The focus for most of the teams though was the weekend fixtures. In the secondary school, the Under 19 first XI football girls’ and boys’ teams competed in the Shanghai Cup football, the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ teams competed in the British Cup Volleyball tournament and the Under 13 FOBISIA Squads took part in a Basketball warm up event. The Under 11 and Under 9 boys competed in a Shanghai Rugby Event whilst the Under 11 Netball team went from strength to strength at the Shanghai Netball event. This Super Saturday produced some excellent team performances and showed how much each team has developed over the last few weeks of training.
Girls Football Shanghai Cup Under 19
The girls’ Under 19 played three games across two days on Friday and Saturday. The first game was against SAS Puxi where they showed great energy and enthusiasm to carve out several chances and deserved more from the game than a 2-1 loss. After being 2-0 down at half time, they dominated the second half but could only score 1 goal despite creating many opportunities. On Saturday it was clear a small squad struggled to maintain the energy levels they had showed on Friday. For each game, they took a while to get into the match but showed patches of good football but unfortunately they could not sustain it for the full 90 minutes. They eventually lost 3-0 to SAS Pudong and 3-1 to Concordia. In the last match they held a 1-0 lead for the majority of the game but conceded 3 late goals. The girls learned a lot from the two days and were exposed to some high quality football from the other teams in the competition that they can aspire to.
Rugby Under 11 and Under 9
After several disappointing cancellations, the BISS Puxi Under 11 Rugby team were finally able to take to the field this weekend for a number of games over at Dulwich Suzhou. They travelled over with 2 teams and were determined to make up for lost time and they did not let themselves down. With two teams made up of experienced and new players, the boys gave a tremendous effort and played some fantastic rugby in both attack and defence. They were joined by 5 other teams from Dulwich Pudong and Dulwich Suzhou and altogether they played 8 matches between them, winning 5 and narrowly losing 3. Both the coaches and large number of parents who travelled with them were very impressed with both the skill and commitment demonstrated by the boys and are excited for the upcoming matches! A fantastic (if belated) start to the season!
A new and inexperienced Under 9 side went to play their first games of the season in Suzhou. The boys played 3 very tough matches and came away with decent results. They won one, drew one and lost one. By the time the boys played their third match, they were a lot more confident with the ball in the hand. We are now all looking forward to this weekend’s matches.
Volleyball Under 14
The inaugural Under 14 British Cup Volleyball competition was the first time our younger Volleyball players have taken part in a real competitive fixture. Nervous in the first game, the boys worked hard to win every point, however were met by some strong players playing quality Volleyball and eventually lost, however the mood in the team was that they were not defeated, there was clearly more to come. After the blow of losing the first game, the team felt they had nothing to lose and played some relaxed, communicative and attacking volleyball across the next three games.
Throughout the tournament the boys were building in confidence and eventually finished third with a great three set pressure game in the playoff match. With a full season of Volleyball ahead, the boys have even more opportunity to reach their highest potential.
Netball Under 11
On Saturday, our team travelled to Dulwich College in Suzhou to take part in our second tournament of the season. It was a day filled with great netball skills, sportsmanship and fun. The team started really well and gained five out of five wins very convincingly, conceding goals in only three matches. It was an all-round team performance with some super shooting skills from both Lowa and Sophia in Year 6! Well done, team!
‘Last Saturday we went to Suzhou Dulwich College and played against many teams from different schools. We all did our best. We are proud to say that we won all our matches! We are looking forward to playing against them again this weekend.’ – Lowa, Ada and Sophia Y6.
Boys Football Shanghai Cup Under 19
Last weekend the BISS Lions Under 19 boys competed in the Shanghai Cup. Our first game was against a very strong SAS Puxi side who dominated for the first 20 minutes but BISS Puxi went into half time 2-1 down. After a stern team talk, the objectives were clear and BISS Puxi dominated the play and put themselves very comfortably into a 3-2 lead with only minutes remaining! A lack of concentration and maybe some fatigue allowed SAS Puxi to equalise and send the game to penalties!
Thankfully, the Lions slotted home their spot kicks and SAS put two over the bar!
The following day, BISS Puxi went into battle with SAS Pudong and this time, they hit the ground running from the very first whistle. An early lead meant we played with great passion and confidence which should have meant more goals scored but the game ended 1-0. In the final match of the day, BISS Puxi faced Concordia, the perceived weaker team of the cup but this proved not to be! BISS Puxi started sluggish and couldn't get a real hold of the game early on. Just on the half, we took a deserved lead and thought the job was done. Concordia struck back with 2 quick goals, but being the fighters they are, BISS Puxi equalised and then almost won it with the last touch which desperately came back out of the post!
This time not in our favour as we saw one saved and one put over the bar! A great tournament with lots of positives but also room for growth and improvement.
British Cup Volleyball Girls Under 14
Tournaments in the early part of the season can sometimes be a challenge. However, it’s safe to say that on Saturday, the Under 14 Girls Volleyball Team began the season in a more than satisfactory fashion. Despite having had under a month of training, and for some having only played just one game of competitive Volleyball in their sporting careers, they did themselves proud. The girls played 4 games, winning 2 and losing 2.
Single matches are test of many things but quality usually prevails. But a tournament situation tests mental resilience as much as anything else. In the final game in particular, they rallied themselves, supported each other and demonstrated some excellent Volleyball technique to complete a solid 2 set victory against Wellington. Results and points accumulated meant the team finished in a solid third position. With a whole term of training and fixtures to go, things are looking good!
FOBISIA Basketball Under 13
FOBISIA Under 13 teams are training hard for their FOBISIA competition in Seoul, Korea from the 15-19 March. Last week, they played a warm up basketball tournament against NAIS Pudong, Dulwich Shanghai and Dulwich Suzhou. Both boys and girls lost their first games to Dulwich Shanghai and then beat the other two teams convincingly. Coaches are very impressed with the team progress so far and everyone is looking forward to the competition.
That rounds up an action packed sports report.
Tom Hitchings, Director of Sport