The U8s at Fareham today played one of the longest tournaments I’ve seen; everyone kept their enthusiasm up and played all the way through, well done! Thanks to the parents who supported the team and kept them engaged, motivated and fed(!) throughout the 4 hours.
Matilda and Jude played an outstanding attacking game, tackling hard in midfield and finding space up front; Matilda getting our only goal of the tournament – well done! Scarlet played outstandingly well in goal, keeping numerous shots from crossing the line. James, Archie, Nat and Ella really found their feet in midfield, supporting the forwards when we were in the opponents’ half while racing back to support our defence when we needed them there. Ella picked up a painful hit to her knee from the ball, but she was back on for the next game and didn’t let it stop her from getting back in front of the ball! Dom and Andrew were both enthusiastic and strong in defence and goal, harassing the oppositions attack and getting the ball out to our midfield.
Judith was our coach’s player of the tournament for her fearless tackling and outstanding ball control, even when faced with players twice her size! Jude was our players’ player of the tournament; he was always in the right place take the ball from the other side in midfield and get it forward to create opportunities.
The highlights of the tournament for me were the second game (Havant vs. Chichester: 1-0) and the last game (Havant vs. City of Portsmouth: 0–0). In both games, we really played really well together throughout the field, defence, midfield and forward. We dominated both games and spent most of the time in the other teams’ half of the pitch with numerous opportunities in our opponents ‘D’. On the rare occasions where the other team broke through our midfield, our defence and goal keepers were outstanding, tackling well and keeping the ball out of our goal. Everything came together well for two really enjoyable games to watch.