S2 Boys Football - March 14th 2017
The S2 had to repeat the journey to Dunfermline 2 weeks later for a Fife League semi-final match against Woodmill where a strong wind spoiled any quality football and the visitors left with a 5-1 defeat which was scarcely deserved for the effort they put in.
S2 Boys Football - March 2nd 2017
In Dunfermline, the S2 boys battled in a really exciting fixture against Queen Anne High School for a place in the Fife Cup semi-final. Coach Mr Beaver brought his boys back from behind to finish the pulsating game at 5-5. A Penalty Shoot-Out would decide this in the cruellest of fashions and unfortunately the boys were beaten 4-3. All of the S2 Squad can hold their heads up proudly for their commitment and conduct throughout the season and the team can confidently build on this next year.
Senior Boys Team - March 2nd 2017
A Senior development team travelled to Beath High School on 2nd March and came away with a creditable 2-2 Draw in an open and exciting match. Coach (driver) Mr Munn came out of retirement to take the boys to Cowdenbeath but in a departure from his normal protocol, he eschewed the pull of the Golden Arches and got the boys home early.
Girl's Football - February 24th 2017
The Girls Football team took the long drive with Mr Beaver behind the wheel to Broxburn Academy to play in the Scottish Cup 3rd Round on Friday 24th February. The girls encountered a really impressive and well-drilled side who managed to score quite a few goals to none for the visitors.
Girl's Football and S3 Boys Football - February 2017
On Thursday 9th of February the Girl's football team played out an exciting 5-5 draw despite a late start with darkening conditions. Mr Beaver was delighted with the commitment and resilience of the team who went 3 down before staging a classic fight back. Honours even!
The S3 boys were not so fortunate on the same night away to Woodmill, Dunfermline in the Fife Cup where they crashed out to a very well organised, efficient and faster side. The trip was not all in vein as volunteer driver Mr Wotherspoon, at Mr Munn's request, turned into the nearest establishment for a compensatory burger. Result!
The S1 football team, led by Mr Dagless, escaped an away tie to Stornoway to play the Nicolson Institute thanks to Perth High School beating them in the previous round. The short trip to Perth however was not so successful and the hosts beat Madras in quite a comprehensive manner.
Mr Beaver's other football team, the S2 Boys, survived until the third round of the Scottish Cup with wins over Glenrothes and Carnoustie High Schools before being beaten in a home fixture against the talented football academy school St John's from Dundee. The team however are still in the Fife Cup and are competing strongly in the league.
S3 Football and U15 Football
Mr Munn – the only Mr Munn in Madras now that Munn senior has retired – has been working hard with his group of S3s.
Madras progressed into the third round of the Scottish Cup (U15 shield) with a hard fought 2-1 victory away to Arbroath High School. Madras have earned themselves a home tie against Blairgowrie High School in the next round; the tie is due to be played on the second last day of term. The U15 team are also still in the Fife Cup and are due to play Woodmill High School in the quarter-finals early in the New Year.
Senior 1st X1
The senior side have had a productive year so far, fulfilling a number of fixtures in the League, Fife Cup and Scottish Cup. After early exits in the Fife and Scottish to Balwearie and Beath, the boys have remained competitive in the league with the highlight being an excellent 4-2 victory over Glenrothes which epitomised the team's togetherness and resilience. With more games to come and a new set of strips, courtesy of Fife Autocentre, the second half of the season looks promising for Mr Anderson's side.
Mr Beaver continues to co-ordinate and motivate the girls' football group who have been injected with additional members from the new S1 cohort. The girls are playing regular fixtures against Fife schools and have progressed to the second round of the U14 Scottish Cup where they will play Aboyne Academy on 1st February, 2017. Another success was the Fife U14 Tournament where 10 teams played at Beath High School over the course of a day.
Madras School of Football
With football growing in the school, Mr Anderson decided to bring all sides under one umbrella in the Madras School of Football. Thursday night sessions at the University of St Andrews have been a great success with pupils aged 11-17 years turning up in large numbers to develop their skills within a fun environment. More promisingly, Senior pupils have started taking their first steps into the sport and fitness industry whilst leading coaching sessions to the junior categories. Next year will be an exciting one with the School of Football continuing to grow and establishing links with several professional clubs to provide a better standard of coaching and further support our Seniors in their career development.
As pupils have continued to behave and participate in PE, Mr Anderson, Miss Band and Miss Dawson also decided it was time to reward these efforts with the 'madrasontour' around the Premier League. Two trips have taken place so far to take in games at Manchester United and Burnley. The first visit to Old Trafford was highly successful with pupils also completing the stadium tour and visiting the newly opened National Football Museum. Following on from this, a different set of pupils attended the Burnley vs Manchester City match and enjoyed front row seats to get some snaps of their heroes. This trip ended with a training session at Burnley's impressive academy centre where pupils were put through their paces and had fun with UEFA licensed coaches. With another trip to Old Trafford scheduled for February and a Continental Tour next academic session, more opportunities are open for our pupils to continue to enjoy being part of such a vibrant department where their behaviour and effort is recognised and rewarded.