Last weekend TEAM BISB U19s Football teams travelled to Prague for the annual ENASA football tournament. The boys' team were successful in finishing third after some nail-biting games. In their first match they played against BIS Warsaw. After a promising start by Budapest, Warsaw took the lead unfortunately and held on to it to secure a victory. In the second game we played PBIS. We dominated in the first half but were still only 0-0 at half-time and one player down. Lamentably for us, the spaces on the field opened up for PBIS and they secured a victory. In our third game, we played Beau Soleil (the eventual winners). This was a great game for us. Beau Soleil missed a penalty during the game and we played some great football. Sadly the final score was 1-1 (goal by Mark van Beem). After our good performance against Beau Soleil, the team were itching to play again and this was evident in their fourth match against Bratislava. The boys played fantastic football and secured a win by a goal scored by Leo Li in the last minute. This win was needed to progress to the bronze medal match. In the bronze medal match we played against PBIS again with the team desperate to put things right this time. In this match they had no issues and a fantastic solo goal from Adam Veres secured third place in the tournament for TEAM BISB U19 Boys.
Alastair Gibson, Coach of Boys’ Football team
The ENASA tournament was held at Prague British International School where we won the inaugural competition last year. The morning was cool and slightly blustery but spirits were high. The girls' first game was against Bratislava and right from the off, BISB were dominant. We won this opening game 4-0. To maintain this form throughout the competition was the one piece of advice given post-match. They heeded these words and won the next two games 5-0 and then went on to complete the group stage with a further victory of 2-0. Then came a game that generated many nerves. We had to play for a place in the final. If we lost this semi-final match we would then have to play in the third/fourth play-off. We held our nerve and won with a score of 1-0. Following this victory, the pressure seemed to lift and in the final the girls played with confidence and freedom to beat Bratislava 3-0. It was a fantastic tournament for us. Playing five games and winning five games is one thing but the impressive stats of scoring 15 goals and not conceding a single goal throughout the tournament really shows the true calibre of this U19 Girls’ Football team. Well done.
Chris Walker, Coach of Girls' Football team