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Manchester City ‘keeper watches as second year footballers lift silverware

Second Year footballers with Joe Hart

At the end of the spring term, Mr Wright and Mr Morton took 17 players from the second year football team to a four-day tournament at Shrewsbury School.

All 17 players, Mr Wright and Mr Morton were looking forward to this tournament, believing we could do well, despite the absence of a number of key squad players. We were also missing Mr Masters (our coach), who we would like to thank along with Mr Bowden for their brilliant coaching and efforts with us this season.

We didn’t begin the tournament particularly well, losing 2-0 to Madeley Academy. Max O’Brien came the closest to scoring, putting it wide from close range. On Tuesday, Arjun’s dad (Mr Takiar) arrived to bolster the coaching staff, but we still suffered defeats, losing to Ivy Bridge College (the eventual winners) and Meole Brace School (the local favourites).

At last a victory! We beat Bishop Vesey’s 3-0, Alfie Earith, Lewis Braddock and George Francis, our ‘keeper, all on target – George hit it on the volley from inside his own box and into the net!

We continued well on Wednesday, thrashing St Paul’s 5-0 with Lewis Braddock scoring a hat-trick, with Alfie Earith and Jonty Coombes also scoring. Sam Harvey did well in an unfamiliar position at left back and Tom Pearse earned a well-deserved man of the match award.

The next game was against St Peter’s Collegiate (our residential partners). The game finished 1-1, Alfie Earith converting Joe Donnarumma’s through ball. The result was decided with a penalty shootout in which George made two brilliant penalty saves and was the hero of the hour.

We drew our final match 0-0 with Wilmslow leaving us fourth overall in the tournament standings. Trophies and medals were presented by Manchester City and England ‘keeper Joe Hart.

On Thursday we split the squad into three teams for the five-a-side tournament. 12 teams were in the competition, so we felt we had a good chance. All three teams made the semi-finals before the team of Joe, Lewis, Tom Sixsmith, Charlie Kirker, Callum Anderson and Arjun claimed the silverware. It was a great end to an exciting four days.

Thanks to Mr Wright, Mr Morton and Mr Takiar for all their hard work, and congratulations to Joe Donnarumma who was voted Stockport Grammar School player of the tournament.