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Letter from the Director of Sport and CCAs - 14th April 2016

Last weekend saw our football teams taking part in various end-of-season tournaments, and our teams did well with 2nd, 3rd and 4th places for the teams involved. Full match reports can be found below. This weekend we wish our U19 D2 Boys 7-a-side football team good luck in their end-of-season tournament, and next week sees our U19 Boys and Girls travelling to Beijing for the ACAMIS football tournament.

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Tournament Reports

SISAC D1 Boys end-of-season 7-a-side tournament at NAIS Pudong

The NAIS Tigers D1 Boys went into their end-of-season tournament as the number one seeds for the East Division. Their first game was against a hard-working Shanghai Singapore International School team. In the first half, the team found it hard to find space to use their passing play due to the defensive work by SSIS. In the second half, once the team scored their first goal by Luca Ruisi, they then created many chances and won the game 3 nil with two more goals scored by Joaquin Rios and Naser Keenan.

The team went into their semi- final against a well-drilled Suzhou team. Suzhou had an excellent forward who had three chances in the game and scored twice. We got a goal back in the second half from Naser Keenan but the Suzhou team scored a late third goal from a free kick.

The boys went into the third place play-off game tired and started the game slowly. They conceded an early goal but scored an equalizer through Naser Keenan and just before half time YCIS Puxi scored a second goal. The team went into the second half determined to get back into the game. They attacked throughout the half and deservedly tied through a great strike from Joaquin Rios. Two minutes from the end Sebastian Arguedas scored a great goal and the team won 3 – 2. The team worked hard and deservedly finished the tournament in third place, and with more control could and should have won the tournament.

SISAC U19 Boys 11-a-side end-of-season tournament at SAS Puxi

The NAIS Tigers U19 boys D1 11-a-side football team travelled to SAS Puxi. The first game was against the German School who were the number one ranked team in the West Division. Our boys played exceptionally well and eventually won on penalty kicks, three goals to two. The penalty heroes were:  Lucas Sperka, Helmut Arbert Guila and Matias Rojas Araya. 

In the semi-final game the team played Dulwich College. It was a very tense game with not many scoring opportunities and the game finished scoreless after extra time. Dulwich won the game on penalty kicks meaning the boys had to play SAS Pudong for the third and fourth place play off. Unfortunately the team lost the playoff game two goals to one. Overall, the boys displayed a great attitude and team ethic; they worked tirelessly throughout the day and should be proud of their efforts.

SISAC U19 Girls end-of-season 7-a-side tournament at SMIC

The NAIS Tigers Girls team went into the D1 SISAC Girls Football Tournament as the number one seed from the East Division. On paper, it looked set that we would once again meet SCIS Hongqiao, from the other side of the river, in the final. However, the first round against Suzhou SSIS wasn’t as easy as expected. Their defensive strategy proved difficult to break down. Our NAIS girls hit the bar and post on many occasions, but the ball just didn’t seem to want to go in the back of the net. This game went to extra time, where Isabel scored from a deflected shot that narrowly rolled through the keepers hands.

The next game was again the German School. On paper, this seemed to be a tougher bout. However, the NAIS girls turned on their game and with some superb two-touch passing football, they pulled the team apart, scoring six goals and conceding only one. The highlight of the match was clearly Jule’s free kick from 25 yards which flew into the top corner of the net, leaving the goalkeeper guessing what had happened.

The final was next and as it was written, SCIS stood in their way. This was to be the battle that we all knew it would be. SCIS came out much stronger than our girls and scored two early goals, dominating the first half. Shocked but not down, our girls came out fast and hit back hard out of the half. However, even with a fantastic second half performance, we could not seem to score. The girls ended up with second prize after a well fought battle against their arch Nemesis’s. SCIS Hongqiao – we will see you in Beijing. Well done girls!

SISAC D2 Boys and Girls Badminton Tournament at Suzhou Singapore International School

Last Saturday our NAIS Tigers Badminton team, with a squad of six girls and eight boys, took the long journey out to Suzhou Singapore International School, to face some of the best Badminton players in Shanghai at this year’s SISAC competition. Despite the level of competition, the boys and girls of NAIS, which consisted of children from Years 8 to 13, put in a strong consistent performance, which put under pressure the strong squads of SAS Puxi and Concordia. Although the NAIS squad was unable to bring home any silverware, each and every one of the team should be proud of their efforts. Well done to Jihun Lee (Y13), Yu Chen Huang (Y13), Giorgio Wu (Y12), Kavyasree Venkata (Y12), Yuni Tan (Y12), Gautam Nair (Y12), Ashley Fung (Y12), Diether Arias (Y12), Jasmine Tang (Y11), Amanda Cheng (Y11), Harry Lu (Y10), Ticiano Gao (Y10), Nian Er Tan (Y9) and Arya Nair (Y8).

Team Fixtures and training 16th – 23rd April      

Saturday 16th April – NAIS Tigers U19 boys SISAC D2 7-a-Side team play in their end of season SISAC D2 7-a-Side Tournament at BISS Puxi from 9.00am – 5.00pm. The players to meet their coach at school by no later than 8.00am

Saturday 16th April – NAIS Tigers U15 Girls Netball teams play at BISS Puxi in the Shanghai Netball league. The players to meet at school no later than 7.10am and the team will leave school by bus or meet at BISS Puxi at 8.15am.

Saturday 16th April – NAIS Tigers U13 Girls Netball team will play at Dulwich College, Suzhou in the Shanghai Netball league fixtures. The girls to meet the coach at school no later than 6.40am and the school bus will leave school at 6.45am. The days fixtures end at 2.00pm and drop off at school by 4.00pm.

Monday 18th April – NAIS Tigers Primary FOBISIA swim team training from 7.00 – 8.00am.

Monday 18th April – NAIS Tigers U13 and U15 Netball team training from 3.15 – 4.25pm.

Tuesday 19th April - NAIS Tigers Primary FOBISIA T-Ball training from 3.15 – 4.25pm.

Tuesday 19th April – NAIS Tigers U15 boys Rugby team training from 3.15 – 4.25pm.

Tuesday 19th April – NAIS Tigers U14 Boys C1 Basketball team verses SCIS Pudong at SCIS Pudong High School Campus. Leave school at 3.15pm and at the end of the games they leave SCIS Pudong at 5.00pm. School bus returns to school at 5.25pm or collect your child from SCIS Pudong at 5.00pm.

Tuesday 19th April – NAIS Tigers U14 Boys C2 Basketball team verses SMIC. Leave school at 3.15pm and drop off at SMIC. Leave SMIC at 5.00pm and return to school by5.45pm or collect your child from SMIC at 5.00pm.

Tuesday 19th April – NAIS Tigers U13 Boys Jr Basketball team verses LFS Pudong at NAIS Pudong. The team will train from 3.15 – 4.00pm and the game from 4.00 to 5.00pm will be in S block Sports Hall. Please collect your child from school at 5.00pm.

Wednesday 20th April –   NAIS Tigers U13 / U15 Netball team training from 3.15 – 4.25pm.

Wednesday 20th April – 23rd April - The NAIS Tigers U19 Boys and Girls D1 7s football teams will be travelling to Beijing for the ACAMIS Football Tournament.

Thursday 21st April – NAIS Tigers Primary FOBISIA squad Football team training from 3.15 – 4.25pm. 

Thursday 21st April – NAIS Tigers U15 Boys Rugby team training from 3.15 – 4.25pm.

Thursday 21st April – NAIS Tigers U14 Girls C1 Basketball team verses Concordia International School at CISS. The team will leave school at 3.15pm and drop off at CISS and the team leaves CISS at 5.00pm at the end of game and arrive back at school at 5.45pm or collect your child from CISS at 5.00pm.

Thursday 21st April – NAIS Tigers U14 Girls C2 Basketball team verses SMIC Team 1 at NAIS Pudong. The team will train from 3.15 – 4.00pm and the game is from 4.00 to 5.00pm in S block Sports Hall. Please collect your child from school at 5.00pm.

Thursday 21st April – NAIS Tigers U13 Jr Team verses YCIS Pudong at YCIS Pudong. The girls team to leave school at 3.15pm.The team leave YCIS Pudong at 5.00pm and drop off at NAIS Pudong at 5.50pm or collect your child from YCIS Pudong at 5.00pm.

Noel Wallace

Director of Sport

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