Dec 122017
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U11 Boys Football Tournament

St Christopher’s continued the tradition of hosting the first event in Bahrain’s Primary Sports League with the U11 Boys Football Tournament. Rain was threatening overhead as St Chris’s three teams – United, Rovers and again from the Development Squad, Athletic – began their quest for the cup.

United started ridiculously well with possibly a record 9-0 victory but then slumped to a surprise defeat by Bayan. Rovers and Athletic were having similarly mixed fortunes in their pool, including a 1-0 win by Rovers over Athletic. United managed to stage a recovery and made progress into the semi-finals against a strong BSB team who had won their group, with both Rovers and Athletic just missing out.

It was a tale of utter dominance from United but without a breakthrough as the final whistle blew with both teams unable to score and too resilient to concede. Extra time proved a similar story leaving penalties a cruel decider. Sam Stubbs stepped up as the St Chris hero, saving the final BSB penalty with a huge dive to his left and sending United into the final. It was a chance for United to make amends against Bayan and, as they had in the group game, opened the scoring through Abdulla Al Aali. Bayan, as they had in the group game, equalised but this time, St Chris proved the more determined and Faisal Fakhro crowned a great personal footballing week with his second trophy-winning goal in as many finals.

Every player did their bit for their team, showing that it is often the will-to-win that decides the outcome and should be as pleased with their performances as their managers, Mr Maye, Mr Dales and Mr Holness were. Huge thanks must go to Mr Gosling, Mr Ross and Mr Roycroft who refereed with complete impartiality and authority, as well as Mr Armstrong whose digital wizardry and consistent commentary kept the event rolling smoothly.

United:                                     Rovers:                                   Athletic:

Sam Stubbs                             Nathan Busek                          Oliver Duell

Aidan Nangle                           Ghazi Abunahl                        Abdulla Abueid

John Wilkie                              Thomas Jessup                       Hamza AlSalloum

Nicholas Santiago                   Cillian Finlay                             Faisal Al Jassim

Abboud Abi Ramia                  Aiden Kadissi                          William Brown

Zouheir Hamdan                      Sam Hayes                              Matthew van der List

Samuel Al Koheji                     Shahmeer Hakeem                  Cameron Charters

Faisal Fakhro                           Fuad Kanoo                             Abdulla AlRamadan

Nyasha Chihwayi                    Will Fisher                                Sami Ghozlani

Abdulla AlAali                          Owen Wrankmore                   Fawaz Al Aradi

Girl’s PSL Football Tournament


The PSL girls football tournament got off to a great start on Monday 20 November. St Chris entered three teams named United, Rovers and Athletic. All three teams showed they were a force to be reckoned with on the pitch! St Chris Athletic finished their pool games having not conceded any goals at all! Unfortunately, they just missed reaching the semi-finals. St Chris Rovers won some games and drew others, placing them at the top of their pool and seeing them enter the semi-finals against BSB A. St Chris United sailed through to also finish top of their pool. They didn’t concede any goals and entered the semi-finals as favourites. Having beaten BSB B, they headed into the finals. Unfortunately, in football, nothing is a certainty, and in a close match against BSB A, the final score was 2-1 to BSB. St Chris Rovers kept the goals out to make it a 0-0 draw at the end of time. This meant that St Chris United went home with 2nd place medals, while St Chris Rovers went home with joint 3rd place medals. Miss Lambert and Mr Dawson are very proud coaches! Well done girls!

St Chris United St Chris Rovers St Chris Athletic
Erin Jardine Dara Clifton Isla Dennell
Grace Dawson Wilma Tautenhahn Jessica McCarthy
Leanne cockerill Nour Tahboub Tabitha moore
Phoebe McInroy Yara Elkhatib Caitlin Peters
Isabel Looby Maddie Stewart Layla tedha
Amnah Albustani Sophia Mousa Flo Wilkins
Noha Barbir Esmae Pearey Kendra Manuel
Hanna Hevesey Saria alhamer Emily Elsdon
Mia Sum Kelsey Harris

Liana Alkhateeb