The boys C2(a) team were going into the season finale with a 100% record to protect but they were up against teams that they had never faced before, with players that were faster and stronger than those they had played during the regular season. The first game was against Nanjing International school and our boys went ahead early on through an own goal but were eventually undone by 2 unstoppable shots from their centre-forward. It was a similar story again against YCIS Pudong, with both teams fairly evenly matched but for the power of the shooting of the opposition proving too much, and the second game ending in another defeat. However, the boys got back to winning ways in their 3rd game against Hangzhou international school with a comfortable 5-0 victory, before finishing off the day with a 6-1 victory over CISS. All in all, a great day out for all the boys and for the excellent travelling support.
The C 2 girls’ tournament took place at WISS with both of our girls’ teams playing 5 fixtures each during the day. Mr Kelly’s team started with an easy win over BISS Pudong and this was followed by another win over SCIS with goals coming from Phoebe and Cami. We then came up against a very big and very physical SAS team and equally large Concordia side who, try as we might we could not score past. Our next game against Hangzhou C1 team was a tester as Hangzhou had the player of the tournament in their ranks. Mhari Jervis worked hard to contain her but she slipped away once to score.
Mr Lancaster’s team began the day with a 2-0 win over BISS Pudong, there were some excellent performances in this game, notably from Isabella who kept a clean sheet in goal. She was robustly supported by Julia and Pippa in defence and Ida in midfield, all working hard to keep BISS Pudong out of the game. In the second match, the team came up against Concordia and we were beaten by a large and physical team, despite the best efforts of Mia, Dayoung and Naya in attack. Goals from Dayoung and Naya in the next two matches saw a win over SCIS and a draw with SAS 1. The team was confident and playing good football, with passing between Nayu, Louise and Fien particularly strong. Amelie and Ida played very effectively in defence for these games and made it difficult for the opposition with some great tackles. The last game ended in a loss, but again the girls were passing the ball very well and brought the game back to a draw. It was a very enjoyable end to the season for the girls and they should take every confidence from the performances that they have put in this term. We were sorry that Verity was unable to join us this weekend, she has been valiant in goal for the last ten weeks. They have played excellently as a team all season and have maintained a positive approach to all games and training.
The final action of the day was the representative game in which Sarah Sadiq and Naya Thomsen represented BISS. Both played their part in an enthralling game with Sarah pulling off a great save and Naya scoring for the West of the river.
Overall this has been a really good season. Our teams have worked hard to improve their technique and we are confident they will continue to enjoy playing football in the future.