SPARK 5 A-Side Football Tournament

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Once again SBSJ played host to the Catholic Schools Sports Partnership (SPARK) 5 a-side Football Competition.

The weather was perfect on Saturday morning for the annual 5-aside competition held at SBSJ (Ardor Site). A record 14 of our Catholic feeder primary schools attended, with most entering U9 and U11 teams.

The U11 competition was split into two leagues of 8 teams. Each team playing the other once in 8 minute games. The top two teams from each league then going into semi-finals. The U9 competition was a straight league format of 9 teams. Each school played eight games and
whoever won the most points would take the coveted shield.


The games were refereed and scored by our SBSJ students (both A level and GCSE). They volunteered their time and did a great job. Thanks to them for helping. Andrew Mehrem, Kaden Henry, Mathew Baxter, Twanda Sikwese, Harvey Weston-Beyer, Leon Kowal, Patrick McGrath, Maria Dinesh, Yasmeen Akbar and Momna Arshad.

The morning was played out in a great spirit with all teams shaking hands at the end of each game. It was fantastic to see the children having such a great time together at our secondary school, where most of them will come to, and become friends at in future. Lots of high quality football was played with tenacious tackling, tricky dribbling and powerful shooting evident on every pitch.

The U9 league finished with one point separating the two top teams. Both Our Lady St Brendan’s and St Matthew’s played amazingly well and it was St Matthew’s that claimed the tournament win. Congratulations to them.


After the U11 league group games had finished League  ‘A’ had St Anthony’s Clayton and St Francis and the  league ‘B’ had St Walburga’s and St Mary and St Peter’s progressing into the semi-finals. It was both the ‘A’ league teams that made the final is a replay of their final group game; St Anthony’s Clayton and St Francis. In a tense final with many last ditch tackles and high quality goalkeeping, it was a single St Anthony’s goal that won them the tournament. Congratulations to them.

We hope that everyone had an excellent morning of football. Well done to all teams involved.

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