Under 9 Football Invitational Tournament
Patana Under 9’s back up our BISAC Success at our annual Invitational Tournament 2011
Our very own Patana Under 9 Invitational Football tournament certainly lived up to my expectations as one of my favourite events of the year as 16 teams from across Bangkok and even as far as Rayong, joined us on our back fields for a morning of festival atmosphere football. For many of our own Patana children this was their first opportunity to wear the school colours and I was delighted to be able to enter 4 boys and 2 girls’ teams to enjoy the experience. A huge thank you to all of the children who played with such sportsmanship and determination and to the many parents who supported all of the teams involved. Thank you also to the Coaches for all of their efforts and positive guidance of their teams on the day. Please read below for some brief reports from our teams about their day.
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Patana Tigers (Boys) – Group A
The young Tigers were looking to claim their third trophy of the season, having won the Phuket Under 9 tournament in November and, more recently, the Bowl competition at the Under 11 BISAC tournament last month.
They were given a stern reminder that victory would not come easy by an uncompromising Shrewsbury team in their first group match. In spite of taking an early lead, they were made to fight every inch of the way for their 2-0 victory with the Shrewsbury team going close on more than one occasion. Subsequent victories against Bromsgrove 3-1; St Andrews, Rayong 4-0 and, with their best performance of the morning against Harrow, also 4-0, meant that they would again be meeting Shrewsbury in the final.
In spite of early pressure from the Tigers, Shrewsbury went into the lead with a breakaway goal. However, the Tigers were determined not to lose their unbeaten record and totally outplayed Shrewsbury for the rest of the game to run out 4-1 winners. The football that the team played in their last two matches was a joy to watch and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd of home supporters.
The Tigers can certainly be proud of their achievements this season.
Patana Tigers (Girls)
It was a hot, humid day last Saturday but the Tiger girls didn’t let that or the opposition faze them as they prepared for the competition. Many of the girls had competed previously in the tournament as Year 3’s and were looking forward to it. The format of the tournament was a round robin with the top two pool teams playing in a final.
The first match of the day was against the Patana Black team. It is always hard playing your friends but the team were determined and through patience and persistence finished the match 2-0 which was a great start. Next up was Shrewsbury, who played an attacking game. Our girls however had the edge with their speed and slotted a lovely goal to win 1-0. St. Andrews Rayong were our opponents in the third round and for the first time we found ourselves behind 0-1. The girls knew that the match was not yet lost and dug in deep to find an equaliser. We were also awarded a penalty kick which found the back of the net and secured a 2-1 victory. Our last team were traditionally our toughest footballing rivals Harrow. This was a gutsy game from both sides, with hard tackles, quick breaks and many chances. However neither team could capitalise and it ended a goalless draw.
Patana Tigers had finished the pool in first position and were set to meet Harrow once again in the final. We knew it would be a hard match and the girls would have to take their chances when offered. It was hot, everybody was a bit weary but 100% energy for 12 minutes was all that was asked of them and the girls didn’t disappoint. A few minutes into the game with the Tigers pressing forward they scored a delightful goal. The game went back and forth from here with the Tigers unable to score again but the girls did a fantastic job in defence ensuring our lead was secure. When the referee blew the whistle for full time there was relief, joy and many smiles on players, coaches and parents faces alike.
I would like to congratulate all the girls who took part for playing hard, determined, skilful football and the spirit of good sportsmanship was always a pleasure to see.
Patana Orange (Boys) – Pool B
Our Patana Orange team knew that they would have a challenging day on Saturday as they were up against some difficult teams in their pool. The boys had trained hard for the tournament and were certainly looking forward to the competition. The day started well and in their first game they fought hard and gained a well deserved draw against Shrewsbury Blue, however everyone knew that the Patana Black team were next. The boys rose to the occasion and, thanks to some awesome goalkeeping from Gilly, fought back an onslaught from the Black team and managed to hold them to a 0-0 draw, something no other team was able to do on the day.
The boys knew that if they were to win any medals they needed to win some games and get some valuable points. Tactics needed to change and the team pushed forward in their next two games, unfortunately this left them exposed at the back and they lost both games 2-0. The team continued to work hard and were finally rewarded in the last game with a 2-1 win against Shrewsbury White. It had been a fantastic day of football and the boys were exhausted. Well done everyone and thanks to all those parents who came along to support!
Mr. Chris Meller
Patana Black (Girls)
Our Patana Black girls team was a mix of Year 3 and 4 girls who have attended our Year 3 and 4 Football ECA during Term 1 or 2 or who had been identified in their PE lessons as girls that we would like to see more of. The challenge was daunting as they would be playing against all of the other schools only teams but they were ready to give it a go and do their best. The first game was against our very own Patana Tigers which was lost 0-2 but provided lots of areas to work on for the next match. The second game was against another strong team in the form of Harrow which was lost 0-1 but with lots of things to be pleased about as the team began to gel and find their team spirit. The final 2 games with Shrewsbury and St Andrews ended with 0-0 draws but the girls should be justifiably proud of their performances and improvement as the day progressed. They certainly got better and better the more they played and I hope that some of those invited can join our Thursday ECA in Term 3 to continue that progress. Well Done Patana Black!
Patana Year 3 Boys – Pool B
The Year 3 boys certainly did themselves proud on Saturday 5th March at the U9s Football Tournament, coming an impressive 2nd place out of 6 teams in Pool B, being pipped to first place by just a single point. Apart from their opening 3-0 defeat to the Patana Black team where they were finding their feet they certainly grew in confidence as they won all of their remaining matches 2-1, 2-0, 6-0 and 2-0. They showed real flair and determination in their football alongside sportsmanship throughout the whole tournament and will be a force to be reckoned with come next year and beyond as they move through the school. Year 3 boys, you were superstars!
Patana Black (Boys) – Pool B
The Patana Black football boys team certainly enjoyed their second tournament this year having already played in the U’11 BISAC tournament with some great results. It was a nice sunny morning and they were excited and ready to take on all the other football teams in their Pool. The team started very well with a settling 3-0 victory which they followed up with results of 0-0, 4-0 and 3-0 all the way to their final match with a fantastic 5-0 victory against Harrow. They played a total of 5 games with 4 wins and a draw to show for a very pleasing day at the office! Great goals and great defending highlighted a great team performance and a well deserved winners trophy for Patana Black in Pool B. Well done, boys!
Mr. Chris Trendall
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