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U11 FOBISIA Jakarta

27 May 2015

Hot and humid conditions greeted our U11 FOBISIA team as we arrived in Jakarta with high hopes that we would perform to our best in swimming, Track and Field, football and T-ball. The team had trained hard and with great enthusiasm in the lead-up to this away event and certainly maintained their determination to succeed during the three days of competition, excelling particularly in Track and Field.


The team consisted of:

U9 Boys – Sam chappell, Kai Beaumont, Noa Bogunovic, Berend Van Der Schrier, Jamie Howell and Andrew Tsui

U9 Girls – Bethany Poisson, Eleanor Gatenby, Charlotte McCullough, Cartier Spiteri, Amy Parks and Jia Hui Yin

U10 Boys – Max Dahl, Arne Springman, Ciro Verni, Mete Ibrahim, Arther Faure and Julien Menon

U10 Girls – Sophie Hugo, Adrienne Lum, Amelie Zheng, Araya Richards, Pinkette Oyuchi, Madeline Hilditch

U11 Boys - Theo Hayaux du Tilly, Gautier Dorin-Blanchard, Venki Vadlamani, Teun Van Der Shrier, Curtis Lowe, Sergio Serrano Martin

U11 Girls – Ciara Wallace, Josie Lonsdale, Madeline Lum, Nelly Hiller, Siri Blomqvist

Day 1

We arrived at the British School, Jakarta on Thursday morning ready for the swim competition. Our swimmers competed really well in the pool and we registered many 4th place finishes and we had some good results with Tuen Van Der Schier excelling in the pool.

The afternoon session was the Track and Field athletics meet. Our Year 6 students were outstanding on the track with many first place finishes and nearly all the Year 6 boys and girls won a medal on the track. Our Year 5 and Year 4 students also excelled in athletics and we had many first, second and third place finishes. All the boys and girls at the end of the first day were exhausted but very proud due to their hard work in the swimming in the pool, running on the track and their success jumping and throwing in the field events.

Day 2

The second day saw our boys and girls competing in football. Our Year 4 boys played really well in all their games and just missed out on a medal that their performances throughout the day deserved. Kai Beaumont and Sam Chappell were always creating problems for teams and the boys won one game, drew one game and lost two games that they could and should have won. The boys should be proud of their efforts and finished 4th overall.

The Year 4 girls’ team worked so tirelessly for each other throughout all their games and they were so positive and even when they encountered stronger opposition they did not give up. Cartier Spiteri was outstanding throughout the tournament. The girls finished 5th overall.

The Year 5 boys’ tournament meant they met some very strong teams and the boys worked hard as a team to defend and keep the opposition away from their goal. Sadly, they were outplayed in some games and in two games they could have won if they had some luck. The boys finished in 5th place.

Our Year 5 girls worked really well as a team and were very competitive against their opposition. They missed out on a medal by one point and the girls all deserve praise for their efforts throughout the tournament.

The Year 6 boys were a very strong team and they won three games due to their outstanding performances especially from Sergio Serrano and Theo du Tilly. They played well as a team and their level of play impressed all the other coaches. They lost their last game by one goal but they did finish 1st place on goal difference to win the football tournament and they were immensely proud of their success.

The Year 6 girls also were very competitive and the leadership of Josie Lonsdale meant the team was always a threat and, between Josie and Madeline Lum, they scored many goals. The girls lost to a very strong BIS HCMC Vietnam team and finished the tournament runners-up with three wins and one loss. Overall we were very happy with how our football teams played in the tournament.

Day 3

T-Ball was the competition on the final day. It is a new game for our students and we trained tirelessly before the tournament to prepare the teams for the games. Our Year 4 team played well and it was a case of each game they played the better they got. The opposition was very experienced and that came through in each game. The Year 4 team has learnt a lot and I feel sure that next year when they are in Year 5 they will be ready for the opposition.

It was a similar situation for our Year 5 team with them getting better with each game they played and the difference between winning and losing less each time. The Year 4 and Year 5 teams both finished their tournaments in 5th place.

The Year 6 team started the tournament very slowly and was outplayed in the first game. The following games the team should have got at least three victories. They did, however, win one game against Kellet school Hong Kong.  We were pleased with our teams’ performances in T-Ball and we know we will get stronger and better in the game in the future.


This was the first time the school has competed in the Primary FOBISIA games and the level of performance from the boys and girls was really good. Each child who represented the school in Jakarta was a fantastic ambassador for the school and they should all be proud with how well they competed throughout the three days of sport.

The coaches also deserve praise for their hard work preparing the squad for the games and I want to thank all the coaches for their efforts. The parents who came and supported the teams at the games were a great help and were always encouraging the students to do their best and were a really great support for the coaches.

Overall, we arrive back in Shanghai knowing we have done well at the Primary FOBISIA games in Jakarta but we know next year we want to be even better and be more competitive in the pool, running on the track, throwing and jumping in the field events, performing even better in the football and building on our progress in T-ball.

We are starting our planning for next year in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. Well done Tigers and next year our roar we scare the opposition!!

Take a look at our Facebook page for more great photos from Jakarta.

Noel Wallace