Woodlands claim shield once again

The Great Yarmouth Schools FA completed their season of events with a Year 5 (U10) tournament, this year hosted by Wroughton Junior School.

Participating schools included North Denes, Moorlands, Peterhouse, Edward Worlledge, Hillside, Caister, Woodlands and two teams from Wroughton.

The teams played out the group stages over two pitches, with some skilful, attacking football on display and good sportsmanship echoed throughout the whole event.

Group One saw a three-way play-off between Caister Wroughton and North Denes, with North Denes leading the group and Wroughton A as runners-up.

Group Two saw Woodlands continue their league form and top the group with Moorlands narrowly edging out Edward Worlledge.

The conditions didn’t help the semi-finals as the wet weather worsened as the afternoon continued.

Moorlands picked up momentum from the group stages and gained a place in the final after a tense encounter with North Denes.

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The other semi-final proved to be the toughest challenge for Woodlands as they took their best clear-cut chance to come through 1-0 against Wroughton.

The final was a repeat of the first round match with Woodlands keeping the ball and creating chances to finish off the game against an ever-improving Moorlands side.

Woodlands picked up the John E Barber Shield for the third successive year and capped off a fantastic season for the school, winning all football competitions in all age groups.

Secretary of the GYSFA Graham Gibbins presented every player in the tournament with a medal.

He also presented the shield, and thanks were given to the tournament organiser to Bradley Young for running an excellent event in difficult weather conditions.