ISA Midlands’ Football Success For Both U11 And U9 Teams

Crackley Hall’s U11 Football team have qualified for the ISA Football Nationals after a super performance at this week’s Regional Qualifying Tournament. Their younger counterparts, the U9 team, came back from a slightly rocky start to finish by winning the Plate competition.

Both teams travelled to Kidderminster on Tuesday 13 November to the Wyre Forest Leisure Centre to play on their modern 4G artificial pitches on a dry and sunny day.

In the U11 competition 21 teams were split into groups for the initial stages. Crackley’s team had an excellent start with superb wins across the group against St Dominic’s 1-0, Castle House 1-0, Chase Grammar 5-1 and Twycross House 3-0 and draws against Bowbrook House 0-0 and Highclare 1-1. The team then went on to play Stafford Grammar in the quarter finals winning well 3-1.

In a more troublesome semi-final the team sadly went down 0-2 to St Winifred’s leaving them in the play-offs for 3rd and 4th place. A close match ensued with the boys finally losing 3-4 on penalties to Old Vicarage to finish fourth overall out of 21 teams. However, their fourth place automatically qualifies them for the ISA Football finals next May when they will have the chance to right their wrongs at St George’s Park, the national football centre where the England team train.

Teaching Assistant, Rich Stedeford, was delighted with the team’s performance commenting, “The boys played really well, they started the day playing as individuals, but by the end of the tournament they were definitely the best team. They can hold their heads up high as they held the tournament winners to a draw in the early group stages. I am sure they will have a good shot at the finals next year.”

Crackley Hall’s U9 team played against 20 teams. They had a tricky start to the tournament, despite some very close games they lost their first four pool games and they then went into the plate competition. The team then played another four games and finally started to play like a team, winning three, Arnold Lodge 6-0, Chase Grammar 3-1 and Dixie Grammar 4-1, and only losing in a tight game to Hydesville Tower 2-1.

This qualified the U9s for the semi-finals where they played Old Vicarage School winning 2-0 and then the final where in an excellent high scoring game they beat St. Joseph’s 4-0.

Deputy Head, Duncan Cottrill, commented “The boys played very well on the day and didn’t look in any trouble once the plate competition started. I was extremely proud of the way they bounced back from some opening defeats; they showed great character and thoroughly deserved the win in the final.”

Playing in the teams were:

U11 ISA Midlands Football Team - (pictured above) Bobby Chapman, Zak Gerrard, Sam James, Fintan McGrory, Seamus Meakins-Owens, Seb Owen, Archie Robinson.

U9 ISA Midlands Football Team - (pictured below) Maxwell Kiely, Freddie Young, Woody Osborn, Solon Nishiyama, George Fry, Leonardo Pavli and Dexter Robinson.