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The Weekender – w15 – 16 Dec 2017


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W0  D1  L0

GF: 4    GA: 4


Tis the Season

to be Jolly


Fa-la-la-la-la La-la-la-Finally we get a M1’s game.  And goals.  Although not the one win I was after.  But if you wanted excitement then this was the place to be.  That said, if you had gone to watch the home game you would have found it frozen, as did M1, so you would then have had to traipse across to A&F’s home pitch in Farnham which, being so many more miles further south, was frost free and comparatively tropical.

The upside of being the only team playing this week is that you win Team of the Week merely by finding a pitch that you could play on for 70 minutes.  The downside was that, in spite of Josh Dolding scoring a bumper four goals, they only managed a point as their ‘home’ game against Aldershot & Farnham finished 4-4.

This point does see M1 back up to second place but they now lag Havant by five points so will need the leaders to drop points – including when M1 visit them in January.  It is all possible.  We will see.

Only the ladies have games in the first week of January – and for them only the 2s and 3s.  Both play Portsmouth & Southsea.

The twos are only a point ahead of their hosts so can’t afford any slip-ups.  Then again their GD shows a 16 goal superiority.

The threes travel to the pointless table-proppers and will be hoping to ensure their hosts keep their 100% record.




W2  D0  L1  PP1

GF: 6    GA: 11

Two wins.  Two clean sheets.  This was as crisp a set of league results you can get.  The only minor blot in the junior section was the cup defeat to Bournemouth but that is the essence of these competitions.

U12g put in a solid performance with a good home win but it was U12b2 who are Young Harts of the week as they beat the noisy neighbours and kept a clean sheet into the bargain.

U12b2 defeated Aldershot & Farnham 2-0 at home with both goals coming from Paddy Cradden and the clean sheet courtesy of Jed McEvoy -his second of the season.  This was not only their first win of the season but also their first points so it is pleasing to see them do it in some style.  The win puts them ahead of A&F.  It shouldn’t, mind you, but it does.  Who am I to suggest the table needs fixing.  But either way they are now seventh and can move ahead of three sides with another win.

U12g return to winning ways with a 3-0 win at home to Haslemere.  Erin Bicheno, Rachel Butler and Emma Kelly were all on target.  Tallulah bagged her third clean sheet.  The girls remain in a solid third place.

U16b hosted Bournemouth in their cup game.  The visitors showed why they are top of the South Division as they managed eleven (another eleven!) on the day.  Callum Abley ensured the side didn’t finish with a blank, but in the end they were just up against a very strong team.




On goals scored, we are third of seven so far.  That said, we have played more games than any of the other years recorded, with trophies and the extra ladies side, so perhaps it should be a little better.

Goal Difference is also third in the chart, but the fact that it is in excess of fifty in the red does tell you how hard the keepers and their defence are finding things this season.

The full season’s GS chart can be found on the ‘Season Report page.




All change near the top this week as the Craddens not only banged in a couple of goals, but they recruited a new member to do it increasing the number of Craddens on target to three.  Paddy’s two goals also moved the family above the Bennetts into second place at Christmas.

No prizes for guessing who is top of the tree – yes it’s those Hobkirk angels…

Callum took the Ableys into double figures whilst new entrants – the Kellys – go straight in at fifth as Emma adds her goal to Molly’s tally.




The graph has developed something of an unwanted droop at Christmas and is only tentatively hanging on to third place.

Things haven’t been helped by the weather but the win percentage of 34% is only the fifth best of the past seven years.




And so Dan wasn’t able to overhaul Emily in second place.  Actually he couldn’t anyway, but I wasn’t going to tell him that.

But it was Lauren who takes line honours for December with her perfect one from one.

The season’s GK table is on the ‘Season Report page.




Well we do get to celebrate another Hat-trick from Josh -his second of the season.

This also puts the ones level on four each at the turn which means that they have it all to play for in the second half.

In fact you can’t separate the sexes either as it is Men 5-5 Ladies.

On the defensive front things are a little more one-sided as the score stands Ladies 9-5 Men in clean sheets.




The vagaries of the Scott Cup continue as the only team to play lose ground again on the rest.

That doesn’t mean they’re in any immediate danger of falling to the bottom of the table, but it does make it a little more realistic -compared to their 88% win rate earlier this season.





Ellen remains top of the Christmas chart by the narrowest of margins – that is getting their first.  But credit to Josh for catching up in such style.

It is just unfortunate for him that M1 elected for the Army game not to qualify as his brace there (and their unexpected win) would have had put him top of the tree.  Like the star that he is…


Josh’s four goals also puts him within scoring distance of top on the season chart.  Scoring distance, that is, by Josh’s standards rather than mine.  Games just aren’t that long.  One more bag of four goals would put him level.


The full season’s table is available on the ‘Season Report page.



M1 – W8 D3 L1    GF41 GA19

A fine start to the term where they seemed unshakeable and unlikely to be anywhere but top for the rest of the season.  Unfortunately they got car-sick on the school trip to Dorset and don’t seem to have fully recovered.  The weather has been cited as an excuse but absenteeism seems to be more of a problem, otherwise predictions might have been for straight ‘A’s.


M2 – W3 D2 L6    GF25 GA29

Another very promising start but homework later in the term has been a bit messy.  A little more organisation and the results will surely begin to flow.  We look forward to as promising a start to next term but hope they can keep their interest up to exam time.



M3 – W2 D2 L7    GF13 GA32 

As well as getting the answers wrong they don’t even seem to be getting the questions right.  Which makes it all the more unfathomable how they managed some decent test results later on in term – even beating the second placed boy in one exam.  Certainly a performance that is on the up which I only hope will continue next term.


M4 – W0 D4 L7    GF7 GAseveral

Much has been discussed in the staff room about the performance this term.  In many weeks the most organised boy in the school – certainly with the most consecutive marks in tests without actually coming top.  But then they seem to gaze out of the window on other occasions and lose concentration which means that when they aren’t likely to come top they have a tendency to lose out completely.  Definitely plenty to be worked with, though.


L1 – W8 D4 L3    GF51 GA38 

They have discovered that the more exams you take the more likely you are to get marks.  But that is not to say that they haven’t put in a shift and got many of the questions right.  On an individual level they are (it has been argued) the best in the county.  With expectations that high we look forward to what can be done next term.


L2 – W4 D4 L3    GF27 GA17

This is actually not at all bad.  It isn’t all plain sailing but the desire is there and some of the test results have been very promising.  Given the high level of organisation (such as reading the question) perhaps they now need to focusing on their answers a little more to score more marks.


L3 – W3 D1 L7    GF12 GA34


A very promising performance in their first full term at ‘big school’.  Far from seeming to be a fish out of water, they seem to be blossoming fast.  They do need to keep scoring marks as they did at the very start of the season and so we look forward to next term in hope and expectation rather than fear and trepidation.


Overall the house has performed well.  Yes, they have had better terms, but they have also had far worse.

But there are some big exams to come and we are looking to M1, in particular, to move up a form next year if they keep up their first half performance.  They could yet finish top of the class and the headmistress would be very proud to see that happen.


Talking of tests, I expect you have all worked out the connection.  And which is the odd one out.  And why.  I don’t know why I make it so easy for you.

For those of you who hadn’t figured out that there is usually a connection then it’s back of the class for you.  There’s an award for failing to pay attention.



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