U14 Girls Tournament Report
It was a glorious, sunny morning at Wellington for the U14 Girls SCL Football Tournament and the NAIS girls were ready and eager to play. The first game was against SAS Pudong. Having beaten them 4-1 in the league earlier this year, the girls were confident of a win. And win they did! It did prove to be a harder game than anticipated but the girls came out victors 1-0, with a goal from Sophie. It was truly a great start to the day.
Back-to-back games meant they had only a short five minute break before their next game against Wellington. This was good battle, but play was mostly in our favour with plenty of chances. It was a second 1-0 win in as many games, with some fantastic performances by Yukiko and Nemat.
The last group game was against Dulwich Suzhou and it proved to be the toughest game so far. A great physical battle between all players and neither team could penetrate the goal, so it finished 0-0. With two wins and a draw, the girls finished at the top of the group which meant they would play 4th position Wellington in the semi-final. Another win 1-0 meant that NAIS eased through into the final, meeting Dulwich Suzhou once more.
With it being Josie’s and Bianca’s last game for the school, the girls went into the game with high spirits and a positive attitude. The girls dominated the first half and were 2-0 at half time with two goals from Rebecca Jobst. Dulwich managed to pull a goal back to make it 2-1, however, with stern defending by Nemat, Bianca, Pink and Ciara, they were unable to get another goal. Just before the end of the game Rebecca Jobst scored the third goal, and the girls won 3-1!!!
This was a fantastic performance by all the girls on a hard-earned win. It was such a great way to end the tournament and a great send off for Josie and Bianca. Yukiko was the MVP of the tournament and proved that size doesn’t matter as she battled hard in every game and played every minute!
Well done girls, super proud of you all!
U14 Boys Tournament Report
The under 14, C1 Team played in their season final tournament at Wellington School on Saturday the 3rd December. It was a perfect day for football; the sun was out and the teams were ready for action. The Under 14 NAIS Boys Team came into the tournament undefeated on the season.
Their first match was against SAS Pudong. It was a tight opening game and our boys scored one goal in the first half to win, 1-0. The goal was scored by Ehsaan Farooq.
The second game was against our hosts, Wellington College. Unlike the opening game, where the boys didn’t quite get into stride, the boys dominated this match from the kickoff. The final score was 5-0; with goals scored by Ehsaan, Matthew and a fantastic hat trick by Jake who has been amazing all season.
The third game was against Dulwich Suzhou and the score was 5-0. This put us at the top of our group and facing Dulwich again in the semi-final game. The semi-final score was 2-0, putting us against Wellington in the final.
The final game did not start well for the boys and they trailed by one goal in the first three minutes. The team kept their heads up and continued playing intricate passing football. Matthew Ward, who has had a standout season, scored the equalising goal. The half time score was 1-1, with the second half kicking off after a quick three-minute turnaround. The team remained completely focused and kept to the game plan of nimble, slick passing football. This was too much for Wellington and they could not cope with the movement and quick thinking of our team. The goals came in rapid succession following the second half whistle. Matthew Ward and Jake Lonsdale each scored one goal for the Tigers, and Mathias Marchant scored two. The final score was five goals to two, as Wellington scored a late consolation goal.
It was well deserved win and a great way to finish the season. NAIS Pudong emerged as champions of Shanghai and an undefeated record against all the competition. The boys were delighted and big smiles beamed across their faces as Team Captain Matthew Ward lifted the cup at the presentation ceremony.
Well done boys! One thought came into mind about this team, “Simply the best and better than all the rest”.
The victorious team consisted of:
- Matthew Ward, 9B
- Jake Lonsdale, 9B
- Yuvraj Singh, 9A
- Shreyas Tiwari, 9A
- Robin Lutz, 9B
- George Emery, 8B
- Ehsaan Farooq, 8C
- Kyle Fung, 9A
- Mathias Marchant, 8B