The NAIS Tigers U13 FOBISIA squad had a very successful day both with individual successes in the pool and the amazing performances we witnessed in the track and field events.
The morning started with the swimming. The team was quiet and nervous prior to the first race, the 200 Individual Medley. Alessandra Perone was outstanding in the first race of the morning and won a bronze medal. The team began to believe they could do well in the pool. In the third race of the morning, the girls 50m backstroke, resulted in Tinah Otula also finishing in 3rd place and winning a bronze medal. In the 7th race of the morning, the girls 100m butterfly, there was a tight race and Ciara Wallace came steaming through in the last lap to finish runner-up. What a success.
We witnessed lots of Personal Bests from the swimmers and the standard of swimming was very high. Alexandros Pardali- Moutakas won his first medal of the day in the boys 100m breaststroke finishing in second place. We were getting lots of 4th place finishes from the team, once again from Alessandra Perone with a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke and Alexandros won the bronze medal also in the 100m backstroke. In race 26 we won our first gold medal of the day - Ciara Wallace in the 50m fly was in the lead from the start and won the race by a large margin with an outstanding individual performance. She followed up the performance with a 3rd place in the 100m freestyle to finish the morning with her third medal of the day. Our last success in the pool was the 200m Girls freestyle B race relay who finished 2nd to win a silver medal. The team did their best in the pool and had some success but we really saw the team come alive in the Athletics meet.
The afternoon Athletics meet started with the 1500m races. The girls were successful in their 1500m races. Tinah Otula came third place to win a bronze medal in the A race and Yukiko Jauffret won her race by a large margin and led the race from beginning to the end to win our first gold medal in athletics. The boys 1500m races were even more successful. Julien Francois won a silver in the A race with a well-timed finish in the race and Jake Lonsdale led his race from beginning to the end and deservedly won gold in the B race.
A great start on the track was followed by four sessions of field events. In the field events we had a never-ending stream of medals. The winners of the medals in the field events were outstanding and we also had many 4th place finishes and what a team performance in the field event. The medal winners are as follows; Matthew Ward won silver medals in triple jump and Long jump; Jason Drewes won gold in high jump and triple jump; Jake Lonsdale won silver in javelin; Sofie Vesterbaek won gold in shot put; Alessandra Perone won silver in triple jump; Elodie Jacqmin won silver in discus; Josephine Lonsdale won bronze in high jump; Tinah Otula won bronze in javelin and Victoria Deschamps won gold in long jump.
The day finished with races on the track and the students did so well. We had so many outstanding performances on the track and students pushing themselves to win and giving everything to get a medal. The medal winners on the track are as follows; Victoria Deschamps won silver medals in the 100m and 300m races; Matthew Ward won bronze medal in 100m and a gold medal in the 400m; Madeline Lum got a gold medal in 300m; Elodie Jacqmin won a bronze medal in 200m; Josie Lonsdale got a bronze medal in the 800m B Race as well as Yukiko Juaffret who won a bronze medal in the 800m A race; Luke Khalife won silver medal in the 800m B Race and Mayeul Perret won bronze medal in the 800m A race. The last medal won was by the 4 x 100m girls team in the 4 x 100m girls A Race, the girls were Tinah Otula, Alessandra Perone, Elodie Jacqmin and Victoria Deschamps.
The NAIS Tigers U13 team performed out of their skins and they supported each other throughout the day. We are so proud of what our students achieved in the pool, on the track and in the field events.
On the 2nd day of the U13 games, the boys played in their basketball tournament. They played their first game against Kellett School and the team started very slowly in the game. They started to play a lot better in the 3rd and 4th period and began to dominate the game - if they scored with all of the chances they made they would have won by a large margin but, sadly, their shooting let them down and the game ended a draw at 12 points all.
In the second game, the team played really well against a strong BIS Ho Chi Minh team. In the first three periods the team defended really well and broke out into attack and led by four points as we entered the last period. The team could not cope with BIS Ho Chi Minh’s attack in the last period and they ran out winners by 16 points to 11.
The third game of the morning was against Taipei European School. They had won their first games by large margins. The boys performed exceptionally well and by the end of the third period were just two points down. The 4th quarter saw both teams work tirelessly to break down each other team’s defence. The boys lost the game by 22 points to 18 in a game they could and should have won.
In their 4th game of the day the boys made their domination transfer into points and won by 28 - 15 against BIS Jakarta. The last game was a tight game as the boys were tiring and were slack in defence and in their shooting. In the 3rd and 4th periods they began to perform again and they won the game by 19 - 16 against Dulwich College, Beijing.
The team finished the tournament in third place and should be pleased to have played well and win the third place trophy and with more luck they could have won the tournament. There were many outstanding performances especially from the captain Jason Drewes, Jake Lonsdale and Matthew Ward. All of the players had a game and each player performed well and deserves praise for their efforts throughout the tournament.
The Girls played football on the second day. They played Kellett School in their first game and defended well and created some chances to have won the game and it finished a nil-all draw. In the second game they played a very strong BIS Ho Chi Minh team. They defended very well as a team and broke out late in the game and got a penalty due to a handball. Josephine Lonsdale scored the penalty and the team led with just one minute to go and BIS Ho Chi Minh equalised to draw the game one all. The team got great confidence from the game and won their third game against Taipei European School by one nil with a winning goal from Madeline Lum. In the fourth game they played BIS Jakarta who had won all of their games. Again the team dug deep and defended so well as a team. They broke out and Josephine Lonsdale scored. Late in the second half, BIS Jakarta scored a late goal and the team drew the game one all. In the last game the team tired and finished the game against Dulwich College, Beijing nil all.
The team finished the tournament with four draws and one win. Due to the excellent defending from Victoria Deschamps, Ciara Wallace, Amelia Haynes, Chiara Taylor and the excellent goalkeeper, Elodie Jacqmin, they made it hard for the opposition to break down the defence. The tireless work of Josephine Lonsdale, Tinah Otula, Yukiko Jauffret and Madeline Lum in attack and midfield meant the team was hard to beat. The team finished with 12 points and finished the tournament with the 3rd place trophy. A great team performance and they deserved their success.
The second day was a great day for our teams and the U13s went into their last day looking to win more trophies and medals. Every student had already won a medal at the U13 games.
The third and last day of the tournament had the boys playing football and the girls playing basketball.
The boys started the football tournament playing their closest rivals Kellett School. The game was very tight with both teams defending well and breaking out and creating goal scoring chances. Just before half time, Kellett got a penalty and took the lead. We responded really well and Matthew Ward scored the equaliser within two minutes. In the second half, we were encountering a strong Kellett defence and their goalkeeper had a great game stopping our forwards from scoring. With less than a minute to go, Kellett broke out of defence and from a long shot they scored to win the game 2 - 1. The boys were devastated but had to pick themselves up for their next game against BIS Ho Chi Minh.
The boys played outstanding football and dominated the game with Matthew Ward scoring all four goals to win 4 – 1. The third game was against Taipei European School. They defended very deep and made it difficult for our attack to break them down. In the second half, Matthew Ward scored two very good goals and we won 2 – 0. The fourth game was a great game against a very good BIS Jakarta team. Both teams were playing well and either team could well have won the game but Matthew Ward turned and scored a wonder goal from 25 yards out to help us to win 1 – 0.
The final game of the day was against Dulwich College, Beijing. The team played really well and had four different players scoring to win 4 – 1. The team finished the tournament in 2nd place and knew if they had got the result their performance deserved against Kellett School they should have won the tournament. Many outstanding performances, especially from Matthew Ward, Mikkel Raaen and Jake Lonsdale.
On Day 3, the girls played basketball and their first game was against Kellett School. They played well but they did not get the result their performance deserved. They lost the game 6 – 5. The second game was against BIS Ho Chi Minh. They were outplayed by a strong team and lost by 21- 7. Their third game was against Taipei European School. They played well and had many chances to score but they didn’t take their chances and lost 8 – 4. Their fourth game of the day was against BIS Jakarta. Again the girls dominated the game and had many chances to score. They again did not turn their possession into points and lost 12 – 11. In the last game of the day, the girls played Dulwich College, Beijing. The girls were tired and had injuries as well amongst the team. They again had more chances to win but did not take their chances and lost 12 – 8. The girls could have finished the day in second place if they could only have converted their possession into points on the board. They finished the day in 6th place.
We are so proud of what the students achieved over the three days of sport. We were always competitive and we finished the tournament with three trophies. Every student won a medal at the games and the students deserve all the praise they have received. I want to thank the coaches, Mr. Northedge, Mrs. Parrish and Miss Sparkes for their hard work preparing the squad and for the coaching and support they gave the students throughout the tournament.
Report by Mr. Wallace