Under 15 Rugby
The boys arrived on the train and were greeted with a record high 45 degree evening to cope with. With an early start the next day we headed to a local restaurant to refuel and then headed to bed early for our 5:30am start.
Breakfast at 6:00am and the boys had to load up to work through three tough games against more experienced, and at times older, teams.
First outing was against the International School of Beijing, an American outfit, who fielded a team of what they refer to as freshman, and the difference in age really shone through as our 14 year olds faced off against a large opposition side. We struggled to cope with the heat and only managed good 1st and 2nd phase balls. After that, our team was often sucked into the play area and ran around once we lost possession of the ball.
Our next game was against an even larger school, the Western American School of Beijing, and unfortunately through the discovery of 16 and 17 year olds fielded in a U15 tournament they were disqualified from the tournament.
So this loss, which was significant, was voided as unaccountable, leaving us with our last game against a team of a similar size and (thankfully) age: the Australian International School of Hong Kong. This was a much closer match which helped us realize our potential and what we needed to work on for the next day.
Following another early refueling night for an early start the next day, the boys faced the eventual tournament winners Dulwich Shanghai, who were a superior more experienced team. This was evident from both their forward and back player and they got over us without letting us in for a try.
With the disqualification of WAB, we then faced our sister school across the river, BISS Pudong, who were having a similar tournament to us. Both teams scrapped mercilessly over the ball and it was an extremely tight match. Our boys crossing the line and converting in the first half and then holding on to the final minute where BISS Pudong crossed and needed the conversion to equalize. A normally solid kicker at BISS Pudong struggled a little with the pressure and put the ball wide to give us the victory. This put us in the final for the Plate. The boys were really motivated and were really up for a great game in the final against AISHK. However, the more experienced side only allowed us minimal ball time and ran in tries toward the end of the game to end our tough but very gratifying tournament.
I must mention players such as Hom Choong who really came into his own as captain and remained emotionally stable and kept all the boys’ heads in the game with his optimistic attitude and leading from the front. Harrison Thomas, who was up for any physical challenge, really took a tough physical bruising game to the opposition regardless of the score each and every game. And also Austin Harriott our tournament team member who scored our only try and defended and saved tries with huge heart and dedication.
Over all the boys all behaved very professionally and were very responsible the entire trip. It was a great opportunity and experience for the boys to build on for next year and I have so much pride and respect for all the lads that came on tour.
A special thank you to parents who came to support us. Mr. Chang, for taking some brilliant photos, Mr. Thorley for organising a wonderful rugby experience for our boys and girls and finally to our Principal, Mr. Foyle for supporting the Rugby programme here at BISS Puxi and allowing us to go. The Lions will be victorious because of ventures and experiences of this kind that the teams have experienced.
- Coach Tony Halalilo, Head of Rugby
Under 13 Rugby
The U13 team performed superbly at the end of season tournament in Beijing; proving that if you work hard and are focussed then you will get the results you deserve.
They won two of their group games comfortably and went into the final game needing a draw or a win to progress into the semi-finals. That game turned out to be a very close contest with the Lions scoring two beautifully crafted team tries. Unfortunately, the opposition used their superior size to squeeze over three tries, meaning that BISS Puxi would be playing day two in the Plate competition. The independence and maturity the team displayed in their warm up (led by Captain George Gawthorpe) made parents and coaches swell with pride and the team impressed with their post-game analyses of strengths and weaknesses.
The games on the second day were very intense, but once again the team showed their quality, beating an accomplished team from the Australian School in Hong Kong to become plate winners. For many of the boys it was their first season of rugby and their first sports tour, so winning a trophy will be an experience they can treasure forever (even after they outgrow their personalised uniforms!).
Each and every player performed superbly, but a special mention should go to Andy Wu – a rucking machine; Paul Zimmer – hat-trick scoring and try saving prop; Daniel Tromborg – the engine and the only player to play every minute and Moritz Frankholz – who needs a whole pack to bring him to the deck!
- Coach Samuel Thorley
Our Beijing Netball Adventure
On Thursday 29 May, our cheerful Netball girls left to Beijing in their new, personalised jumpers and amazing Netball outfits. By the time we reached the hotel, it was already 8:30pm. We slept soundly ready for the next day of excitement.
The following day we played a round robin, a game with every team in one of the three groups. Throughout the day we were proud, happy and energetic. Even though we didn’t play all of them, there were many skilled Netball teams from all around Asia.
We played very competitive games and were impressed when we defeated a very strong Australian team from Hong Kong. Satisfied, we went back to our hotels where we showered and changed into casual clothes for the evening and dinner.
Next morning, we woke up with a determined attitude and travelled back to Dulwich College Beijing where we victoriously won both matches against WAB and Alice Smith. We were all extremely delighted to hear we won the Shield prize: 1st place in the 5th division!
We’d like to thank all the parents who have supported us through the entire journey and the coaches who have taken the time to train us and organise these amazing opportunities! We discovered deeper trust and team work when we worked together as one school. At these moments we are all joined together as part of the pride!
- Munique Tan & Lara Woo, Year 6 Netballers