of free flowing football and plenty of shots on goal, with Patana Black unlucky to lose 1-0. This was followed by a game against Harrow B, with some key tactical changes including a defender becoming a striker, to bolster the team attack. This resulted in a 2-0 win against Harrow B and a 3-0 against Patana Orange. The final pool game was against the Patana Yr.3 Team. The Year 3s were lightning fast, with great counterattack and passing skills - a team that finished off very well. Our team, no matter how hard we tried could not keep up with them and eventually lost 1-3.
This meant we went through to the bronze medal play-off. This was another game against Patana Orange, who were formidable opponents, given their knowledge of our game plan, strengths & weaknesses. In the end, due to our new found striker Sithi Srichawla 4H who scored a tremendous hat trick the Patana Black team became deserving bronze medalists, 3-0 in the final.
Well done to all the Patana Black team and especially those boys who were 'risk takers', volunteering to try new positions and giving it there absolute best.
The Patana Orange team certainly started the tournament with an early wake up call against a very fast and skilful Patana Year 3 Team who just did not stay still. Several goals were conceded but there was plenty to think about in preparation for their next match. As each game progressed the team work and confidence continued to grow and a fine 2-0 win against Harrow B was a great result for the team. The Oranges eventually came 4th in the group and had a play off against our very own Patana Black Team which unfortunately they lost. 4th Place it was a enjoyable morning of football all around. Well done to the Boys!
Patana Blacks – Girls
Saturday’s tournament was the first time the Patana Blacks had played together and it was also the first time for many of the girls to have represented the school. Our first match was against the Patana Tigercubs. We went into the game as underdogs but some solid defence and great saves by goalkeeper Pin Assakul (4H) saw us walk away with a nil all draw. Unfortunately through some lapses of concentration we narrowly lost our next two pool games against Harrow A and Harrow B. This meant the girls were playing for third and fourth place against Harrow ‘B’. The girls had improved with every game but we were yet to score any goals. Our aim was to score at least one goal in our last match. Well, with solid attacking play, plenty of teamwork and passing not only did we score once but twice thanks to Janelle De La Cruz (3R). The girls walked away from the morning with some great memories, smiles and a well deserved bronze medal. Remember that our Year 3 and 4 Girls Football ECA is on a Thursday in Term 3 Girls and we would love to see you there!
The Patana Tiger Cubs were certainly ready to give the tournament their best shot and after a shaky start to the day with a 0-0 draw against Patana Black the Tigers began improving with every game. They narrowly lost their next match against Harrow ‘A’ but rallied with some great running and passing football to beat Harrow ‘B’ 4-0. This win meant the Tigers were through to the final, again facing Harrow ‘A’. The girls were very supportive of each other and played well as a team in very hot conditions. In the final the girls managed to keep their cool and at full time thanks to a great save by Ella Abai Haddon (4G) and fantastic defending from Philine Baak (4R) the game was drawn. This meant “Golden Goal”extra-time. Unfortunately Harrow scored the golden goal from the kick-off and the Tigers finished with the silver medal. Well done to all the girls for playing so well and we look forward to working with you again in Term 3.
Miss Michelle (Molly)
Well done again to all of the Patana under 9 teams!
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