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Tuesday 8th September
Our boys Year 4/5 football team got the season off to a superb start with a tournament win at Wildern school. The competition involved other local schools and was a qualifying tournament for a County Finals day to be held at Wide Lane later in the month. Our lads started off with a fixture against Botley and won by a goal to nil. Next up were Bursledon and again, Fair Oak were the victors by a goal to nil. Our third result was a rather more convincing scoreline – five nil against Durley. The final game for our boys was a tough fixture against a strong Berrywood side but Fair Oak saved their best performance until last and won by three goals to nil. Well done to the team who will now go on to the county finals having not conceded a goal in qualifying!
Thursday 10th September
The girls kicked off their football season with a friendly match at home to Herne Junior School. I a tight first half of few chances our visitors took the lead only to be pegged back by Fair Oak with a well taken goal. The scoreline was therefore one all at half time. Unfortunately for our girls Herne were more clinical in their finishing during the second half and scored a further two goals which meant that the match ended in a three one victory for Herne. Well done to Fair Oak who battled admirably throughout.
Tuesday 15th September
The Year 5/6 boys football team played a qualifying tournament at Wildern for the Under 11s Hampshire Finals at Wide Lane today. The competition involved twelve teams from the local area. The teams were split into two pools of six with every team playing every other team in their pool. Fair Oak began their tournament with a comprehensive three nil win against Wellstead and followed this up with a one nil win over Upham. Freegrounds were next up and the match ended goalless. The Fair Oak boys played Durley next and were winners by a goal to nil before they rounded off the group stage with a fine two nil victory over St James. This meant that our boys qualified for the final where they met Shamblehurst. Fair Oak started a little sluggishly and Shamblehurst deservedly took to the lead. This seemed to sting Fair Oak into action and the rest of the match was spent in the Shamblehurst penalty area with Fair Oak doing all the pressing and forcing Shamblehurst into some heroic defensive work. With virtually the last kick of the game Fair Oak equalised which sent the game into extra time! Unfortunately however, Shamblehurst broke quickly right at the start of extra time to score the winning golden which sent Fair Oak home disappointed. Well played to all those who took part.
Thursday 17th September
Our girls football team played their first round match in the Hampshire Cup away in Waterlooville against Morelands today. In a game of few clear cut chances, Morelands took the lead mid way through the first half and the score stood a one nil to the hosts at the break. Fair Oak rallied in the second half and had chances to equalise but brave Morelands defending denied them the goal they craved. As there were no more goals in the second half Fair Oak are now unfortunately out of the girls Hampshire Cup.
Friday 18th September
The boys football team had been drawn at home to Springhill in the first round of the Hampshire Cup this year and they got their campaign off to a flier! Within a minute of kick off Fair Oak raced into the lead. They followed this up with two more goals before half time despite not playing at their best. During the second half, the boys got the ball down and played some lovely football and were rewarded with two more goals which all meant that the final score was five nil to the home side. Well done boys, we look forward to the next round!
Tuesday 22nd September
Wildern again hosted the qualifying tournament for the County Finals competition this time for the girls footballers. The ten teams that entered were split into two pools with each team playing every other team in their group. Fair Oak began their tournament with a comfortable two nil victory over Netley Abbey. Next up were Shamblehurst but our girls beat them by a goal to nil. We then played Droxford and again, Fair Oak ran out one nil winners. Next up was a tough fixture against Berrywood to decide the winners of the group and who would therefore go through to the final. In a tense affair, our girls showed their quality, took the lead and then defended solidly for another one nil victory. As Fair Oak therefore finished top of their group, they went through to the final to play the winners of the other pool who were St Johns. Fair Oak again performed solidly, were disciplined and well organised. Our girls produced a fine display to win the match one nil which meant that they won the tournament without conceding a goal and will now go on to represent our area at the County Finals. Well done to all those who took part!
Friday 25th September
Our Year 4/5 boys football team played their County Finals tournament at Wide Lane today. The competition involved the winners of other regional tournaments from around Hampshire so the standard of play was extremely high. Fair Oak began with a nil nil draw against Sarisbury and followed up that result with a two nil loss to Wimborne. Next up were Holy Family, the winners of the Southampton tournament and our boys got their first win by two goals to nil, the second of which was an absolute screamer! Marnel, Basingstoke champions, were our next opponents and despite constant Fair Oak pressure, it was Marnel who came away with a one nil victory. Our final fixture of the tournament was against Purbrook and Fair Oak ended on a positive note with a one nil win. This meant that we finished with seven points which put us in third place overall, just missing out on second place on goal difference. The winners were Sarisbury. Well done boys, a great effort from all of you!
Tuesday 29th September
Fair Oak entered a lower school team and an upper school team into a Tri-Golf tournament held at Freegrounds Junior School involving thirteen teams from the local area. Each team worked their way around a series of stations which were designed to improve every element of their game from putting to driving with points being scored depending on how well the teams performed at each activity. At the end of the tournament when the team totals had been added together our lower school pupils scored well over two hundred points which was a great achievement. However, our upper school team did superbly, scoring four hundred and fifty four points which put them into second place overall. What a great performance from all of our athletes!