October 25th, 2019
As we transition from Season 1 sports into Season 2, it is time to celebrate some early achievements and look towards the future.
Last Saturday, Léman hosted the CISA U11 and U15 Tournaments on our campus. We welcomed over 150 student-athletes and an equal number of family members and supporters from all across Chengdu. We were happy to have some lovely autumn weather for this major event. Skies were a little gray, but the air was clean and fresh. The entire community was excited for a full day of collegial, yet serious competition.
Over the course of the day, our Red Pandas proved their toughness, showed their fitness and impressed with their teamwork. Both our U15 Girls’ and Boys’ teams made the Finals in their tournaments, while our hard-working U11 group ended up squaring off in the 3rd place game.
The U11 teams played very well throughout the day. We split our group into two teams to offer the most student-athletes the opportunity to play. The excellent coaching of Ms. Jodie Bromby and Mr. Alec Riley was evident in the crisp passes and hard runs of the players. The 3rd place match between our two teams could not have been closer. Through regulation time and even an extra Golden Goal period, the score remained tied at one goal apiece. The penalty shootout also went down to the wire until finally a pinpoint shot off the post won Third Place for Léman Blue. With the smiles and great competition all day, however, we were all winners.
The Boys U15 team handily made it to the Finals, where they faced off against a strong team from Malvern college. It was a back and forth affair, with great play from both sides. Although we came back to tie the score more than once, we could not get that all-important next goal and in the end fell 3-2. We are very grateful to Paul McCarthy for his excellent work in getting our boys fit and ready for the challenge. Our second place result was great and the boys are looking forward to their volleyball season.
Our U15 Girls also made the Final, where they would square off against CDIS. It was expected to be a tough game, but Ms. Felicia Dracz’s coaching prowess showed its impact right from the start. The girls were first to loose balls and making clever passes and smart shots when the time came. They didn’t let up after gaining an early lead and ended up with a convincing 4-0 victory. The girls specifically wanted to dedicate their victory to Ms. Felicia, who was unable to coach that day due to a mandatory conference. Mr. McCabe was honoured to step in and happy to step out of the way and let the girls play their best.
This newsletter is being written from Tianjin, where our U19 Volleyball teams are competing in the ACAMIS Silver Division tournament. After a long day of travel, the teams have arrived ready to go. We look forward to updating everyone next week.
Finally, next week we will send a U11 team of boys to the Nord Anglia Global Games China Football tournament at BSN in Nanjing. Ms. Felicia and Mr. McCarthy will accompany the team and are looking forward to a great tournament.
Thanks to all of our student-athletes, coaches and families for their support of Red Pandas Athletics. We are very proud to promote health, well-being, commitment, hard work and most importantly, fun through our Athletics program.
Go Red Pandas!