Football Boys 1st XI Tournament Week

Author -  Shannon Sager

On week 6 of term 3 the Boys XI Football Team travelled down to Mount Manganui to compete in a tournament consisting of teams from all around New Zealand. Staying in cabins at the Mount, right next to the beach was a great location. There was plenty to do in our free time like visiting the local town and hot pools. We came in as the lowest ranked team so were eager to show people that we were capable of much higher.
The first day of the tournament we were up against Matamata, a team we had previously lost 6-2 to. It was a tightly contested game. Our two goals came from Matamata defensive errors that Sam Stansfield was able to capitalise on with the final score being 2-0. The second match of the day was against a Glendowie side that were favourites to win the competition. We were down 3-0 at half-time however fought back with goals from Sashil Nair and an own goal to bring the game to a very tense ending. Pinehurst were unfortunate not to grab an equaliser, resulting in a 3-2 loss.
Due to the poor weather throughout the week the matches on the second day were cancelled meaning that three games of reduced length were to be played on day 3. The first of the three games was a 1-1 draw against Whangarei Boys with Sam snatching a much deserved late minute equaliser having dominated large portions of the second-half. The second match we lost 1-0 to the eventual finalists Kingsway, a well drilled team who strongly defended their one goal lead. For the final game of the group stages we had to beat Rotorua Boys to confirm a top 4 placing in our group. We played some of our best football concluding in an emphatic 3-0 win with goals coming through Josh Allison and Sashil. This resulted in us finishing 3rd in the group only missing out on 2nd place by a very small margin. The competition then divided into three sections consisting of eight teams in each to determine the overall placing.
On Day 4 we played Bethlehem College. A great solo effort from Anthony Maraj gave us a 1-0 lead until late on in the second-half when we conceded following sustained defensive pressure. As a clear cut winner was required to determine who progresses to the semis a penalty shoot took place which unfortunately we lost meaning that we were playing for places 13th-16th. At this stage of the tournament, injuries and tiredness were starting to affect the team and our second game of the day finished a 2-1 loss in a quite lacklustre game.
The final day of the trip resulted in a 2-0 loss to previous opposition Glendowie which was a disappointing end to an overall very successful tournament and one the team hopes to improve on next year. Well done to all the boys who went. A big thank you to Mr Goodrick for organising the trip and the Parent helpers Mrs Clarke and Mrs Donnell for the fantastic meals and all the support you offered throughout the week.
Adam Lea

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Football Boys 1st XI Tournament Week

On week 6 of term 3 the Boys XI Football Team travelled down to Mount Manganui to compete in a tournament consisting of teams from all around New Zealand. Staying in cabins at the Mount, right next to the beach was a great location. There was plenty to do in our free time like visiting the local town and hot pools. We came in as the lowest ranked team so were eager to show people that we were capable of much higher.
The first day of the tournament we were up against Matamata, a team we had previously lost 6-2 to. It was a tightly contested game. Our two goals came from Matamata defensive errors that Sam Stansfield was able to capitalise on with the final score being 2-0. The second match of the day was against a Glendowie side that were favourites to win the competition. We were down 3-0 at half-time however fought back with goals from Sashil Nair and an own goal to bring the game to a very tense ending. Pinehurst were unfortunate not to grab an equaliser, resulting in a 3-2 loss.
Due to the poor weather throughout the week the matches on the second day were cancelled meaning that three games of reduced length were to be played on day 3. The first of the three games was a 1-1 draw against Whangarei Boys with Sam snatching a much deserved late minute equaliser having dominated large portions of the second-half. The second match we lost 1-0 to the eventual finalists Kingsway, a well drilled team who strongly defended their one goal lead. For the final game of the group stages we had to beat Rotorua Boys to confirm a top 4 placing in our group. We played some of our best football concluding in an emphatic 3-0 win with goals coming through Josh Allison and Sashil. This resulted in us finishing 3rd in the group only missing out on 2nd place by a very small margin. The competition then divided into three sections consisting of eight teams in each to determine the overall placing.
On Day 4 we played Bethlehem College. A great solo effort from Anthony Maraj gave us a 1-0 lead until late on in the second-half when we conceded following sustained defensive pressure. As a clear cut winner was required to determine who progresses to the semis a penalty shoot took place which unfortunately we lost meaning that we were playing for places 13th-16th. At this stage of the tournament, injuries and tiredness were starting to affect the team and our second game of the day finished a 2-1 loss in a quite lacklustre game.
The final day of the trip resulted in a 2-0 loss to previous opposition Glendowie which was a disappointing end to an overall very successful tournament and one the team hopes to improve on next year. Well done to all the boys who went. A big thank you to Mr Goodrick for organising the trip and the Parent helpers Mrs Clarke and Mrs Donnell for the fantastic meals and all the support you offered throughout the week.
Adam Lea

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