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Football 1st XI 2021
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First XI Football

Jason Aaron —

The 2021 season started with much promise but ended prematurely when the National tournament was cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19

The team had been building up to playing Nationals for the last 4 seasons, and this was a very disappointing way to finish a 5-year cycle for a number of players.The local competition also finished somewhat disappointingly. Due to weather disruptions and an incompleted draw the team ended up playing off for 3 rd and 4 th against Cashmere, when in reality the team should have really played in the final. The team managed to beat Cashmere and finish 3 rd forthe second season in a row.The team also farewelled a large number of Year 13 players that had given great service to football over the past 5 years. Becky Hewitt, Jade Lewington (Lewis!), Freya Lodge-Whitham, Sara Mann, Abby Murphy and Phoebe Watson all departed the team at the end of 2021, leaving us with a significant rebuild to start in 2022. There is a strong spine of players left behind but replacing this Year 13 group will be very challenging.

Mr Aaron