The Raynes Park Cluster Y5/6 Best Team Football Competition took place on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 at Old Ruts RFC and with glorious sunny conditions greeting the players, this set the stage for some outstanding football to be played by all competing teams.

In the group stages, goals were raining in across all of the pitches, with some of these coming from some sublime individual efforts, as well as a result of some brilliant team inter play. It was evident that all of the competing schools had worked extremely hard pre tournament and this was demonstrated by the cohesiveness in attack and the organisation of the defensive effort by each of the 13 competing teams.

At the end of the group stages, the top 4 teams in Group 1 were Aragon, West Wimbledon, Hollymount and Hatfeild Primary. In Group 2, the top 4 schools consisted of St John Fisher, St Matthew’s Poplar A and Merton Park. A special mention must also go to the rest of the schools in each group, as although they did not qualify for a final round of matches, they did not give up and showed real pride and effort when representing their schools. Well Done All!

The battle for the top 3 positions in the tournament was an extremely tense affair, with each of these games going to penalties and then sudden death after regular time. St Matthew’s were extremely unlucky to narrowly lose out to eventual 3rd place finishers West Wimbledon, who managed to smash home the decisive winning penalty. This was a similar story for Aragon, as despite being one of the most dominant teams in the tournament winning the majority of their matches by at least 3 goals, St John Fisher Primary held their nerve to score the decisive winning penalty to clinch the title of Raynes Park Cluster Y5/6 Best Football Champions for 2021. A huge congratulations to St John Fisher, Aragon, West Wimbledon and St Matthew’s who will all go on to represent the Raynes Park Cluster at the Best Team Football Borough Finals on Friday 3rd December 2021.

A special mention must also go to Hillcross Primary who were this tournaments Refspect winners, with their outstanding level of sportsmanship and respect for their opposition no matter the result. A big thank you to the Y8 Rutlish High Sports Leaders who refereed the matches with real class. Thank you Boys!

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