District Cup Final success for Henry Beaufort
On Thursday 17th March 2016, five teams from The Henry Beaufort School competed in the District Cup Finals in football. This was a huge success in itself as Henry Beaufort were the only school to have more teams in the final than any other school within the district.
Year 7 Boys
First up were the Year 7 Boys team. The team have grown in strength this season as they've gelled together and begin to understand how everyone plays. The team is captained by Hamish Clark, who always gives 100% work rate and effort. The semi-final match against Toynbee School was a highlight - the boys were losing 3-0 at half time and their 'never say die' attitude ensured they carried on working until it was 3-3. Will Clements scored two and Matt James scored one. It was still 3-3 after extra time so the teams had to go into penalties. After five penalties the score was 2-2 and so the game went to sudden death! Jack Skeats, goalkeeper and hero of the hour stepped up, scored, then saved Toynbees effort! Amazing team spirit and the boys were ready for the final against Westgate.
The final game was tough and the boys were gracious in their defeat saying 'the better team had won.' They final score was 5-0.
The boys will continue to grow as a team next year, but what a great first year at Henry Beaufort, well done!
Year 9 Boys
The team worked really hard during the first part of the season to improve on the last couple of years results and the District Cup was the perfect opportunity for them to build on an already impressive year.
The boys decided they wanted to experiment using a new formation in the first game and it proved successful as Archie Mildenhall, Nico Hawes and Captain Isaac Pidgeon marshalled the back line superbly to stop the Romsey attacking threat. This was backed up by Max O’Mara, Will Rickman and Ollie Hayes who proved strong up front and the boys ran out comfortable 6-3 winners.
The semi-final followed the same story, however the team were a little depleted due to injuries and illness meaning a lot of the boys played out of their usual positions. The boys still proved too strong for an organised Perins side and credit must go to Ollie Wilmott and Ryan Long who ran the game in central midfield.
Onto the final and Henry Beaufort faced Kings - the boys knew it was going to be a tough game. Unfortunately Kings came out of the blocks a bit quicker than Henry Beaufort and this led to two first half goals. Despite this the Beaufort boys battled on superbly and proved that on a different day it could have been them walking away with the trophy.
Year 11 Boys
The Year 11 boys continued their hugely successful time at Henry Beaufort by starting their challenge of the inaugural District Cup on a freezing cold night at John Hanson. Due to the conditions the game was very tricky for both teams but it was Ben Moore and Ik Hill who scored to secure Henry Beaufort the win.
The semi-final was a huge game against local rivals Kings, who the Year 11s had already beaten once this season. Beaufort started strongly with Tom Knapton scoring two, including one which was from a free kick just inside the Kings' half. The game was hugely tense with ten minutes to go as it was 3-3, however Tom Knapton floated over a corner which was met by an unmarked Josh Lippett to head home the winner.
In the final, the Yearr 11 boys faced Romsey. This year, Romsey had made it through to the County Final so the boys knew it would be a tough game. Playing the same system that led to County Cup glory last year, the boys were far too strong for the Romsey Side with Ben Moore (2) and Dan Cutler scoring.
The boys also played on Tuesday and beat Thornden to win the District League Trophy.
U13 & U15 Girls
The girls' teams compete in the Eastleigh and Winchester Leagues - they are divided in to two leagues . In our league; Kings, Romsey, Toynbee and Perins. In the other league, Wyvern, Mountbatten, Quilley and St Swinthuns. The winners of each league meet in the District Cup Final.
Both the Henry Beaufort teams - the U13 and U15 girls remained undefeated in their leagues and faced Mountbatten in both age groups as they had won their respective leagues also.
U13 girls v Mountbatten - Won 7-0
It has been an incredible year for the U13 girls and this match was good practice for the upcoming County Cup final. The team, lead by Martha Lowres, have been excellent all season - showing real consistency and stregnth. Lucy Smith, Phoebe Andrew Power and Ava Berglin dominate the midfield and Jess Marshall, Tia Gelder and Katie Allen cause chaos in the opposition defence up front.
U15 Girls v Mountbatten - Won 3-0
A combination of Year 9 & 10 make up the U15 team. Emily Boorman is the team’s highest goal scorer this season and scored two in the final. Georgia Allen, who captains the U15 girls, also scored a well deserved goal. Shauna Moss and Catherine Palmer both battled for the entire game and the defence, organised so well by Megan Goff stayed strong throughout.
With more competition wins than any other school, the PE department are exceptionally proud of all the teams' acheivements – it has been an excellent year and we are looking forward to building on this success next year. A big thank you to the parents who helped out on District Final Day to manage the teams; Mr Goff, Mr Andrew-Power, Mrs Allen and Mr Clark – very much appreciated! And also to Mr Mildenhall who ran the line superbly in the Year 9 final.