Over the past 2 weeks Grafham Grange have hosted over 280 students from 16 different schools taking part in the annual SSSSA football tournaments.
The first tournament, Year 10/11, saw Blossom Hill beat Wandle Valley 2 – 0 in the 1st tier Cup final.
In the 2nd tier Plate, Grafham Grange suffered a heart-breaking defeat on penalties at the hands of Wishmore Cross. And in the 3rd tier Shield competition, Nightingale beat Bensham Manor 2 – 1.
Grafham Grange ‘Player of the Day’ went to Brandon, for an outstanding performance in goal and maintaining calmness under immense pressure during the penalty shootout.
‘Sportsman of the Day’ went to Samuel P for his positive attitude and outlook, encouragement, resilience and sportsmanship.
In the Year 8/9 tournament, St Dominic’s School lifted the Cup beating Wandle Valley 2 – 0. Nightingale eased to victory 3 – 0 against Grafham Grange in the Plate final.
Bensham Manor won on penalties against Wandle Valley B in a tense penalty shoot out to lift the Shield. And in the 4th tier Bowl final Claredon A beat Claredon B.
Grafham Grange ‘Player of the Day’ went to Taylor for his unreal display of skills, speed and goal scoring ability.
‘Sportsman of the Day’ went to Harvey T for his outstanding leadership, encouragement and support for his team mates. It was also mentioned by staff members from other schools how well he lead the team and how he provided a positive role model for the rest of players.
A special mention to Aidan for the tackle of the tournament against Nightingale!
It was great to see the students playing competitive sport again and interacting with their peers, as well as students and staff from other schools. The spirit in which the students played was exceptional, as was their conduct – they were all a credit to their schools.
Another special mention goes to our Year 10s for helping prepare the teams and run the event, in particular, Brandon for his extra 1:1 coaching sessions for the goals keepers and Jack B for returning to refereeing and doing such a fantastic job.