Senior Girls and Futsal

Hi there!

I’m Chhaya Patel – one of the Senior Captain’s of House, alongside Immanuel Hazel. I am studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-Level. So far this academic year, I am part of the school netball team, have played in Senior Girls House Futsal and I am part of this year’s Fireworks committee, with Lewis Ward. As part of my role, I would like to see the whole school (including sixth form) getting involved in House competitions, whether they be sporting, academic, charity events, community awards or gaining house points.

The first half term of the school year has seen 3 House Futsal Competitions: Senior Girls, Senior Boys and Year 7; Senior Boys House Hockey has also taken place. Below is a great report about the Senior Girls Futsal Competition written by Emily Pitt of Gryphon.

It was a great competition that I participated in myself. It was fantastic to see such a large turnout, and I hope to see similar support shown for future house events. Thank you to all those that played or that came along to watch and support their house and thank you to Mr Gibbons for organising it.

In the coming half term we hope to introduce and launch various charity challenges in year’s 7-9 to raise money, collect books,  stationary and non perishables for 3 chosen charities. I hope that sixth formers will also get involved.

Chhaya Patel 🙂

Futsal Report:  With girl’s house events such a success last year, many girls were once again looking forward to competing in the first house event of the year, house futsal.
With some talent from each house leaving QM last year, the competition was left wide open to every house. Having only been in the school for 4 weeks, the new year 12s found themselves being recruited into their first sporting event of their time at QM. The turnout of new girls was very good for some houses like Gryphon, who had 4 year 12s available to play at every match. This could not be said however for other houses where the teams comprised of only 1 or 2 year 12s, which is something that could definitely be improved ahead of the next house events.

Going into the first match on Wednesday 28th September was Aragon and Darby; with Darby overflowing with available players, giving them plenty of substitutes with fresh legs for the latter half of the match. However, this abundance of players was still not enough to cloud the attacking force of Aragon’s trio of Chhaya, Alina and Tara. Together with a borrowed player from Darby in goal, they were able to score an impressive 6 goals making the game very one sided. Darby managed a few counter-attacks led by differing players, which had the support of all of the spectators from Petypher and Gryphon. Unfortunately, none of the breaks were successful, leaving the final score at 6-0 to Aragon.

The second match of the day was Gryphon versus last year’s dominating team in girl’s house events, Petypher. From the whistle until the end of the match, Gryphon’s defence were rarely required due to the strength of their attackers. The effort of Petypher’s defence however was admirable as they attempted to dampen Gryphon’s streak of goal scoring. Credit is certainly due to Petypher’s goal keeper, Kareeyce, who managed to save a fair few goals despite the final score. The 11 goals scored by Gryphon were result of the fast paced passing and accurate strikes from Hannah, Sophie and Ellie, with Sophie scoring an impressive 9 out of the 11 goals. Final score 11-0 to Gryphon.

The following day Aragon went into their match against Petypher strong after their win over Darby. Aragon set off confidently scoring 2 goals in succession, but Petypher soon responded to end Aragon’s run of goals, by scoring their first goal in the futsal competition thanks to the teamwork of the forward players of Zaynab and Kathryn. This was then swiftly followed by a further 3 goals forcing Aragon to play defensively for the rest of the match. Although Aragon tried to claw back at the lead Petypher had over them, their attacks were unsuccessful. This left the final score at 4-2 to Petypher.

After their success the previous day, Gryphon went into their second match confidently. However, from the whistle, Gryphon’s attackers found it difficult to find space amongst Darby’s defence which comprised of the majority of their team, with Amal and Jaya especially, blocking many of Gryphon’s attacks. This made the match much less one sided than expected. Darby were unable to make any strong breaks to cause a threat to Gryphon meaning Gryphon continued their streak of not letting a goal in. In this match, it was the turn of Hannah and Ellie from Gryphon to score 3 goals between them to make the final score 3-0 to Gryphon.

The final day of matches saw Darby versus Petypher, with Darby yet to win a match despite their commendable team effort. Straight away it was clear the match would be very close as both teams were showing promising skill in attacking against each other. It was Darby who took the lead with a goal from Nikita. Petypher soon responded with a goal to bring the scores level. Desperate not to lose their final match, Darby kept on the front foot and were rewarded by a second goal. With the match looking to end 2-1, Petypher had one final attack in the closing minute of the game to try to bring the scores level again. A great final goal by Kathryn ended the game with a draw, 2-2.

Gryphon versus Aragon was the match most people were looking forward to, as they were the two strongest teams of the house competition. Gryphon found themselves on the back foot early on, testing their defence and the goal keeping skills of Frankie, who had not played football before the first match on Wednesday. Although spending the majority of the match attacking, Aragon were unable to find the back of the net before Gryphon. A relieving first goal by Ellie allowed Gryphon to focus all of their players in defence for the rest of the match. Aragon’s impressive skills and teamwork by all players, especially Alina, allowed them to score an equaliser, bringing the score to 1-1. Both sides were able to stand their ground for the rest of the match, depriving each other of any further goals.

This closely competed match was a great way to end the house futsal competition, demonstrating both the healthy rivalry between the houses, and the tight community within the houses.

(Above) Senior Girls House Futsal Results Table
The Winning Team – Gryphon – Emily, Sophie, Ellie, Monica, Hannah, Frankie

Report by Emily Pitt 6HC, Gryphon