08 Dec 2022
Junior Boys Football Reports 2022

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U12 – Mr Cook

The U12 team have gone from strength to strength since joining the school in September. Brilliantly led by captain, Robert M, they have worked hard in training and enjoyed success in their matches. They have lost just 2 matches throughout the season, one of which against an U13 A team during a tournament. The team highlight is surely the victory of the Bedale’s football tournament at the beginning of the season. 3 further highlights include; Robert M scoring a free kick from the halfway line, Harry M’s bicycle kick in a Cup Final at Bedales and Jude C (probably) the first player to keep a clean sheet and score in the same game! This group has a huge amount of promise and no doubt will do themselves and the school proud in the coming years.

U13 – Mr Todd

The U13A squad began the season brightly against a well drilled and skillful side in Duke of Kent. Box Hill’s newest recruits in the Collins twins began life in the centre of midfield without any problems. Ethan M ran the midfield from the first game, through to the last, ably supported by Freddie A in defence who orchestrated the back line with Kobe T. In attack, the bulk of the goals came from Adam G and Zach S, whilst Max O gave the team added grit and determination. Box Hill had convincing wins against The Hall School Wimbledon and Belmont, but have found themselves on the wrong end of a few results this season. Regular players in the squad such as Tom L, Rishan G, Luca M, Ben N, Sam G and Harrison S were arguably the most improved players throughout the season, and all have a bright future ahead of them.

U12/13B – Mr Holley

The U12/13B had a tough start to the season, losing the first few games to better opposition. Considering the team had not played together before with some players not having played football at all, the team were no pushovers. The fight and determination was never in question and no matter what the score the team were always pushing to score the next goal.

During the international break (half-term) the team must’ve gone away to football camps, worked on their passing, shooting and overall game play and this paid dividends as after the break it was like watching a different team. The first game after half term was a fantastic performance against St. Edmund’s winning 4-2, a brace from Adam C. The following week the team continued their fine form with a superb 3-0 victory over Belmont, Adam C doing one better and scoring a hat trick, special mentions to Hayden C, James F, Geo L and Arthur B in goal, who defended heroically to keep the clean sheet.

Throughout the season Aum J has led the team through thick and thin, rain and shine always keeping spirits high with great positivity. Special mentions to Luke B and Ben V who ran tirelessly after every ball, making life difficult for the opposition defenders. Joe G and Harry B never gave up with great attitudes all season long.

Since half term, the team are unbeaten which is no doubt due to their fight and desire to prove themselves worthy contesters. The whole team should be extremely proud of their progress throughout the season and are in for a good season next year.

U14 – Mr Vermeulen

Box Hill Under 14s were looking to emulate their impressive 2021 season that saw them unbeaten, and worthy winners of Mr Vermeulen’s ‘Domino’s Award’. Doing so would make them the most successful sports team in the history of Box Hill School (as well as being recipients of a further ‘Domino’s Award’). Sadly for the boys, the length of the term and the sheer number of fixtures got the better of them, with two avoidable defeats coming right at the end of term against Bedales and KES Witley. Despite this, the A team are currently unbeaten in the cup, and look forward to a fourth-round fixture against ACS Cobham in the new year. This impressive cup run has been the result of intense training sessions and an unbeatable work ethic on and off the pitch. Starting from the back, Beau H-B joined the squad this year and performed consistently between the posts, including an impressive away performance against South Bank University Academy. Beau shared goalkeeping responsibilities with Alfie R, who also put in a number of solid performances and was never phased by powerful attacking opposition. Elias P and Joe J were strong as ever at the back, with Cass C and Ollie T playing outside of them to form a backline that few teams struggled to penetrate. Captain Kian W ran the midfield like a well-oiled machine. One of the delights of having such a formidable captain is the knowledge that no matter the team are up against, Box Hill will always have the best player on the pitch. Ben B and Hugo H terrorised defenders on the left and right flanks respectively, with Sonny P and Alistair M putting in a number of strong performances. Alistair M must be particularly commended for the amount of improvement he has shown since last season. He has clearly been working hard on the training ground and will have used the summer to get stronger, quicker and more confident on the ball. Omasan F wins the award for the ‘player most opponents don’t like playing against’; his speed and strength put some 1st XI players to shame and he would not look out of place among more senior players. DJ O, also new to the squad this year, proved just what a handful he can be on the pitch with some impressive passages of play and intelligent runs. Harry M and Will S also put a shift in up front and made nuisances of themselves against competent defenders. Although the football season is officially over for the boys, the cup run continues into 2023. Mr Vermeulen will accept nothing less than silverware and is confident of the team’s eventual success in the competition.

U15 – Mr Patrick

The U15A’s should be much congratulated for a successful term. Establishing a starting eleven from such a large squad was tough, and twice weekly matches from the outset meant that training sessions were initially few and far between. With some new faces joining the old ones, the team were thrown in at the deep end and had to learn to swim very quickly! Nevertheless, the boys rose to the challenge and very quickly got used to playing together. Once all the school fixtures had been played we had only one loss, one draw and we won all of the rest and so the U15A can certainly justify their strong term.

It has been a pleasure coaching the U15A’s this term. We used some of the Box Hill core values as the backbone for our team ethos: being ready, courageous and positive. This they did and they did it well! They have showed tremendous spirit throughout their games, despite not always having it their way. Sometimes, starting games slowly or having the opposition scoring first was needed to wake us up. Nevertheless, we always dusted ourselves off and kept playing to the final whistle. One good example of this was the game that ended in a draw after we managed to equalise with only one minute left to play. This showed that the boys didn’t ever give up, and it’s games like this that make me proud to be a coach. I hope to see many of these boys playing in the senior teams next year, showing the senior coaches what they’re made of. I wish the boys all the best for a much deserved rest through the off-season.

To finish, some words from our captain, Joe S:

“This term we all enjoyed our football. We played many games, all of which were competitive. All the players showed true passion in every game. One of the best games was a 2-1 away win where we came from behind to win it late on. Thanks to Mr Patrick and Mr Jackson for leading the team. We are all looking forward to more football next year - Thanks.”

U15B – Mr Jackson

The boys U15B had a season of ups and downs through the course of their matches. Our first match finished 8-3 with star performances from Jed and Alex B. From the result in our first game the team worked hard in training to come out with less conceded goals for their next game. This hard work in training paid off with the boys playing their next match at home to Farlington School and conceding zero goals throughout the course of the game.

Overall this season the boys won 2 matches, drawn two matches and only lost one. The team have enjoyed the ups and downs of football and despite some tough games the lads never stopped supporting each other and always worked hard in training to give us more chances of getting results against teams. Overall the U15Bs had a great season full of excitement, competitiveness and hard work. A massive well done to the boys who played.