On Tuesday 17th November, our two Year 3/4 Unihoc teams made their way over to Sir John Leman High School to participate in this year’s Beccles Primary Schools’ Unihoc Tournament.
With our teams split into 2 leagues, we faced tough challenges from other schools in the area which were, Southwold, Ringsfield, Albert Pye, Worlingham, Barnby, Reydon and Brampton.
Following some excellent team work, passing and moving skills from our teams, these were the results of our league games:
Beccles Primary Academy A (Jessica, Alexia, Blake, Jack and Oliver)
Beccles A 1 – 3 Southwold
Beccles A 0 – 2 Ringsfield
Beccles A 0 – 4 Albert Pye B
Beccles A 1 – 3 Worlingham A
Although our A team provided some great opportunities for each other and proved to be able to work as a team, we were unfortunate to come away without a win, which resulted in being unable to make it through the group stages. However, this did not effect our teams spirit and they congratulated all the others schools after the final whistle, which is the sportsmanship we have been looking for at Beccles Primary Academy.
Beccles Primary Academy B (Luke, Calum, Owen, Sophie, Marie and Desaray)
Beccles B 2 – 1 Barnby
Beccles B 2 – 0 Reydon
Beccles B 2 – 1 Brampton
Beccles B 2 – 1 Albert Pye A
Without losing a game, Beccles B came through the group stages in first place, meaning they made it through to the FINALS OF THE TOURNAMENT!
Before the game we were able to have a team talk, with Mr Garrood stating how proud the children had made him and Mrs Wooltorton. Mr Garrood said it wouldn’t matter how the match ended, we could not be disappointed in the children, so they were to go out and enjoy their final game.
Up against a tough Worlingham squad, we were ready. On the whistle Beccles were in full control of the game, hitting the post twice in the first 2 minutes. Worlingham then managed to overcome the threat of a strong Beccles team and took a 1-0 lead. Within another 2 minutes Worlingham scored again through a strange but magical own goal! Although, with 3 minutes remaining and 2 goals down, this didn’t dishearten our team. Straight from centre, Luke was able to score from his own half making it 2-1. This time with Worlingham taking center, they were straight through on goal, but it was Marie who saved the effort with an over stretched leg. With time ticking, Beccles needed a goal… with 1 minute to spare Calum took a pass in from the side and managed to squeeze it through Worlingham’s defence which left Luke free at the far post by himself, GOAL! Beccles had equalised in the dying seconds of the game.
With the final whistle gone, it was now over time, with the referees stating the match will be decided on a Golden Goal. Beccles were awarded the centre, which Calum took, passing the puck to Luke but it didn’t manage to make it to the goal, deflected off of a Worlingham defender. Calum was the quickest to react taking a quick fire, under pressure shot.. GOOOOOALLL! With the puck only just managing to cross the line through the keepers legs, the referee awarded the goal to Beccles Primary Academy, who had now won their first ever tournament!
Before the celebrations began, Beccles put on their professional sportsman heads and went over and congratulated the runners up by shaking their hands. There were players in our team who shed a few tears due to them being so proud of themselves and their team mates, there also may have been a few tears from Mrs Wooltorton, but we won’t discuss that! On the coach home, Luke said “We are the best school!” with all our children agreeing.
We at Beccles Primary Academy would like to congratulate all our children who participated in this event, showing such professionalism and high quality sportsmanship. We are so proud of you all!
Keep up the fantastic work and effort you are putting into your PE and Sports, you all make me very proud to be a part of such a wonderful school!