What an amazing past two weeks it has been for sport with our external ISAC and Invitational competitions and also within BSB’s many house sport events.
Last week the “Secondary Day of Sport” started things off where the entire secondary school competed in swimming, athletics (field & track) events, and finished with fun sport events within year groups. Overall, many BSB athletics and swimming records were broken but most important every single student at BSB had the opportunity to participate in a sport event in one form or another. This again is a very big highlight of the BSB sport and PE program as no matter your interest or level within a sport all students at BSB get an opportunity to play competitive sport.
Last weekend our Aquabears swim team, U16 boy’s baseball, and U19 girls’ volleyball teams all competed in their season ending meets/tournaments. The results can be found in this week’s sports blog. This week House sport competitions started things off again with Y2 swimming. All students in Y2 had the opportunity to compete against their classmates in a fun swim meet, earning ribbons for themselves individually and house points for their house within the overall primary house standings.
Wednesday 22nd October was our Second Annual U11 Football Invite from 10am-2pm. One of the big highlights this year was the addition of all BSB ASA teams on top of our ISAC squad teams preparing for their tournament on 1st November. Overall BSB had 10 teams with just under 120 students playing U11/U10 football. But also not to be out done by the U11 tournament the U8 (Y2) 2nd Annual Football Tournament kicked off on Friday. This tournament keeps getting bigger with 9 teams (4 from BSB SY) participating in a mixed pool play tournament. Another great day of football at BSB.
Finally, this weekend will also be another busy one. All of our U14 football teams (U14/U13/12 boys & girls) have their season ending tournaments for ISAC. BSB is hosting the U14 Girls tournament which kicks off at 9AM. Another first on Saturday for BSB will be the U19 Girls Netball Invitational Tournament which will help mark the opening of the BSB Sports Dome. The tournament is scheduled to begin just after 10AM with teams from Beijing and Tianjin participating. Lastly, and a great highlight will be our U9 BSB athletics meet from 9-11PM. Unfortunately the U9 athletics meet scheduled for Saturday November 8 had been canceled due to the APEC conference, we decided to put on our own to give these students an opportunity to showcase all of their hard work and training from Season 1.
Just some final reminder and notices is that Season 2 for U14/U12 volleyball will begin Thursday 30th October. U11 handball is scheduled to begin Tuesday 4th November. U19 basketball will begin on Wednesday 12th November. Registrations for Season 2 are still open and students who have not already scheduled should come to the Sports office in C208 to register.
Travis Washko, Director of Sport & PE
Sports write-ups for Newsletter:
U14 Boys Football vs. HISB
The U14 Boys football team put in an accomplished performance against Harrow dominating possession and creating chances, however it wasn’t until halfway through the first half Adam Lejhanec managed to turn his defender and strike a perfect shot into the bottom corner. After the first goal BSB relaxed and managed to build a 3-1 lead with goals from Frank Berbec and Daniel Palmgren, the fourth goal was created with good passing between Moritz Wendt and Daniel Palmgren resulting in a fine finish from Daniel Palmgren. The final score was BSB 4, Harrow 2.
U14 Girls Football vs. HISB
BSB U14 Girls footballers played against Harrow on the 16th October, and this was their last game before the ISAC tournament 25th October. The game itself was entertaining and heaps of chances where created by the girls to score many goals, nevertheless the first half finished 0-0. In the second half the simple errors in our defending let Harrow scored the first two goals, then with a surge of attacking play from the girls, resulted Banu scoring the goal back to make it 2-1. With the clock ticking and the girls attacking to try and get the equaliser, the lack of defensive formation let the Harrow girls score a last minute goal to make the final score 3-1 to Harrow.
Overall the girls gave a very solid performance with encouraging elements of play that will leave all the girls believing in that they can achieve a positive result for the ISAC tournament.
U16 Boys Baseball @ ISB Fall Baseball Classic
For the 4th year in row BSB has been competing in Baseball within Beijing. This past weekend for the 2nd year in a row we won the U16 ISB Fall Baseball Classic. Overall BSB went undefeated for the tournament posting wins in the round robin vs. WAB 9-6, ISB Blue 10-3, Dynasty SBJ 9-8, and defeating WAB in the Championship 4-1. The level and competition for this tournament and the ages participating keeps getting better year to year. Game balls were awarded to Kimbo Weng & Phillip Moon for their great pitching. Tony Choi for coming back from an early injury in the year to have a key hit and score the winning run against Dynasty in the bottom of the last inning. Last but not least Jason Hwang for catching all tournament which for anyone who knows baseball is not an easy thing to do. Honestly we had 15 students from BSB participate in the tournament over two days and I wish I could every one of them a game ball. Overall it was again a great deal of fun coaching this team this year and I look forward to doing it again next year. Here is looking forward to girl’s softball in Season 3.
U14 Badminton (boys/girls Doubles) ISAC City Championships
The ISAC U14 badminton Championships had just over 100 badminton doubles teams between boys & girls participating this year. BSB had 9 of them spread over 8 pools in the girls and boys tournament. Only the winner of each pool advanced to the finals round but overall between the boys and girls BSB won a total of 17 matches.
Our squad was ranked as follows: (Boys) 1-Philip Moon/Dong Young Shin, 2-Saku Vintola/Eric Ji, 3-Challey Choi/Andy Kim, 4-George Bourne/Victor Melander, 5-Andrew Park/Chibuike Nwofe, 6-Kelvin Tong/De Xuan Choy, 7-Ronald Kim/Aleksis Nummela, (Girls) 1-Rachel Qiu/Stephanie Chen, 2-Sarah Lee/Lydia Kim/ Zoey Deng.
Overall a great finish to the season for U14 badminton. Please note that Table Tennis has started training for both U19/U14 and any interested students should come to sports office to get the training schedule.
U19 Girls Volleyball ISAC Div. 3 Tournament @HIS
We started the tournament as the top team or #1 Seed, WAB had an easy game against ISB 3 sets straight. As soon we started our game against WAB I noticed that we had a totally different team than who played in our school (better played) against this same team (WAB).
We fought hard in the first set and managed to get back from 12 points to 22 as the other team already on 20 points. We lost set #1 by 3 points and had 7 service errors, 3 in a row. After a change of tactics by me, I told them that we need to get more touches at the net. We might not block every ball, but we have to get touches (block on the net) and slow the other team's hitters down. And then I had Sueda starting on the service as she got a 90/100 accurate service! She managed to get 10 serves in a row. Juanita and Thalia did really well on swiping the floor for every ball that come near them and they did a great coverage for the weak players and for that we managed to win the set 25/13 much better play than the first set.
Set #3 the girls had a bad start as WAB start with a good service I had to call for time off so I can calm them down. WAB just got too many kills that go straight to the floor untouched or touched. Our back row didn't stand a chance and the same thing happened on the last set.
As for the game against TIS for seed 3/4 we had not as tough of match. I was even able to put all the sub players to play first and that cost me the first set but no big deference in the points 26/28 and that given a chance to the sub team to play for the whole set and it made them really happy. We managed to win the last 3 sets with help of the sub mostly good service and team play some faults but still a better play than the first game and we managed to come 3rd. Please note that all the players had a chance to play and that's what the game is about learning through practice teammate respect. Big thanks to Cendrine for coming and support her team even with her injury.
ISB Swim Invite @ISB
BSB Aquabears participated in an annual invitational swimming meet, held at ISB international school this weekend. This swim meet has the top swimmers from the international schools across Beijing and Shanghai. BSB had 14 swimmers qualify for this very challenging qualifying time standard. The BSB swim team did fantastic, finishing 5th overall, with over 30 new personal best times. These are the swimmers that qualified for this swimming meet, Brian Looi, Josephine Janowicz, Megan Kang, Samuel Mikhail, Lily Watanabe, Laura Otero, Deborah Zand, Mick Schussel, Aaliya North, Luke Hitchings, Julie Nestler, Jackie Chen, Ricky Kang, & Tim Schussel .
Please see below swimmers that finished in the top 8 in there swimming event. The top 3 received medals from 4th-8th received ribbons.
8 & Under Girls
Josephine Janowicz 2nd 25m freestyle time 19.32
Josephine Janowicz 4th 25m backstroke time 23.12
Josephine Janowicz 4th 50m freestyle time 43.26
Josephine Janowicz 6th 25m breastroke time 27.76
Josephine Janowicz 3rd 25m Butterfly time 22.75
8 & Under Boys
Samuel Mikhail 8th 25m breastroke time 26.40
Samuel Mikhail 7th 25m backstroke time 22.39
Mick Schussel 4th 400m free time 5.46.68
13 & over Boys
Megan Kim 8th 50m freestyle time 31.18
Megan Kim 3rd 50m backstroke time 36:42
Megan Kim 4th 100m backstroke 1:23:63
Megan Kim 7th 100m freestyle time 1.11.38
Lily Watanabe 6th 50m butterfly time 40.34
Lily Watanabe 7th 50m backstroke time 41.20
Laura Otero 7th 50m butterfly time 40.57
Laura Otero 5th 50m breastroke time 45.99
Deborah Zand 7th 50m breastroke time 46.82
Deborah Zand 6th 50m backstroke time 41.06
13 & over Boys
Brian Looi 3rd 50m backstroke time 31.16
Brian Looi 2nd 50m butterfly time 29.36
Brian Looi 3rd 100m backstroke time 1.07.29
Brian Looi 2nd 100m butterfly time 1:08.08
Brian Looi 2nd 50m Freestyle time 25.92
New BSB Swimming Pool Records
15 & over Boys
Brian Looi 100m butterfly 1:08.08
Brian Looi 50m backstroke 31.16
Brian Looi 100m backstroke 1.07.29
Brian Looi 50m butterfly 29.36
Brian Looi 50m freestyle 25.92
15 & over Girls
Megan Kim 50m freestyle time 31.18
Megan Kim 100m freestyle time 1.11.38
Megan Kim 100m backstroke 1:23:63
Megan Kim 50m backstroke time 36:42
8 & under Girls
Josephine Janowicz 25m breaststroke time 22.75
Josephine Janowicz 25m backstroke time 23.12
Josephine Janowicz 25m freestyle time 19.32
Josephine Janowicz 50m freestyle time 43.26
8 & under Boys
Samuel Mikhail 25m backstroke time: 22.39
Samuel Mikhail 50m Freestyle time: 43.25
2nd Annual U11 BSB Football Invite @BSB
BSB A TEAM (UNDER 11 A) had an enjoyable and well executed tournament for the U11 boys, who made a stellar effort throughout the day. It was unfortunate to have lost the final on penalties, but fingers crossed for the ISAC tournament to turn this around. My man of the match would go to Connor Pidcock for his outstanding defending in the games. – Coach Phillipson
BSB B TEAM (UNDER 11 B) put together some great performances especially against Canadian International school where they won by 4-0 with some lovely goals. My player of the tournament was Jacob Minsker for some fantastic defending in defence stopping many goal scoring opportunities. – Coach Armstrong
BSB C TEAM (UNDER 10 A TEAM) completed the tournament undefeated and no team even registered a shot against them. They played excellently as a team and won 1st place with Junior shining in the attack. – Coach Gallington
BSB ASA A (UNDER 10 B TEAM) played excellently and lost in the final to our A team. Jason captained the team to second place making some excellent saves. – Coach Gallington
BSB ASA B (ASA Y5 and 6 Team) played some fantastic football and made some good challenges against our own BSB teams and visiting school. It was a pleasure to coach such enthusiastic football players. – Coach Murdoch
BSB GIRLS (UNDER 11 A TEAM) All the girls should be able to leave the tournament feeling very proud of themselves, as am I, because each player was able to show vast improvement in their personal ability. The team played very well together learning through their own and teams mistakes and being able to enjoy themselves throughout the day. My player of the match would be Sophie Moody-Stuart who ran tirelessly every minute of every match. – Coach North
BSB GIRLS (UNDER 11 B TEAM) The year 5 girls were some of the youngest players in the tournament playing against mostly year 6 U11 teams. They defended well against some good teams. They played well together and were fantastic sports throughout the whole day. I am very proud of their achievements. – Coach Soady
BSB U9 Teams (mixed year3 and 4 teams) The year 4 players made great role models in the games for their year 3 team mates. They all learnt how important it was to pass the ball to teammates, dribble the ball with confidence and shoot with power. Players who conceded goals or made mistakes learnt to shake it off and go out there and try again. It was lovely to see some real talent on the field as the younger players joined this tournament for the first time. – Coach Lawler, Mckeesick and Sheridan