In a rather marvellous repeat of last week’s victory over Harfleur High our football team crashed Agincourt’s team during overtime. Nicknamed by the newly appointed captain, Harry Bolingbroke, as the “lucky ones” our schools team entered the court today with the odds against them.
Gower, Fluellen and Macmorris, last year’s golden boys, graduated at the end of term and their replacements, Pistol, Nym and Bardolph, left much to be desired. Thomas Erpingham, hailed as the best goalkeeper the team ever had, had to leave the team due to an injury in the middle of the season, but his substitute, Michael Williams, held the front heroically if not a little hot-headedly.
More disputed was Erpingham’s, displacement as team captain by Bolingbroke. Mainly an offensive player, Hal has been notorious for switching between being the main strength of the team and its bane at the drop of the hat. His attitude and his infallible aim when it comes to scoring penalties have gained him the nickname “the dreaded Five” amongst his peers. It seemed however that captaincy suited Hal like a glove. Despite some complaints voice by former mid-fielder Thomas Grey, the string of victories the “lucky ones” have achieved speaks for itself.
The gloss of these recent victories seemed to heighten the tension on the field today. Louis Guyenne, captain of the opposing team was characteristically heard before the match declaring that “Henry Bolingbroke would be more fit in a ball pit than a football field.” Unfortunately this comment was made within earshot of some of Harry’s teammates which might account for some of the more aggressive tackling going on during the first half of the game.
BREAKING NEWS: As Missy Quickly, our resident gossip collector, informs me Agincourt’s defeat was more personal than we poor sport reporters had suspected. In fact, I am told that the stunning presence on Harry’s side during the after-victory party was none other than Louis Guyenne’s younger sister, Kate, who appeared to prefer Stratford High’s partying sect over smoothing her brother’s ruffled feathers.