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Erewash Girls' Football

Facing Dallimore and 2 teams from Cloudside Junior School (Sandiacre) in a round-robin format, Chaucer went through the group phase unbeaten!

Chaucer's Y5/6 Girls' Football team made a great start to the year at today's Erewash School Sports Partnership Tournament.

Facing Dallimore and 2 teams from Cloudside Junior School (Sandiacre) in a round-robin format, Chaucer went through the group phase unbeaten!

Firstly, the team defeated Cloudside A 2-0, thanks to goals from team captain, Emma East and Iris Castro, who dazzled the spectators with her fancy footwork on several occasions. In the second match, Emily "Emilio" Pickering, a constant powerhouse in midfield, opened the scoring against Cloudside B with a long range shot within 5 seconds of the opening kick-off! Chaucer went on to win 3-0 after Emilio doubled her tally and Castro notched another. Two goals from Emma East, who led the attack with a terrier-like harrassment of opposing defenders, meant that the last group game (against Dallimore) finished 2-0 to Chaucer.

After topping the group, Chaucer went head-to-head with Cloudside A in the Final. Chaucer had the better of the chances and hit the woodwork several times but it was East's scrambled winner that decided the contest and made Chaucer the champions!

The whole team showed a great deal of energy and played very well throughout. Honourable mentions go to Katelyn Hanson for her superb positional play and reliability, Ruby Bray for repeatedly getting into promising attacking situations, Katie Mill for her versatility (in defence and midfield), Aaliyah Proctor for (eventually!) curbing her attacking instincts to help the defence and Mollie Beardsmore for coping well despite her comparative lack of experience.

The only disappointed members of the team were the goalkeepers, "Mad" Madi White and Daisy "Killer" Mears-Miller...because they literally had nothing to do. They have both worked extremely hard, doing extra practises to improve their goalkeeping prowess and were looking forward to showing off their skills but personally, I'll be happy if they are left just as uninvolved every time they represent the school! (Unfortunately I suspect that they might be kept rather busier at the County Finals!)

Many thanks to Mrs Branderick and Miss Stallard for their help and to all the parents & family members that came along to offer their support.

~ Mr Woodcock

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