Football: Bede’s Prep Claims Victory in Challenge Shield

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Saturday 6th September saw the inaugural Bede's Football Challenge Shield held at Bede's Senior School. 

The tournament consisted of 8 prep school teams split into two groups.  In Group A included Bede's A, Great Walstead, St Christopher's, and Holmewood House.  In group B was Bede's B, Skippers Hill, Brambletye and Hazelwood. 

The group games were fiercely competitive with most games being decided by the narrowest of margins!

Great Walstead ended up topping group A with Bede's A finishing runner up while Hazelwood won group B with Bede's B finishing runners up.

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These teams progressed to the semi-finals of the cup competition while Holmewood House, St Christopher's, Skippers Hill and Brambletye entered the plate competition.

Holmewood House came out the eventual winners of the plate in a close final against St Christopher's while, in the semi-finals of the Cup competition, Bede's A played well to progress passed Hazelwood whilst Great Walstead proved too strong for Bede's B.

Great Walstead and Bede's A met for the second time in the final, with the outcome of their group stage competition having been a 0-0 draw.

Bede's took the lead early in the second half and then soon doubled it from the penalty spot.  Great Walstead showed great courage and immediately replied making the final few minutes a very tense affair, however a smart finish in the dying seconds from the Bede's striker finally sealed the title for Bede's A.

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Mr Caryer, Bede's Head of Football, commented, "It was an absolute pleasure to see so many boys out playing and enjoying their Football in a competitive environment and I am glad we had such good weather for the day.  All the teams played in the right spirit and the players were outstanding ambassadors for their schools."