Shanghai International School Ice Hockey Friendship Cup Final was held on Sunday 21 October at the SongJiang international skating rink in Shanghai. After a tough start to the matches the weekend before, NACIS' players worked harder to unite instead of being defeated, inviting foreign teachers twice in the middle of the week for in-team matches and training. As the first school to team up for the competition, the team being less than two months old, they had little experience and a lack of opportunity to cooperate together. However, our players showed their perseverance without hiring external assistance，adhering to the spirit of unity that everyone involved had, and each young player played hard and they scored lots of goals.
Last Sunday morning's group game, against a strong team - four years into their senior year, the NACIS team were ready to try and improve their last performance. However, when all players saw the principal, Mr. Nick, using his time to cheer them on, the little players were fighting with all their might.
NACIS were down a goal in the first few minutes, but it didn't defeat them. On 3 minutes, NACIS’ player NO. 76 David Mao opened the scoring for the team. The team rallied. However, the cheers did not fall when 30 seconds later the opposing team again scored a goal. Next though, our team No.5 Evan Peng, No.9 Tank Chi and NO.76 David Mao successively scored goals for the team, and the two teams tried their best, the score was at one time stuck at 5:5. The spectators were tense and shouting and the final score was set at 5:8 and NACIS was defeated, but just by a little by a strong experienced team.
The principal Mr. NICK said after the match that he was touched by the spirit of bravery and bravery of the young players who did not give up in the face of strong enemies. Such achievements are the pride of all NACIS. The Principal entered the players’ lounge to encourage the youngsters, who with their families felt warm and confident about the school's support for the team.
In the afternoon before the game, the cheerleading team made up of NACIS students also arrived at the scene. A section of cheerleading pushed the whole game to the climax. All colleagues of international schools gave high comments on our professional and enthusiastic cheerleading, which was widely reported by the media.
In the next match against SCIS, our team was united as one. All the players were on the field. Our team ended up with a 10:0 mark.
Cheering on the NACIS's victory, the final ended with the first match won, and the young players gained respect from other international schools with their efforts. We won the team CUP - beyond our dreams but it was well deserved.
The trophy representing the school's honor is on display at the school. And a medal presentation made to the NACIS Community Ice-Hockey team.
The best athletes from the two competitions were David Mao from 4Elm and Tank Chi from 4Yew respectively. Great work boys!