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Primary Physical Education: 

Under 9 Footballers Enjoy an Excellent Weekend

Published Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

The Field of Dream Became a Reality for Just One Morning

At Our U’9 Invitational Football Tournament

On Saturday 6th March eighteen teams graced our Primary Back Fields for our now annual U’9 Invitational Football Tournament. I could not help but feel very privileged as we prepared to welcome the children and parents as I looked out on our wonderful pitches and excellent set up.

The tournament was made up of a girls pool of 6 teams with a Championship pool A and Plate pool B for the 12 boys teams. In the girls pool we had 3 teams entered and a special mention must go to our Orange team who were invited as a late replacement for a team that pulled out.

Our Patana Tiger girls continued from where they left off at the BISAC U’11 Tournament and against opposition of the same age were unstoppable winning all 5 of their games. This gave them the title of champions with an incredible 24 goals scored and 0 conceded and this was with Miss Gibson playing many of the girls out of position to keep the experience a positive one for the opposition. The Tiger of the Day award goes to Rhea Poonevala 4K. Our Patana Black Team also performed very well in all of their games finally coming 3rd and should be very pleased with their progress. Miss Michelle’s player of the day award goes to Betsy Flint Smith 4P. Mr. Chris and the mighty Patana Oranges played with total commitment and were certainly not here to make up the numbers as they fought for a courageous draw against Harrow and completed a great 5-0 win leaving them in 5th place overall. The player of the day award for the Orange Team goes to Jessica Montgomery-Day 4H.

In the Boys pool B our Patana Black Team gained in confidence as the morning progressed as their positional play and tactical awareness improved under the watchful eye of Mr. Parkin. After two narrow defeats they found their way to goal in their third match with a 2-0 win and ended the day with a further two 3-0 victories leaving them in 3rd place overall. Mr. Parkin’s player of the day award was shared by Corentin Bonnifait 4K and Jayden Da Ros 4W. In the same pool were our Year 3 boys who were invited to give them an early taste of competitive school football. They certainly rose to the challenge with a tremendous morning, winning all 5 of their matches, scoring a total of 23 goals and conceding just 1. Mr. Hockley was very pleased not only by the results but by the way that the boys played which was a great example of flowing football. The Year 3 player of the day was Luke Abai Haddon 3R for vocal and general leadership on the field.

In the boys Championship Pool A our Patana Tigers were quietly confident of producing some quality football having played well all year. They certainly did not rest on their laurels though and worked hard to maintain a high level of performance throughout the morning. With 5 wins out of 5 they were also crowned Champions with an equally impressive goal tally of 23 goals for and I against for the tournament. Mr. Woods player of the day was Gaius Van Heemstra 4E.

I am sure that all of our children and parents would join with me in my thanks to all of our visiting schools of Shrewsbury, Bromsgrove, Harrow, TCIS, St. Andrew’s -Rayong, Bangkok Prep, and St. Andrew’s -Sathorn for making the tournament such an enjoyable one. Thanks also to all of our own players, parents, and Coaches for their generous support.

Yours sincerely,


Mr. Andrew Tatam

Head of Primary Physical Education

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