Sports News 23rd March 2018
Brunswick Park 6 – 7 Holly Park
A thrilling netball match took place at Holly Park last week with two strong teams battling it out until the final seconds. In the end, top of the table Holly Park just sneaked ahead in the dying seconds to earn the victory. Brunswick Park fell behind in the first quarter and trailed 2-0 before an amazing response in the next quarter with wonderful link up play between Adam and Jacob. Their excellent pressure and accurate shooting led Brunswick Park to a 5-2 advantage before Holly Park’s shooters hit back to make it 5-4 at half time. The game was end to end from that point with Holly Park edging in front and then Brunswick Park pulling it back again. The team were level with 2 minutes remaining, when the Holly Park shooter managed to hold a shot from just inside the circle to edge them 7-6 in front and win the game. It was the best performance I have seen from this team and although the league position may not show it, they proved they are now one of the best teams in the competition. We have 1 fixture remaining against Church Hill and are confident of finishing with a win.
Team: Isabella, Rayana, Kahenti, Adam, Jakub, Freya, Lana, Melis
On Tuesday 23rd March, Brunswick Park’s cross country team faced the mile challenge once again in some very boggy and muddy conditions at Allianz Park. This was ‘proper’ cross country! We witnessed some amazing performances from all the members of the team as Brunswick Park eclipsed their team score from earlier in the year with almost every runner from year 4,5 and 6 improving their performance. Each race consisted of around 70 participants from all across Barnet making some of the achievements even greater. Well done all!
Brunswick Park 3 – 2 Summerside
One of the most memorable boys’ football matches took place last week as unbeaten Brunswick Park faced champions and unbeaten Summerside in a top of the table clash. It was a tight and physical affair, with some excellent football from the players on show resulting in a historic victory. Brunswick started well and on the front foot as Jediah showed a wonderful bit of skill to cut inside his defender and put the ball in to give his side an early lead. However, soon after, Summerside’s physical presence brought about an equaliser as they headed the ball in from close range to level the match. Both teams then settled into the game cancelling each other out with committed and organised defending as they both tried to create opportunities. Summerside had some long range efforts but it was Brunswick Park that looked more dangerous on the counter attack. Archie was holding the ball up like a young Harry Kane repeatedly receiving the ball to his feet and linking up with Konstantin and Jediah on a number of occasions. After breaking away, once again, they worked it through to Jediah who managed to skip around the goalkeeper and give Brunswick a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half continued in similar fashion with Brunswick’s counter attack and wingers proving a constant threat. Konstantin was up and down the left wing with endless energy snuffing out attacks and then starting them himself. Another sweeping move ended with the ball being slipped through to Archie, who kept his composure to poke home, making it 3 -1. Brunswick were on top and the communication and teamwork from all over the pitch showed what a force they were. As the clock ticked on, Brunswick broke away again with Ameen, who had come off the bench, was through one on one. As he went to shoot, he was brought down from behind and earned Brunswick a Penalty. Redmond was the brave man who stepped up driving it low to the keepers right but an outstanding reaction save was enough to tip it around the post. That moment was the catalyst for a Summerside’s resurgence, in the next ten minutes they peppered the Brunswick goal with pressure and chances. Despite the pressure, Khyan and Nathan held strong blocking everything and clearing their lines well. However, with 5 minutes to go the Summerside player was bundled over in the box giving them the chance to pull one back with a penalty. They took their chance to make it 3-2 and continued to pile on the pressure. Summerside were getting closer and closer but Brunswick refused to let them past with heroic blocks and tackles to get the ball away from the danger. Twice the Summerside striker broke through and looked a certainty to score but huge saves form Octai in goal somehow managed to keep the ball out. After some agonising stoppage time, the final whistle eventually blew and the team had dragged themselves to a superb victory.
The title race is now down to the wire between these two teams. Brunswick Park need to win their final game against bottom of the league Holly Park whilst also needing Summerside to slip-up in one of their games against Martins or Akiva (who we have struggled against this season). We will wait and see the result but the Brunswick boys have done all they can and are 1 game away from completing the league season unbeaten.
Team: Octai, Nathan, Khyan, Redmond, Konstantin, Jediah (2), Archie (1), Mital, Ameen