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KEY STAGE 4/5 NORD ANGLIA TOURNAMENT – PRAGUE 2015

Girls Basketball. 3rd Place.
 
Bratislava 2 - Warsaw 12
For some reason Warsaw remains to be our Achilles heel in most sporting tournaments and unfortunately it was the same again this year. In the first half I think the girls would agree that it was not their finest moment. They seemed intimidated and lost - forgetting the basics and Warsaw ran away with a very quick lead.

After half time and a time out, however, the girls gradually got into their stride. Substitute Elise arrived on court and within the first minute drove to the basket and executed our only, but perfect, layup: something that the girls do day in - day out, however, had taken them over 9 minutes to do in this particular game. To their credit the Warsaw team were organised, stuck to their game plan and received a relatively easy win from a Bratislava team that certainly did not show their true ability.

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Bratislava 22 - Budapest 2.
Without any question this was the best I have ever seen this team play. Quite honestly this was a flawless performance by all. A different Bratislava team arrived on court this time, the one that we always knew could deliver. It was a magnificent team effort, blocking defensive play from Veronika who is now remained ‘Queen Screen’. Supporting the offence by Klara and Ester led to an incredible accumulation of points within five minutes. Vicky, Emma and Barbora's technical ability and drives to the basket was an absolute pleasure to watch. A fantastic distance shot from Barbora sealed the win. Substitute Sara listened carefully to the tactics of the team and played simple and effective basketball, screening where possible and getting the ball to our key scorers.

Bratislava 10 - Madrid 27
Madrid were by far the most talented team within the tournament. With their technical ability, knowledge and a player who dominated the scoreboard, we always knew it would be a tough game. However, with hard work, a determined, positive attitude and superb leadership from Barbora BISB managed to put 5 baskets in against the champions of the tournament: more than any other team managed to do, an extremely respectable score line.

Bratislava 15 - Champitett 8
In this game Vicky must be applauded for her grit and determination, her relentless defending and her constant drives up and down the court. Fatigue was starting to play a factor now after such a long day but the girls' attitude and team cohesion remained the most crucial reason for their success. Ester made some crucial steals of the ball to generate a couple of clear drives to the basket for Emma to convert effortlessly.

Bratislava 18 - Prague 11
A fantastic end of a very exhausting tournament. Emma finished up with a great collection of points for the team. Vicky worked tirelessly again driving to the basket. 2 loses and 3 wins. A great team effort.
 

Final thoughts:
I can see the respect these girls have developed for each other and how this impacts there attitude on court. It's positive and encouraging, even at times of frustration or defeat. The lack of negative comments and defeatist attitude amongst the team, I believe, was their key strength through the day. This is what I will remember most fondly about the competition. This sense of unity, however, was driven by one young lady who must be commended. Their captain Barbora, who started the day so nervous and worried, that it may have been a risk mentioning the idea of captaincy as well. But it was such a natural role. It was the hardest and most committed I have ever seen her play. The team looked to her for guidance on set plays and she certainly delivered with assertive communication and decision making. Barbora's leadership was exceptional - a sign of maturity and commitment to this team. I would love to see this continue. She should be extremely proud of herself. Well done.

The girls finished in 3rd place along with two other teams. A great achievement in a senior tournament for a team of 6 year 10s and 2 Year 11s. The future is bright for this group of girls and will look forward to watching it unfold.
 
By Miss Earey



Prague's NA tournament was a great opportunity to compete with our sisters schools. There were 6 teams and we were unfortunately put into a group with two finalists and we were not strong enough to beat them. But we won’t give up and this will only push us more to practice even harder. Generally girls played well according to their skills and I was very happy to be part of it.

By Katka Euell

Boys results:
The beginning of the tournament was great. We easily won the first match against Warsaw – the result was 2:0. The Boys were focused during the match and they did not make any mistakes which resulted in a score of 18:0 in the first set when we were winning. I knew the second match would be hard since we were playing against last years winners – Champittet. This match was pretty intense and at the end we lost it 0:2. But, I was glad that we were able to play such a balanced game. In the group we ended up in the second place. Our rival in the semifinal was Budapest. I knew that the team from Budapest is a really strong rival because we had already met them during the tournament one month ago. We had been defeated there and they  had also won the whole tournament. But this match was full of reversals, it was played until the last point. Unfortunately we lost it in the last set – 23:25. The boys were quite disappointed because they knew that they could have beaten them. Our last match was played for third place against Prague. I knew that my students (boys) were better players than the players of the Prague team but I did not want them to underestimate this match. We won the first set pretty easily. The second one was more intense but we managed to win it too and at the end we were really happy to be in third place on the tournament. I was very satisfied with the performance of my students (boys). Since last year they have improved their technical and playing skills. I am a bit sad about not getting to the finals because the boys could have got there but thats what sport is about. I rate this whole tournament positively and I am really looking forward to next year.

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