The Raynes Park Cluster Y5/6 Best Team Football Competition took place at Raynes Park High on Tuesday 28th November 2017. Conditions were near on freezing, however this did not deter teams from quickly warming up on arrival and getting their shooting accuracy up to speed. This event was extremely well represented will all 11 cluster schools in participation with both Poplar and Hillcross bringing A and B team’s. Teams were split into two groups playing a total of 13 rounds across the three pitches.

Matches got off to a strong start in Group 1 with both Hillcross A and Aragon winning their first matches 1-0 against Hollymount and Hillcross B respectively. Hollymount regrouped well after this early disappointment to win their matches against Aragon and Merton Park 1-0 in both of these fixtures. Both of these winning goals were as a result of some superb passing play to get the ball into the box. Hillcross B although unable to find the back of the net during the group fixtures, defended resolutely in the majority of their matches and produced a well-deserved draw against an impressive St John Fisher side. St John Fisher produced their best display against Hollymount winning this game 2-0. The second of these goals was an absolute screamer into the top corner. West Wimbledon equally displayed some good attacking football and took two well deserved victories against Hollymount and Hillcross B. The game against Hillcross B saw West Wimbledon score three well executed team goals. Merton Park were a team that displayed evident consistency by winning three of their five matches 1-0. Their best performance was arguably against St John Fisher who had up to this game had a water tight defence. However Merton Park were able to finally break this down and get the winning goal. There could only be one group winner however and that was Hillcross A who won all of their group matches to seal top spot. Aragon were close behind and finished a well-deserved second.

Group 1 Final Positions

  1. Hillcross A
  2. Aragon
  3. Merton Park
  4. St John Fisher
  5. Hollymount
  6. West Wimbledon
  7. Hillcross B

Group 2 was equally competitive with the large majority of teams winning matches. It was a crunch derby that kicked this group off with Poplar A facing Poplar B. Nerves were obviously high for this first fixture as both teams ended the game on a 0-0 draw, despite both teams having efforts on goal. Poplar B did grow in confidence and recorded a 1-0 victory over Joseph Hood. Joseph Hood although unable to find the back of the net did display some fearless defending at times as well as some thunderous shots on goal. St Matthew’s were another highly competitive team recording a number of draws as well as a 3-0 win over Joseph Hood in the latter stages of the group games. Poplar A were extremely unlucky at times to find the back of the net for the decisive winning goal and therefore drew three out of the five games they played. They did however seal a win against joseph Hood winning this game 1-0. The top two teams in this group did not lose a game but it was Hatfeild who managed to four out of five games to take top spot over an equally impressive Sacred Heart team.

Group 2 Final Positions

  1. Hatfeild
  2. Sacred Heart
  3. Poplar A
  4. St Matthew’s
  5. Poplar B
  6. Joseph Hood

Congratulations to Hillcross A, Aragon, Poplar A and St Matthew’s who all gained qualification to represent the Raynes Park Cluster at the Best Team Football Borough Finals taking place at Tooting and Mitcham F.C on Friday 1st December 2017.

Once the Borough Finalists had been calculated it was then time to see who would take this year’s crown as Raynes Park Cluster Best Team Football Champions. The contest for 5th place however was secured by Poplar A in their narrow victory over Merton Park. The battle for 3rd place went right down to the wire as penalties were needed to separate the two sides. Sacred heart managed to keep their composure and win this shootout 3-2 against an unlucky Aragon side. The final was extremely tense with both Hillcross A and Hatfeild having shots on goal denied by some superb goal keeping and tight well organised defensive play. Hatfeild however managed to find a chink in Hillcross’s defence and hammered home a goal to win this match 1-0. Credit must be given to Hillcross A for the way they played throughout the tournament and their attitude towards Hatfeild at the final whistle, despite their obvious disappointment.

Top Six Final Standings

  1. Hatfeild
  2. Hillcross A
  3. Sacred Heart
  4. Aragon
  5. Poplar A
  6. Merton Park

A huge thankyou must be given to all players and supporters who displayed a real element of respect and sportsmanship to both other players as well as the match officials. St Matthew’s Primary were deemed as showing the most evident l of respect and sportsmanship by attending schools and were fittingly awarded this tournaments Refspect award. Congratulations guys, thoroughly deserved!

 Another thankyou must be given to Raynes Park High School for the use of their facilities as well as the time of the Y10 Sports Leaders who officiated the matches superbly.

Until next year……



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