‘There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuses for anyone to work harder than you’ - Derek Jetter
For our Secondary students, this academic year has seen their entry into the Qatar United English Speaking Schools (QUESS) Sports League. International schools from across Qatar have been part of this league for many years so it is a real step in the right direction for our students and provides continuity for those in Year 6 who competed in the Primary League last year.
Students have had their ups and their downs, and best of all, no one can fault their determination to succeed and the progress they have made.
Secondary Girls Sports Fixtures
‘The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning – Pele
Under 12 Netball Tournament
On 20 February, after a busy morning competing at Sports Day, the U12 netball team travelled to Mesaieed International School to play in a tournament. As the girls are still learning the game, they were entered into the B League competition. They won all three games beating Sherborne School 3-2, Mesaieed School 9-1 and Doha College 5-2 to finish as winner of the B league tournament! All of the girls who played over the course of the afternoon reacted well to feedback, worked tirelessly as a team and remained in extremely good spirits.
Under 12 Netball League
Between January and March, the Year 7 girls have been competing in the U12 QUESS Netball League against Sherborne School and Doha College in both home and away matches. These schools in particular are known for their sporting excellence. NAISAK won three of their four games convincingly 8-2, 11-7 and 11-7 respectively only losing by three goals in their fourth match. The final results are yet to be shared, but we are hoping to finish as winners of the league. A fantastic season girls, very well done!
Under 14 Netball League
Year 8 and 9 girls have combined forces this year competing in the U14 QUESS Netball League. As this was the first year that they have played competitively together, and some players were brand new to the netball scene, we unfortunately lost all of our matches. However, it was great to see that each week the girls remained positive and did not let a loss dampen their spirits. Each match, they learned from previous mistakes and were eager to improve. Commitment to the Netball ECA has been brilliant, and Ms Price is looking forward to working even harder next season to hopefully win some of our matches. Keep up the great work girls.
Under 16 Netball League and Tournament
From September to December, the Year 9 and 10 girls competed in the QUESS U16 Netball League against Doha College B and C teams, and Mesaieed B and C teams in both home and away matches. The team won three out of their eight matches and demonstrated some excellent perseverance, resilience and dedication to improving. The team also attended early morning training sessions before lessons started in a bid to improve technique, tactics and levels of fitness. With a few months’ break from netball, the team was entered for the U16 B League Netball tournament held at Doha College in Al Saad, at the end of March. After playing six games with little rest in between, the girls finished eight out of twelve schools from all across Qatar. There were some moments of fantastic play and with more continued practice, we know they can do even better next season.
Under 12/13 Rounders Tournament
On 4 April, the Year 7 rounders team travelled to Mesaieed Cricket Ground to compete against seven other schools in the U13 Rounders Tournament. After a shaky start, the team quickly began to improve and to learn from previous mistakes. This lead to them winning their final pool match with ease 10 ½ to 5 ½ rounders against Mesaieed B team. Although it was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals, it was a fantastic effort for our team for their first ever competitive rounders matches.
Girls Athletics competition
On 27 March, Miss Price and Ms Libby took over 30 Secondary girls to the annual QUESS Girls Athletics competition held on our door step at Al Khor Sports Club. The sun shone brightly all day long and after a grueling five hours competing in every track and field event on offer, NAISAK finished overall in tenth place. Congratulations to all of the students who competed, and we look forward to training next year ready to compete again.
Secondary Girls who have been nominated this year for ‘Player of the match’
Miss Price has recorded the results from over 25 netball matches played this year across all Secondary age ranges and is delighted to announce that the following students were nominated as ‘Player of the Match’ as voted for by the schools we have played against:
Year 10 - Tayla Kaymer (twice)
Year 10 – Chané Bothma
Year 9 - Joy Pwambok (twice)
Year 9 - Fatima Imran
Year 8 – Charlene Harrison
Year 7 - Arwa Hassan (3 times)
Year 7 – Ellyca Miguel (twice)
Year 7 – Vishaka Sivamani
Congratulations to all the Secondary girls who have represented NAISAK so far this year. Keep up the hard work and commitment to attending ECAs as we move into next season.
Our Secondary boys have taken part in QUESS football competitions in the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 categories this year.
It has been our Under 14 boys who have had the best year, becoming the first boys’ team from NAISAK to ever win a QUESS tournament. They won all but one of their games this year with some fantastic team performances that saw them win against Newton British Academy, Doha College and English Modern School. There were some excellent performances by the boys involved, with a special mention for Ahnaful Hoque (Year 9) who has worked incredibly hard to improve his goal keeping skills. The team was indebted to his saves on many occasions.
At Under 12 level, we fielded a team younger than most of their opposition and very much still learning the game. Despite this, the students worked hard in each and every game, showing improvements every time they played. In their final game of the season, they drew 1-1 with Mesaieed International School, a performance which demonstrated just how far they had come from the defeats earlier in the season.
The Under 16 team also found themselves playing against teams with boys much older than they are but this did not stop them from performing admirably and finishing the season in third position in the league. This was largely thanks to a big win against Qatar Academy Al Khor and could have been even better had we not conceded a goal in the last seconds against Newton British Academy. This exciting game ended 5-5 and was notable for an incredible hat-trick from NAISAK’s Essa al Baloshi (Year 9).