Recently we competed in an Under 10’s Futsal Tournament at the Futsal Arena in Leeds. Futsal is played on a small pitch with 5 players on each team. It uses a heavier football to encourage the ball to be passed on the ground, rather than in the air. This, I learned after researching. Apparently, our year 5 Futsal team not only knew the facts, but certainly knew how to play too!
The first competition was in November, where the boys ran out convincing winners. After scoring 19 goals and only conceding 2, the trophy and medals were well deserved.
Again, the team took part in a competition in February. The squad had new members, but nobody would have guessed. The new boys and girl fit in brilliantly and the team morale was at its best. We drew in our first game against Thornbury, our closest rivals, and ended up meeting them again in the final. The game was a tense 1-1 until 40 seconds from the end. Harry passed the ball in from a corner and Karl headed it into the back of the net…my favourite and most memorable goal from the competition! The game finished 2-1 to St John’s. We were again the victors! Karl also picked up a Futsal hoody for being the best sportsman in the February competition, adding to our medal haul!
The final competition of the tournament came in March. Parents had come to watch the fantastic team in action this time. A new school, Harden, had entered this competition and we faced them in our first game. We had been warned they were a good side, which we found out in the game we played against them. We ended up losing 2-0…a new feeling of loss came over the team; a feeling we had never experienced before. However, this didn’t deter the boys and they went on to win their next 6 games in the competition. This time, we faced Thornbury in the semi-final – a game earlier than we were used to. Thornbury came out on top this time, 2-1. St John’s played in the 3rd place play off, which we won convincingly. At the end of the competition, Harden were awarded the March trophy. The medals and trophies didn’t stop there though…
St John’s were presented with the overall tournament trophy and the boys received gold medals for being the best team over the 3 competitions. Rhys received our final accolade of the tournament (I can’t remember what number this award was!) and he too went home with a Futsal hoody for being the player of the competition.
I couldn’t be prouder of the Futsal team and all those who were part of the squad. Thanks to Tong High School for putting on the competition and to Futsal Arena for hosting. We will be back next year with a new squad to defend our title!