Sports for Season 1 have officially finished with the return of our U19 ACAMIS Volleyball from Macau & U15 FOBISIA teams from Bangkok, Green Valley Thailand. Look for ACAMIS and FOBISIA Tournament write-ups in the Sports Blog section. Season 2 sports are all in full swing with U19 basketball for boys & girls as well as U14/U13/U12 volleyball for boys & girls. The ISAC U14 Volleyball exchanges are this weekend 22nd November 2014. BSB is hosting the U12 boys exchange with the tournament to start at 9AM. Also Play will be in both the new Sports Dome and gym. A first for BSB using both facilities at the same time for a tournament. Also U13 FOBISIA try-outs will begin the week of December 1st with the squad announced in the Sports Award Assembles on Friday December 5th. Our U13 FOBISIA squad will be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand for the games being hosted by Bangkok Prep from March 11th to 15th 2015. Sports Awards will also be given out to Primary on the same day (December 5th) which will officially close Season 1 Sports. Students are also reminded to register for Season 3 sports if they are interested to play: U19 Football and U14 Basketball. Season 3 will start the week of 2nd February 2015.
Update from: Mr. Travis Washko, Director of Sport & PE
U19 ACAMIS Volleyball @ Macau International School
The U-19 boys had a successful tournament. On the first day they won against HIS school 2-1 in a highly competitive and entertaining match. This was the first victory for the boys this season and against the team that eventually reached the ACAMIS final! The team followed this up with two further victories against DAIS and ICNS and lost the third fourth play off 2 sets to one. The majority of the team were only in Year 10 so this was an achievement to finish fourth. Next year’s squad if players remain will be much stronger.
The boys behaved well and were very sporting and competitive in all their games. The social side of the trip was also an enjoyable feature with them representing BSB positively in all aspects.
The ACAMIS tournament organized by TIS Macau was a great experience for the U19 girls and boys volleyball teams. We shared in the excitement of the ACAMIS as I first saw our girls and boys playing as great teams. The girls nearly came 3rd but lack of substitutes and injuries played against us. We started the second day very strongly by winning the first game against HIS! And we had two strong games after that. The first game was against the host team TIS, a very strong team. After that we played HK academy the winner of the tournament! On the first day of the tournament the girls showed great team effort and tried very hard, Sabrina got injured and kept playing as we are out of any substitutes! In the third game Sueda got injured as well and that played on the team's morale but they never gave up and for that they scored something more important than winning a cup! For me as a coach they showed me that they became a team, more than that, a family as we try to teach them in the school.
After a little bit of rest and a long talk with the team and some change in the team tactics we started the second day very strong. We won against Dalian school and afterwards in the second game we won against ISNS. We come third for the playoffs so we had to play the second team TIS again but straight before the game Juanita started to feel some pain and that put the team out of numbers! But even with that we played a better game against them for the first day of the tournament so the score was much better. I was really proud to watch the girls playing in such a great way, they've got much better. Straight after that game the girls got very tired plus injuries and lack of sleep made us lose against the team that we won our first game against. It was very close. The girls tried their very best and I'm really proud of that so BSB family should be also.
Overall everyone including the boys had a great time. A good experience although they still have a long way to go and I think the ACAMIS tournament will be a good memory for them.
I want to thank Mr. Witte and Puttock for being there for both teams. It did really made a change and everyone enjoyed their company including me. Without you it would have been much harder. You put in such a great effort in this tournament, thanks again. I really had great time with you.
I wish for All BSB students a successful year in their studying and PE, and thanks to TIS for hosting such a great tournament.
U15 FOBISIA Games @ St. Andrews Green Valley, Thailand
The first competition saw BSB competing in swimming. Right from the start, it was evident that the competition was going to end very closely.
BSB made an excellent start, with our swimmers medaling in the first few races of the day. With some fantastic starts and excellent turns in the water, BSB were showing themselves to be a strong team in the pool against the other schools. With some students dominating events and winning a number of medals, BSB were in 4th place with only a few points separating the top teams. With the sun blaring down on the pool making it extremely hot for all swimmers and some more close races and some disqualifications from all schools, the final standings were to come down to the relay races. All 4 relay teams put everything they had into their swim, with the girls coming out with medals and the boys narrowly missing out.
The final points were added together and BSB finished in 3rd place in the competition with only a handful of points separating 3rd and 2nd place. Overall BSB won 7 Gold, 8 Silver, and 3 Bronze medals collective for boys and girls. This was a fantastic start to their FOBISIA tournament and gave them an extra boost going into the athletics competition that afternoon.
Gold Medals: Hanna Nestler 25m breaststroke (Girls B), Lily Watanabe 50m backstroke (Girls A), Vanessa Kriek 25m butterfly (Girls B), Lily Watanabe, Jule Nestler, Vanessa Kriek, Laura Ferrer Del Pra 4X25m medley relay (Girls A), Ricky Hao 50m breaststroke (Girls B), Lily Watanabe 100m backstroke (Girls A), Hanna Nestler, Rachel Qiu, Megan Wei, Laura Ferrer Del Pra 4X25m freestyle relay (Girls B).
Silver Medals: Lily Watanabe 100m IM (Girls A), Daniel Palmgren 25m breaststroke (Boys B), Ricky Hao 100m freestyle (Girls B), Jule Nestler 50m butterfly (Girls A), Ricky Hao 50m freestyle (Girls B), Tom Siller 50m breaststroke (Boys B), Jule Nestler 100m butterfly (Girls A), Vanessa Kriek 50m backstroke (Girls B).
Bronze Medals: Hanna Nestler 25m freestyle (Girls B), Leonard Besse 50m freestyle (Boys B), Philip Mohler, Moritz Wendt, Leonard Besse, Adam Lejhanec 4X25m freestyle relay (Boys A)
Ms. Langham & Mr. Cobley
The U15 FOBISIA Athletics team put on a solid performance, both on the track and field events but was slightly disappointed with the final overall position with the team finishing just 9 points from 3rd place, which showed how close it was for the athletics team. Nevertheless this shouldn’t overshadow some splendid individual performances and shows some encouragement for next year’s tournament. Nonetheless some individual performances do need to be recognized and celebrated such as ‘Hanna Nestler’ winning the 800meters, she lead the race from the start to finish with an excellent (professional) sprint finish to win her race in style. In addition ‘Leonard Favero’ stepped in last minute to race in the 1500meters in his category and provided and inspirational performance to win his race with a gutsy run.
With the field events there was excellent performances in both throwing and jumping events, ‘Leonard Basse’ winning both the high jump and triple jump in his category and ‘Ricky Hao’, winning both her long Jump and triple jump events. Furthermore there were also solid performances from ‘Daniel Palmgren’ finishing second in the long jump and ‘Laura Del Pra’ also finishing second in her discus event.
However the performance of the day went to the girls ‘A’ team 4x100meter relay, with exceptional baton change overs the girls where in contention to win the race. But with solid competition from BSG and KTJ the girls finished the race in third place. This was a great result and ‘Milji, Laura, Megan and Ricky’ should be proud of their performance and to come away with a bronze medal is true testament to all their hard work and training paying off.
Final overall team BSB performances from athletics events were as follows:
1st Places: 8 events
2nd Places: 5 events
3rd Places: 10 events
Total points 326 (9 points shy of 3rd place)
These games were a great experience for the team given some very difficult conditions with the high heat and also competing in athletics straight after a demanding morning swimming session. The whole team represented the school exceptionally both on the field and off and for myself and the coaching team couldn’t be more proud of the teams overall performance during the three days.
The boys and girls U15 FOBISIA basketball teams overall played some incredibly good basketball despite some rather unusual playing circumstances. The courts for one were outside and one of them was not even covered. The bright and hot Thailand sun played a minor role but overall our boys and girls worked through these conditions.
The girls played first, losing their first two games against the Host School St. Andrews (STAGV) and Bangkok Prep (BPREP). St. Andrews actually had two national players on their squad which was a highlight to see play but not so much fun against. Next the girls played the British School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) and from the beginning pulled away winning their first game 17-2. In their 4th game it was against our sister NAE School the British School of Guangzhou (BSG) and much like against BSKL the girls built a lead and keep it up winning 16-2. Finally the girls had their final game and were playing against Kolej Tuanku Ja Afar, Malaysia (KTJ) for 3rd place. The game went back and forth and the girls were up by 1 point with less than a minute to go. KTJ hit a very tough shot to pull away with the win at 12-10. Overall the girls finished 4th in Basketball.
Laura Ferrer Del Pra should be recognized for her outstanding offensive play leading the team in scoring throughout the tournament. Jule Nestler for her never ending defensive play who always seemed to be around the ball on defense. Laetitia Kriek who played in the Five (5) position all day getting rebound after rebound on both the offensive and defensive side. Even Rachel Qiu who was not planning on playing basketball as one of her sports managed to get into at least two games.
Basketball was the discipline the boys were least looking forward to out of the four events! Tired minds and aching bodies meant they got off to a very slow start in their first game against St Andrews and were comfortably beaten by an excellent basketball side. BSB started to find their stride in the second game against BSG and pushed them close, before fouls and 3 point shots saw Guangzhou sneak the win. The second of 3 games in a row was against KTJ from KL, and this well drilled basketball side who brought a huge squad rotated their subs well and hit BSB on the fast break. A lack of precision in the final third of the court cost BSB a chance at winning, and this was a theme that went through to the next game against Bangkok prep. Missed lay-ups handed the early initiative to BKK Prep which BSB could not recover from, despite an astonishing 3 point shot from Leo Besse. The final game against BSKL saw both teams playing to avoid the wooden spoon. BSB scored several buckets early on before KL mounted a comeback, with the lead changing hands all the way through to the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter. As BSB committed more boys up the court in search of the win, they were picked off on the fast break by KL. The tournament was a very steep learning curve for the very young ballers, and they will have taken valuable lessons away to build on for next year.
The boy’s football competition was played in scorching temperatures under a beautiful blue sky. The first game against St Andrews saw the boys start very slowly and they were fortunate not to be 3-0 down inside the first 5 minutes, largely thanks to Tom Siller. St Andrews eventually broke the deadlock but Daniel Vereschagin equalised seconds afterwards with a shot which squeezed under the goalkeeper; neither team was able to find a winner and it finished 1-1.
Guangzhou were the next opponents and they were duly swept aside 4-0, Adam Lejhanec scoring a brace and celebrating stylishly in front of the gathered crowd. With their first win under their belt, they went into the game against BKK Prep with confidence high. This was the standout game in the tournament with excellent passing football by both teams. BKK opened the scoring, but Chris Langner hit the shot of a lifetime from the half way line to rifle BSB level. A bizarre own goal handed the lead back to BKK and despite huge pressure BSB couldn’t find an equaliser, Moritz Wendt coming closest with a rasping free kick just over the bar.
The next game against KL was a must-win affair for BSB, and it started badly when KL scored a phenomenal free kick into the top corner. BSB responded strongly with Daniel Palmgren grabbing and equaliser, however the boys couldn’t find a winner and were denied by the post on 3 occasions to leave the score 1-1. To be in with a chance of a medal, BSB had to overcome the undefeated KTJ of KL. BSB started brightly but were undeservedly 2-0 down at half time. The fatigue of 3 straight games was starting to show and with the medal chances quickly vanishing, KTJ hit 2 more goals on the break to give the scoreline an unfair loss.
Overall there were many positives to take from the day, and next year this young team will fancy their chances at a gold medal after an undefeated tournament.
The last of a tough 3 days of sport saw the Girls competing in football. Going into the tournament, the girls were already tired from a tough basketball competition the previous day and they played their first match against a very good St Andrews side. Although the girls made some good tackles and with some good saves from Jule, they were unable to shake off the strong St Andrews team and were beaten 4-0.
The second game of the tournament saw the girls playing against KTJ, who narrowly beat them the previous day to claim 3rd place in the basketball competition. The girls were therefore more determined to prove they could beat this team in football. BSB started off extremely well going 1-0 up in the first few minutes of the game, although soon conceded a goal not long after to make it 1-1 at half time. During the second half, the girls worked together more as a team and shook off the tiredness and found the back of the net 3 times to make the final score 4-1 to BSB. This win gave the girls the confidence and lift that they needed.
With positive mindsets all round, the third game was against BSG. The girls started the game off as well as they finished the previous one at, with excellent tackles and accurate passes by all members of the team. BSB showed themselves to be a strong side and the girls hard work and persistence paid off with them finding the net a number of times. The final score of the game ended as a 3-0 win to BSB.
The next game saw the girls playing BISKL after lunch. The girls were beginning to get tired and with the midday heat, regular substitutes were needed. BSB had a number of shots at the goal, with each one going wide or being saved by the goalie. This seemed to be the same throughout the match. The girls hard work finally paid off with them finding the back of the net in the second half, only for BISKL to have one of their few shots on goal managing to go in. The final score ended 1-1.
The girls were comfortably in 3rd place with one game to play. The last game against Bangkok Prep was the decider between these two teams finishing 2nd or 3rd place. The girls were more determined than ever to win the match. Bangkok Prep was a strong team from the start and their accuracy of passing and good defending matched our BSB team. The girls were 1-0 up at half time and were determined to maintain this lead. With both teams tiring very quickly from the heat and exhaustion of the previous 3 competitions, it was a close finish right to the end. Both teams continued to attack the goal with Bangkok Prep putting everything they had left in the last few minutes of the match. BSB somehow found some extra energy in the last 5 minutes and the girls chased every ball down and continued to make excellent tackles as they had done throughout the competition. With Bangkok Prep having a last chance at goal, the final whistle went with the score ending 1-0 to BSB.
The girls finished in 2nd place and it was evident from their celebrations and their faces that they couldn’t have been happier. All the girls played extremely well and finished their FOBISIA tournament off on a high.