On a sunny day at Forest School, 13 teams competed in the Smith Construction ISFA Girls U13 South Central Regional Tournament. The teams were split into three groups, 1 group of five and 2 of four.
Group A consisted of Forest School, Queenswood, Headington, Haileybury and Pipers Corner. Queenswood got off to a strong start winning their opening game against Forest, while Headington and Haileybury played out a 0-0 draw in their opening fixture. Forest got their first points on the board in their second game against Pipers Coner, with a 2-0 win, initiating a winning streak for them. Both Headington and Haileybury won their second round matches. Queenswood finished the group strong, winning 3 out of their 4 fixtures, topping the group, progressing to the semi-final
Group B contained St Aubyns, Belmont Mill Hill, Bishop’s Stortford and Chigwell. St Aubyns were the only team to register a win in the opening round of fixtures, beating Chigwell, while Belmont Mill Hill and Bishop’s Stortford played out a draw. Belmont opened their winning account in the second round with a dominant performance, as did Bishop’s Stortford. Belmont Mill Hill continued to show their dominance in the group, as did Bishop’s Stortford and the top position would be decided by goal difference between the two, with Belmont Mill Hill narrowly edging to take top spot, but both schools progressed to the semi-final stages
Group C consisted of Stephen Perse, Brentwood, Holme Grange and Aldenham. Both Stephen Perse and Aldenham registered wins in their opening fixtures of the competition, with Stephen Perse carrying their winning streak to their second game. Brentwood got their first points on the board in the second round with a win over Holme Grange. Stephen Perse had an impressive run, unbeaten in the group stage topping the group with maximum points progressing to the semi final. Brentwood came close after an impressive final run, but fell just short on the qualifying spot for best runner up.
In the semi final, Stephen Perse took on Bishop’s Stortford, in a close game, it took penalties to separate the two sides, with Stephen Perse coming out the victors. In the second semi final, Queenswood took on Belmont Mill Hill, with Belmont Mill Hill securing the win and progressing to the final.
The final was an excellent display of football from both sides, but it was Stephen Perse who came away victorious, claiming the title of U13 Girls South Central Champions
2020 Tournament cancelled (coronavirus health crisis)
2021 Thomas's Clapham
2022 Stephen Perse