Branfil Primary School toast Havering Schools Cup finals treble
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 May 2017
St Joseph’s claim girls league title, but Branfil make their whole school community very proud
Branfil boys and girls football teams made their mark in the Havering Schools Cup finals recently, as they claimed an incredible three trophy wins out of four.
The Upminster school had already enjoyed a memorable season before the borough’s year six finals took place.
Malcolm Edwards’ boys won the Havering six-a-side district cup in October, which saw them qualify for the London Youth Games finals.
Branfil’s boys claimed gold before they showed their class in the Havering finals this month, as they did battle with Ardleigh Green first to decide who would claim the league title.
Four goals from Harrison McMahon inspired Edwards’ team to a 9-2 success over their rivals with Lewis Orford netting a hat-trick and Ben Spink and Thomas Greening on target.
The result enabled Branfil to take the league title back to Cedar Avenue, but more success was just around the corner.
Next up for the Upminster pupils was the League Cup final against St Joseph’s and Orford proved the difference.
Orford grabbed a brace with McMahon and Spink in the goals again to help Branfil claim a 4-2 win and complete the double.
Edwards’ said: “We have created history. It is unprecedented and a fantastic achievement by everyone involved at Branfil.”
The girls then showed their talent with two strong showings in their Havering finals, though they could only claim one piece of silverware.
Laura Bain’s team lost out 2-1 after extra time to St Joseph’s in the decider for the league title, despite a goal by Sophie Court.
But they bounced back brilliantly to beat the same opposition 2-0 in the League Cup final after good finishes by Faith Reilly and Elizabeth Jones.
“All of the girls played brilliantly to win the cup and to be runners-up in the league,” said Bain.
“It’s been a fantastic season and the girls have demonstrated great team spirit and determination. I am very proud of them all.”
Headteacher Natalie Sansom expressed her pride at the recent achievements by the Cedar Avenue school.
She said: “The fantastic success of both the boys and girls football teams is testament to the children’s determination and resilience as well as their great skills.
“All of the players demonstrated great team spirit and sportsmanship throughout their league and cup games, rising to the high expectations set by their coaches Miss Bain and Mr Edwards.
“Sport is a real strength at Branfil with children having a wide variety of opportunities to experience new sports and represent the school from a young age.
“What better ending to their time at primary school than to be football champions? The whole school community is very proud of their fabulous achievements.”
Girls team: Faith Reilly (c), Sophie Court, Elizabeth Jones, Maizy Langley, Freya Long, Rosie Macleod, Jolie Hollis, Gabrielle Purdie, Molly Brooker.
Boys team: Harrison McMahon (c), Max Allen, Samuel Wilkins, Bailey Sukling, Jake Ishmail, Ben Spink, Lewis Orford, George Chipperfield, Thomas Greening.