The U8 footballers made a great start to their sporting career at Yardley Court. Their results were excellent winning over 85 % of their 38 matches. Including four out of four against Holmewood House and Dulwich Prep. The U8A team led the way, playing some great football and showing enormous potential for the future. Billy Boomgaardt, despite being an outfield player, was outstanding in goal, making great progress and pulling off some tremendous saves. Percy Rook and Hamish Cowling were superb at the back, with both tackling strongly, reading the game beautifully and distributing the ball effectively. Harry Corstorphine, Tom Costello, Barnaby Grant and Sonny Lampitt dominated the midfield area, with all boys displaying great skill, tenacity and an outstanding competitive desire. Up front Tristan Page proved to be a handful with his skill, tremendous speed, movement and eye for a goal. The U8B demonstrated our excellent strength in depth as they won 6 and drew 1 of their 10 matches. Jack Buckley, Sebastian Smith and George Crossland played with energy and desire throughout. The U8C deserve great credit for recording an unbeaten season winning 8 and drawing 2 of their 10 matches. This is an amazing achievement considering over 20 boys played for the C team during the season. Jacob Bishop, Oscar Anderson and James Charlesworth were amongst the boys to put in some excellent performances. The U8D team won 6 out of their 7 matches, a fantastic effort often against B and C teams. Max Ventris demonstrated great pace and an eye for goal, Myles Luther also showed good skills.
The U9s enjoyed a very active and successful season, playing 37 fixtures and winning 28 of them. The U9 A team can be very proud of their efforts. They were only beaten twice in nine fixtures which came against two very strong sides in Shrewsbury House and New Beacon. The highlight of the season was a 9-1 win against a good St Michael’s side. They also came very close to winning our own Yardley Court tournament but were unable to hold out in the final against New Beacon. George Holder was exceptional for the team in attack, Rohan Brown was solid in midfield and Ryan Young kept superbly in goal. They were well supported by Harrison Dunk and Thomas Barry in defence and Frank Glass, Zach Webb and Bear Ashley in midfield and attack. The U9B’s enjoyed an unbeaten season with their closest match coming against local rivals, St. Michael’s. The pace of Tom Hobbs down the wing provided plenty of opportunities for the potent strike force of Joe Rawlins and Cameron Cairns-Scott, which they regularly converted. Sam Bromley was a physical presence in the centre of midfield and worked tirelessly off the ball to regain possession. The success this season was built upon the solidity of the defensive pairing of Seamus Hamilton and Austin Venes, who nullified opposition forwards allowing others to press forward without fear of conceding. The U9C team had a very good season, winning seven and only losing one, this included notable victories against Shrewsbury House and Hilden Grange. Special mention goes to Teddy Paice and Will Crossland who showed fantastic determination and skill level throughout the season. U9D team played very well; thoroughly enjoyed their football, winning more than they lost. The boys struggled at time with passing, opting to dribble and run themselves; as their passing developed and their understanding of the game improved, so too, did their performances. The U9E team made excellent progress throughout the season. Isaac Potter demonstrated lots of energy and Noah Agble showed some intricate skills. All of the boys should be proud of their efforts this term, particularly their excellent 3-1 victory against Holmewood House.
Year Five played thirty-five matches during the football season. They won 54% of these and showed great commitment in training. The A team played skilfully and won their matches by narrow margins. Angus Hall and Jake Simmons gave classy performances in midfield, and they were ably backed-up by Felix McArdle-Hodge and Dante McNichol in defence. Fraser Page played his first season and proved to be an excellent goal scorer: he netted the winner against New Beacon away and the boys were thrilled with their 2-1 victory. Harry Leach, Finn Gentry-Potter and Cameron Honarvar also contributed to the success of the team, with their unrivalled hard work and determination. Oliver Morgan gave outstanding performances in goal and frequently displayed his excellent goalkeeping skills. The B team also played well and won two of their matches. William Tarry’s efforts in goal were appreciated. Noah Flanagan and Baxter Stanton gave their best efforts in defence. Archie Steddon, Lucas Wood, Max Tye and Henry Kyd also contributed well in midfield. The C team were invariably too strong for their opponents, and worked their socks-off! Evan Norris played admirably in goal and progressed to play for the B team later in the season. Thomas Brooks-White also progressed to the B team and Bertie Riolo gave sterling performances in defence. Hugo Valentine showed skill in midfield and was ably supported by Kaelen Bennett, Oliver Doubell and Charlie Tuffield. The D, E and F teams all gave their best efforts and won or drew over half of their matches. Notable performances were made by Jonah Murden, Tom Adamson, William Sime, Joe Taylor, Jasper Hazell and Oscar Hoeltschi.
The U11s showed fantastic strength in depth with nearly a dozen boys capable of playing A team football and the B team enjoyed great games against the C team in practice sessions. There were also plenty of opportunities for the boys playing in lower teams, with every boy playing 5 matches. Harrison Herring impressed for the E team and was probably the leading goal scorer in the age group. Edward Scarborough also made giant strides at this level. The U11D team enjoyed a very successful season and Edward Waters and Arya Moodaley proved to be very capable players. They narrowly missed out on an unbeaten season winning 6 and drawing 1 of their 8 matches. The A team should be disappointed with their three narrow defeats including a mad five minute period against a strong New Beacon side where they conceded 3 goals, eventually losing 3-1. They did record some excellent victories against Junior Kings, Sutton Valence and Sevenoaks Prep but this season will be remembered for the ones that got away. Tom Creasey had a great season transferring to a new position at the back and Jacob Webb, Charlie Lockhart and Ollie Grant put in some notable performances. The B team enjoyed a strong season with Seb Nottage and Toby Brown proving a formidable pair at the back. Leon Afrifa utilised his skill and pace to great affect accompanied by the steadying influence of Tom Henderson in midfield. The U11B won 4 and drew 3 of their 9 games. The C team shared the Pembury Cup for ‘Team of the Term’ as they enjoyed an unbeaten season, winning 9 out of 9. The energetic Louis van Oordt won the player of the year award but all of the boys in this team should be proud of their efforts.
The 1st XI got the term of to a good start, winning their first match 3-2 against a very strong St Michael’s side before unfortunately losing the next fixture against New Beacon. The boys dusted themselves off after this defeat winning their next four fixtures, including the best performance I have seen from a U13 side against a very strong Junior King’s side. The football being played throughout the season was a joy to watch, with the boys all looking to play the ball on the ground and out from defence. Our midfield displayed a rugged determination to win every ball and work hard for the team’s cause. James Barry, played in goal this year, producing some exceptional performances. Ethan Page and Sam Stockdale were the heartbeat of defence, showing a good understanding and reading of the game. Joshua O H, with his pace, skill and composure on the ball constantly threatened all opposing teams and was extremely unlucky not to finish the season with a higher goal tally. Drew Beazleigh exemplified how the number 10 role should be played by dropping deep to demand the ball, then using his range of passing ability to either get the ball wide or behind the back four for Josh O’Brien to finish. William Tyler and Oliver Creasey were excellent playing in front of the back four, protecting their defence well and then using their tremendous athletic ability to power forward and support the attacking play. It was these performances that saw Josh, Oliver, Will and Drew being picked for football trials at Ardingly College. The 2nd XI enjoyed a successful season winning 4 of their 6 matches and drawing 1. Oliver Kirkland proved a worthy stopper and Harvey Wen and Rupert Terry made a great central defensive partnership. New boys Charlie Williams and Oliver Lomas along with Max Bright provided the creativity further forward. Nathan Horgan was the player of the season for his hard work and consistency. Douglas Orr won the player of the season for the 3rd XI as they recorded victories over Holmewood House and Hawthorns as well as drawing an excellent game against Junior King’s Canterbury. Sebastian Coddington demonstrated great skill and bravery in goal and Theo Garrard provided a cutting edge up front. The 4th XI played out a very similar season to the 3rds. Sam Kingston and Gabriel Hossenboccus demonstrated real skill at this level and it was great to see so many boys getting an opportunity to play.