West Monkton’s Girls’ under-11s futsal players are the county champions.
Team Monkton came through undefeated when they took on teams from five other schools in the county finals at Bridgwater & Taunton College.
Their achievement means they go through to represent Somerset in the South West Regional Finals at Torquay in the New Year.
The victorious Monkton are pictured with the county trophy and their medals. They are, back row, left to right: Sasha P, Addison D, Lia P. Front: Mollie S, Maisy S, Heidi RW.
West Monkton quickly went 1-0 down in their opening match against Elmhurst from Street, but two goals apiece from Addison and Lia turned the game around to give Team Monkton a massive confidence boost going into the next round of games.
Team Monkton’s second game ended in a 0-0 draw with St Benedict’s from Glastonbury, but Monkton did everything but score, including hitting the post twice through Heidi. St Benedict’s who only conceded twice throughout the whole tournament; although Molly who came on half way through the game very nearly created two great opportunities to win the game.
Game three saw Monkton hit third-placed Swanmead (Ilminster) for five without reply. Sharp-shooter Lia struck four times with Addison also on target.
Monkton’s fourth game was a tightly-fought encounter with Taunton rivals St George’s with Addison finding the winning goal with a great effort from tight on the side-line. Maisy was superb in the Monkton goal.
Monkton concluded the tournament with a winner-takes-all final match where West Monkton’s defensive play against Maiden Beach (Crewkerne) was top notch with both Sasha and Heidi having great games.
Maiden Beach, who finished second, were hit twice on the break through sublime moves involving both Addison and Lia, with the former providing the finish twice.
Well done - we are all extremely proud of your efforts!
Team Monkton - Girls Football - 13th November
West Monkton’s girl footballers hit a rich vein of form as they took on four other teams from the Tone area in a round-robin afternoon of friendly matches that was played in very wet and cold conditions at King’s College.
Lia and Mollie both completed hat-tricks and Addison was also on target as Monkton cruised to a 7-0 victory over Norton Fitzwarren in their opening match.
The second match was tighter as Monkton, whose ranks included several Year 5s, battled out a 0-0 draw with a strong and physical opposition from Beech Grove.
Lia’s late goal was then the difference as Monkton battled to a 1-0 win in another close encounter with a well-organised Dulverton team.
Monkton once again discovered their shooting boots for their final match as they swept aside Wellesley Park 5-0 with Addison and Lia both scoring twice and Heidi completing the scoring and a thoroughly successful day for the West Monkton squad.
Whilst the goal scorers took the eye, special mention must go to Maisie for her solid performance that saw her unbeaten in goal throughout the afternoon while Sasha was in fine form in defence along with Halle and Livi.
Well done to all the players!
Sports Hall Athletics
West Monkton’s team returned triumphant when they took on the challenge of teams from 12 other schools in the Tone Area Sports Hall Athletics competition at King’s College.
Monkton were represented by a team of 10 boys and nine girls with athletes required to compete in two of six field events and two of six track events.
The field events consisted of the chest push, standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump, soft javelin and speed bounce, while the battle on the track was contested over the obstacle race, 2x1 lap relay, 2x2 laps relay, over/under relay, 4x1 lap relay and a six-lap paarlauf race.
The Monkton team were in outstanding form to top their group by a massive 24 points and are now waiting on results from the second pool of schools to see if they have qualified for the county championships!
Well done to all who took part.
Team Monkton - Girls Football
WEST Monkton’s girl footballers were in sparkling form when they took on the challenge of teams from three other schools in a round-robin event at King’s College.
The afternoon kicked off with a well-matched game with West Buckland, which saw Monkton take the lead midway through the game when a sustained passage of neat and tidy play, heavily involving Mollie and Livvy, forced an error from the opposing goalkeeper.
Buckland hit back with their first attack of the game when Monkton failed to stop a quick break, which resulted in their opponents slotting home a well-struck shot across the helpless Freya, who otherwise had a great game in goal.
The match could have been won by either side, with both teams creating good goalscoring opportunities as the game moved towards the final whistle.
Monkton really found their shooting boots when they took on Trull in their second game. They struck three unanswered goals against their shocked opponents. West Monkton’s first goal came after a tremendous run from her own half from Addison, finished by expertly striking the ball across the Trull keeper and into the back of the net.
Monkton striker Lia then took centre stage, pouncing on a goalkeeping error for her first goal before knocking home a sweetly struck shot into the corner of the net in the dying moments of the game to add West Monkton’s third and her second.
In Monkton’s final appearance of the day, they produced a free-flowing game of passing football to outmanoeuvre their opponents from Wiveliscombe. Monkton’s opening goal came from central midfielder Addison, who profited from a superb touch and pass from Lia to place the ball into the net.
A second goal quickly followed with Addison again smashing the ball past the diving Wiveliscombe keeper into the top corner of the net. Further goal scoring opportunities came and went with the neat and tidy Heidi striking the same post twice and Mollie ending a surging run that ended with a rasping shot coming within a whisker scoring.
This being Team Monkton’s first outing in the girls’ football programme, they can be rightly pleased with their efforts, especially Sasha, who was a rock at the back, breaking up most of her opponents’ attacks.
West Monkton girls are back in action at King’s College on Wednesday, 13th November.