On Friday 21 October at Wimbledon Chase Primary School the Best Team Football Wimbledon Cluster competition took place. Ten schools from the Wimbledon Cluster arrived in high spirits keen to demonstrate their footballing skills and team-work and thereby earn their school a place in the Best Team Football Borough Finals. Fifteen teams took part in four pools, each aiming to secure a top spot in their group to guarantee a coveted place in the Finals.
Group 1 consisted of Bishop Gilpin ‘C’, Dundonald, Merton Abbey and All Saints ‘B’. The games were played in a great spirit with a huge amount of effort and skill on display. Dundonald took control of the group early on with some excellent displays and ended the group on nine points after winning all three of their matches. The rest of the group proved to be very evenly contested and a real battle for places resulted in the final group standings.
- Merton Abbey
- Bishop Gilpin ‘C’
- All Saints ‘B’
Group 2 had Wimbledon Park ‘A’, Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ and Pelham competing for top spot and the chance to represent the Wimbledon Cluster at the Merton Borough Finals. Again there was a runaway winner with Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ winning all four matches and scoring an impressive 15 goals on their way to winning the group. The final standing for the group were;
- Bishop Gilpin ‘A’
- Wimbledon Park ‘A’
In Group 3, Holy Trinity, St Mary’s, The Priory and Wimbledon Chase ‘B’ were drawn together in what proved to be an extremely tight group. The Priory edged through after an enthralling contest with St Mary’s where they won 2-1 to guarantee top spot in the group. St Mary’s narrowly lost out on second place after a 1-0 win for Wimbledon Chase ‘B’. The final standings for the group were;
- The Priory
- Wimbledon Chase ‘B’
- St Mary’s
- Holy Trinity
Group 4 consisted of All Saints ‘A’, Wimbledon Chase ‘A’, Wimbledon Park ‘B’ and Bishop Gilpin ‘B’. Wimbledon Chase ‘A’ showed their excellent team work combined with individual flair was too strong for their opponents after winning all three of their games without conceding a goal and scoring an average of three a game. The other teams in the group battled it out and a narrow 1-0 victory for Bishop Gilpin ‘B’ against Wimbledon Park ‘B’ secured second spot in the group. The final standings were;
- Wimbledon Chase ‘A’
- Bishop Gilpin ‘B’
- All Saints ‘A’
- Wimbledon Park ‘B’
The semi-final round of games saw a battle for positions with teams playing against the side in the other group from their respective positions. These games in particular were filled with excitement and eventually Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ beat Dundonald and Wimbledon Chase ‘A’ overcame The Priory to land their place in the 1st/2nd place finals game. The final match saw Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ securing victory with a dramatic last minute winner after coming back from 2 goals down to win the game 3-2 and take 1st place in the standings.
We wish the four Wimbledon Cluster representatives, Bishop Gilpin, Wimbledon Chase, Dundonald and the Priory the very best of luck at the Borough Finals. Our REFSPECT winners today were Wimbledon Chase ‘B’ for the team award and Lucas from Wimbledon Park for the player award. 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 the use of Wimbledon Chase’s facilities – thank you. To all the competitors, staff members and supporters, for the positive manner in which the tournament took place – thank you!