U16 Girls v Oryx
The U16 girls went into their final league fixture against Oryx on a high after their previous win at GEMS American Academy. The girls were focused throughout the first set and quickly took control through some strong serving. They played some fantastic 3 touch volleyball taking into account the spaces that were available on the court to put Oryx into difficulty. They won the first set convincingly 25-9.
The second set followed a similar story to the first set, although some lapses in concentration from the girls allowed Oryx to sneak back into the game. A quick time out and some time for the girls to re-focus and calm themselves down allowed NAISAK to continue to dominate the game. They won the second set 25-16.
It has been a fantastic first season for the girls and it has been great to see their skills and confidence grow throughout.
U16 Girls B Netball Tournament @ Sherborne
The U16 girls went into their netball tournament on the back of a successful volleyball season, but with a sense of nervousness as they had little netball preparation. For NAISAK, the tournament was used as part of pre-season preparations to identify the areas needed to work on ready for the league in the next few weeks.
The first game saw NAISAK play against a strong QIS side who moved the ball around the court quickly. The girls defended well and managed to stop several QIS passes from entering the D, they capitalized on this and kept calm moving the ball around the court. Some fantastic shooting allowed NAISAK to win the game.
The second game against Sherborne saw NAISAK control the game from the first centre pass. They used the space well and worked hard to ensure passes were made and controlled. Some fantastic shooting from Arwa and Sarah allowed NAISAK to win 12-4.
The third game saw NAISAK lose to the eventual winners Doha College. A well-drilled team, DC controlled the game and moved the ball well around the court, punishing some of the silly mistakes made by NAISAK. Despite this, the girls managed to regain composure and narrowed the DC lead with some crisp passing and sharp movement.
In the last game of the group, NAISAK met ACS. Although a close and feisty game, NAISAK managed to control the play and won 5-4.
This meant that NAISAK made it through to the semi-finals finishing 2nd in their group. Their semi-final match against GEMS American Academy was the first meeting between the sides. The game was a closely fought contest throughout and the play went from end to end. Unfortunately for the girls, they lost 6-5, hitting the rim in the last 10 seconds of the game.
Their loss against GEMS American Academy meant a 3rd place playoff for the girls against GEMS Wellington. NAISAK controlled the game from the start and certainly saved their best netball for the last match. They created and used the space well, making it hard for GEMS to regain possession. They won the game 5-0 securing 3rd place. Well done girls!
U16 Girls B Volleyball v EMS
The U16 Girls B volleyball team went into their friendly match full of confidence and optimism, following their previous victory the week before. The girls were supported by several students and members of staff which helped create a thrilling atmosphere. This was a good experience for the girls who were able to put all the skills they had worked so hard to improve into a competitive game. NAISAK played some good volleyball, working hard to ensure they played 3 touches and serving into the spaces. This made it difficult for EMS to return the ball. The girls won all 3 sets 25-19, 25-20, 26-24. Well done to all who participated.