U19 Boys and Girls Football End of Season Reports
NAIS Tigers U19 Girls SISAC 7 A-Side Cup Tournament and ACAMIS Football Tournament report
The D1 7-a-side league was wrapped up three weeks ago, with the girls totally dominating throughout. 62 goals scored and none conceded – a phenomenal achievement by the girls, beating their last year’s record of 61 and 0! With the league result set in stone, it was time for round two – SISAC. As first seeds, the girls had the privilege of a lie-in on Saturday and kicked off their first game at 12 pm, against Nanjing School. Some extremely defensive tactics were employed by the Nanjing coach, who told his players not to leave their own half, with a 3-3 formation. This attempt to solidify their own defence fell short within the first five minutes as NAIS passed their way through their defence and went into the first half with 3 goals to 0. The second half proved to be just as painful for the Nanjing team who were lucky enough to only concede 2 goals, after a barrage of attempts from the NAIS girls. Final score 5-0 with Sterre having an outstanding match.
Second game kicked off at 2 pm against the German International School, and once again the NAIS girls dominated the match. The Germans proved no match for our players. Sophie and Julia dominated in midfield and Jule’s attacking speed was unstoppable. Defensively, they were solid as well, with Jennifer and Giulia stopping any attack in the first half and Josie and Grace doing the same in the second. Final score 6-0.
In the final, we faced off against our old arch rivals; SCIS Hongqiao. Our girls were nervous but confident and stuck to the game plan. The passing and movement off the ball was superb, and although strong and physical, SCIS couldn’t penetrate our defence in the first half. NAIS 2-0 going into the second half. Early on, SCIS fought back strong and got a goal back to make it 2-1. Shaken, but not stirred, the girls pushed on and penetrated the SCIS defence multiple times, pushing the score to end 5-1. The girls walked off the pitch battered and bruised, with Jule, Julia and Isa all injured and so will need to spend the next few days recovering for the next competition.
ACAMIS 2017 – they went, they fought, they conquered! After a 5-hour train ride to Beijing and a rest on the first night, the girls were ready for the first match against BCIS on Thursday morning. NAIS started their dominance with a 6-1 victory. The next game was in the afternoon against RCHK, where the girls won 5-0, finishing their first day with a collection of goals from Jule, Julia, Sterre and Sophie.
The second day of games arrived, and each team was to play three matches this day. The first game was a tough one against NAIS arch rivals, SCIS Hongqiao. As always, this proved to be a close game. With some solid defending from Giulia and Grace, as well goalkeeper Lovisa, we managed to not concede a goal. The second half was a battle again, but the strongest team prevailed and NAIS won 1-0. KAS was the next game and the girls started the first half very slow. The second half was slightly better and with some excellent passing, we managed to open them up and put 3 goals past them. The last game of the day was against Discovery College, a team we had not played before at football. However, it proved to be one our easiest matches and finished 9-0 – destroyed!
So, onto finals day... One game against KAS to win and then it was into the final. NAIS girls picked them apart and punished them with 8 goals, winning 8-0. And so, there we were again, in the final against SCIS Hongqiao. Their coach had prepared them well, and right from the first whistle, SCIS closed down our players fast and furious style – not allowing them any space on the ball. Some mistakes in the midfield and bad passing led gave SCIS an opportunity to score just before the half, which they did. Going into the wind, a goal down against SCIS was no mean feat, however, the girls shook off the goal, raised their heads and went straight at them. An early goal by Jule brought it back to 1-1 and the game was on again. Julia Jobst went to the ground shortly after and fractured and dislocated her finger, after being stood on accidently by an SCIS player. Sophie then fired in a shot from outside the area and NAIS took the lead. From here we were on top and the girls worked their passing exquisitely, tearing the SCIS team apart. Jule then finished the scoring, taking it to 3-1 as the final result. Five finals in five years and finally the girls got the victory they so deserve!
I am so proud of the girls' achievements and it was one of the greatest moments of my career, watching the girls win this final. The team was outstanding and made history, winning the treble this year. Though we lose 5 players, next year still proves to be an exciting year with the team we will have. Well done girls, absolutely brilliant!!
The Girls Team are as follows:
Alice Lindquist (Captain)
Inspirational Coach Mr. Northedge
NAIS Tigers U19 Boys SISAC 7 A-Side Cup Tournament and ACAMIS Football Tournament report
The NAIS Tigers U19 Boys team went into the SISAC D1 7 A-Side cup tournament as number 1 seed. They followed on from their excellent end to their SISAC league season to win the Quarter-Final game against Hangzhou International School by 4 – 1. In the semi-final, the boys came up against their arch rivals SCIS Hongqiao. The boys were outstanding, and after scoring their goal in the first half by Matthew Ward, they went on and won the game by 4 – 0. They entered the final in a confident mood, and they were playing a well-drilled YCIS Puxi team. The game was a very close final, and our boys dominated the first half and should have scored at least three goals with the chances they created. It was down to excellent defending by the YCIS boys that kept the game nil all at half time. During the second half, again the NAIS boys dominated, and after Naser Dajani-Keenan was fouled in the area we had a penalty. Luca Ruisi scored the pen and the team closed out the game to be winners of the SISAC 7 A-Side Cup. They now needed the ACAMIS Football Cup to win the treble.
The NAIS Tigers D1 Boys ACAMIS Football Team traveled to Beijing last week to defend their ACAMIS title. The first game on Day 1 was against the host school BCIS. The game was very tight and the final result was 1-1. The second game was a much more comprehensive display from our boys. Matthew Ward and Naser Dajani-Keenan contributed five goals between them, in a 7-1 win over RCHK.
The second day of fixtures started with a game against SCIS Hongqiao. It was a hard-fought game with their keeper producing a string of first-class saves. Eventually, he conceded a goal near the end of the first half. A second goal followed in the second half, and this killed off the game, 2-0 to our boys. The second game was against KAS from Taipei and the boys won 3-1. The final game of day two was against Discovery College Hong Kong and it was a very physical game although our boys won 2-1. In the end, this set up a semi-final clash against SCIS Hongqiao. This was the third time we played this team within a week. It was not until the dying minutes of extra time we opened the scoring through Matthew Ward, and the team rejoiced with relief and were confident for the final. The final score was 2-0 and we now faced Discovery College in the final.
The final was going to be the icing on the cake, after a tremendous season winning our local league and cup double. The treble was on now and the boys did not disappoint. Matthew Ward opened the scoring with a fine left-foot effort. Unfortunately, Discovery College scored to tie the game. The second half was very close until Naser Dajani-Keenan scored the winner midway through the second half. Champions of ACAMIS and treble winners, this has been an extraordinary season for the boys! This team will be ready to defend their title next year at home in NAIS Pudong.
The Boys Team are as follows:
Joaquin Rios Saldarriaga
Naser Dajani-Keenan (Captain)
Martin Marchant Maranon
Inspirational Coach Mr. Keenan