PPFC END OF SEASON PRESENTATION EVENING

PRES1So our annual End of Season Presentation Evening is nearly upon us. This year’s event starts at 7pm this Friday, 3rd July on the Village Green. It’s a free evening open to all our PPFC families. Once again, it’s a Picnic on the Green. So, keep your fingers crossed for good weather, pack some picnic food and drinks, blankets and chairs and head down to the Green to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our PPFC teams throughout the 2014/15 season. We’ll have a bouncy castle and some soft drinks for the kids, as well as some fun and games

For the first time we’ll be presenting medals to four age groups: U7s, U8s, U11s and U16s; as well as individual awards for Players Player of the Year, Top Scorer and Most Improved Player across all of our teams. We’ll have all four of the trophies the club has won this season on display, including the U16s East Berks Championship Shield and the U11s Surrey Primary League Cup. This year also sees the introduction of PPFC’s Respect Award, which will be awarded to the PPFC player who has best demonstrated our commitment to sportsmanship and good conduct.

PRES11Of course, this year’s event also marks the ‘end of an era’ for the original PPFC team, with our Under 16 team going their separate ways this Summer after seven years representing the club; which gives us an opportunity to give Mike and some of our PPFC ‘veterans’ a suitable send-off. We’re very grateful to Pirbright Cricket Club for the use of their facilities for the evening.

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday!

CLUB NEWS

cropped-img_1120.jpgJust a reminder to all that there is no Friday Night Training this evening (26th June) as we have now almost reached the end of the 2014/15 season.

There’s just one more bit of football left on the PPFC Calendar with the Under 7s attending the Aldershot B&G FC Tournament on 5th July. More details to follow on the U7s News Page as soon as we have them.

Looking ahead to the next fortnight, our Under 16s will be attending the East Berkshire Youth League Presentation Ceremony on Saturday 27th June, where they’ll be collecting their Championship Trophy. More details can be found on the U16s News Page here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

Then, on Friday 3rd July (fine weather is forecast, fingers crossed everyone) we’ll be bringing the curtain down on the season with our club Presentation Evening on the Village Green. A reminder that the event is free, it’s another ‘Picnic on the Green’ event and all are welcome. The event starts at 7:00pm – we’ll update the site with some final details early next week.

After that we take a break for a month or so, but there’s still plenty going on ‘behind the scenes’ in preparation for the new campaign which starts in late August / early September. Over the coming weeks we’ll be re-vamping the website and providing details of a Registration & Welcome Evening we’re planning for the close season, publishing new Membership information and providing clearer and more concise details on ways-to-pay and how your club fees are spent. As well as this, we hope to have a clear structure to Friday Night Training for the 2015/16 campaign so you know where we’ll be and when. We’ve new sponsorship and team kit in the pipeline too. It’s often been tough to keep apace with the growth of the club over the last twelve months, but we have a fantastic and proactive team of volunteers that are helping to move PPFC forward.

So keep an eye on the website, our Facebook page and Twitter feed and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Friday.

UNDER 16s GO OUT ON A HIGH

DSC_0201 (2)Saturday 20th June: Mayford Athletic Tournament – PPFC U16s – Tournament Winners

What a fantastic way to finish. PPFC U16s go their separate way this Summer after seven years of football under the careful and committed stewardship of club founder Mike. With exams, Saturday jobs and all the other attractions (!) it was always going to be a tough ask to sustain another season for the ‘original’ Pirbright Premier. And so it was with heavy heart that the collective decision was made to ‘call it a day’. Several of the lads have been with the club from the outset, with the likes of Tom P, Harvey, Tom G and Joe having played several hundred games each in Pirbright colours over the years, starting out at Under 9s. The Mayford Tournament on Saturday afternoon therefore represented the last competitive football for this particular age group; and the boys produced a suitably fitting finale.

PPFC entered two teams, with the ‘B’ side exiting at the semi-final stage. But Pirbright ‘A’ made it all the way to an early evening Final with Staines Town; where Ethan’s fine volley won both the game and the Tournament. For Our Harvey, it was a winners medal in a competition Final at the eleventh time of asking – how’s that for persistence?

The team will attend the East Berkshire Youth League Presentation Ceremony on 27th June, where they will collect their championship trophy, before their final PPFC End of Season Presentation Evening on 3rd July. Saturday’s win at Mayford produced their second trophy of their final season, and proved reward for not only the sterling efforts of the players over the years, but also those of their relentlessly hard-working coach.

Well done boys – great work!

PPFC AT THE PIRBRIGHT SCARECROW FESTIVAL

CaptureThe club will once again be taking part in the Pirbright Scarecrow Festival this coming Saturday (20th June) on Pirbright Village Green; where we’ll be running our popular Penalty Shoot Out Competition from 11am – 5pm.

Please pop in and see us and lend your support. Our friends and sponsors from Pirbright Day Nursery & After School Club will also be at the event. Peartree 1

Hope to see you there!

NEARLY BUT NOT QUITE FOR PPFC U16s

windsor1Sunday 14th June, Ashridge Park Tournament: PPFC U16s ‘A’ Quarter Finalists; PPFC ‘B’ Semi-Finalists

A decent showing from both our PPFC U16s teams at the Ashridge Park Tournament on Sunday. In a strong competition with some fine teams PPFC ‘A’ reached the Quarter Final stage before bowing out to Maidenhead. PPFC ‘B’ made it through one more round but were eliminated by the same opponents in the semi-finals.

Well done lads; both teams performing well and battling hard. Onwards to the final football of the season for our U16s (and quite probably ‘the end of an era’ – of which more later) at Mayford Athletic this weekend.

GAME TOO FAR FOR WEARY U11s

WP_20150613_15_28_35_ProSaturday 13th June, Ashridge Park Tournament: PPFC U11s, Quarter Finals, Plate Competition

Not quite the happy ending to the season that PPFC U11s would have wanted at the Ashridge Park 7-a-sides this afternoon as the boys exited on penalties at the Quarter Final stages. They should still be congratulated for a fantastic campaign and Lee, Pete and the lads can look forward to a well-earned rest and the Presentation Evening on 3rd July. I think we’re all a little ‘footballed-out’!

Pirbright started brightly with a brace from Dean in a comfortable 2-0 win in the opening game against Ashridge Park. But the lads couldn’t sustain their early momentum, an injury to Olly unsettling the team at 0-0 against eventual group winners AFC Charvill; two late goals seeing the boys go down 0-2. And the boys looked leggy in the third game against Woodley, another 0-2 defeat. Pirbright recovered to draw 0-0 in the final group match against Winnersh Rangers and sneak through to the Plate competition.

WP_20150613_14_39_50_ProThe boys had the better of their Plate Quarter Final against Binfield, but couldn’t make the breakthrough; the game ending 0-0 and going to penalties. There was to be no repeat of last week’s heroics from the spot as – despite another super-cool finish from Cally – Pirbright went down 1-2 in the shoot-out.

A tough Tournament at the end of a long, hard season for the boys and the team could be forgiven for looking more than a little weary at times.

PPFC: Conor, Arthur, Jacob, Asa, Thomas, Dean, Olly, Cally, Jonty, Adam

Group: Ashridge Park, won 2-0 (Dean 2); AFC Charvill, lost 0-2; Woodley, lost 0-2; Winnersh Rangers, drew 0-0; Plate QF: Binfield, drew 0-0 (lost 1-2 on pens).

UNDER 16s WEEKEND AHEAD

20140906_095256More Tournament football for PPFC U16s on Sunday as they take part in the Ashridge Park Tournament. Please see the U16s News Page for full details along with some important information regarding the Mayford Tournament later this month, East Berks Youth League Presentation Ceremony and the PPFC End of Season Presentation Evening http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

PPFC UNDER 8s WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_20150418_094814_1PPFC Under 8s are in training this Friday (12th June) between 6pm-7pm at Pirbright Village School. Latest U8s updates, including details on the End of Season Presentation Evening can be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

A reminder we’re also on the lookout for new players for the 2015/16 season. See our U8s News Page for further details.

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U11s TRIUMPH AGAIN!

DSCN2664Goldsworth Park Rangers Tournament, Sunday 7th June: Pirbright Premier Under 11s – Tournament Winners

More glory and more silverware for PPFC U11s as they came through two dramatic penalty shoot-outs to triumph at the Goldsworth Park Tournament. On a glorious Summer afternoon it was another tremendous team effort from the boys; with Cally and Arthur displaying nerves of steel from the spot and Conor unbeaten in goal all afternoon.

Goals were at something of a premium all day, with the nine-a-side format and eight minute matches producing an incredibly tight competition. Indeed, there were seven goalless draws and only three goals in ten group games overall. Pirbright progressed in second place, drawing our opening three 0-0 against West Byfleet, eventual group winners Send United and then Sandhurst United. But our fourth and final game saw a crucial intervention from Arthur, who span and shot to dispatch a loose ball to give us victory against Curley Park Rangers. Defensively the boys were outstanding and they deservedly progressed to a semi-final against Berkshire County Youth Jaguars.

DSCN2656Extra time couldn’t separate the teams, with Pirbright coming closest when Asa’s shot came crashing down off the underside of the bar in the final moments. On to penalties then (the best of three); with the first two missed before Cally stepped up to put Pirbright in front with an ice-cool left-footed effort into the corner. Conor then produced an outstanding tip over from Berkshire’s third kick to send the lads into the final.

Send United were our opponents, who finished just a place behind us in the SPL and against whom we enjoyed two close matches in the league this season. This was another close affair, though the lads enjoyed a little more possession without creating too many opportunities. Again, extra time failed to produce a winner and so the final would be decided on penalties too.

DSCN2659Conor simply refused to be beaten, saving Send’s first two penalties whilst Cally again showed remarkable composure to steer home Pirbright’s first. It left Arthur with the opportunity to secure the team’s second trophy of the season. If he was nervous, it didn’t show – calmly converting to win the Tournament.

These boys have shown a lot of qualities this year: togetherness, determination and ever-increasing tactical awareness (particularly defensively). They also now seem to have developed something of a winning mentality. What was also great to see was one or two of the ‘unsung heroes’ of the squad have their moment – Thomas and Jonty’s cup final goals now followed by penalty heroics from Cally and Arthur along with brilliant individual tournaments today from Dean, Jack and Jacob. Mention too for Olly; so composed on the ball and just a great little footballer. But – as ever – this was another success built on their strong team ethic.

DSCN2648Well done Lee, Pete and the lads. Just one more day of football to go now (Ashridge Park next weekend). Whatever transpires, it’s been a lot of fun!

PPFC: Conor, Cally, Jack, Jonty, Adam, Thomas, Asa, Olly, Arthur, Adam, Dean

Group Stage: West Byfleet Scorpions, drew 0-0; Send United Hurricaines, drew 0-0; Sandhurst United, drew 0-0; Curley Park Rangers Vikings, won 1-0 (Arthur); Semi-Final: Berks County Youth Jaguars, drew 0-0 aet, won 1-0 on penalties; Final: Send United Hurricaines, drew 0-0 aet, won 2-0 on penalties.

There are some pictures of today’s terrific Tournament win on our Facebook Page.

END OF SEASON YEARBOOKS: SUPPORT NEEDED

EOSRWe’re working on our annual End of Season Yearbooks for PPFC U11s and U8s to be distributed at our Presentation Evening on 3rd July.

If any companies out there who would be happy to assist with printing costs in exchange for some prominent advertising in our publications we’d love to hear from you.

Likewise, if any U11s or U8s parents have any photos of the teams you would like included in the Yearbooks please drop us a line.

Contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com for further details.

PPFC AT THE PIRBRIGHT SCARECROW FESTIVAL

20150529_191542Pirbright’s unique Annual Scarecrow Festival takes place on Saturday 20th June. Once again, we’re delighted that the club will be taking part. We’ll be holding a Penalty Shoot Out Competition. The event runs on the Village Green from 11am – 5pm. We’re looking for volunteers to man the stall for a ‘shift’ at some point during the day, along with some assistance with promotions and printing. Please contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com if you can lend a hand.

20150529_191504Of course, we’d be equally appreciative if you just can come along along, say hello and have a go at beating our PPFC keepers on the day! Our friends from Pirbright Day Nursery & After School Club with a Face Painting Stall so remember to pop by and support our fantastic Junior Age Group Sponsors.

Peartree 1Big thanks to our Ethan for the publicity shots!

FRIDAY NIGHT TRAINING

pear tree headerOur Under 8s and Under 7s squads will be training together tomorrow night (29th May) between 6pm – 7pm at Pirbright Village School. Big thanks Ash and Stephen for running the session.

No training for PPFC U11s though. The squad’s next session will be on Friday 5th.

PPFC BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME

BOOT EXCHANGEWith participation in our junior age groups increasing we’re asking for help from all our PPFC families with our new Boot Exchange Scheme. Growing feet can mean lots of expense, and that shiny pair of new boots from Sports Direct can start to pinch after only a few months and a handful of matches. This website editor can remember three pairs of boots for one son in just one season at Under 9s!

If you have football boots or astros that no longer fit your child, but you feel would still give a season or two’s ‘good service’ to someone else within the club we’d welcome any contributions to our Boot Exchange Scheme. So delve into the attic, garage or cupboard and hand in any unwanted boots to one of our coaches. The club will clean them up and put them in our ‘Boot Box’ to be made available to parents at Friday Night Training.

Your support of this initiative can reduce the cost of football just a little for our boys and keep them playing and having fun!

WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_1120PPFC Under 7s will train this coming Friday (22nd May) at Pirbright School between 6pm – 7pm.

However, there is no training this week for our Under 16s, Under 11s or Under 8s squads.

Latest age group news can be found online here

Under 16s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

Under 11s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

Under 8s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

Under 7s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-7s-news/

UNDER 7s FUN AT FLEET

IMG_0534Saturday 16th May, Fleet Spurs Tournament

PPFC U7s faced some tough opponents at the Fleet Tournament on Saturday morning. But the boys got better as the competition went on and played some good football. Well done lads – onwards and upwards.

PPFC: Leighton, Robbie, Wills, Evan, Dylan, Elliot, Lewis, Joshua

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UNDER 16s JUST MISS OUT AT FLEET TOURNAMENT

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Saturday 16th May: Fleet Spurs Tournament, PPFC Under 16s finish Runners-Up

On a weekend which ended with the U11s landing the club’s second major trophy of the season our championship-winning Under 16s had very nearly started it with yet more silverware on Saturday morning at Fleet Spurs.

Mike’s team were just edged out in their final game as they finished runners-up. An opening game win against Maidenhead B was followed by a 1-1 draw against Basingstoke A. Hosts Fleet Spurs were despatched 5-1 in the following fixture before a resounding 3-0 victory over Basingstoke B left the boys needing a win against Maidenhead A to win the competition.

Alas it wasn’t to be as, despite dominating and pressing hard for a winner, the lads were hit by a sucker punch late on as they went down by a single goal. A great performance nevertheless and a welcome return to form for Pirbright. Here’s hoping we can end on a high as head into our final two tournaments of the season at first Ashridge Park and then Mayford.

U11s ARE CUP KINGS!

Thomas celebrates his equalising goal

Thomas celebrates his equalising goal

Sunday 17th May; Surrey Primary League Cup Final (at Staines Lammas FC): Pirbright Premier U11s 5 Chertsey Town 2

A brilliant day for PPFC as Lee and Pete’s terrific little U11s team won a breathless, absorbing SPL Cup Final against Chertsey at Staines Lammas. This tireless, spirited and skilful set of boys have been fantastic all season and thoroughly deserve their moment. And what a game.

The first half was fairly tightly contested; Chertsey playing some excellent passing football down the flanks but rarely getting beyond a redoubtable Pirbright back line in which Jonty was simply outstanding. For their part, PPFC struggled to create much, Asa’s deflected shot the closest we came. With our opponents shading possession and playing the better football, but Pirbright defending splendidly it looked like being a nervy second period. But within minutes of the re-start the game sprang to life.

Jonty's free-kick finds the top corner

Jonty’s free-kick finds the top corner

First Chertsey opened the scoring with a tremendously executed volley from a corner – a set-piece out of the top drawer. But then Pirbright replied with a special goal of their own: Jonty’s brilliant free-kick from 35 yards finding the top corner to the absolute delight of his teammates and the sizeable PPFC following. But back came Chertsey as the boys – for the first time all afternoon – looked a touch panicky as they dealt with a ball into the box, the clearance dispatched over a helpless Conor with a terrific first-time volley from Chertsey’s midfielder. Three goals in a few short minutes – all of them outstanding; the upshot: Pirbright trailing 1-2.

The next goal would be crucial, and thankfully it was Pirbright who snatched it; Thomas let fly from long distance and saw his shot deflect past the despairing keeper into the far corner; a great moment for a boy who has shown such commitment and dedication since joining us in the Summer. With the tense, edgy first period now long since forgotten the game opened up with both teams looking to strike the decisive next blow. Again, it was Pirbright who got it – but this time from a more familiar source; midfield driving force Asa escaping through the middle to rifle the lads in front for the first time.

DSCN2557Chertsey now had to throw caution to the wind and – to their great credit – kept playing their passing football as they sought to take the game to extra time. But their extra attacking endeavour of course allowed Pirbright to at last exploit the space behind the opposition defence as they committed players forward. Having been marshalled carefully for the majority of the game suddenly Josh’s lightning pace came to the fore as he added two goals in the closing moments to put the game beyond our opponents’ reach. What a season he’s had – now over fifty goals in all competitions and named Man of the Match by the Surrey Primary League today.

The final whistle signalled some wonderful celebrations from players and parents alike. Word too for the wonderful support that the boys enjoyed – mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, our other age group coaches all out in force to offer the team encouragement: a great occasion for our little club.

DSCN2600Congratulations too to Lee and Pete: dedicated, considered, fair, patient and enthusiastic coaches of the team for four years – their moment in the sun hugely merited. But most of all well done to this fantastic group of boys: a team in every sense of the word. We’re really proud of you all.

PPFC: Conor, Jacob (c), Jack, Thomas, Adam, Jonty, Joshua, Asa, Arthur, Cally, Dean

Scorers: Jonty, Thomas, Asa, Joshua (2)

Surrey Primary League Man of the Match: Joshua

There are some pictures now online on our Facebook page.

UNDER 11S UP FOR THE CUP

SPL Division 3: 3rd Place 2015

It’s Cup Final weekend for PPFC Under 11s as the boys take on Chertsey at Staines Lammas FC on Sunday lunchtime. Full details can now be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

All at the club wish Lee, Pete and the boys the very best of luck. It’s a huge achievement to reach the final and the lads have already done us proud. Whatever the result, congratulations on a fantastic season, go out and do your very best and – most importantly – enjoy it boys!

NEW RECRUITS NEEDED; JOIN OUR FANTASTIC FOOTBALL CLUB!

PPFC are seeking new recruits at our junior age group levels for the 2015/16 season. Contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com for more details on joining our vibrant, ever-growing, FA Charter Standard community football club:DSCN2518

Under 11s (Under 12s for Season 2015/16): PPFC are looking for new players to join their successful U11s (U12s for season 15/16) team in the Surrey Primary League. Finishing third in SPL3 and reaching the SPL Cup Final in 2014/15 the squad are seeking talented and enthusiastic new recruits from current School Year Six (School Year Seven for Academic Year 2015-1016). We play our matches on Sunday on Pirbright Village Green and train on Friday evenings at Pirbright Village School in the Autumn and Spring months and Alexander Barracks in the Winter months. For more details contact pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com or call age group coach Lee Sawkins on 07797173162

IMG_1905Under 8s (Under 9s for Season 2015/16): PPFC are looking for new players to join their successful U8s (Under 9s for season 15/16) team in the South Surrey Youth League. Scoring seventy goals in fifteen league games and performing strongly in end of season tournaments the squad are seeking talented and enthusiastic footballers from current School Year Three (School Year Four for Academic Year 2015-16). We play our matches on Saturdays in Pirbright and train on Friday evenings at Pirbright Village School in the Autumn and Spring months and Alexander Barracks in the Winter months. For more details contact pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com or call age group coach Lee Sawkins on 07797173162

U11s ENJOY FRIENDLY WIN

DSCN2532Sunday 10th May, Friendly; Pirbright Premier U11s 4 Badshot Lea 0

PPFC U11s shaped-up for next week’s SPL Cup Final with a 4-0 warm-up win over our old friends Badshot Lea on the Village Green. It was a chance for the lads to play in different positions and try some new formations against well-organised opponents.

On a sunny May morning, Pirbright notched two goals in each half. Asa hit a double towards the end of the first period, not before the returning Joshua had been foiled on more than one occasion by an excellent visiting goalkeeper. Lee switched things around somewhat in the second half, with Adam playing in goal and Conor having a run-out on-pitch for the first time in two years. Olly dropped back into defence where he excelled, Jonty even enjoyed a little spell in attack. We played some fearless, purposeful attacking football rounded off with two further goals, first from Joshua, then from the marauding Conor (who rounded the advancing goalkeeper and finished with his left foot in the style of a seasoned centre-forward); cue much amusement and disbelief from his teammates!

DSCN2524Our thanks to Badshot for bringing a team over at the end of the league season and to Mike for stepping in to referee. And a big well done to the boys for a terrific bright and breezy performance. Same again next week, lads? We’ve nothing to lose!

PPFC: Conor, Adam, Dean, Jonty, Arthur, Jacob, Cally, Joshua, Asa, Olly

PPFC Scorers: Asa 2, Conor, Joshua

MOTM: Several candidates, with Dean enjoying another cracking game and Cally in good form. But Jonty and Olly shared MOTM today with performances of huge commitment and endeavour.

AWESOME UNDER 8s DO US PROUD

DSCN2517Saturday 9th May: Under 8s Beacon Hill 7-a-side Tournament

A fantastic day for our Under 8s at the Beacon Hill Tournament rounded off the boys’ season in real style. It was a long old day for team and parents alike, but the lads did us proud; finishing third overall and coming within just one game of winning the competition.

With a squad of just seven, all of the boys played every minute of every match; with poor Ethan and Olly bravely hobbling through the final matches. We started brilliantly, hitting Liphook Lions for seven in our first game (quite an achievement in itself given the games were only twelve minutes long). Jason (who was absolutely outstanding in attack) scored a remarkable six goals; Olly B notching our other. We drew our next two matches 0-0, first against Beacon Hill Hawks, then Beacon Hill Ravens. Then Olly TB’s composed finish from Olly B’s astute pass earned a 1-0 win against Fernhurst JFC in our fourth game.

In all we strung together six consecutive clean sheets, largely due to some outstanding defending from Toby and Jan and some fine goalkeeping from The Cat. Jason’s goal saw the lads notch up a third win against Grayshott in our fifth game, which left us needing a win from our last two games to finish as runners-up, and two to win the tournament overall.

Ultimately, we couldn’t quite do it; Jason hitting the outside of the post late on as we drew 0-0 against Chiddingfold, then losing our final game 0-2 against eventual winners Liss Athletic (probably the best team we’ve played all season, and certainly worthy winners). By the final two games the boys were running on empty, but they never gave up and played with enormous team spirit and commitment.

More than one opposition coach complimented us on the way the boys passed the ball and Lee and Neil were very proud of the way the team stuck together throughout the whole tournament.

It’s been a real pleasure to coach these boys this season and it was great to end on such a positive note. Big thanks – as ever – to our PPFC Mums and Dads for terrific support. But most of all a huge ‘well done’ to all of the guys for not only playing so well, but also conducting themselves impeccably throughout a long and tiring day of football. Brilliant boys, very proud of you all!

PPFC: Liam, Tobes, Olly B, Olly TB, Jason, Ethan, Jan

Results: Liphook Lions, won 7-0 (Jason 6, Olly B); Beacon Hill Hawks, drew 0-0; Beacon Hill Ravens, drew 0-0; Fernhurst JFC, won 1-0 (Olly TB); Grayshott Dragons, won 1-0 (Jason); Chiddingfold JFC, drew 0-0; Liss Athletic, lost 0-2

Man of the Tournament: Really tough decision today, it could have been any one of them, but Super Jan was outstanding.

END OF SEASON PRESENTATION EVENING: DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

PRES2We’re delighted to announce that Pirbright Premier Football Club’s annual End of Season Presentation Evening will take place on Friday 3rd July on Pirbright Village Green from 7pm. This is a great opportunity to come together as a club to celebrate the achievements of our boys. This year’s event involves, for the first time, four age group teams: our championship winning Under 16s, our Under 11 cup finalists, as well as our fantastic Under 8s and newly-formed Under 7s. Entry will once again be free and it promises to be a terrific evening for all of our PPFC Family.

Please keep the date free in your diary. More details to follow.

MEMBERSHIP STANDING ORDERS

IMG_1120We’re aware that we may have caused a little confusion by referring to our preferred method of monthly membership fee payments as Direct Debits rather than Standing Orders. If anyone – particularly new members – are having difficulty in setting up Standing Orders or have any other questions relating to club fees, please do not hesitate to speak with Neil at Friday Night Training or contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com. Thank you everyone for your co-operation.

TOUGH TEST FOR PPFC U11s

DSCN2498Friendly, Sunday 3rd May: Pirbright Premier U11s 1 Windsor FC 3

A significant test of mettle for PPFC U11s today against Leighton’s very organised Windsor team from the East Berks Youth League for a Sunday morning friendly on the Village Green. Despite going down 1-3 it was a valuable run-out against opponents with some very talented individuals and who played with purpose and shape. It’s a measure of how far PPFC have come this year that they were able to match Windsor for long periods of a good quality match.

Just a goal down at half-time Windsor netted two in quick succession soon after the break but PPFC responded with a close range finish from Adam from Jonty’s excellent free-kick. That’s the way it stayed, with Windsor moving the ball well in the final third, Pirbright defending stoutly, but perhaps understandably lacking a little going forward in the absence of injured top scorer Joshua.

DSCN2495Some great ‘shifts’ all round from the boys, in particular the outstanding Adam, the industrious and ever-improving Thomas and Jonty – such an important player to the team in the latter half of this season.

Well done, lads. Another stern challenge awaits in the shape of more higher division opposition in Badshot next week for our final action before the Cup Final. Big thank you also to Ash for standing in as referee and Leighton for bringing his boys over for a friendly at the end of a long league season.

PPFC: Conor, Thomas, Adam, Jacob, Dean, Arthur, Asa, Jonty, Olly

PPFC Scorer: Adam

MOTM: Adam

PPFC WEEKEND AHEAD

Full details of this weekend’s football can now be found on the website.

IMG_0507Under 7s: Friday Night Training between 6-7pm at the School. No match or Tournament this weekend but details of a friendly and our next Summer Tournament can now be found here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-7s-news/

WP_20150425_007Under 8s: Friday Night Training between 6-7pm at the School. No game this weekend but a further Tournament at Beacon Hill on the 9th May. Latest updates here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

cropped-dscn2493.jpgUnder 11s: Friday Night Training at the School between 7pm – 8pm followed by a Sunday morning friendly at home to Windsor.

Latest updates online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-11s-resultsfixtures/

20140906_095331 (1)Under 16s: No game this weekend for PPFC U16s but latest updates, including a Summer Tournament schedule and change of date for the Easy Berks Presentation Evening can now be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

UNDER 7s EXCEL IN FIRST TOURNAMENT

IMG_0509|Under 7s Mole Valley Tournament, Saturday 25th April

PPFC Under 7s performed superbly well in their first ever Tournament on Saurday morning, as they finished third overall in the Mole Valley competition.

The boys recorded four wins in six games, scoring twelve goals and ending second in their group. We played some cracking football and showed great team spirit and application. Ash and Dave took eight boys: Leighton, Dylan, Lewis, Robbie, Evan, Elliott, Olly D and Joshua. Our dynamic U7s Management Duo report that the lads played out of their skins and we were immensely proud of their performance. Particular mention for Robbie and Olly D for doing so well in their first games for PPFC. Dylan led the way with five goals, with Evan, Lewis and Oliver each netting two and Joshua one. But this was a true team effort and the lads were rewarded with their first medals at the end.

IMG_0507Well done boys, you’re a real credit to the club. Thanks Ash and Dave for their hard work and organisation skills in getting our youngest team ‘off the ground’ and also to our PPFC parents for their terrific support. Lots of fun and some superb football.

PPFC Record: Holmbury and Westcott Won 2-0; Horsley won 2-1; Mole Valley Wanderers won 4-1; SPP Red & Green won 3-1; Dorking Green lost 2-1; Ewhurst lost 2-0

U16s CAN’T HANG ON

DSC_0222Saturday 25th April, East Berks Youth League; Ascot United 5 Pirbright Premier 4

Not the end to an otherwise excellent league season that the U16s would have hoped for on Saturday as they lost out to Ascot by the odd goal in nine. It’s been very much a case of ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ for Pirbright since clinching the title over a month ago, with a the run of nine successive wins to take them to the title followed by four disappointing defeats on the spin.

This could have been very much different for PPFC as they led 4-1 with fifteen minutes left and were a man to the good after an Ascot sending-off. But four unanswered goals in the closing stages deprived Mike’s team of even a share of the points. Pirbright’s goals were scored by Joe, Ryan (with two) and an own goal. Credit to Ascot for a very spirited revival, but certainly not the disciplined and well-drilled PPFC of the Winter months.

Much contemplation for all ahead as we enter the Tournament season and the team heads for a Summer ‘crossroads’ that will determine the future of the side for 2015/16.

PPFC Scorers: Joe, Ryan 2, Own Goal

UNDER 8s DO US PROUD ON SSYL FINALS DAY

WP_20150425_007South Surrey Youth League Finals Day, Saturday 25th April

PPFC Under 8s performed with great credit at the SSYL Finals Day on Saturday morning, held at The Big Field, Brockham amongst the rolling Surrey Hills. Pitted against some good teams in a tough group, the lads emerged in third place before running out of steam a little in their play off match. Nevertheless, a highly creditable sixth place finish overall in the very competitive U8s ‘Cup’ section was achieved. We’ll have some photos of the Tournament up on the website and Facebook page a little later.

The lads started with two draws, 1-1 against Milford (Jason scoring a fantastic ‘team goal’) and 0-0 against Ewhurst. Eventual winners Cranleigh were next, and the lads held out until the last thirty seconds, when they conceded a goal from a corner to go down 0-1. However, they saw off Albury Griffins by the same score in the final group game, Olly B scoring his first goal for the club when he turned in Toby’s splendid cross.

A sleepy start in our third-place play off game against Albury Eagles saw the lads 2-0 down and with a little too much to do. But, overall, a decent display nevertheless. It’s always a challenge to adapt to the fast-pace of quick-fire ten-minute tournament football and there were one or two little things to work on as we move onto our final competition of the season at Beacon Hill in a fortnights time.

Well done boys, onwards and upwards. We’re proud of what you’ve achieved as a team this year. Let’s have some fun and go out on a high at our next Tournament.

PPFC: Liam, Olly B, Olly TB, Toby, Jan, Jason (captain), Ethan, Jago

Results: Group Stage: Milford Jets, drew 1-1 (Jason); Ewhurst Tigers, drew 0-0; Cranleigh Youth Raiders, lost 0-1; Albury Griffins, won 1-0 (Olly B); Play Off: Albury Eagles lost 0-2

Man of the Tournament: Olly B – Lots of really hard work and application, and a first goal too. Well done Olly!