Tonight the girl’s football team took to the pitch at Ryton Sports Connection in the Coventry Primary Schools 4-a-side tournament. 20 schools from across Coventry took part in this large festival of football. Arranged into 4 pools of five or six teams, schools competed to qualify for the area final.
Having never entered the tournment before teachers, as well as pupils, didn’t know what to expect. Unfortunately (or possibly fortunately) the team never got to watch a match before they played, as after a briefing of the rules Holbrook Team took to the field (is that the correct term for an indoor pitch?) against Stoke Heath. After a solid start both teams were level at 1 all. The excitement was too much for Mr Connolly who needed to grab a chocolate bar from the vending machine. On his return he found he had missed a great second goal, shortly after the final whistle was blown and Holbrook had won their first match!
The second match saw Holbrook take on St Lawrence. Despite playing well the team went down 1-0. Deciding that he was still hungry Mr Connolly left Mr Pahal making the critical substitutions and returned with a rather tasty Yorkie bar but he found he had missed 3 goals – all from Holbrook in such a short time. The final whistle blew and Holbrook ended up winners 5 – 1!
Having watched the other teams in the pool play the team knew that the two final matches against Whitemore Park and All Souls would be the real challenge; a victory or two could seal a place in the finals.
The purple of Whitemore Park hurtled round the pitch. Even with solid defending the Whitemore Park centre forward blasted a great goal home, but with steely determination Holbrook girls dug deep,remembering the Holbrook vision of being the BEST – believing in ourselves and sticking at a task filled with enthusiasm. Knowing that they had already achieved the first target of scoring a goal and then winning a match the girls had decided that their next aim was to qualify.
Suddenly the back of the Whitemore Park net was rattled once, twice, three times in short succession. Holbrook were ahead and pressed their advantage to squeeze out a magnificent fourth goal between the legs of the keeper. 4 – 1 a win to Holbrook.
At this point Mr Connolly checked with the organisers to see if they agreed… Even before the final match the Girls team had made it all the way to the finals in late February. After high 5s and a few cheers we had to settle down for the final match against All Souls.
This match was really a dead rubber because as the last match of the league stage, both teams knew they had qualified. All Souls came out of the blocks on fire and raced all over the park, chasing down balls and defending brilliantly. In the game even the wood work seemed to be against us as a few shots on goal hit the woodwork and went out to an opposition player. At the full time whistle the score sheet said 3-0 and not to Holbrook. This was a slightly disappointing end to a fabulous night of football but maybe it is what the team needs to keep training and focused for the finals.
Well done to all the girls playing, you really represented yourself and the school well and showed you know how to be the BEST.