Shri Soccer League – Week 1

It was very clear on Sunday that our children are far better able to cope with fog and chilly morning conditions for the soccer league than they are for a normal school day!! A strange thing!

Over 460 students have signed up to take part this year and the enthusiasm levels were running really high. You might have been forgiven for thinking that the first games would be cautious as the teams got used to each other. However, 129 goals were scored and only two games ended in draws.

So, here are the results from Week 1 and a few snapshots:

Results

Day – 1: (17th January 2010)

Classes : 2 & 3
Match – 1 : Dare Devils Draw Mountain Lions 1 – 1
Match – 2 : Power Strikers Beat Shooting Stars 3 – 0
Match – 3 : Crusaders Beat Western Express 2 – 1
Match – 4 : Gunners Beat Golden Eagles 6 – 0
Match – 5 : Heros Beat Artic Wolves 5 – 1
Match – 6 : Super Stars Beat Falcons 2 – 0
Match – 7 : Mighty Warriors beat Flying Dragons 1 – 0

Classes : 4 & 5
Match – 1 : Blazers Beat Dare Devils 10 – 0
Match – 2 : Knight Riders Beat Mountain Lions 6 – 0
Match – 3 : Flying Dragons Beat Power Strikers 3 – 1
Match – 4 : Shooting Stars Beat Mighty Warriors 4 – 2
Match – 5 : Western Express Beat Super Stars 6 – 1
Match – 6 : Falcons Beat Crusaders 4 – 0
Match – 7 : Artic Wolves Beat Golden Eagles 5 – 1
Match – 8 : Heros Beat Gunners 4 – 1

Classes : 6 & 7
Match – 1 : Super Stars Beat Dare Devils 7 – 4
Match – 2 : Mountain Lions Beat Falcons 5 – 2
Match – 3 : Power Strikers Beat Artic Wolves 3 – 2
Match – 4 : Heros Draw Shooting Stars 4 – 4
Match – 5 : Western Express Beat Gunners 3 – 2
Match – 6 : Golden Eagles Beat Crusaders 4 – 2

Classes : 8 & 9
Match – 1 : Shooting Stars Beat Dare Devils 7 – 2
Match – 2 : Power Strikers Beat Mountain Lions 5 – 2

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Subroto Cup:

6th October 2009:
Today the Phase III boys had a tough first match as they represented Haryana for the first time in the national stage of the competition, going down 3 – 0 to AFBBS. This is a really high level of competition with the best school teams from across the country, plus overseas.

I don’t have any more information yet. Tomorrow afternoon they take on SAI, so need to regroup quickly and put today’s first result behind them. At this stage there are 8 teams in their group, the first 4 to go through to the next round. So, it’s a setback, but not terminal.

Come on boys – the whole school is right behind you.

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7th October
Competing at this top flight level is proving challenging for the team – something of a baptism of fire.

Today they took on Sports Association of India team and went down 5 – 0. However, considering SAI won last year’s competition there’s no disgrace in that.

Amongst the positives, I’m getting reports that Captain, Arjun Dutt has led his team be example and really worked hard to keep the spirits up and the team focused. It’s relatively far easier to be a leader when things are going well, but the true measure is when the going gets tough.

By sheer coincidence I came across a quote from the person who has undoubtedly been the best woman soccer player the world has ever seen;

“Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.”
Mia Hamm

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8th October:
A rest day and a chance to strategise. Tomorrow, 9th october is going to be a big challenge when the team play Mizoram who so far have two wins under their belts, both 1 – 0 (against AFBBS and SAI). Good luck boys and do your very best.

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