On Tuesday 21 June we travelled to Woodend Primary School to play against both them and Woodcroft Primary in the first round of the Year 5/6 Boys Statewide Knockout Soccer Competition. Our young team featured five Year 4 students and were provided with a clear game plan by Year 10 coaches Matt C and Zak H, which ultimately resulted in success and two great wins.
Our first game was against Woodend and initially ended in a 2-2 draw requiring us to go to penalties. REC’s boys kept their cool in an intense situation with nearly every player needing to take a spot kick, and after a Woodend strike was saved by a cool-headed Ruben S, Hunter J managed to slot one past the opposing keeper.
With a short break in between games and coming from such a high of having won our first game in incredible circumstances, our boys managed to stay focused and move two goals up by half time against Woodcroft. The opposition crept back in the game and scored late as our legs became heavy, but in the end we were able to hold our nerve, stick to our structure and come away with the win.
Most of the team could be mentioned in conversations about best players as everyone contributed in different ways. Special mentions do need to go to Bryce T, Carter H and Ryan H, who are all only in Year 4 and provided us with plenty of drive, creativity and leadership, Nate B who, although having never played soccer before, was able to position himself to great effect in defence, and of course Ruben S, who kept calm all day and was an absolute rock for us in goals. Also, a big thank you to two of our Year 12 students, Mia D and Shannon A, who did a fantastic job refereeing the day.
Now we set our sights on Round 2, which will be played around the middle of next term. Well done to all involved!
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