Over the last few months, boys in Years 7 to 10 have been competing in this year’s round robin House Football tournament, battling fiercely to win valuable points for their respective houses. In my year, matches were played on a weekly basis with 30 minute games on either astroturf or grass pitches, and there was passion and competitiveness as well as occasions of light-hearted humour as the competition progressed.

Many of us were eager to play 11-aside matches in our houses for the first time, myself included, in front of lunch time student spectators. Matches kicked off with a 1-1 score between Foxell and Holman and Thorne beating Rayner 4-1, but all eyes were on the third game of the competition with Newman playing Pearson, who had been the top two teams every year since Year 7. The match was intense with many chances on both sides of the pitch, but neither team could put the ball in back of the net and the game ended in a rather anticlimactic 0-0.There were many other close games, such as a 2-1 victory between Newman and Thorne, where it could have gone either way, and some not so close games like Thorne’s 7-0 annihilation of Foxell.

As the competition progressed and no clear favourites arose, every point became more and more vital towards the final standings, especially between Holman, Newman, Pearson and Thorne. After Holman beat Newman 1-0, with the goal separating the two sides scored by Elliot Morgan in an emphatic victory, they were the favourites to challenge Pearson for 1st place, which they had held for the majority of the competition. However, it was too little and too late as Pearson only had Foxell left to play, who they beat 4-1, with a brilliant free kick by Patrick Coyle.

The final standings ended with Pearson 1st place, after an unbeaten run and 13 points; Holman and Newman joint 2nd with 10 points each; and Thorne 3rd having 6 points. A massive thanks goes to Mr Pontin and Mr Thomson, who gave up their lunchtimes to referee the matches, and to the Sports Team for making the house event possible.

Current House Positions