The Annual Monmouth School Boys’ Prep Football Tournament
The Annual Football Tournament, now in its’ 18th year, drew 12 teams from the local area to the school astro.
After a series of group games the teams progressed to the knockout stages. The bowl final was contested by last year’s cup winners, Kymin View and Overmonnow C team. Kymin View ensured another year of silverware as they emerged victorious.
Overmonnow, this time in the guise of their A team, contested the Plate final with Monmouth School Boys’ Prep C team. Unfortunately, Overmonnow fell just short and we lifted the Plate.
The cup competition was very keenly fought with the hosts, Osbaston and nine times champions, Pentrepeoth, all looking strong. Monmouth School Boys’ Prep and Osbaston met in the semi-final and produced the match of the day. Osbaston took a thoroughly deserved lead and held it until deep into the second half. Monmouth School Boys’ Prep hit back to level the contest and then, with time almost up, the host struck a late winner. In the other semi-final Monmouth School Boys’ Prep B team defeated Pentrepoeth after extra time to set up an unprecedented, all Monmouth School Boys’ Prep final.
The selectors demonstrated they had got it right as Monmouth School Boys’ Prep A team proved to be just that bit stronger and lifted the cup for the first time since 2011.
An overcast afternoon, a sodden pitch and four teams of eager boys with mascots in tow set a familiar scene for another Monmouth School Boys Prep House Football Tournament.
The four teams of Drake, Grenville, Nelson and Raleigh took to the field for the opening matches with parent-commentators, as always, assessing the action from the sidelines and cheering on their teams. After the fiercely competed first games, the tone was set for the remaining matches in the group stage, with Nelson finally emerging on top after two impressive victories from their three games. Grenville just edged out Drake for a second place finish, resulting in their entry in to the final and Drake and Raleigh challenging each other for third and fourth place.
As the tension grew, as much with the parents as with the boys, we were treated to two more excellent matches, firstly with Raleigh overcoming the determination of Drake to confirm a third place finish and then with the final. The commitment of the Grenville players managed to keep the flair of those in Nelson at bay with some last ditch defending until the final whistle. A penalty shoot-out was all that stood between defeat and victory. The enjoyment had by all involved, be they player or spectator was not to be surpassed, particularly for Nelson, who gained a thoroughly deserved victory after penalties in the final.
A big thank you must be given to all who helped out and supported the event and many congratulations to all of the boys of Prep I and II at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep for their performances.