Year 7 & 8 NSSSA TournamentPosted on: 08/11/2023
Year 7 and 8 Girls’ attended a football tournament at Three Rivers. Both teams were put into separate leagues but all played Three Rivers, St Andrews‘, Rosebery, Heathside, Ashcombe andHinchley Wood.
Both teams were drawn against St Andrews for their first matches. The Year 7s showed great composure on the ball often dribbling in to space but were up against a strong St Andrewsdefence that denied the girls getting close to the goal leading to the game ending 0-0. On the other pitch the Year 8’s were showing great determination to prevent St Andrews having shots on goal with some excellent defending from the defence and goal keeper. The girls were able to get some shots on goal but were unlucky to not score ending the game 0-0.
The second matches were against Rosebery. Both matches were very tight with each team cancelling each other out with some strong defensive tackles and blocks. The Year 7 students were unlucky to concede as they showed great determination to constantly win the ball back and create chances but they were unfortunate to lose 0-1. The year 8 students were also constantly battling with the ball moving from one half to the other, with some great shots on goal that were just going past the post resulting in a 0-0 result as well.
With the teams communicating and talking tactics during the break between the matches they were ready to go against Heathside. The Year 7’s looked very sharp within the midfield playing some great passes and always looking to attack the goal. It was Rae who managed to get the first goal for the Year 7’s leading them to their first win. The Year 8’s game was a lot more tight with both teams having very little time on the ball before getting pressed by the opposition. It was Heathside who managed to get the first goal after Blenheim were sloppy in possession. The Year8’s showed great resilience as they didn’t give up and eventually with some great footwork, Olivia was able to slide the ball into the back of the net to give the team a well-deserved draw.
With all the girls motivated to score more goals, they were up against Ashcombe for their fourth match. The Year 7’s started of well with a high press giving the opposition little time on the ball,winning the ball higher up on the pitch which created chances in front of goal. As the intensity of the game began to drop near the end of the match it was Ashcombe who took their chances and won the game 1-0. Blenheim Year 8 students started off more defensive often intercepting Ashcombe's attacking passes in the middle but were unable to maintain possession afterwards.The girls continued to press and were then rewarded with a great individual goal scored by Italia giving them their first win of the tournament.
The last matches were against Hinchley Wood. The Year 7 game was very tight with both team shaving chances in front of goal and some brilliant saves from the goalkeepers in the first few minutes. It was Blenheim who then began to take control of the game with the girls linking up and moving the ball around faster. With a great through ball from Maisie, Annie was able to get a shot on target and give the girls another win in the tournament. Year 8 students showed great game understanding as they were often very intelligent with the ball playing it out from the keeper and getting into positions where they were given corners. They were able to control the game and with an excellent shot, Olivia was able to score resulting in another win for the girls.
All the girls showed great footballing skills and teamwork throughout the tournament and are excited to play in their upcoming fixtures.
Year 7 team: Maisie, Olive, Imogen, Annie, Poppy, Rae and Kaitlyn
Year 8 team: Olivia, Diana, Abi, Caitlin, Imogen C, Italia and Sophia