1st XI Footballers Win Referees Cup

The 1st XI Football team has claimed the Referees Cup for a 7th consecutive year, winning the annual College Day tournament held at St Peters' Cambridge on Saturday 4 May.

The day got off to a solid start with a win against St Paul's Collegiate. The local rivals took it to the 1st XI in the first half with a physical, pressing game, but some high-quality football from the HBHS midfield, including the precise long-range passing of Josh Galletly took the game away from St Paul's. Goals from Lesley Kivolyn and Tom O'Leary secured a comfortable victory in the end.

The second match, against our own 2nd XI, kicked off only a matter of minutes after the first, due to the tight scheduling of the tournament. This is often a tricky fixture, with the 2nd XI boys keen to impress as they look to push for places in the top squad. 2nd XI coach Mr Marrow had his team organised as always and this made life difficult for the 1st XI attacking players. In the end, goals from our two Captains of Football, Casey Sharplin and Max Ericksen, secured a 2:0 win.

After a short rest, the last pool game was against a very tired Hillcrest High School.  It was one-way traffic in favour of HBHS for most of the game, with first-half goals from Sean Rogers and Max Ericksen. The boys were cruising. However, Hillcrest scored just after half time which meant a nervous ten minutes ensued, until Lesley Kivolyn popped up again to reinstate the two-goal buffer and take the boys into the final with a 3:1 victory.

The final was against our old foes St Peter's. In order to defend the cup, the boys would have to lift the intensity another level and take the game to the hosts from the start. They certainly achieved this with precision and passion. The 1st XI dominated the game from start to finish, with every player contributing in an emphatic all-round display. Goals in the first half from Max and Tyler Ericksen completely took the game away from St Peter's.

1st XI Captain Max Ericksen reflects on the 1st XI Football win in the 2019 College Day

HBHS continued where they had left off in the second half, scoring again via captain Max Ericksen within 2 minutes of the half getting underway. All players got to play their part in the final this ensured fresh legs were maintained all over the park. A 3:0 win was the final result and this victory continues the school's proud history in this tournament.  HBHS has won 15 out of the last 18 College Day Tournaments with