Football brightened up the day despite looming storm clouds and a forecast of torrential rain as St Christopher’s hosted the annual Primary Sports League U11 Boys Football Tournament on Wednesday 25 November. With a large array of football talent to choose from, St Chris were able to field three teams who all performed admirably.
The C team, superbly marshalled by the outstanding Andrew Monkhouse, narrowly missed out on joining the A and B teams in qualifying for the semi-finals. Hashim Khalaifat and Jacob Phillpots were firing on all cylinders for the Bs as they entered a penalty shootout for third place. Jed Thomas stepped up heroically to save a penalty. With his teammates matching the opposition kick for kick, sudden death was eventually halted in favour of a joint-third place award.
The cohesion of the A’s teamwork was so good it made it difficult to highlight a particular player’s performance as they made the final without having conceded a goal in their pool stages. They ran out worthy 3-1 winners with every player making significant contributions to the victory, allowing Captain Ali Al-Nusuf and Vice-Captain James Pilgrim to lift the retained trophy. Each player should be proud of their contributions to their teams and the standards they set at this tournament. Well played!
|A Team||B Team||C Team|
|Sean MacNamara||Jed Thomas||Owen Tahboub|
|Thomas Roycroft||Salim Al Shahry||Andrew Monkhouse|
|Owen Verbeek||Oscar Bicknell||Jacob Sum|
|Saif Al-Nusuf||Yousif Redha||Idrees Mian-Cudmore|
|Sam Fisher||Mohammed Ghaith||Tariq Alyaqoob|
|Matthias Hopman-Ruh||Jacob Phillpots||Cormac Mulleague|
|Ali Al-Nusuf||Yousif Al Mahoozi||Rayaan Anwar|
|Joe Dennison||Hashim Khalaifat||Darion Ali|
|Alex Hopman-Ruh||Salman Al Khalifa||Faisal Kanoo|
|Hassan Qamber||Isa Al Khalifa||Ryan Karaan|