The Year 11 Football Team, in their final year, yet again had a memorable year in both the County Cup and Bournemouth Town Cup competitions, continuing their successes of the previous seasons. Having won the County Cup last year they successfully defended the trophy against a strong Twynham team, an extremely close encounter where Twynham pushed St Peter’s to the end. Although Twynham dominated the initial stages, St Peter’s strength, spirit, tenacity and technical ability shone through and they were eventual winners after extra time, 2-1 with both goals from Jean Colangelo.
The Bournemouth Town Cup Final followed against a promising Winton School team, also at Chapel Gate, where once again conditions did not favour the St Peter’s style of play. St Peter’s started quickly out of the blocks and netted an early goal from David Bratchford. The St Peter’s boys dominated play throughout and could have been four goals to the good by half time. St Peter’s continued to dominate into the second half although with just a one goal lead, Winton always fancied their chances on the counter attack. St Peter’s with their persistent pressure finally got a well deserved second from Dylan Russell which put the game beyond Winton, finishing 2-0.
The team have grown from strength to strength since arriving in Year 7 in 2010. With little to show for their first year at St Peter’s, expectation was low for their remaining years here. Little did we know. In Year 8 the boys made it to the final of the Town Cup, losing to a strong Highcliffe team. Buoyed on by their previous final experience, the St Peter’s team dominated proceedings in both local and county football. In Year 9 they made both finals, although they were beaten by both Corfe Hills and Harewood. Year 10 saw the team once again reaching both finals, losing the Bournemouth Town Cup to old rivals Highcliffe, whilst dominating Purbeck to win their first piece of silverware and the prestigious Mark Frowde Cup Dorset Cup. The rest is history……
Arguably the most successful team in St Peter’s School history, the statistics speak for themselves. Seven Cup final appearances in four years, three times winners, four times runners up. Unbeaten in the 2014/15 Season and unbeaten in the County Cup for two years. From Year 8, the team have achieved 34 wins, 4 draws and seven losses, a 71% win ratio. A total of 34 players have been involved over those years and even in the most successful season, 23 players have been utilised, showing the strength and depth that the year group has to offer.
A big thank you for all their hard work, dedication, ability and willingness to succeed. You have been excellent ambassadors for the school and we wish you all well for the future.
Mr Trickey, Teacher of PE