n Monday 26 November at Wimbledon Chase Primary School the Best Team Football Wimbledon Cluster competition took place. Seventeen teams from ten schools in the Wimbledon Cluster arrived in high spirits keen to demonstrate their footballing skills and team-work to thereby earn their school a place in the Best Team Football Borough Finals.

Group 1 consisted of Bishop Gilpin ‘C’, Garfield, The Priory and Wimbledon Chase  ‘A’. The games were played in a great spirit with a huge amount of effort and skill on display. Wimbledon Chase took control of the group early on with some excellent displays and ended the group on seven points after winning two of their matches before earning a hard fought draw against a resolute Garfield team. The rest of the group proved to be very evenly contested and a real battle for places resulted in the final group standings.

  1. Wimbledon Chase ‘A’
  2. The Priory
  3. Garfield
  4. Bishop Gilpin ‘C’

Group 2 had Wimbledon Park ‘A’, Bishop Gilpin ‘B’, Wimbledon Chase ‘C’ and All Saints ‘B’ competing for top spot and the chance to represent the Wimbledon Cluster at the Merton Borough Finals. This group was very close at the top with Bishop Gilpin and Wimbledon Park both producing impressive results, while their deciding contest ended with Wimbledon Park taking the honours with a 3-1 victory. The battle for 3rd place was especially close with a solitary strike from Wimbledon Chase proving just enough to sneak ahead of All Saints The final standing for the group were;

  1. Wimbledon Park ‘A’
  2. Bishop Gilpin ‘B’
  3. Wimbledon Chase ‘C’
  4. All Saints ‘B’

Group 3 consisted of Dundonald, Wimbledon Chase ‘B’, Pelham and Bishop Gilpin ‘A’. In an incredibly close group, Dundonald showed their excellent teamwork combined with individual flair to take top spot. The other teams in the group battled it out and a tense 0-0 draw for Pelham and Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ meant the group went down to the wire. Bishop Gilpin secured second spot in the group after battling to a 1-0 win against Wimbledon Chase. The final standings were;

  1. Dundonald
  2. Bishop Gilpin ‘A’
  3. Pelham
  4. Wimbledon Chase ‘B’

In Group 4, Holy Trinity, St Mary’s, Wimbledon Park ‘B’, Dundonald ‘B’ and All Saints ‘A’ were drawn together in what proved to be an extremely tight group. St Mary’s edged through after an enthralling contest with Wimbledon Park ‘B’ where they won 3-0 to guarantee top spot in the group. Holy Trinity managed to pip All Saints ‘A’ for 3rd place after winning their game 2-1 in an excellent match. Dundonald ‘B’ managed to shock the league leaders St Mary’s by producing an outstanding performance to romp to a 2-0 victory. The final standings for the group were;

  1. St Mary’s
  2. Dundonald ‘B’
  3. Holy Trinity
  4. All Saints ‘A’
  5. Wimbledon Park ‘B’

The final round of games saw a battle for positions with every team playing another three games to climb to the highest position possible. These games in particular were filled with excitement and eventually Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ and Dundonald ‘B’ overcame Wimbledon Park ‘A’ and Wimbledon Chase ‘A’ respectively to land their place in the 1st/2nd place finals game. The final match saw Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ securing victory with a dramatic win after sudden death penalties and take 1st place in the standings.

  1. Bishop Gilpin ‘A’
  2. Dundonald ‘B’
  3. Wimbledon Park ‘A’
  4. Wimbledon Chase ‘A’
  5. St Mary’s
  6. Dundonald ‘A’
  7. The Priory
  8. Bishop Gilpin ‘B’
  9. Pelham

10. Wimbledon Chase ‘B’

11. Garfield

12. Wimbledon Chase ‘C’

13. All Saints ‘A’

14. All Saints ‘B’

15. Holy Trinity

16. Wimbledon Park ‘B’

17. Bishop Gilpin ‘C’

We wish the four Wimbledon Cluster representatives, Bishop Gilpin, Dundonald, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon Chase the very best of luck at the Borough Finals. Our REFSPECT winners today were All Saints. They were positive throughout, applauding the opposing team, shaking hands and congratulating the opposition even when they lost. A great demonstration of fair play, sportsmanship and etiquette combined with fantastic team work and effort meant they were a credit to their school. Well done to everyone involved.

As always, we were incredibly fortunate to have sport leaders from Rutlish officiating, did a magnificent job – thank you. To all the competitors, staff members and supporters, for the positive manner in which the tournament took place – thank you!

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