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2018/19 November Week 3 : Sports News - Being Ambitious Through Sport

15 November 2018

It is not only in the classroom our NACIS Students work hard, but also on the sports field (or swimming pool!). We had another busy weekend for our NACIS Sports students, with competitions for our swim team, U11 and U13 football as well as our table tennis team.

You will be able to see below the specific match-reports to follow the progress of the teams, with a special mention to the U13 footballers who were champions, the U11 footballers who were runners up and Apple Wang who won the U13 Girls table tennis championship.

Finally, a big thank you to all the hard-working coaches who dedicate their free time to running these events and competitions, there is a lot of preparation that goes into training and preparing a team for competition. And of course, as always, a massive thanks to all the parents that support our teams, your support and help is invaluable and we are extremely lucky to have such great parents.

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1. U13 Football - Champions

On Saturday 10th November our u13 boy’s football team took part in their second tournament of the year. After making the semi-finals in our last outing, we aimed to go one-step further and the boys certainly achieved this. After a great morning of football, they emerged victorious and became the first football team at NACIS to return with gold medals from an SSSA tournament. They showed great resilience and determination throughout the day and scored some fine goals along the way. They are really emerging as a strong unit of players who display great teamwork and work extremely hard. This is the culmination of many weeks and months of training and diligent work during their Monday ECA. Massive credit to all players involved, with a special mention to our MVP’s Andy Wang and Sean Hu.

2. U11 Football – Runners Up

On a warm Saturday 10th November, the NACIS U11 football team began their season with an excellent performance at our own school. Up against tough opposition from various other schools, the team managed to score plenty of goals during their 6 matches, making it all the way to the final where they lost out on penalties.
Playing on a smaller pitch, NACIS were unlucky not to win their first game, settling for a 0-0 draw but having the better of the game. An excellent performance from the opposition goalkeeper kept out great shots from Warren, Jude and Vincent.

Our second game was much more successful. Playing on a bigger pitch, NACIS ran out comfortable 4-1 winners thanks heavily to 2 wonderful goals from Jackson, who tormented opposition defences all day.

Still excited from their big win, NACIS were caught out in their next game where they were beaten 1-4. This meant that the team had a chance to learn as they identified their effort levels as the main reason for their defeat. Therefore, they decided to add an extra star onto our criteria; “Always try your best”.

And try their best they did! NACIS scored a last minute equaliser in their final group game – thanks to a great strike from Jacob – to send them into the semi-finals of the plate competition. Jacob then scored a spectacular hat trick to secure a place in the final.

The final was a very tight game. However, with NACIS driven on by their extra star, they battled to the very end, scoring another late equaliser to send the game to penalties. Goalkeeper Yinda, who was brilliant all day, could not keep out the excellent penalties of the opposition as NACIS settled for a runner-up medal.

Star Criteria:

  • Play with a smile
  • Encourage team mates
  • Stay in your position
  • Always try your best (added in after the third game by the players)

Star player: Jude Zhu (5 Yew)
MYP: Jacob Zhang (4 Blossom)

Well done to everyone involved and a huge thank you to all the parents for your continued support.
3. Table Tennis

SUIS hosted a successful, student lead Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday 10th November. Students had to arrange the schedule together and umpire each other’s games, putting the burden onto the students. This was a fascinating, but very successful approach - making the competition all about the participants. During the competition NACIS competed in the U13 boys with Baron Jiang, Ryan Wang, Alvin Xu and Jason Liu; as well as in the U13s girls with Apple Wang, Kelly Ji and Tiffany Tao. All students learnt a lot during the competition and had some success. Special note goes to Baron who only lost one game but due to this unfortunately lost out on the final; and Apple Wang who won the U13s girls competition with also only one loss to her name. Also a massive thank you to parents who came along to the competition to support all individuals. We look forward to our next event and aim to perform even better.
4. Swimming

Last weekend the NACIS Swim team travelled all the way to Beijing to take part in the Water Cube Invitational Swim meet in Beijing.

The team performed extremely well with many students breaking their PB’s during the events, showing the hard-work, dedication and resilience that our students are demonstrating in the pool. A big thank you goes to Coach Johnson and his team who put in a lot of preparatory work and organisation to make this event successful. Well done to all the swimmers who took part we look forward to sharing your progress over the season.