All hail the football team
Benny, Oscar, Archie, Bertie, William, Nathan and Carlos represented the school in the annual 6-a-side football tournament this week. Held on Bamford Recreation Ground each year, teams from the local cluster schools compete in the most exciting of afternoons for the aspiring football heroes. Well, heroes they were indeed this year!
Although losing their opening match to Bamford A to a narrow 1-0 defeat, they went on to score huge victories over Bamford B and then Eyam during the group stage. The true spirit of the occasion was felt between the teams as Eyam and Grindleford were constantly shouting support to each other when watching – such a pleasing thing to experience in such a sporting meeting.
The only thing to take the gloss off the occasion was the intense hail storm that we all saw approaching as it swept down the valley. With some brave umbrella work and a makeshift ‘wind-screen’ comprised of Mrs Hill and Mrs Cook from Eyam, I managed to make it through largely unscathed – thank you 😉 The lads showed their teamwork skills off further by improvising a coat-covered, low huddle that kept the stinging ice from their legs. May weather eh???!!!!???
Luckily it passed, and those two wins gave us enough points to qualify for the semi finals, where we came up against Hathersage A: a team that has defeated us many times in past encounters. However, the spirit and dedication of the boys shone through as they dominated the game, easing their way into the final.
Bamford A had also won their semi-final, and so we faced the team that just edged us on the opening game. The first half was extremely close and we were 1-0 up when the whistle went to swap ends. However, the Bamford team found their form in the second half, scoring the first of three goals in a matter of seconds from the kick off. They finished deserved winners – well done Bamford.
There were; tons of goals scored by Oscar, Nathan and Benny (including some thronkers!); superb, alert defending by Archie, Bertie and William; and cat-like reactions by Carlos in goal that ensured they remained in a winning position. The definition of teamwork. I know you’ll share the pride that Mrs Hill and I felt that afternoon over how well they did; thank you to Mike and Heather who also turned up to support them – it means so much for them to see you on the sidelines.
Finally, a huge thank you to Mr Hobson from Bamford for organising the event, we appreciate the effort and time put into preparing and running it all.