Windermere took part in the South Lakes 6-a-side football tournament at Kendal RUFC and had high hopes for success with a team composed of Sam Storey, James Taylor, Inigo Pardo, Lewis Rooney, Malachy Ramsay, Jonny-Lee Machell and Kacper Dobson.
Match 1 – Windermere vs Dallam
In the first game, Windermere started brightly and, despite facing a strong Dallam team in the opening game, managed the contest well. Once the boys settled in possession, and made runs with energy and purpose, they started to create chances and find space in behind the Dallam team. After several good chances, it was Sam Storey who finished calmly to seal a 1-0 victory.
Match 2 – Windermere vs Queen Katherine School
Buoyed by the first game, Windermere hit Queen Katherine hard, with energetic running from all members of the team. Sam Storey had a couple of early chances that flashed just wide and Malachy Ramsay produced an acrobatic attempt from a deft Jonny-Lee chip that only just went over the bar. James Taylor’s weaving run and delicate left-foot finish opened the scoring and Sam Storey and Malachy Ramsay rounded off an emphatic 3-0 victory.
Match 3 – Windermere vs The Lakes School
El Clasico. The Lakes School had only just arrived to play their first game and, with Windermere having already played two, the boys had to dig deep to continue with the high tempo play that had proved successful. Lakes were strong and hungry but Windermere pressed hard in a ‘end-to-end’ affair. Kacper Dobson made a fine save from a thunderbolt unleashed by the Lakes attacker to keep it at 0-0.
Windermere’s high press was troubling the Lakes’ defence and when Sam Storey latched on to a loose pass at the back, he made no mistake in hammering the ball into the net. Lewis Rooney and Inigo Pardo worked tirelessly in defence but Windermere had to settle for the draw when the Lakes’ attacker wriggled his way through a couple of tackles and fired an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner.
Match 4 – Windermere vs Kirkbie Kendal
Windermere came up against a technically gifted Kirkbie Kendal team but the boys were now hungry for the title and outran, outfought and eventually outplayed their opposition to seal a 1-0 victory. This was a close game with limited chances for both teams. It needed something special to break the deadlock. Arise, Jonny-Lee Machell. Some neat play from James Taylor and Sam Storey forced Kirkbie Kendal to clear their lines. Sam Story floated the resulting corner kick to the back post and Jonny-Lee Machell hit a right foot volley into the top corner of the goal. Magic!
Match 5 – Windermere vs Queen Elizabeth School
With only Queen Elizabeth School standing between Windermere and their inaugural South Lakes Football Trophy, the boys knew what had to be done. Some bullish play from QES did not deter Windermere from the job in hand and, after some last ditch defending from Lewis Rooney, Windermere sealed a 1-0 victory when Sam Storey powered a strike through the QES goalkeeper.
A brilliant team performance from the boys and special mention to Sam Storey who finished as the tournament top goal scorer.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.