Day 1- Basketball- Mr Dunphy
The first day of action began with the basketball tournament in Hong Kong. The fixture list was daunting as BISS Puxi would have to play four matches back-to-back which would severely test their fitness. However, they were confident that they had prepared well with those early morning Friday fitness sessions hopefully standing them in good stead.
Each game comprised of 4x6 minute quarters and the pace and skill levels from all the competing teams were extremely high. The girls were up first and began tentatively, most likely due to nerves on the big occasion. The boys watched on and encouraged from the sideline with the "Lions" chant echoing around the sports hall. The girls were narrowly beaten in game 1 by HSB. They put this defeat to the back of their minds and after a quick turnaround approached the game vs DBIS with a positive mindset. They were victorious on this occasion but little rest was had before they met SFBS, where they began to get into full stride with a commanding performance. The final round robin game was against BSM who narrowly defeated BISS Puxi but due to the girls superior scoring difference, it was BISS Puxi who would proceed to the final to face HSB. The tension was palpable but the girls were optimistic after running HSB very close in the round robin stages. However, they ran out of steam in the second half and were constantly trying to catch up. Overall, the better team won on the day and our girls had no complaints and graciously accepted their silver medals.
The boys had been watching on with intent while the girls tournament unfolded. They appreciated the tremendous efforts the girls had put in and accepted the challenge placed in front of them. They opened their tournament with a defeat to HSB. This was followed up by a narrow victory over the hosts DBIS, having been 4 points down with over 3 minutes to play. Next up was a crucial game against SFBS which we won narrowly. The final round robin game was a defeat to BSM who would eventually go on to win the competition. These results set us up for a 3rd/4th playoff versus SFBS. The boys summoned all of their mental strength and dug out a fantastic 20-12 victory to clinch the bronze medal.
Day 2- Athletics- Ms Bregazzi-Nevin
With every single student involved in at least one athletics event, there was much preparation and logistic planning involved in the athletics competition. We started the first track events strongly with medals in the girls and boys 1500m. This trend followed with BISS Puxi rarely leaving the podium for the entire day.
Some standout performances by Rebecca Jacobs and Alex Pegelow running thirteen and twelve second 100 metres respectively allowed BISS Puxi to claim the fastest boy and fastest girl at the competition! Edi Bodea also wowed the crowd with a triple jump that won the gold medal by almost half a metre off his nearest rival. Tobias Karsch, Laerke Christiansen and Paul Zimmer were also stand out athletes in every event with the BISS Puxi relay teams finishing the day nicely with gold for the boys and a bronze for the girls teams. Students barely made it over to the Henry Fok Swimming Pool with the extra weight clinking around their necks! We hadn’t even thought about possible excess baggage charges at this stage.
Day 2- Swimming- Ms McMahon
The swimmers were eager to show how hard they had been working to perfect their technique, starts and turns. All races were executed to the highest level and swimmers kept fighting until hitting the wall. This proved to be extremely important with many races being decided in the final few meters.
There were great swims all round with many athletes achieving personal best times along the way. In total we secured 42 medals and 30 podium finishes out of 38 races, finishing second overall in the pool.
Day 3-Football- Mr Shrewsbury
Our final day of competition brought us with a weary but confident mind-set to Kings Park and a glorious setting. With 5 games scheduled for both boys and girls, we knew it would be a long hard day and so it proved to be.
The boy’s team began with an unconvincing performance against DBIS and lost 1-0 but got back into their stride with a draw and two wins in their next 3 games to leave them with the chance of reaching the final with a win over BSM. Unfortunately we couldn’t match the opponent’s intensity and we lost 2-0, putting us into the 3rd-4th place play-off.
Our performance in the final game was up and down with fatigue playing a huge part. At 1-0 down at half time, we discussed our belief and forced our way to an astounding win by scoring twice in the last minute through Alex Pegelow and Clayton. Scenes of joy and relief followed.
The girls side performed consistently well with 2 wins, 1 draw and a narrow 1-0 loss throughout the group phases maintaining a solid performance throughout. Scoring goals came easy with Naya ending up as the top scorer of the event. Their final group match against BSM required a win and at 2-0 up with 8 minutes left it all looked very positive. However, with consistent pressure from the opponents, we conceded two late goals to draw the game and drop us into the 3rd-4th place play-off. Disappointment followed but positivity during our final match ensured that we finished strongly with a 3-1 win against SFIS and the bronze trophy. An outstanding effort from both teams on a tremendously tiring final day.
A huge thank you to our teachers who accompanied our teams to Hong Kong and we hope this will be the springboard to future success in The FOBISIA Games for years to come.