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Sports Report: CISSA Girls’ Football Victory

22 October 2014

It was a noisy and energetic BISS Puxi bus that arrived at the gates of SAS on Tuesday. Coach Nick Lewis describes the match.

  • The British International School, Puxi CISSA girls' football team in training
  • The British International School, Puxi CISSA girls' football team in training

The girls playing YCIS last week, beating them 4-1

The year 5 and 6 girls likened themselves to a ‘Fellowship of Hobbits’ due to the height difference between them and their opposition, Dulwich, but they equipped themselves in their battle-gear (football boots and shin pads) and began their preparation for war against the ‘Orcs’ (Dulwich)!

The orders were simple. Exactly the same as last week, be positive…be passionate…and work hard. And BISS Puxi certainly didn’t disappoint! From the first minute it was clear to see this was going to be a close match. Both teams were well prepared and the standard was high. Minutes went by with no give from either side; neither team was willing to give an inch.

The BISS Lions applied pressure and gained ground into the attacking third, but Dulwich stood strong and held their position, leaving no way into their area…until Rosi Burford did the unthinkable! She received the ball out wide on the right hand side to screams of “cross it!” from the bench, but she had only one thing on her mind… to shoot! The ball rocketed through the area and into the far top corner of the Dulwich goal. The Dulwich team were in shock and their coaches required help picking up their chins.

The expected retaliation came but our Lions battled on and wouldn’t give their opponents a sniff. As the minutes ticked on, the battle in midfield never lost an ounce of intensity; this was going to be a fight right up to the last kick.

Suddenly right on cue Risako Adachi received the ball on the half way line with her back to goal. In one fell swoop she turned and powered past the first defender and strode towards goal. Then, cutting inside, she muscled past the last defender! Still quite a way out Risako shaped to shoot… voices from the bench yelling “take it closer!” But in true ‘anything you can do I can do better’ fashion she unleashed a shot that goalkeepers simply do not save, sending the Lions into scenes of jubilant celebration (the coach keeping his calm of course).

The minutes dragged by in slow motion and fresh legs were introduced to make sure the work rate was at its maximum. Then like sweet music on a beautiful spring morning the final whistle blew. BISS Puxi had done it, they had beaten Dulwich. There was just enough time to shake hands before we headed back on our bus home to the ‘Shire’.

Well done ladies I am unbelievably proud of you!

- Coach Lewis