March 29th, 2012
The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games took place this week at Crystal Palace Sport Centre. The annual event sees over 2,500 children from 33 Boroughs compete in the variety of different sports. This year, the structure of the games has slightly changed as LYG combined with the School Games (launched in September). This has meant that there is a Spring and Summer Games and also school teams are invited to represent their borough as well as the traditional Borough Teams.
Merton Primary Schools have been training hard since September in an attempt to secure a place to compete in the prestigious event. The Partnership have held competitions in the various sports with the winners going on to respresent Merton in this weeks Mini Games.
Tag Rugby - Wimbledon Park Primary
Best Team Football - St John Fisher Primary
Girls Football - Morden Primary
Quick Sticks Hockey - Links Primary
Netball - Abbotsbury Primary
With the sun shining, all our teams were ready for action!! There were a few nerves during the opening ceremony but these soon disappeared as tournanments kicked off. All sports had a similar format with group stages progressing on to quarter, semi's and then finals. All our schools played well during the group stages with wins, draws, and some losses in the different sports. Wimbledon Park especially were unfortunate not to progress to the quarter finals in the TAG Rugby having won all their group games up to the last one when they were knocked out by Bromley who went on to finish 4th overall.
For St John Fisher, it was a long road as they went unbeaten through two group stages before reaching the knock out rounds in the Best Team Football competition. The quarter-finals saw the first penalty drama for St John Fisher, who saw off Corpus Christi in a shoot-out after a 1-1 draw. They then booked their spot in the final with a 2-0 victory over Stroud Green to play Collis Primary (Richmond Borough).
Collis had the better of a tense final, testing the opposing goalkeeper on numerous occasions and even hitting the post. But neither team could break the deadlock and penalties were again required. Once again St John Fisher stood up when it mattered most in the drama of a shoot-out with a 3-2 win.
Estatic coach Mr Maher finished by saying “Our effort and attitude was fantastic and we fully deserved to win. It means everything to the boys to be crowned champions of London, and their faces at the end said it all.”
Congratulations to all our teams!!! It is an excellent achievement to reach the Games and an honour to represent the Borough.
Click on the link to find a full list of all results http://www.londonyouthgames.org/sport_landing.asp?section=29§ionTitle=Sports