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Tuesday 21 May 2013. The school week is currently A.
The Year 10 football team enjoyed a relatively successful season although it was a mixed campaign, often ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. They demonstrated on many occasions that they are a very capable outfit when they want to be and have some excellent players. Superb performances were produced against Cooper and Banbury,; battling ones against Chenderit and Magdalen College (despite falling to a 2-1 defeat) ; with their downfall being disappointing performances against BGN, BCC and Warriner. The team could possibly have finished in a top two position had they managed to field their strongest eleven on a weekly basis and been able to find consistency throughout. But it was not to be and considering the teams underperformance in recent years, they can take great heart from a very competitive league campaign in which they have represented the school in a fantastic manner. Their enthusiasm for the game is very apparent and on the whole their commitment during games has been superb, with every player who has featured playing their part in a solid league campaign.
The highlights of the league have to be the 4th goal against Banbury (a clear example of the sublime), Mr Catling's battle with the mini bus alarm against BCC and Ben Walsh's inexplicable attempt at gift wrapping a goal for Warriner with his throw in straight down the line towards his own goal and an opposition striker's feet (clearly an example of the ridiculous).
I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching the team and I hope that they can build on their much improved form this year and that in the years to come they enjoy even greater success.
Played - 8
Won - 4
Drew - 1
Lost - 3
GF - 23
GA - 15
Points - 13
Mr Smith's Player of the Season: Max Jones
Mr Smith's Most Improved Players of the Season: Ben Walsh/ Joe Howes
Top Scorer: Max Jones
Ryan Haynes- A solid campaign between the sticks, making a number of useful saves when called upon. Almost pulled off a remarkable draw at champions Magdalen College single handedly with a blinding performance.
Ben Walsh - A very impressive campaign, in which he made the left back berth his own, regularly contributing excellent performances by playing intelligent, effective football. Comfortable in both attack and defense, Ben has been one of the teams star players.
Jacob Haynes - A no nonsense defender, with an eye for a pass, Jacob has been an ever present in the team and has been a consistent and assured performer. He thrives in breaking up play and turning defense into attack and is excellent at marshaling the back 4, making him a key player for the team.
Travis Gordon- Travis's best asset is his pace and he has used this to good effect to ensure the defense have conceded very few goals in the majority of their games. He has regularly swept up opposition attacks and has looked assured alongside Jacob in the heart of the defense.
Joe Knight - Once again an intelligent footballer who is comfortable on the ball and able in the tackle. He has performed his duties well and has worked hard for the team, looking assured in the right back position throughout the campaign.
Aaron Holmes - When Aaron has been called upon he stepped up to the task well, providing the team with a dominating figure in defense. He is good both in the air and the tackle and he has worked hard for the team when he has played.
Tom Dale - When fit and available Tom showed confidence on the ball and provided the team with a fantastic attacking outlet from the midfield with several marauding runs that put the team on the front foot. Tom has great vision and an eye for a battle and it is a shame he wasn't available for more games. Tom is a member of the successful Mid-Oxon district squad.
Ed Keppie - Ed has been one of the teams star performers and he has produced performances that have shown great maturity, confidence and assurance, regularly controlling the midfield battles. He is a natural competitor who is solid in the tackle, strong on the ball and intelligent in both attack and defense. Ed is also a member of the successful Mid-Oxon district squad.
Sean Walker - Sean has improved with every game that has passed and has shown himself to be a very capable footballer, with two good feet, an eye for a pass and a good work rate. He has played in several positions but has taken every one in his stride and performed equally well in them all.
Joe Howes -Joe has been an ever present in the team and has performed better and better as each game has passed, with solid, whole hearted and committed performances from the off. He has developed his game in a manner that has seen him become more and more comfortable in possession and a leader on the pitch. He also chipped in with a vital goal.
Ollie Hazel - Ollie is a footballer blessed with an extremely powerful left foot! When on his game Ollie is an extremely influential and skilful player who can terrorize defenders and keepers alike. He can play a great array of passes and can unleash a lethal shot scoring some very good goals and supplying some fantastic assists.
Olly Kinch -Since joining the squad Olly has been a very useful addition. He has shown himself to be very comfortable on the ball, very industrious and has an eye for goal, scoring a fantastic goal against Chenderitt and providing several assists in other matches. He is a hardworking player who has performed well since joining the team.
Jack Sims - Jack was a regular member of the squad and acquitted himself well, showing a nice touch, confidence on the ball and an eye for goal, scoring a fantastic goal against Cooper.
Max Jones - Max is a typical old fashioned centre forward who thrives on playing on the shoulder of the last defender and feeding off scraps. He has shown a natural eye for a finish and has scored an exceptional number of goals that have arrived in all shapes and sizes. He has provided the team with a superb outlet up front and a master class in finishing and he has also shown himself to be equally able in a more defensive role when the game did dictate. He was a great leader on the pitch and worked extremely hard in every game.
Posted: 2011-05-09 00:00:00
Last Edited: 2012-01-03 15:44:52