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2nd place in Canterbury for the Year 5/6 Football team!

Natasha Fraser —

A fantastic achievement for the eight Year 5 and 6 boys who represented Halswell School and the Lincoln Zone at the Canterbury Football Tournament last week.

The boys were unbeaten through the round robin pool play - winning 7 from 7.  Seven wins put them in finals against St Marks. They all played their hearts out but lost 3-0.  A huge thank you to Neil Phillips (coach), Mike Moynihan and Brendon Ross (referees) who helped out on the day. We appreciate you giving up your time to work with the boys and help them to their 2nd place victory. 

Here's something from their coach Neil Phillips:

All the boys were great. They all put in 100% and everyone would have featured in the highlights reel! I think everyone scored a goal except the two George’s, who were our rocks in defence – so they did their job brilliantly.

George W was charged with leading the defensive effort with George D as his trusty deputy. Only conceding 3 goals in the 7 round robin games shows how well they both did. Pat and Barnaby both scored some critical goals and absolutely worked their socks off in midfield. Pat scored an absolute screamer in the 1–0 win against Ashgrove with time nearly up. Ashton led the attacking line and was our top goal-scorer. He worked really hard all day and it was often his early goals that helped the team settle into the games. Will, Nathan and Kash really injected some great energy into the team when they came on and they all got a chance to show their skills.

A massive congratulations to those boys for all their hard work!