NATIONAL FINALS

ROYAL RUSSELL CLAIM INAUGURAL TITLE

St. George's Park was a fantastic setting for the first ever U11 Girls Independent Schools National Cup Finals Day as over 100 girls from 12 schools from around the country competed to be take the title and become national champions. The brand new competition, run in partnership between ISFA, The FA, ISA and IAPS, had seen 43 schools take part in six regional qualifiers organised by ISFA, ISA and IAPS, with the top two from each event travelling to St Georges Park to participate in the finals day.

ISFA was delighted to welcome a distinguished group of FA officials to the event, including Baroness Sue Campbell (FA Head of Women's Football), Rachel Pavlou (National Development Manager for Women's Football) and Donna McIvor (National Participation Manager).

The teams were split into two groups of six, with Royal Russell topping group A after recording three wins and two draws from the five group matches. Joining them in the semi-finals were The Gower School who won two and drew three of their matches. Group B was equally as competitive with Hale Prep coming out on top after winning three and drawing two matches, with Bedes Prep taking second place with two wins and two draws.

The semi-finals produced two excellent competitive matches with both games being decided by penalty shoot outs, Royal Russell edging out Bedes Prep after a 0-0 draw, while The Gower School edged out Hale Prep after a 1-1 draw, setting up a Royal Russell versus The Gower School final.

Before the final was played the play-off matches took place, with Scarisbrick Hall beating Alton Convent on penalties to secure 11th place, Queen Ethelburga’s beat Forest 3-1 to take 9th place, Portsmouth Grammar School beat St Edmund's on penalties to take 7th, Kings Hall defeated AKS Lytham to take 5th place, and Hale Prep beat Bede's Prep 1-0 to take 3rd place.

The final was an excellent advert for U11 girls football with both teams attacking trying to win the game during normal time. However, with the game finishing 1-1, it was again penalties that would decide the first ever U11 Girls Independent Schools National Cup and it was Royal Russell who held their nerve to win 2-1 on penalties and become national champions. The FA’s Donna McIvor was on hand to present the pennants and trophy to the winning team as Royal Russell lifted the brand new trophy.

ISFA’s National Football Development Manager, Ian Bent, was delighted with the success of the finals day and the competition as a whole. Ian commented, “Firstly it’s important to say a huge thanks to The FA for their help with setting up this competition. It was only 6 months ago that it was decided to go ahead this year with this competition, and without the support and funding from The FA this wouldn’t have been possible. Also a huge thanks must go to ISA and IAPS who we have run this competition in partnership with, it’s great to see the organisations working together to develop and grow girls football within independent schools. It was great to see so many schools take part in the qualifiers and here today at the finals day, the standard of football throughout has been good and today’s action was an excellent advert for girls football. Finally a huge thanks to everyone at St George's Park for their help in hosting today’s event”.

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All photographs of the U11 Finals are courtesy of RWT Photography. These and other photographs of the match and the post-match presentations, along with the DVD fliming of semi-finals and Final, can be ordered from www.rwt-photography.co.uk or by ringing 01733 204445.

 

U11 Girls Independent Schools National Cup Standings:

GROUP A

1st Royal Russell 11 pts
2nd The Gower School 9 pts
3rd AKS Lytham 7 pts
4th Portsmouth Grammar School 6 pts
5th Forest 4 pts
6th Scarisbrick Hall 2 pts

GROUP B

1st Hale Prep 11 pts
2nd Bede's Prep 8 pts
3rd King's Hall 7 pts
4th St. Edmund's School 5 pts
5th Queen Ethelburga's College 5 pts
6th Alton Convent 2 pts

FINAL RESULT:
Royal Russell* 1 – 1 The Gower School

Play off results:

3rd place play off:
Hale Prep 1 – 0 Bede’s Prep

5th place play off:
King’s Hall 1 – 0 AKS Lytham

7th place play off:
Portsmouth Grammar* 0 – 0 St Edmunds

9th place play off:
Queen Ethalburga’s 3 – 1 Forest

11th place play off:
Scarisbrick Hall* 1 – 1 Alton Convent

* denotes won penalty shoot-out

 

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