On the weekend of 8-9 December, the Northbridge International School Cambodia Nagas football teams took part in the 8th annual Human Rights Football tournament in every division from U10 to U19.
By Emma Sparrow
Our U10 Boys and Girls teams were full of energy coming into the day and excited to play. Although they played against well practiced teams their hard work and dedication in the pool play stages took them to finals for 3rd/4th. Our Nagas played a great game and are the proud owners of a 3rd place trophy.
Our U12 Boys and Girls team played great football over the day and were always cheering to keep spirits high. Although they did not make it to one of the finals games they gained a ton of experience through the day and displayed excellent sportsmanship. Theie cheers were echoing around the pitch for all of the other teams and we thank them for the support.
Our U15 Boys are just beginning their season and these were the first matches they played this year. Although the boys played against some very skilled teams they were able to hold their own on the pitch, although they did not advance to a final. The boys improved thoughout the day in terms of team play and resilience.
Our U19 Girls had an impressive day playing against some highly skilled teams in the pool play. The girls learned as the day went on and increased the aggressiveness of their play. With all team members contributing the girls finished first in their pool and went to finals. The final game ended 1-1 and then went to penalties. Although the girls lost in the shoot out their heads were high and should be commended on their resilience throughout the day.
Our U19 Boys started the day with a loss in the first game of pool play which only increased their drive to win. The boys spent time talking as a team and analyzing what they needed to do to win moving forward. This dedication payed off as the boys played well enough in their next 3 games to advance to the finals. The final game was close and very defensive ending 1-1. In the penalty shootout our goalkeeper was able to stop an early attempt and our Nagas penalty takers were successful. The boys placed 1st in a well deserved win.