Under 12 7s
The Under 12s sealed the top spot in Friday afternoon’s Kent 7s game. They were outstanding from start to finish with wins against Ravens Wood School and Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in the group, before seeing off St Olave’s Grammar School in the final.
Under 12 teams
The Under 12A competed in the Kent 7s side at Holcombe Park. The boys started with a really hard fought 0-0 draw against Kent College, Canterbury. Noah in goal had a massive performance thoroughly deserving his clean sheet. The boys then beat The Skinners’ School 3-0 playing some lovely hockey. In their final game they produced an efficient display beating Kings College 7-0. The boys narrowly missed out on top spot to goal difference and played for third of fourth against hosts Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School. The game was very close, but Eltham secured the win with two minutes to go. The final result was third place.
The Under 12B team competed in the Kent 7s a side festival at Holcombe Park. Two draws to start against Kent College and The Judd School and a defeat in game three set the boys back and it came down to goal difference for third. More maths than you could wish for and a penalty flick competition saw the boys enter the final play off slot where they beat Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School. The boys worked tirelessly all day and it was a superb display from our side.
Several of the team were playing once again for the 14A team so this offered a few players a good opportunity to make a name for themselves. The team got off to a perfect start going 1-0 up after just 20 seconds. Thomas flicking skilfully into the top corner to finish off a slick five pass move from pushback. Dulwich College fought back, and they were up for the fight. Dulwich College equalised with a well struck corner with their first attack. Eltham then scored another quality second goal against a Dulwich keeper who seemed to be having the game of his life. Thomas again finishing nicely. Eltham had the chance to score four or five more goals but just could not add the vital touch. Dulwich with their second circle entry managed to act quickly and smashed a brilliant half volley to make the scores level. Eltham will feel very disappointed they didn’t win a game they dominated by some margin. Some good performances though and encouraging still for next year. The final result was 2-2.
The Under 13B started the match well with good ball transferring across the back four and created few good opportunities in the D. After a few shots being saved by the opponent’s goalkeeper, Adam hit a fine short from the PC to open up the score for Eltham, the first half ended with a 2-0 lead as the boys kept pushing forward in the second half and got better at scoring as they passed around the opposition goalkeeper. Overall, the team put up a good display of passing and finished with a credible 7-0 win.
The Under 13C boys put in a dominant display on the weekend, winning their game 11-1. We took the majority of our chances but believe we could have scored even more. The boys remained focused in defence except for one lapse of concentration which saw the opposition sneak in a goal. Dulwich College worked hard the whole game and never gave up, but we were relentless in attack and in our scoring.
The boys didn’t start the game as sharply as normal. An overly physical Dulwich College side were the better team in the opening exchanges. However, once Eltham hit their stride it was all one-way traffic for the rest of the half. Jamie executed a lovely composed finished in a very busy circle to go one up, closely followed by Ludo who scored from close range after a very good solo run. Joe added a third goal finishing off a lovely passing move to make it 3-0 at the break. Lots of very good performances from everyone, including Charlie who was playing up a year. During the second half, Jack made several good saves as did the Dulwich keeper. Eventually Dulwich broke through the wall and squeezed in a rebound after he made a great save. The boys then ground out a 3-1 win based purely on their on hard work and effort. Another encouraging performance from the boys, particularly Dmitri who is growing into this side extremely fast.
The Under 14B boys won 7-0. We started the game off on fire, scoring three goals in quick succession. The opposition struggled to keep up with the beautiful interplay that was happening before them as Eltham continued to stick the ball in the net. Dulwich College fought hard the whole game and had a couple of chances in the second half which Oli dealt with to keep his clean sheet. An impressive performance by everyone that was involved and a much-needed win.