Royal Russell made history as they claim third straight Complete Sports Solutions ISFA Sixes
Chigwell School hosted this year’s Complete Sports Solutions ISFA Sixes as 24 schools participated in the traditional ISFA season opener. The teams were split into four groups and it was Royal Russell and St John's Leatherhead who started brightly in group A, both recording back to back victories before taking each other on in an entertaining draw with both schools going on to qualify from group A. Manchester Grammar finished the group strongly to claim third place and a spot in the plate competition, where they were joined by host school Chigwell. Ardingly quickly took control of group B notching up four straight victories to take spot, and they were joined in the quarter finals by Repton who recovered from losing two of their first three games to claim second spot. Charterhouse narrowly missed out on a spot in the cup quarter finals, settling for a place in the plate instead where they were joined by Forest.
Group C was incredibly competitive as Queen Ethelburga's recovered from an opening draw by winning their remaining four matches to top the group. Oswestry and Bradfield battled out for second spot and a 2-1 victory for Oswestry against Bradfield was enough for them to qualify for the quarter finals. Bradfield had to settle for a place in the plate competition alongside Westminster who took fourth place in the group. In Group D City of London and Hampton both started well with three straight victories, and it looked like City of London had taken control of the group when they defeated Hampton in game 4, however a last game defeat left the door open for Hampton who claimed top spot with a better goal difference following a last game victory. The battle for third and fourth was equally competitive with UCS and Shrewsbury taking the plate competition spaces with an identical record.
The cup quarter finals were incredibly competitive with three of the four decided on penalties, with Ardingly, Queen Ethelburga's and Hampton being successful, whilst Royal Russell overcame City of London 2-0. Royal Russell continued their goalscoring run in the semis, defeating Ardingly 2-1 to reach the final where they met Hampton, who defeated Queen Ethelburgas in a thrilling semi-final, eventually winning by the odd goal in 5. The final was an excellent game but it was Royal Russell who scored the only goal to claim their third straight Complete Sports Solutions ISFA Sixes title, the first team to ever win three in a row in the competition's history.
In the plate competition both Bradfield and Charterhouse recorded 2-0 wins to make the semi-finals, where they were joined by UCS and Manchester Grammar who both won their spots via a penalty shootout. Bradfield made it through to the final with an excellent display of attacking football defeating UCS 3-1, while Manchester Grammar joined them defeating Charterhouse 1-0. In a very competitive plate final it was Bradfield who were victorious winning a close final 1-0.
|Date||Cup Winners||Plate Winners|
|1962||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|1964||Wolverhampton GS||Newport GS|
|1965||Manchester GS||Peter Symonds|
|1966||Wolverhampton GS||St. John's Southsea|
|1968||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|1972||Bury GS||QEGS Blackburn|
|1973||QEGS Blackburn||King's Chester|
|1977||Hulme GS, Oldham||Shrewsbury|
|1979||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|1981||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|1982||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|1987||Manchester GS||Wolverhampton GS|
|1988||Hulme GS, Oldham||Wolverhampton GS|
|1990||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|1991||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|2000||No Tournament||No Tournament|
|2004||St. Bede's College||Bradfield|
|2005||Brentwood||St. Bede's College|
|2006||Millfield||Hulme GS, Oldham|
|2007||St. Bede's College||Bolton|
|2011||St. Bede's School||Oldham Hulme GS|
|2012||Bede's||St. Bede's College|
|2016||Royal Russell||Manchester GS|