Year 3 buzzing about football

Two teams of Year 3 students are buzzing after a very exciting day at the Caboolture District  Year 3 Football Championships this week. The girls were very excited to finish as runners up and the boys placed third which was also a fantastic result.

The teams have only been together for a few weeks but were very keen to perform well at this event. Many of the girls do not play football but a core of a few girls who have had experience encouraged their friends and a team was established. Mrs Eskdale was a great encourager of the girls and inspired them to have a go. The girls’ skills and gameplay improved from “bees around a honey pot” play to passing the ball into space and driving towards the goal to score.

There are many quality male football players at Glasshouse Christian College so selecting a boy’s team was difficult due to the talent on show. The boys covered the field well and kept their positions to play some beautiful football.

The girls played five round-robin games during the day and were unbeaten in all but one of these games. Indigo Hetherington was always strong in defence and Jade and Zali Fullerton, Isla McNeil and Georgie Cobb were all strong in attack and scored many goals between them. The girls played in the final against St Michael’s who was a very skilled team and lost 6 – 2. We are very proud of the girls who played strongly against St Michael’s, scoring twice and becoming runners up in the competition. The girls are keen to play more competitions like this and Mrs Stott is looking forward to seeing this group of girls achieve against other schools in a variety of sports.

The boy’s team played awesome football and were unbeaten in their first four games but two draws meant they finished second in their pool and were in the third and fourth place final. Their fourth game against Mountain Creek was very exciting as this game determined which team would be in the final. Our boys scored first but Mountain Creek scored to make the score 1 – all. Sam Catton had an awesome shot not long before full time which just flew over the crossbar meaning the game finished as a draw. Mountain Creek went on to win the final. The boys played Morton Downs State School in the third/fourth final and won 2 – 1 to finish in third place. Kobe Anderson was always strong on the wing putting many dangerous balls in and Jack Ives, Oscar Stokje and Thomas Jones were strong on the attack with Jack scoring some fantastic goals.

It was fantastic to have so many family members supporting our teams and cheering us on. We are also appreciative of Bec Groer who coached the girl’s team and Christian Jensen and Nic Blue who reffed the games all day. Sophie Trevan was also a great manager for the girls’ team. The day was a great experience for these Year 3 students and they are keen to play in other competitions in the future.

Wendy Stott