ST BEDE'S COLLEGE ARE NORTH WEST CHAMPIONS
12 teams competed in three pools of four at the North West U11 Regional qualifier held for the second year at the Bolton Lads & Girls Club. Group A was won by King’s School Chester after they took a clean sweep with nine points. Manchester Grammar School also qualified after winning two of their group games. In group B Birkenhead where undefeated going through as group winners. St Bede’s College also qualified for the quarter finals from group B along with Bury Grammar School who were in the two best third placed teams. Group C was the closest group, Cheadle Hulme went through as group winners with 6 points, King’s School Macclesfield and Bolton also went through with four points.
In the quarter finals, King’s Chester continued their fine form and slotted home in the final stages to go through to the semi-final. Birkenhead also continued their undefeated run against King’s Macclesfield. Bury Grammar secured a semi-final spot after pushing group winners Cheadle Hulme to penalties, and St. Bede’s College came out on top in a penalty shootout against Manchester Grammar.
The semi-finals saw King’s Chester take on Birkenhead, both who had been undefeated throughout. It was an extremely exciting game, with King’s Chester coming out 2-0 winners to secure a spot in the final. St. Bede’s won the second semi-final defeating Bury Grammar School.
The final was a very close affair with both teams having opportunities to secure the victory. St Bede’s College scored an extremely well taken goal in the dying minutes of the game to secure the title of North West Champions. They can now look forward to the National Finals at St. George’s Park in May.
2013-14 Bury Grammar School
2015-16 King's Macclesfield
2016-17 St. Bede's College