The annual Under 11’s football tournament on Janes Meadow, which introduces players to 9-a-side football, saw Chalgrove Cavaliers Under 11's put in a series of fantastic performances throughout the day.
From the very start the Cavaliers played with great freedom and spirit, beating Watlington 4-0 and only narrowly losing 1-0 to pre-tournament favourite Oxford Irish. Further victories were recorded against Crowmarsh Tractors (4-0) and Crowmarsh Saints (1-0) before another narrow 1-0 defeat against Purley Jubilee.
Our second game against Purley was tense affair with very few chances at either end. After a close fight the match ended with a win for Chalgrove, much to the relief of the nervous parents who had been barely able to watch.
With a real air of confidence the Cavaliers saved their best performance for their last game, against Oxford Irish. Every player in the squad played a part in a famous 3-0 victory – so a lot of credit goes to Chris Hawkins and Alan Spiers who stuck to their principles of “football for all.”
Over seven games, Chalgrove scored 12 goals and only conceded two, which indicates a great team performance from everyone.
Manager Chris Hawkins said afterwards:
“Absolutely outstanding from all and really inspiring. I thought they worked unbelievably hard and had a great, fun attitude…. there was a fantastic atmosphere on the sidelines! I would like to say thank you to everyone for helping out yesterday, with the gazebo, running the line,litter picking etc.”
A huge thanks must go to Phil Cox, Darren Lowman and the Cavaliers committee for organising the event, to the Parish Council, Red Lion, Chalgrove Primary School and Crowmarsh Youth (for kindly supplying goals and a referee). Also to Gary,Harry and Owen Rees for reffing and to the Hawkins family and Helen Rees for jumping in to help with the car parking.