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Weekend Sports Report: Football, Swimming, Rugby and U13 FOBISIA Replacement Event

The BISS Lions were busy over the weekend with swimming, rugby, football and the Under 13 FOBISIA replacement event. Read on to find out how they did.

Teams from some of the weekends' events

Rugby

Under 9s
On Saturday both U9 teams played very well. We won all of our matches. We were up against the Hairy Crabs 1 & 2 teams from Shanghai Rugby Club and the Dulwich Shanghai Reds and Blues. Mr Foster told us that we had to tackle really hard this week. Carlos scored so many tries and tackled very hard. Oscar also did some huge tackles. Alexis and Rasmus were strong in defence. If we try hard we may win the championship! 
- Players Alexis Delafoy and Rasmus Brandt, 4S

Under 11s
Another fine display of grit and determination at the weekend as all three teams faced tough encounters on a physical level (year 5 students can be playing opponents that are 18 months their senior). It is impressive to see young people encounter adversity and stare it in the face with defiance and tenacity. Heads were held high and students relished the opportunity to play as much rugby as they could. Credit goes to the captaincy of teams and those individuals were; Mats Ceyssens, Ifan Dow and Alex Rice. A special thanks to all the parental support so early on a Saturday morning. It is hugely appreciated when young men take on leadership in the form of coaching younger students. Luca and Austin (year 12) have made it possible for primary students to have extra guidance and support. Your efforts gentleman are admirable.
- Coach Shaun Rhodes

Under 13 FOBISIA Replacement Event

Saturday saw the replacement U13 FOBISIA event take place at Dulwich College: a team of 28 students and as many parents travelled to Pudong to take part in Athletics, Football and Basketball.

The morning saw our students taking part in athletics with the students receiving coaching whilst they tried to beat their Personal Bests and last year's FOBISIA gold standards.

After that the teams split into football and basketball teams and played matches with mixed results. The girls were beaten in both sports by a very strong Dulwich side, whilst the boys dominated in both sports and recorded two good victories.

I would like to thank all of the students for their continued efforts and to the parents for their support. We have learnt many lessons from this event and I am sure our students will be better because of them.
- Coach Paul Kelly

Swimming

Six BISS Lions swimmers from each gender were chosen by the captains Margot Jacobs and Johnny Yeng to compete in the SSL Captain's selection meet last Friday.  Johnny's boys dominated in the pool having a winner in every event.  Daniel Tafelski had an incredible night of personal bests and is clearly hitting some excellent form as we approach the final preparation stages before ACAMIS swimming next week. 

Margot's girls were up against some very strong swimmers from the SCIS Pudong Senior team but managed to remain competitive to the last race.  After the final race the BISS Lions were in good spirits having represented the school with speed, class and outstanding sportsmanship. 

A quote from one of the rival team swimmers: "Man, the BISS Lions always look so cool."
- Coach Tom Hitchings

Football

Boys 11 a-side
The Boys 11 a-side squad had their first game for 3 weeks at home against the French school. Any concerns that losing in a windswept final in the Shanghai Cup were quickly pushed aside as they demonstrated an assured and measured approach to the game. BISS Puxi controlled possession throughout, showing a growing understanding of their new system and a growing confidence in their own abilities. Defensively they were solid and crucially they converted their chances. Final score: BISS Puxi 4 vs 0 LFS

Boys 7 a-side
The Boys 7 a-side team travelled to SAS for their 3rd game of the campaign. The boys have taken a lead in both their previous matches only to be out muscled in the second period. This week's focus was on maintaining structure and discipline in defence and it paid off. BISS were quickly on the front foot with Andreas, Luuk and Craig working very effectively on the left. Luuk broke the deadlock after about 15 minutes and the boys never looked back. Craig Jervis and Luuk Drieduite were the outstanding performers. Final score: BISS Puxi 5 vs 1 SAS

Girls 7 a-side
The girls 7 a-side team had 2 fixtures this weekend and after the disappointment of having their last 2 games postponed they were eager to get onto the pitch. The first game against the French school was played on Friday and saw BISS Puxi winning 4 vs 0. Saturday's game against SAS looks like a closer match because of the 2-0 scoreline, but BISS Puxi dominated throughout with several of our players wasting some glorious chances. Stand out players were Patricia Buhrer and Maddie Johnston. Final score: BISS Puxi 4 vs 0 LFS and BISS Puxi 2 Vs 0 SAS.

Girls 11 a-side

The girls 11 a-side also played SAS on Saturday. It was a case of history repeating itself with BISS Puxi dominating possession, shots and demonstrating a very positive and attractive style of football. However, SAS did manage a single shot on goal - from which they scored. Despite this there are lots of positives to take from the game, particularly with 4 of the most senior players having missed the game for their IB field trip. The girls have a well earned rest this weekend and have 2 home games the week after. Final scoreL BISS Puxi 0 Vs 1 SAS

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