Last weekend was very busy for Marlborough sport with 12 matches being played against UWC Dover and ISKL. Overall, there were 120 pupils involved in the fixtures, which was great to see at the College. The Marlborough coaching team have placed a huge emphasis on fatiguing opposition defences and playing positive football in the opposition’s half in the initial stages of the season. Despite the weather disruptions, all four Marlborough teams came prepared for the games, with a very positive mindset and a willingness to express themselves creatively.
The 1st XI Girls opened their season with a positive display against a strong UWC Dover team. The team then produced a superb performance against ISKL with excellent movement off the ball. Special mentions must go to Karina Russell for making multiple great saves in goal and Stephanie Sullivan, who refused to stop playing possession football on an incredibly bouncy astro turf.
With a new look 1st XI Boys team this year it has taken time to understand the playing philosophy and team structures. The 1st team played ISKL first; however, their aggressive attacking football proved too strong for our brave but unstructured defence. Special mention for his performance in goal must go to Henry Elliot. After a debrief and review from the 1st team coaches, the team regrouped and produced a strong performance against UWC Dover. Excellent work rate and energy from Morgan Davies epitomised the team’s response.
U16 Girls started their season with superb performances against UWC Dover and ISKL. The adverse conditions meant that the team had to adapt its style of play to create opportunities to score; Lidiia Pervak and Ella Iles receiving special commendations for their efforts in what was a hard fought morning of fixtures.
U16 Boys are primed to have a great season this year with a very competitive training squad from which to choose. George Neale, William Roué and Markus Medcraft displayed a calm composure in the middle against a well organised UWC Dover team. Freddie Patten was exceptional in goal as he marshalled the defence and moved like a ‘cat’ for some fingertip saves. Against ISKL the boys suffered from the weather conditions as the pitch did not allow the ball to move as quickly. Ciaran Lynch and Yuki Sugimoto worked tirelessly to create space in attack, but weren’t allowed to show their creative flair on the sodden pitch.
We look forward to travelling to Singapore for our next tournament on the 6th October against Dulwich College and Epsom College. This will be our final preparation before the Marlborough College Straits Football Tournament on the 13th October, when we will be welcoming over 20 schools to compete for the Straits Cup.
Jamie Lennard Director of Sport