Senior Boys rugby
Last week the senior rugby teams played 3 matches. On Wednesday we travelled to SAS Puxi for a warm up match arranged so that the players were prepared for the competitive season. We organised to play 3 ten minute thirds to allow all of the squad plenty of game time. The D1 players played the first two periods and scored two excellent tries through Lasse Aamodt and Greg Grant. Players were rested in the third period with new players given the opportunity to experience senior school rugby. Unfortunately in this period we missed a few tackles and conceded two tries.
On Saturday we again travelled to SAS Puxi for our first competitive games with the D1 squad. Our performance against LFS in the first game was very impressive in tough handling conditions; the rain was horizontal at this point. Scoring three tries to nil, through Greg Grant and Sean Hughes, to win 19-0 against a well organised French team was an excellent start. Our second match was against Dulwich College and it set the marker for what is clearly going to be a very competitive season. Our young D1 squad were leading 12-0 at half time with two tries for Greg Grant, a Year 11 who had an excellent first taste of senior rugby. In the second half Dulwich came out strongly and unfortunately we had two minutes of poor concentration in defence and conceded two tries to lose 14-12. This game was a showcase of rugby and demonstrated the standard this year will be extremely high and makes for a competitive season. This week we go to NAIS Pudong for D1 matches against NAIS Pudong and SCIS HQ, with D2 matches against SAS Pudong.
Senior Girls Netball
The senior netball team went to Suzhou to play their first matches of the season. Students had a great start with convincing wins over both Dulwich Suzhou and NAIS 2 however, met their match against Dulwich Shanghai and NAIS 1 being narrowly beaten in both games. A promising start for the girls and something to build on this week.
Boys Division 1 Volleyball
Suzhou v BISS Lions D1 Boys 2:1 (25:14, 16:25, 15:6)
The boys put up a strong fight to take the match to three sets against a very accomplished and unbeaten Suzhou side. The Lions dug deep in the second set and rattled the current Shanghai champions by consistently mixing their tactical attack up from setters to hitter. The disappointment in the boys was evident after losing the third set but it’s worth remembering that we have never taken a set when visiting Suzhou for volleyball. An excellent performance with plenty of positives to take.
Girls Division 1 Volleyball
Suzhou v BISS Lions D1 Girls 2:0 (25:12, 25:9)
The girls were beaten in straight sets by the holders of the Shanghai SISAC trophy. They had a tough game from the get go with the Suzhou number 12 and 16 being very affective at the net. The girls are aware they have plenty to work on and have put this game down to experience. Captain Barbara Asfour saying, we will be back stronger.
BISS Lions v LFS 2:0 (25:17, 25:22)
It did not take long for them to come back stronger with a hard fought win over the French school. The girls played a slightly new system which releases Asfour into a much more attacking position and with three possible setters, it was great to see the girls bounce back from defeat to dig deep in order to close the game out in straight sets.
Girls Volleyball D2 – SAS, Suzhou, the French
D2 girls have had a busy round of fixture during the past two weeks. On Tuesday, the girls started with a courageous team effort vs SAS which saw them battle hard and win the game convincingly 2-0. Next up was Suzhou withour girls working hard against a tough attacking opposition. The game was competitive throughout, with the game going to Suzhou 2 sets to 1. On Tuesday we hosted the French School and the BISS Lions took the first set in a convincing manner, 25-11. Unfortunately, the opposition’s tactic of passing the ball straight back over the net without using the allowed three touches disrupted our 3 pass flow. The girls battled hard to maintain their integrity in performance through playing a true form of volleyball, but ultimately lost the final two sets 25-23, 15-13. We have reflected on our performances and the girls are looking forward to their continuing volleyball schedule leading up to the finals in October.
British Schools League Football U13 Girls
BISS Puxi under 13 girls football played together for the first time on Saturday. They started really well on a very rainy Saturday morning at BISS Puxi. They took on DCS in their first game in what would be the most challenging match of the day as they played really well and had some great opportunities, but unfortunately lost 2-0. Their second game was against Dulwich Suzhou who were another very strong side with some particularly skilful strikers that scored two excellent goals. The girls played well but unfortunately couldn't get a goal in. The third game was a rest for BISS Puxi so it gave them a chance to work on team play and tactics. This really showed in their next game and they beat NAIS with a 1-0 win, maintaining most of the possession for the game. By the time it got to their final game the girls had really gelled together and beat Wellington with 5 fantastic goals to nil! They really progressed throughout the day and every member of the squad contributed greatly to the team. Our goal scorers were Silje (2), Isis, Hur Sophia, Maja and Valaria. A special mention to Alice who played fantastically for her first game representing BISS Puxi.
British Schools League Football U14 Girls
The under 14 girls went with a strong team to Wellington for opening fixtures of the BSL tournament. Across the day, the Lions played four games against some well drilled teams. The BISS Lions team were clearly the strongest team in the Girls competition due to some big performances from Laerke, Niki R, Emily P and Nayu. The girls won three games and drew one. With plenty more to do in training before the next BSL set of fixtures, the girls will be hoping to remain unbeaten.
Well done ladies.
British Schools League Football U13 Boys
The under thirteen boys produced an excellent display of football in a fired up first home match of the BSL against DCSZ winning one nil with an excellent goal from Ifan Dow. The following matches were a little more testing for the group of Lions who were mainly made up of year seven boys and who were playing against year eights. Captain Eddie Esposito played incredibly well and led the attack in all games creating a great partnership with Joshua James. The day finished with the Lions winning two and losing two; however they knew they had performed very well in each of the testing fixtures.
British Schools league Football U14 Boys
The Boys U14 team produced some strong performances across their tournament. The results for the day were two wins, one draw and one loss. The coaches described the loss as a shock due to our domination in the first two thirds of the pitch but we were hit on the break to let in a soft goal. The team reflected on the day as a solid performance with some excellent play, however a need to increase positive communication was recognised as something to work on in training before the next set of BSL fixtures.
BISS Lions Swim Championships
Congratulations to all the swimmers who attended the BISS Lions swimming championships. The results will be posted in a separate blog post.
What a week of sport we have just had! With Mike Gatting, former England Cricket Captain coming in for an open Cricket clinic this Saturday and an abundance of fixtures in basketball, football, rugby, netball and volleyball, it looks like the week leading up to the break is going to be filled with exiting experiences.
Thomas Hitchings, Director of Sport