Border Cup Tournament

On Saturday 14th July Todmorden High School hosted their second Primary School football competition in as many weeks.  This week was the Border Cup organised by Mr Milnes’ brother Craig and Todmorden Borough FC (managed by Andy).  Firstly, a huge thank you to our referees Josh and Paige from Tod High and Jacob, Andy’s son.   Also thanks to Mr Milnes’ other brother’s company Lucardo Rawtenstall Escape Rooms once again sponsored the event and the medals for the winning teams.  Finally thank you to Mr Ross for opening up and looking after the site today, and to Craig’s wife Kelly and family for completing the league tables and selling refreshments.

This event is an event that has been running for many years and is taken seriously by many of our feeder primary schools.  This year’s competition attracted 9 boy’s teams and 7 girl’s teams.  Todmorden C of E, Hebden Royd and Castlehill all entered a boys’ team and a girls’ team.  Shade and Cornholme both brought two boys’ teams and a girls’ team.  Walsden entered a boys’ team and two girls’ teams.  Finally, there was a wild card team made up of Craig’s son, Mr Milnes’ son and 4 other boys from a mixture of local primary schools.  A big thank you to all the staff of these primary school’s for encouraging and supporting this event, and especially for allowing the wild card team to enter on the understanding that their results didn’t count towards the Border cup.

The schedule was very tight seeing each team play each other in 8 minute matches.  The games started at 10am and were finished by 1:30pm.  There was some tremendous football on display in all the games, I particular like the way some of the teams passed the ball around from defence – I think they may have been watching the world cup!  Of course there was some excellent individual performances, and some superb goals scored.  All the goalkeepers in every game did themselves proud, with many clean sheets kept during the tournament.

This year the tournament was ran as a straight league, one for the boys and one for the girls, with the leagues being combined to find the overall winner of the Border Cup.

In the boys’ tournament two teams were unbeaten.  Walsden 1 topped the boys league with 7 wins and 1 draw.  Todmorden C or E finished second winning 4 games and drawing 4 games.  In third place was Cornholme 2.

The girl’s league was very close.  Again the top two teams were unbeaten.  In third place was Cornholme, with 4 wins and 2 loses.  Castlehill and Walsden 1 both finished with 5 wins and 1 draw.  The competition rules say that the position is decided by the result between them but that was a draw so didn’t help.  We then turn to goal difference.  Castlehill had a goal difference of 11, whilst Walsden 1 had a goal difference of 12.  Therefore, Walsden 1 took the girls tournament title by 1 single goal!

After winning both the boys and girls leagues, Walsden were crowned Border Cup Champions 2018.  However, I honestly feel that everyone was a winner today and that grassroots football was one of the biggest winners.

Again well played to everyone, we hope that all the players really enjoyed themselves, and that all the parents and spectators enjoyed watching the talent on show as much as we did.  Well played all and well done again Walsden on winning the 2018 Border Cup.

Mr Milnes

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