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Posted on: November 24th 2017

Sports Round-Up

On Monday 13th of November, Norfolk House hosted the ISA North London Football tournament. Hosting an ISA event is both a huge privilege and big responsibility, with 12 of the top schools in North London attending, it’s a real showcase for the school. We are very lucky to be able to use the fantastic facilities at PowerLeague and this allowed us to open the tournament to Year 6, Year 5 and Year 4. With our Year 3 girls impressing Mr Charman and Mr Smith in lessons, we also decided to add them into the Year 4 category.

The day started crisp and sunny with 25 teams turning up for the football extravaganza! Even though one team pulled out at the last minute with a chicken pox epidemic, we still managed to start on time and in high spirits. Our girls performed brilliantly with outstanding team and individual performances across the age groups. From our first football match back in September all teams have shown steady improvement and this was brilliantly demonstrated by our Year 6 team playing their way into the final. They lost a closely fought final, but demonstrated the huge improvement they have made with Ava R and Georgina C being particularly effective.

The Year 5 team consists of every girl in the year group and outstanding performances by Imogen T and India M demonstrated the improvements they have made. The Year 3 girls justified their inclusion in the tournament by meeting our own Year 4 team in the third place play off. Despite their hard work and outstanding performances by Flores M-P and Iselle R, the Year 4s, led by Lola T and Sophie A, proved too strong.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Smith and Mr Rifat for their hard work and dedication in coaching the girls and the fantastic ladies from the Friends of Norfolk House for providing snacks and hot drinks on a cold Monday afternoon.

Andy Charman, Director of Sport

Read a short write up of the ISA tournament from Ava R:

This tournament was an exciting and thrilling range of matches.The Year 6s thrived and we ended up in the final. Working together immensely well resulted in us winning every match apart from the last one. Our spacing, passing and shooting has all improved and I would like to thank Mr Smith, Mr Rifat and Mr Charman for all our training.This also would never have been possible without the support of our parents motivating us. It was a tough few matches we played, however, we came second place in the entire tournament which is brilliant as it is also the highest position we have come yet. We hope to enhance our football skills and achieve more in the future. These are some comments my teammates made, “I really enjoyed the thrill of the games. It was an amazing experience.”- Leila S, ”I really enjoyed playing as part of the team, it was a spectacular moment for all of us!”- Iris F C.

By Ava R

ISA Year 5 football match: A report from the Year 5 Girls
Last Monday we had a tournament where we played 4 games against Maple Walk, Gateway, St Mary and Kings House:

Maple Walk
We lost 2-0. It was a good result for us because we have been thrashed in previous matches 6-0 and 10-1. We all did our best in the match, we enjoyed it and we passed well and put in some good tackles.

When we played Gateway we lost 8-0 but they were very very very good! India put in an amazing performance, and Gateway would have been in double digits if it were not for her. I personally think we played better than we did against Maple Walk, because we worked better together, called for the ball and had much better spacing. The team was getting stronger and you could tell. However, our teamwork did not stop us from being gutted at the final whistle.

St Marys
As we walked on the pitch to play St Mary’s we were really nervous. We wanted to get some goals in. But we didn’t, we lost. Again.

Kings House
Our final game. We drew will 0-0. It was our best result of the season! Alanna and I watched from the sidelines, which was not as easy as it sounds - we had to stand on our tipee-toes to see over the fence! We were really frustrated to be benched as it was our final match, and we just wanted to play. I suppose that is how every good substitute feels. However, the team were brilliant, India was out of goal for a change and Emily was in. Amelie, Imogen, Eva and Holly put in the tackles. I think what is most impressive was that the team never gave up, and never lost hope.

Overall we all enjoyed the day, particularly the hot chocolates!  

Norfolk House vs Alexandra Primary
On Friday 17th we played our last football match of the year...we won 8-0! Imogen was on fire! She scored 6 goals.

When we started we were very nervously as we’d lost a few games recently. However when Imogen scored the first goal I think it gave us hope that we could win. We got better as the game went on and the goals started piling in one after another. When Alexandra Primary got the ball we closed them down quickly to retrieve the ball before they could attack. Holly and Amelie were in defence blocking the opposition attacks. When we had the ball we passed well which helped us win. Alanna and Emily in midfield ran their hearts out. India and myself shared goalkeeping duties. India and Emily managed to score as well.

This was our first victory of this season. It felt amazing. What a way to end the season!

Fabulous Fun Run
Every Wednesday at 7.40am this brilliant bunch of kids get up and out for Fun Run, come sun or cloud. We run from the school down to Alexandra Palace and spend the hour running, as well as doing other fitness activities such as stair runs, star jumps and skipping sprints with Miss Harman, Mrs Embleton and myself. Whilst early morning exercise can be a struggle, this plucky bunch of participants start their day with some fresh air and energy, racing around the park, building up their stamina. They are also getting their bodies ready for a day of learning, getting the blood pumping into the brain cells, triggering the neuropathways to start working.

So if you are out bright and early and see a flash of blue come past, you know it will be the fabulous Fun Run Kids.

Mrs Charman

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