St. Christopher's The Hall School
Independent Preparatory School for Boys and Girls 3-11 in Beckenham

Velasco's Football Focus - Lent 2018 Print E-mail



Some would say a game of two halves, but in our case it seemed that when we won! We then slipped into a loss just after watching the England side play with confidence and flair. I can honestly say, that is what our boys can do. From knee high grasshoppers to who they are now, they have not forgotten how to approach every game. Tika Taka through the lines, pockets of space and third man running. Not in that order, but when they do it all you can say it is well done. The wins against Royal Russell, Farringtons and St. Dunstan’s were followed by extremely narrow defeats to Merton Court, Breaside and Bickley Park. These matches could easily have been wins with the proverbial bus difficult to get past. Our back 3 of Alex D, Harry McCandless and Edward Castle had aggression and skill with the energetic Jesse Derry and Oliver Ryland hunting and gathering in midfield. Ahead of them was hot shot Michael Theodorou and Joel “The Gazelle” Gordon.  Well done boys.

RESULTS                                                                 TOURNAMENTS

                                        A                  B                St. Dunstan’s Tournament

v Merton Court                  2-3                                   v Merton Court        2-3

v Royal Russell                 4-2                                   v St Dunstan’s B     7-1

v Farringtons                     4-1                                   v St.Dunstan’s C     11-0

v Breaside                        0-1               3-2               v Farringtons           5-0

v St. Dunstan’s                  4-0              11-1              v Colfe’s                 3-3

v Bickley Park                   1-2                                   v Oakfield ‘A’           7-0

                                                                                4th v 5th

                                                                                V Eltham                 1-6


The U10 ‘A’ team, throughout the term, played an exciting brand of football starting with defence with Kieran Gosrani, Luke Curtis and Ollie Bennett and more often than not finishing with Cassius Haye peppering the opponent’s goal with his right foot exocet missile. In midfield, Max Morgan and Riley Burnikell worked hard to secure possession and also to support the lone striker. In goal, Zeth Wanstall proved to be a great ‘shot stopper’ and confirmed to improve his distribution from the back.

Overall, results were middling with solid wins over Breaside and Colfe’s and disappointing losses to Farringtons, Royal Russell and Bickley Park.

The U10 team blossomed in the St. Dunstan’s 6 aside competition. The smaller pitch suited the teams ‘individual’ players and as a unit, the closing down process of the opposition. Results included 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

Meanwhile the ‘B’ team laboured away with great enthusiasm. While results were generally negative, the boys refused to give in and battled to the end.

Well done to all the Year 5 boys.


What a delight it has been to take the U9s this term. Some of the football produced by the ‘A’ team has been simply breathtaking and well beyond their tender years.

In goal, Hector Rose has been characteristically ‘vocal’ and accurate with his distribution. Defenders Tom Gibbs, George Webb and, when available, Reggie Watson have been tenacious in defence and free flowing in surpposrt further up the pitch. In midfield, Nathaniel Sawyer and Joseph Picardo have played the role of wing backs very efficiently making a four formation while defending and a triangle in attack. Both Nicholas Theodorou and Cameron Anderson Green led the strike line with speed, guile and overall great success. Someone who has typified the character of the U9 team is Edward Thomas. Throughout the season, he has driven the team forward from the heart of midfield with surging runs and a variety of long and short distribution. In defence, he has tackled with ferocity and tracked back with lung-bursting runs. Overall Edward has been outstanding and a priceless member of the team.

Meanwhile the ‘B’s, while lacking positional awareness at times and tended to ‘hunt in packs’ for the ball, they should be commended on their determination and unfailing enthusiasm.

Victories for the ‘A’ team included wins against Breaside, Farringtons, Colfe’s, St. Dunstan’s, Blackheath Prep, Bickley Park and Rathfern School with one loss against Alleyn’s. Meanwhile, the highlight of the ‘B’ team season was a draw with Colfe’s and victory over Breaside.

Well done to all the boys.


Text book football always springs to mind when teaching and watching these boys perform. With determination and skill medals should be in their sights for the future. Our closest came at the Alleyn’s Tournament. Waltzing through all group matches and semi final until the final! Paul White in goal showed bravery and skill as a ball playing goal keeper. Reggie Watson and Ollie Rollinson patrolled in front marauding forward and striking from distance. Ces Bibby and Felix Ellis displayed composure and skill in the final third. Throughout, the B’s and C’s showed encouraging signs that are emerging, space and direction being our main tactics with goals from all areas of the pitch. Unfortunately many of our matches fell to the weather.


                              A                   B                       C

v Breaside             7-0              5-1                2-3

v Royal Russell       5-1               2-2                2-0

v Colfe’s                 4-0              0-6


ALLEYN’S                                             ST. DUNSTAN’S

v Alleyn’s                                              v Colfe’s                           10-0

v Rosendale            4-0                         v St. Dunstan’s ‘B’             4-0

v Heath House        4-0                         v Babington House            5-0

v Honeywell            4-0                         v Rathfern                         3-0

v Rosemead           3-0                         v Merton Court                  6-2

v Finton House        4-1                         v Eltham                           1-3

SEMI v Oakfield     4-0

FINAL v Rosendale 1-2

Well done to all Year 3 boys.