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U15 Fobisia Beijing Roundup

19 November 2015

Our U15 FOBISIA squad performed exceptionally well in the FOBISIA games in the second week of November, competing against schools from Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taipei, Vietnam and Beijing.

The students’ first day of sport was football for the girls and basketball for the boys. The girls won their first football game 2–0 against Taipei European School with goals from Isabel Burlamacchi and Clarissa La Scola. In their second game against Dulwich College, the girls’ team dominated the game but could not score. They also lost their star striker Clarissa La Scola for the rest of the tournament due to an ankle injury. The ended nil all and the third games against Kellet School also finished 0-0. Again, the girls had the better chances but were able to convert their control into goals. In their fourth game against BIS HCM City, the girls won 2-0 with two goals from Lovisa Lindquist. They went into the last game needing a draw or a win to win the cup competition, but were beaten in a close game 1-0 by BIS Jakarta and finished the tournament in second place overall.

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The boys’ first day was basketball and their first game was a great game against BIS HCM City. The game was 21–21 at the end of the fourth quarter. We went into overtime and the team lost 28–23. The second game was against a very strong Dulwich team who won by 32–4. The boys’ team were determined to improve and, against BIS Jakarta, it was a close game and our boys were leading until late in the fourth quarter until, in the last two minutes of the game, BIS Jakarta scored 6 points to win the game 20–17. The boys’ team was down, but went into their fourth game wanting to get a result. This time everything went well and the boys beat Kellet School 30–16. The boys’ team approached their last game very tired but still determined to win. TES were strong and they ran out winners 25–17. The team finished the tournament in 5th place.

On the second day, we had athletics and swimming. In the pool, the girls had some success with Jordan Schneider getting a 3rd place in 100m freestle and Guilia Teobaldi a bronze in 100m breaststroke.

The boys’ swimmers went into their races knowing the standard of opposition was strong. Riccardo Perone got a 3rd in 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Martin Burrell got a 2nd in 50m back stroke, a 3rd place in 100m breaststroke and second in 100m backstroke. Alex Steel placed second in the 100m breaststroke. In the A relay races, the boys’ team did well; they were second overall in the medley relay and third overall in the freestyle relay. The boys’ relay races team were Alex Steel, Martin Burrell, Riccardo Perone and Thomas Wallace.

In the Athletics, a number of our students were successful in getting medals in their events. The boys did well on the track with Gerald Gan 2nd in 200m; Simon Jenson 3rd in 800m; Luca Ruisi 2nd in 400m  and Naser Keenan 2nd in 1500m. In the field events, Thomas Wallace got a bronze medal in shot put. The girls did well in the athletics with the following students gaining medals: Victoria Deschamp got a silver medal in the 100m and a gold medal in the 400m. Sarah Thornton got a bronze in the 200m and Javier Rojas got a silver medal in 200m, Lovisa Lindquist won a gold medal in the 1500. In the field events, Vanessa Oyuchi won a silver medal in discus and Clarissa La Scola won the high jump gold medal even though she was out injured with a sprained ankle.  

On the last day, we had boys playing football and girls playing basketball. The girls’ basketball team played really well and what they learnt in training they applied to the games; however the results did not go in their favour and a win against Kellet School was the highlight of the day with solid performances in the other four games without the results their performances deserved.

In the football, the boys played their first game against TES and ran out easy winners by 4 – 0. However, the boys went into their second game and were outplayed and well beaten by a strong Dulwich College team 4–0. After the defeat, the boys woke up to the fact the opposition were strong. In their third game against a well drilled Kellet team, the boys played exceptionally well and were the stronger of the two teams and should have won the game. The game ended nil all. The fourth game they won with ease and we rotated the team to ensure all players had a chance to play and we won 3–0 against BIS HCM City. Going into the last game, the boys knew that if they won they would be second, if they drew they would end third, and if they lost they would be fourth. They played BIS Jakarta who had not lost a game. The boys outplayed the team and, with two goals from Luca Ruisi and one goal from Naser Keenan, the boys ran out deserved winners and finished the tournament at 2nd place.