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Year 11 Boys Football Team Reach County Cup Final

It is well known that yr11 is a busy year for students.  Coursework deadlines, examination revision and then the added stress of actually sitting your exams.  To make things even more challenging for themselves, in the background, in addition to all their academic studies, the yr11 boys football team have been progressing quietly (although rather spectacularly) through their group stage of the district Football league. 

26th March 2015

It is well known that yr11 is a busy year for students.  Coursework deadlines, examination revision and then the added stress of actually sitting your exams.  To make things even more challenging for themselves, in the background, in addition to all their academic studies, the yr11 boys football team have been progressing quietly (although rather spectacularly) through their group stage of the district Football league.  Coached by Mr Bacon this team swept through their group round without a loss and only conceded 3 goals in 4 games (a rather stingy defence).  This meant that we finished top of our group ahead of Cottesloe school, Royal Latin, Mandeville and Akeley Wood.

This set up a semi-final at home against the Aylesbury Grammar School which turned out to be a classic game and will be remembered by those watching it for years to come.  After taking an early 2-0 lead we squandered this and only just got through to extra time with a last minute equalizer to make the scores 5-5.  In the first half of extra-time and an inspiring team talk from Mr Bacon we scored 3 quick goals to make it 8-5.  The final score was 9-6 to AVA.  The final was beckoning.

The final took place at Waddesdon school against the Waddesdon school.  AVA started well with 2 early attempts on goal but then Waddesdon clawed their way back into the game and started to become dominant forcing AVA to not play their typical game style.  An unfamiliar surface and a well organised opponent caused trouble for AVA and even one of Mr Bacons stirring half-time talks could not save the day on this occasion and we lost the final 4-1. 

Although devastated by this loss we would like to congratulate the boys in the team for their sustained hard work and effort they have put in over the past 5 years of their journey through the academy.  There have been highlights and lowlights but, this will be a team to be remembered for many a year to come.

Mr Poland & Mr Bacon, PE Department