Under 11 Rugby - Shanghai U11 Division 1 & 2 Champions
The hard work and efforts of the boys over the last year came to fruition on Saturday as they were crowned ‘Division 1 & Division 2 Champions’. On their way to glory they displayed admirable discipline against competitive teams. Most outstanding of all was their teamwork. In each game they worked together to perform at an excellent standard. The tackling, rucking and supporting was performed by all with grit and determination. What set the boys out among other teams was their ability to move the ball. Once the ball was passed down the line and in the hands of our runners then we always looked a danger to the other teams.
The finals were played with such enthusiasm and spirit and it is a real recognition of our comeback quality that both teams they faced and beat in the finals had been successful against the boys in the group stages.
It is difficult to highlight individuals in light of such fabulous team work - all the boys were heroes!
Division 1 group games
BISS Puxi 4 -2 BISS PD
(Try scorers: Fabian, Ralph, Marcus, Eddie)
BISS Puxi 9 -2 Dulwich Suzhou
(Try scorers: Marcus, Arthur 2, Ralph, Oskar, Eddie, Fabian, Marcus, Ifan)
BISS Puxi 1-5 Dulwich
(Try scorer: Fabian)
BISS Puxi 9 -0 Seahorses
(Try scorers: Marcus, Fabian, Arthur 2, Axel 2, Sho, Ralph 2)
Division 2 group games
BISS Puxi 4 - 3 LFS
(Try scorers: Corentin 2, Finlay 2)
BISS Puxi 6 – 2 Dulwich
(Try scorers: Amadeus, Corentin 2, Aayush, Sam C, Finlay)
BISS Puxi 1 - 5 Wellington
(Try scorers: Corentin)
BISS Puxi 7 - 2 BISS Pudong
(Try scorers: Corentin 2, Thijmen 2, Alexis, Amadeus, Finlay)
Division 1 Final
BISS Puxi 4 -3 Dulwich
(Try scorers: Arthur, Ralph, Oskar, Fabian)
Division 2 Final
BISS Puxi 4 – 3 Wellington
(Try scorers: Corentin, Thijmen, Finlay 2)
Division 1 Squad: Ralph Gawthorpe (Capt.), Marcus O’ Riordan, Lachie Sharrock, Oskar Lacey, Sho Katsumata, Ifan Dow, Fabian Wajs, Blake Thomas, Macken Lee, Eddie Esposito, Axel Skogund
Division 2 Squad: Thijmen Arts (Capt.), Joshua Wang, Amadeus Ingman, Finlay Baker, Alexis Delafoy, Corentin Delafoy, Sam Hofman, Sam Cawley, Ramus Brandt, Joey Wee, Carlo Delle Monache, Aayush Yadav)
A special thank you to the senior players in the school that have contributed to coaching over the last terms; Sven Weinholts, Tomas Manteo, Elliot Bowers, Mikhael Du Plessis and Floris Boogard. Gentlemen your efforts are appreciated and valued.
- Coach Shaun Rhodes
Under 9 Rugby, Division 1
On Saturday the BISS Lions Under 9 rugby team played in the end of season tournament at Dulwich College.
Mr Foster's team playing in the 1st division demonstrated their capabilities on the way to the final beating all teams that came before them by scoring spectacular tries and making devastating tackles. There they faced a Dulwich team who were desperate to try and end BISS Puxi’s dominance in the Under 9 division. A fantastic final played out before a crowd filled with BISS Puxi family members and children from the other BISS Puxi teams.
All the boys played amazingly and defended the championship ferociously. It looked like Oscar Gawthorpe had taken the final into sudden death with a brilliant try but to the dismay of everyone it was ruled out. The final brought to an end a thrilling season with the boys looking stronger and more professional every time they pulled on the BISS Puxi jersey.
Division 1 Final Day Squad: Oscar Gawthorpe (Capt.), Nicholas Marsh, Eliot Chaize, Ben Hanson, Paul Haefliger, George Thompson, Benjamin Sharrock, Joseph Crawford.
- Coach Andrew Foster
Under 9 Rugby, Division 2
All of the team were playing in their first competitive tournament for the school, but down to outstanding performances all round they overcame the odds to reach the final of the competition!
The day got off to a disappointing start when the boys lost to an experienced French team by four tries. However, the defeat made the boys very eager to get a better result going into the next match against our rivals from Dulwich.
The sun began to shine as the boys’ second match got underway and this seemed to wake them up from their early morning start and they began to play some lovely running rugby. Djef Van Der Mynsbrugge and Alexander Henningsson ran in tries and the whole team defended to a much higher standard. The game ended in a draw but the boys had done enough to earn themselves a place in the semi-final.
In the semi-final the team came up against BISS Pudong, a team who they had beaten 6 tries to 1 only two weeks ago. The game got off to a poor start and we went two tries down. However, the boys were down but not out! Shuhan Lin came off the bench and put in inspired effort, scoring a lovely try that showed great passion and determination. Following this, Luke Crockart, playing in his first ever rugby match, ran in a great solo from 20 metres out. With the game now at 2-2 with five minutes to play the boys let Pudong take the lead again and it looked like they were not going to make the final. Amazingly, Alexander Henningsson managed to score with the last play of the game and took the semi-final into sudden death. Pudong started with the ball but our boys quickly turned the ball over and Casper Rozman picked up the loose ball and ran in a brilliant try that took us to the final and sent the crowd wild!
In the final the experience of the French was too much for our boys and we lost by two tries. Despite the defeat, all the boys knew they had taken part in an incredible day of rugby and made themselves, their coach, their parents and the school incredibly proud.
- Coach Nick Jones
Division 1 Boys’ Football
Our 8th game of the season saw us host LFS here at BISS Puxi. We had won our previous seven games and were very confident of continuing to demonstrate high performance levels against a team that we had not faced so far this season. Both Craig Jervis and Rasmus Sckerl have forced their way into the D1 squad for the rest of the season and we congratulate them on their effort and performance.
We began the game positively, maintaining a lot of possession and creating chances. It did take us, however, until the 20th minute to take the lead, through a wonderful solo effort from Ryan Grant, cutting in from the left flank, he swept past two defenders and lashed the ball into the far top corner. We then managed to make it 2-0 just before half time after Lasse Armodt converted an excellent Simone Di Christina corner.
The second half become more of an exhibition match, with the visitors creating very little and us scoring two more fine goals. The first, an excellent team effort involving Armodt and Grant again down the left side. Some inventive and incisive interplay resulted in an easy finish for Charlie Johnson. We rounded off the performance with a penalty converted by Gustavo Parucker after some skilful play in the box by Di Christina.
Another confident display from our exemplary defensive unit allowed us to close out another game without conceding, solidifying our position at the top of the SISAC East table.
- Coach Dan Shrewsbury
Division 1 Girls’ Football
The BISS Lions took Concordia to the wire this week. After our girls being in awe of the opposition in the first half they trailed 1-0 but in the second half the tides turned and BISS Puxi were overwhelmingly on top. They pulled the scores level from the penalty spot and then created chance after chance but just struggled to find the back of the net. Concordia then had one shot on target and scored from it. The girls gave it their all in the second half and caused the usually composed Concordians to be scared on the ball as every BISS Puxi player was breathing down their necks as soon as they got the ball. We now know we can compete with the top teams in the city and will be there to cause more problems for them at the end of season tournament!
- Coach Thomas Housham
Division 2 Girls’ Football
Our D2 girls’ football team travelled to YCIS last week on Tuesday. Many thanks to Maddie Johnson and Victoria Meredith who came along to play as we were short many regulars who were on a IB Geography, Biology and ESS trip. The girls all played with great pace and aggression in a well deserved 2-0 victory, Sophie Boogarde grabbing a brace one from the penalty spot.
On Friday, the same seven girls travelled to WISS and in a battling display, left with a 2-2 draw. Barbara Asfour was fantastic in nets, her long kicks creating panic in the home defence. Maddie and Victoria defended stoutly again throughout; Maddie even managed to pop up with a goal right at the final whistle. Asia Fernandez-Zhou, Yi Wen Chen and Bea Nielson were all lively in midfield while Sophie was again a handful up front, scoring an absolute cracker again. Well done to all involved.
- Coach Micky Dunphy