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 Brunswick Park Fun Run – Friday 26th May

On the last day of half term, Friday 26th May, we will be holding a fun run for the whole school. It would be great if you could support us with this event.

It has been a huge week for Brunswick Park sport, as the year 3 boys and girls faced schools from across Barnet in their very own football tournament. The format was similar to the year 2 competition held the previous week with a competitive edge added and a trophy on offer for the champions. Both the boys and girls showed their quality and ability bringing medals and silverware back to the school for the 4th time in the last two years.

Year 3 Girls

The girls were by far the best side in their group as they dominated each game, winning the ball high up the pitch and piling on pressure. Despite dominating all of these games, Brunswick Park was struggling to score goals. Great saves, mishit shots, struck posts and goal line clearances all seemed to be much more common than a shot finding the back of the net.

However, after a disappointing 0 – 0 draw, confidence started to grow when Brunswick finally got their goal beating Mathilda Marks 2 – 0 with goals from Eylul and Alayziah. Another good result then followed against Broadfields where Isha added her name to the list of scorers to send the team through to the next round. The girls were really beginning to develop as a team, Andrea, Alessia and Reva began to understand their jobs as defenders while the other players worked on moving away from the ball and passing to each other to create opportunities.

After winning the group, we progressed to the quarter finals against St Johns. Once again the girls dominated the game but failed to find the back of the net, meaning it went to penalties. After 3 penalties each it was all level. Ronnie stepped up to fire her penalty hard into the back of the net and then Reva pulled off a stunning diving save to send Brunswick Park into the semi-finals. The semi-final was a similar story once again being frustrated by some good defending and rushed finishing. It looked like Eylul was going to put Brunswick ahead after a wonderful run only to be denied by the keeper. Chalgrove then replied with an effort that struck the post before being scrambled away. The whistle went and it was penalties once again!. This time luck was not on the girls’ side as the Chalgrove goalkeeper pulled off a number of great penalty stops sending them into the final meaning Brunswick girls having to settle for 3rd place.

A wonderful experience for all of the girls and they fully deserved their medals. With a little bit of luck they could have had the trophy too. I hope we can now use this success to build something for girls’ football at the school and provide them with plenty of opportunities to develop and play, as there was definitely no shortage of enthusiasm.

 Year 3 Boys

This boys’ team was full of aggression, athleticism, technique and most importantly a wonderful team spirit. This committed group of boys treated spectators to a very memorable and enjoyable morning in the pouring rain.

In a tough first game the boys edged out a 1 – 0 victory against St Vincent’s after Joseph powered home from close range. After getting their first win, the boys looked immediately more confident and started playing the football they had been practising before the tournament had started. One win was followed by another 1-0 victory and despite winning; the team knew the football they had played deserved even more. They were passing across the pitch, working the ball down the wing and crossing to attackers waiting in the box.

Meanwhile Ben and Jack were dominating everything at the back, holding their positions and picking out some great passes. As Brunswick Park dominated each of their group games, Kyri, Tyler, Alex and Joseph all added plenty more goals. The quality of some of the passing moves was also a pleasure to watch and showed the ability and intelligence these boys have.

Brunswick comfortably progressed through as group winners and were set to face Danegrove in the Quarter Finals.  This game was a cagey and tactical battle with both sides creating few chances. Both teams had goals disallowed early on and time was running out as they both searched for the goals.  Brunswick threw numbers forward to build the pressure, but Danegrove hit back on the counter-attack as the Brunswick defenders were caught out of position. Luckily Philip was on hand to pull off a wonderfully athletic stop and gather the ball. After a period of defending, Brunswick broke away and poked the ball passed the keeper to break the deadlock.

However, despite leading, Danegrove still looked dangerous. Theo came on to man mark their most talented player and did a wonderful job. He didn’t let him get a kick. Every time their star player picked up the ball Theo was there to force him away from goal. Elation and relief were both clear to see at the final whistle as the boys celebrated their way to the semi-finals.

 The semi-final proved to be the team’s most dominant display. After building early pressure, Joseph curled in a corner that was deflected into the net.  After the early goal the team really showed what they were capable of, Tyler and Joseph both added goals before Jack scored a stunning half volley from long distance, cannoning in off the bar. Alex then found himself on the end of a well worked cross to complete the 5 -0 victory and send the team brimming with confidence into the final against Sacred Heart.

The final proved a nervy and tense encounter. Brunswick Park tried to get the ball forward, but their usual passing style wasn’t working as Sacred Heart defended well. For the first time in the tournament Brunswick’s defence came under real pressure as well. Jack and Kyri at the back showed some excellent defending and positioning to keep the ball away from the goal, while Phillip was called upon to make a number of saves. Joseph and Tyler’s energy was key in moving the ball into the oppositions half and it looked like Tyler was going to score when Joseph slip ped the ball behind the defence, but he just couldn’t poke it away before the keeper came out. Theo then came on to replace Alex, as Sacred Heart came forward again hitting an effort just wide. From the goal kick, Philip chipped the ball to the wing over the defender’s head. As the defender became caught underneath it, it bounced up and from a tight angle Theo unleashed a deadly volley that flew into the roof of the net with the keeper rooted to the spot….1-0! They had made the crucial breakthrough but still had to defend the lead. Sacred Heart threw everything they had at it. Joseph, then Jack, then Kyri all made valuable blocks to keep the ball away from the goal and Brunswick ahead . Eventually, after the longest 2 minutes in the boys’ short lives, the whistle finally blew and Brunswick Park were Year 3 champions!

A wonderful performance from all the boys that played and a big thank you to all the parents that were there to support. It was extremely pleasing to see such great attitudes, sportsmanship and teamwork from everyone. They were wonderful and created an experience I’m sure they will never forget. Once again the footballing future for Brunswick Park looks brighter and brighter.