The 14 Kemble pupils representing the school tonight were just fantastic! They have committed themselves to an intensive weeks training, listened and learned and put everything into practise. We really couldn’t have asked any more of them.
The rules of high 5 meant that everyone had to move positions for each game. Our aims were to have fun, and not get beaten too badly, so we mixed the teams up. It meant splitting up some natural partnerships, and children playing in positions they aren’t entirely comfortable with, but they all got on with it.
Our very first game was a great start to the tournament, with Kemble beating Watermoor 3-0. Fantastic work in the circle meant the ball hardly came down to the defence, but when it did, the rest of the team worked smoothly together and sent it straight back up the line. They even held their heads up against Powells A. In the other half of the draw, the Kemble team only lost one game and missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals by the narrowest of margins – 1 goal more against (if only that amazing JP goal had counted, we would have been through – still it’s a shot his mother and all watching won’t forget J). I can’t pick anyone out for special mention as there were great moments from all.
The closing words from Mrs Rogers before we went to the tournament were that we needed to enjoy it, but to fight for every ball. Good team talk – they really did take it to heart and played like Trojans contributing 110% and never giving up. The children should be immensely proud of what they achieved this last week, it shows what can happen if you set your mind to something, try your hardest and work as a team.
Lots of thanks – Mrs Turner for all the, often last minute, admin support, Mrs Rogers and Ms Evans, for working with Nicky and I this week to coach the kids, Vicky for the flapjacks (news which got the loudest cheer in the final practise) and to the parents excitedly supporting from the side. Please also thank the children for letting Nicky and I boss them around all week, particularly me with my rather over-used whistle, we have so enjoyed it!