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Sports Report: A Wet Weekend of Rugby and Netball

29 April 2014

The BISS Puxi Rugby and Netball teams battled it out in soggy conditions last weekend. Read on to see how they got on.

Under 15 Rugby

The U15s experienced probably the worst rugby conditions they’ll experience all year, to say it was wet was an understatement.

The boys worked really hard considering we had a few of our more experienced players who play in key positions away on the International Award Adventurous Journey. It was a fantastic opportunity for the boys who had not played before to get an idea of the intensity needed on the rugby pitch. 

Richard Trenemen was one of our more outstanding players, really listening to what was needed out there against often much bigger opponents.  He really led by example and worked extremely hard all day.

We lost our first match to a very sizeable French side, 7 tries to nil, and the boys took a real hammering up in the forwards.  Nacho Pricolo found out how difficult it is to clear the ball quickly in wet slippery conditions. Hom Choong and Arthur Surmont made a lot of great strong tackles, however the forward pack really lacked experience and guidance.  It was very difficult to communicate in the rainy, soggy conditions.

In the second game we played a very well drilled Dulwich side who had a lot of their team from last year: you could see the difference in experience, especially in the decision making department. They ran a few quick kick offs which caught our boys off guard and just really played a much better consistent style of rugby.  

We will endeavor to resolve a few of our problems in training this week, and now the boys have a better idea of how fast and hard the U15 game is, I am sure they will persevere and work hard to rectify some of our weaker parts of the game.

- Coach Tony Halalilo, Head of Rugby

Under 13 Rugby

The first weekend of the rugby season got underway this weekend in terrible conditions. In addition to this four of our most experienced players were missing from the forward pack.

On the positive side this meant that the new players got plenty of time on the field. There were lots of big hits and a lot of creative play. The first fixture looked like it was going to be a BISS Puxi victory, but a couple of missed tackles allowed the opposition to score a try in the corner to tie the match at 4-4.

The second fixture against a very physical and experienced side was played immediately after the final whistle of the first game. Inevitably, the boys found this very challenging, but I am extremely proud of the attitude and application they showed right until the final whistle.

I am confident that when our big tacklers return in two weeks we will be able to push on and get some really positive results.

Everyone played superbly, but a special mention goes to Julian Komaromy, George Gawthorpe, Nic De Bie and Paul Zimmer.

- Coach Samuel Thorley

Under 13 Netball

Saturday saw the U13 A and B teams travel to BISS Pudong for another round of matches. After a difficult start on a wet court the BISS Puxi girls seemed to wake up and started playing some excellent netball. Ella, Ezgi, Charlotte and Fiona were all scoring goals, whilst Jen, Julia, Lizzie and Santhiya did their best to defend their net.

It was hard going on a wet court with players slipping over, but our girls coped well with Mahri, Chloe and Cammie controlling the middle. The new players really stepped up with Chloe, Fien, Calysta and Carel beginning to demonstrate a range of skills they had developed in training. We also had a return to action for Kirsten.

These are tough times for some of these players, particularly the Year 7 girls who are playing against much older opponents, so it was to the players’ credit that they pushed the opposition in every game and really showed they had the fight and desire to improve. No matches this week and then off to Dulwich again on Saturday 10 May.

Well done girls.

- Coach Paul Kelly