ISFA Under 11s Football Tournament
On Thursday 6th October, Elstree hosted the annual ISFA Under 11s regional tournament on a sunny and crisp afternoon.
The format was two groups of six schools with the top two from each group qualifying for the semi finals. Elstree came second in their group with three wins against Cothill, St. Joseph’s and St. Neots and two draws against St. Andrew’s and Papplewick. Highlights from the group stage included Toby scoring (he is the team’s goalkeeper!) and Joshua’s hattrick against St. Joseph’s.
Elstree’s placing in the pool meant a semi final against Summer Fields, the winners of their group, and in a nail biting encounter Elstree sneaked through with a 2-1 victory. A final against Papplewick, the strongest side on the day in terms of overall results, was another dramatic match with Elstree leading 2-1 with only three minutes to play. Unfortunately, for the Elstree boys, Papplewick found two late goals, deservedly so, and won the day’s spoils.
Elstree’s disappointed was tempered by the news that both finalists have qualified for the national finals at St. George’s Park, England Football HQ, in the spring. More important than any of the results was the boys’ exemplary application and attitude whilst wearing the famous pink and blue. A joyous afternoon. Well done everyone and thank you to all our supporters and ISFA and Football Escapes.