Season set to be a cracker as Hatfield schools’ October tournament hailed a roaring success

PUBLISHED: 06:00 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 24 October 2018

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

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The traditional curtain raiser for the Hatfield and District Primary Schools’ football season saw 10 teams compete for the October tournament.

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

The teams came from six schools with Birchwood Avenue, Countess Anne, Green Lanes, St Philip Howard and St Mary’s all travelling to hosts De Havilland.

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

And as it usually does the tournament produced some very close, competitive matches with a high quality of play in evidence throughout the morning.

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

It began with a group stage with the top two in each group advancing to the sem-finals.

Green Lanes Primary School Jaguars. Picture: DANNY LOOGreen Lanes Primary School Jaguars. Picture: DANNY LOO

There De Havilland Yellows overcame Green Lanes while Countess Anne beat De Havilland 6ers to progress to the final.

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

The final itself was very tense with great commitment from both teams.

St Philip Howard Catholic Primary School Golds. Picture: DANNY LOOSt Philip Howard Catholic Primary School Golds. Picture: DANNY LOO

After three minutes, Countess Anne took the lead with a fine headed goal from a free-kick but undeterred De Havilland fought back and levelled on seven minutes.

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, neither team could fashion a further goal and despite a short period of extra time penalties were needed to decide the final outcome.

De Havilland Primary School 1's. Picture: DANNY LOODe Havilland Primary School 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

And it was De Havilland who held their nerve to become the trophy holders for 2018.

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

Event organisers acknowledged the referees, players, families and members of staff of all schools who took part and their role in making the tournament so enjoyable and successful.

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

Action from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the Hatfield Primary School's October Football Tournament. Picture: DANNY LOO

Birchwood Avenue Primary School. Picture: DANNY LOOBirchwood Avenue Primary School. Picture: DANNY LOO

Green Lanes Primary School Pumas. Picture: DANNY LOOGreen Lanes Primary School Pumas. Picture: DANNY LOO

Countess Anne School. Picture: DANNY LOOCountess Anne School. Picture: DANNY LOO

De Havilland Primary School 3's. Picture: DANNY LOODe Havilland Primary School 3's. Picture: DANNY LOO

St Mary's CE Primary School. Picture: DANNY LOOSt Mary's CE Primary School. Picture: DANNY LOO

St Philip Howard Catholic Primary School Maroons. Picture: DANNY LOOSt Philip Howard Catholic Primary School Maroons. Picture: DANNY LOO

De Havilland Primary School 2's. Picture: DANNY LOODe Havilland Primary School 2's. Picture: DANNY LOO

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