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School Sport: Pupils tackle Aussies

PUBLISHED: 09:30 06 November 2015

Pupils from Frances Bardsley Academy and Redden Court School face the camera with the Australian Under-15 futsal squad

Pupils from Frances Bardsley Academy and Redden Court School face the camera with the Australian Under-15 futsal squad

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Girls take on national futsal team

Frances Bardsley Academy played host to the Australian National Under-15 futsal team before the half-term break.

As well as getting a tour of the school, the Aussies spent a lesson with members of the Frances Bardsley squad and enjoyed lunch before a triangular tournament with Redden Court.

Redden Court were a little apprehensive after seeing the tourists warm up, but they showed plenty of determination against the national side in the opening fixture, before falling to a 4-1 defeat.

Redden Court’s Freya Duffy netted a penalty after being fouled by the Australian keeper and Katie Hawkes produced a number of saves at the other end in a superb display.

Frances Bardsley beat Redden Court 2-0 in the next match, but then lost 7-0 to the Aussies.

A spokesperson said: “The standard of play was very high and the girls exchanged gifts and pennants before departing.”

A Redden Court spokesperson added: “The students represented the school impeccably; socialising with the Australian team and making them feel welcome.

“The girls gave everything they had and can hold their heads up high!”

Redden Court: Josie East, Louise Banham-Scott, Freya Duffy, Grace Roberts, Kristy Robinson, Katie Hawkes, Ellie Luxton.

*Frances Bardsley’s Maddie Biggs and Georgia Griffin were both successful at recent trials for Essex.

Year 11 pupil Griffin has been chosen to represent the county at under-16 level, while year eight pupil Biggs will play for the under-14s.

Their first test will be against Hertfordshire in the South East England Schools’ FA competition on November 14.


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