Both the girls’ and boys’ Under 19 teams travelled to Beijing last weekend to compete in the CACMIS tournament.
It was a fantastic weekend for the girls. They came second in the group stage, having only been beaten by Singapore International School (SIS) 1-3.
The BISS Lions got through to the final after a convincing 5-1 victory over International School Qingdao, to face SIS once again in a tough match. The Lions dominated the game but struggled to break down SIS' defence, with two shots being cleared from the line. Luana Elia eventually found the back of the net with an impressive back-heel and our lead was maintained until the final whistle, meaning the BISS Lions Girls retained their title as ACAMIS Champions!
- Coach Chris Baker
Having won the competition last year the pressure was on to defend the title. Due to flight delays and problems at the hotel we arrived at the pitch just in time for a quick warm up and got straight into the action. It was clear from the start that BISS Puxi meant business and if anything we were stronger than last year. Our opening fixture ended 3-0 comfortably and the performance was excellent considering we had only landed just 2 hours previous.
We continued our opening day with another great performance and a 5-0 victory. Spirits and motivation were high for day two of the tournament and rather than tactical pre match speeches the boys were told to continue as they had the day before and to enjoy themselves. This resulted in 3 more emphatic wins ranging from 4-2 to 8-0, putting BISS Puxi top of the group and undefeated, as well as every player getting on the score sheet (including our keeper!).
As the final day of competition arrived we were placed to face SIS who had finished 4th in the group and obviously wanted their revenge. Within a matter of minutes BISS Puxi were ahead and the players were encouraged to keep possession and play the ball simple in order to save energy for the final on this scorching hot day.
Having beaten SIS 5-0 we met hosts YCIS in the final. They brought a lot of support to cheer them on but we brought the main thing- talent! The boys had saved their best for last and we smashed the home side 8-0, many rehearsed celebrations were performed, some made us laugh and some were not well received! But all said and done it was a great tournament for the boys and it is clear to see the progression and the way in which they have developed. We went to Beijing as cubs and came back lions!
- Coach Nick Lewis
Shanghai City Championships
Saturday saw our D1 7-a-side team travel to SAS Puxi to compete in the Shanghai City Championships. Having finished 2nd in the league and unbeaten for the regular season, hopes were high that this group of very young players could continue on their road to success.
The first round saw us play a tough game against YCIS Pudong. They were very strong and had a powerful player who dominated the game. However, our passing game soon started and we fashioned a number of chances, scoring one, but could not win the game. The game went to penalties with Noelle Heinrich, Abi Yadav and Hannah Peedle stepping up before Morgane Rigaud scored the decisive penalty to put us through to the semi-finals.
This saw us take on Dulwich, and again we dominated but could not win the game and it was penalties again. This time our luck did not hold and Dulwich went through 3-2 leaving us to play BISS Pudong for 3rd place. Although our girls battled hard they could not beat a much more experienced and physically much larger Pudong side, eventually going down 3-0.
Although the girls were disappointed they understood what they had achieved. This was our 2nd team playing every other schools 1st team and they still proved to be the fourth best team in Shanghai. So well done to; Sarah Sadiq, Emma Lorenzetto, Melanie De Vries, Kirsty Tytherleigh, Laura Kelly, Victoria Meredith, Noelle Heinrich, Morgane Rigaud, Jenny Jiang, Hannah Peedle and Abi Yadav for a great season. Roll on next year when we will be much stronger and ready to step up to 11 a side.
- Coach Paul Kelly
The BISS Lions also competed in the Shanghai Swim League East West Meet last weekend and did brilliantly, coming second overall. Look out for a full report from Coach Hitchings on Monday.