Boreham Wood Football Club hosted their annual Youth Tournament last weekend (Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30), kindly sponsored by the Brend Hotels Group.
The tournament was a huge success with in excess of 70 teams competing across the two days.
The tournament had been organised by the Boreham Wood Community Department, however a number of first team players and coaching staff were also on hand to lend a helping hand. Namely Luke Garrard, Cameron Mawer, Ricky Shakes, Paul Benson, David Stephens, Bruno Andrade and Micky Engwell were all referees across the weekend. Please see overview of each age category below: –
In the under 8’s age category, ProFormance A and Bows Soccer Academy stormed to victory in groups one and two respectively, winning all three of their matches. Hertford Town Lions narrowly edged out Cassiobury Rangers on goal difference to take the second semi-final spot in group one. ProFormance B lost just once as they came second in group two.
ProFormance A then edged out ProFormance B in an all ProFormance semi-final, sealing their spot in the final with a 2-1 win. Bows soccer joined ProFormance A in the final with a 1-0 over Hertford Town Lions. ProFormance A were then too strong for Bows Soccer Academy as they defeated them in the final to take the Under 8’s title. Jake Evans claimed the Under 8’s Player of the Tournament, with a number of dominant displays at the heart of their defence.
Semi-Final 1 – ProFormance A 2 – 1 ProFormance B
Semi-Final 2 – Bows Soccer 1 – 0 Hertford Town
Final – ProFormance A 1 – 0 Bows Soccer
Under 8’s Tournament Winners – ProFormance A
Under 8’s Player of the Tournament – Jake Evans (Bows Soccer)
It was a similar story for the under 9’s, with both ProFormance A and ProFormance B topping their groups. LAFA A and Hertford Town took second place in groups one and two, but both succumbed to the might of the two ProFormance sides, LAFA loosing 2-0 and Hertford town 2-0 in their semi-final encounters. ProFormance A were the eventual winners of the all ProFormance final, and lifted the trophy, with Brooklyn Kazungu taking the title of Player of the Tournament, with possibly the most impressive display across the whole tournament weekend showing understanding and ability beyond his years.
Semi-Final 1 – ProFormance A 1 – 0 Hertford Town (AET)
Semi-Final 2 – ProFormance B 2 – 0 LAFA A
Final – ProFormance A 3 – 0 ProFormance B
Under 9’s Tournament Winners – ProFormance A
Under 9’s Player of the Tournament – Brooklyn Kazungu (ProFormance A)
In the under 10’s tournament, Whetstone Wanderers Pumas, LAFA, London Colney Colts and Maccabi London Lions each topped the four groups. In the quarter-finals, the London Colney Colts were defeated by group two runners up Bedwell Rangers A, and the Maccabi London Lions won a tense penalty shoot-out against Borehamwood Youth to confirm their place in the semis.
Despite finishing second in their group, ProFormance A ensured they reached the semi-final stage with a 1-0 win over LAFA, as Whetstone Wanderers Pumas narrowly missed out on a place of their own after being defeated by Hertford Town on Penalties.
The semis were as good as it got for ProFormance A, as they lost out on penalties to Hertford Town, on the opposite pitch, Maccabi London Lions stormed to victory with a 6-0 win over Bedwell Rangers.
Maccabi London Lions continued their impressive form, as they beat Hertford Town 3-0 in the Under 10’s final, the Lions star man Eli Green took the Player of the Tournament title. Lions won the tournament for consecutive years after being crowned Under 9’s champions 12 months prior.
|Clodan Youth Gold||3||1||0||2||3|
|Bedwell Rangers A||3||2||1||0||7|
|Clodan Youth White||3||0||0||3||0|
|London Colney Colts||3||3||0||0||9|
|Bedwell Rangers B||3||1||0||2||3|
|Maccabi London Lions||3||3||0||0||9|
Quarter-Final 1 – Whetstone Wanderers 0 – 0 Hertford Town (Hertford Town Pens)
Quarter-Final 2 – ProFormance A 1 – 0 LAFA
Quarter-Final 3 – Bedwell Rangers A 2 – 1 London Colney Colts
Quarter-Final 4 – Maccabi London Lions 0 – 0 Borehamwood Youth (Maccabi London Lions Pens)
Semi-Final 1 – ProFormance A 1 – 1 Hertford Town (Hertford Town Pens)
Semi-Final 2 – Maccabi London Lions 6 – 0 Bedwell Rangers A
Final – Maccabi London Lions 3 – 0 Hertford Town
Under 10’s Tournament Winners – Maccabi London Lions
Under 10’s Player of the Tournament – Eli Green (Maccabi London Lions)
In the Under 11’s tournament, Protec Youth won all four of their group stage matches to ensure they topped their group, they were joined by second placed Whetstone Wanderers. ProFormance A took first place in the other group, with Borehamwood Youth finishing second after a tense penalty shootout with Croxley Green following identical records on points, goal difference and goals scored.
Despite their dominance in the group stages, Protect Youth lost out to Borehamwood Youth in a tightly fought semi-final, ProFormance A would join them after defeating Whetstone Wanderers 1-0 in the other semi. ProFormance A proved far too strong for Borehamwood Youth, as they battled to the Under 11’s title, with Elias Grant being named as Player of the Tournament.
|Stevenage Borough Inter||4||1||1||2||4|
|Stevenage Borough Juniors||4||1||0||3||3|
Semi-Final 1 – ProFormance A 1 – 0 Whetstone Wanderers
Semi-Final 2 – Borehamwood Youth 2 – 1 Protec Youth
Final – ProFormance A 5 – 0 Borehamwood Youth
Under 11’s Tournament Winners – ProFormance A
Under 11’s Player of the Tournament – Elias Grant (ProFormance A)
Stotfold Black had a perfect record in the under 12’s group stages, winning all four of their matches, they were joined by second placed Letchworth GC Eagles B, who lost just once. Stevenage Borough topped the other group, with three wins out of four, they were joined by ProFormance A.
The semi-finals were hotly contested affairs, but Stevenage Borough secured their place in the final, narrowly beating Letchworth GC Eagles 1-0. ProFormance A battled their way into the final with a 2-0 victory over group one winners Stotfold Black.
Stevenage Borough Juniors came away victorious, netting twice without reply to win the Under 12s title, their star man Max Crossley claimed the Player of the Tournament accolade.
|Letchworth GC Eagles A||4||0||2||2||2|
|Letchworth GC Eagles B||4||3||0||1||9|
Semi-Final 1 – Stevenage Borough 1 – 0 Letchworth GC Eagles B
Semi-Final 2 – ProFormance A 2 – 0 Stotfold Black
Final – Stevenage Borough 2 – 0 ProFormance A
Under 12’s Tournament Winners – Stevenage Borough
Under 12’s Player of the Tournament – Max Crossley (Stevenage Borough)
In under 13’s, the Maccabi London Lions claimed a narrow first place position in group one, edging out ProFormance A on goal difference, Sumners Youth joined them in the quarters as the best third placed side. In group two, Edgware Town stormed to victory with four wins out of four, they were joined in the semis by Baldock Town, whose only loss was to Edgware Town. The final group was won by Ware Youth, who again won all four of their fixtures, they were joined in the quarters by runners up 100% Soccer Academy and best 3rd placed side Whetstone Wanderers Leopards.
Edgware Town, Ware Youth and ProFormance A all won their quarter-final matches, while last years champions Maccabi London Lions edged out Sumners Youth in a tense penalty shootout. Both the semi-finals were tight affairs, Edgware Town beat Maccabi London Lions just 1-0 to reach the final, while ProFormance A needed penalties to advance.
It was ProFormance A who came away victorius in the final, battling to a 1-0 victory over Edgware Town, as Jamie Sacopon claimed the Player of the Tournament.
|Maccabi London Lions||4||2||2||0||8|
|Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars||4||1||0||3||3|
|Potters Bar United||4||2||0||2||6|
|100% Soccer Academy A||4||0||0||4||0|
|100% Soccer Academy B||4||3||0||1||9|
|Whetstone Wanderers Panthers||4||2||0||3||6|
|Whetstone Wanderers Leopards||4||1||0||3||3|
Quarter-Final 1 – Maccabi London Lions 0 – 0 Sumners Youth (Maccabi London Lions Pens)
Quarter-Final 2 – Edgware Town 2 – 0 Whetstone Wanderers Panthers
Quarter-Final 3 – Ware Youth 2 – 0 Baldock Town
Quarter-Final 4 – ProFormance 2 – 1 100% Soccer Academy B
Semi-Final 1 – Edgware Town 1 – 0 Maccabi London Lions
Semi-Final 2 – Ware Town 0 – 0 ProFormance A (ProFormance A Pens)
Final – ProFormance A 1 – 0 Edgware Town
Under 13’s Tournament Winners – ProFormance A
Under 11’s Player of the Tournament – Jamie Sacopon (ProFormance A)
Following another hugely successful weekend, Community Manager Charlie Hunter said: “Myself and the entire Community Department would firstly like to thank all participants including players, managers and spectators who came to the tournaments over the weekend and made them such a great occasion.
“The quality of football on show, coupled with the enthusiasm and energy from all involved, made the tournaments ones to remember and set the bar for years to come.”
Hunter continued: “In truth, after the success of our inaugural youth tournaments last year I didn’t think we could top them, but I believe we have.
“Credit must go to all the staff who worked tirelessly across the weekend, which included some very early morning and late evenings, but it was all worth it come 5pm on Sunday when it was all over and we knew players, managers and spectators in the main enjoyed their time with us here at Meadow Park.
“So a huge thank you must go to those who ran the score center, the score runners and helpers from our PASE Academy, our referees, the bar staff, the catering staff, the stewards and the medical team. They all did a fantastic job!”
Hunter concluded: “Last year we welcomed in the region of 50 teams for our youth tournaments across four age groups, this year we welcomed in excess of 70 teams across six age categories, so next year we will aim to go one step further and welcome even more players, managers and spectators here at Meadow Park as the Community Department continues to strive to offer the best experience for anyone participating in one of our events.”
For more pictures from the weekend see: https://tinyurl.com/y9q4yo6p and https://tinyurl.com/ybxfwx4y