U-11 Girls’ Football
Last Saturday, at SUIS Hongqiao, NACIS entered its first ever Under 11 Girls football competition; and what a first tournament it was!
The girls played their first game against SHSID and shocked their opponents by playing some beautiful flowing football. Nataly Yin from 5 Willow was the star of the show scoring 2 excellent goals securing a 2-0 win for NACIS! In the second game, the girls played a very defensive Wycombe Abbey team. Outstanding performances from Maggie Hao (5 Oak) and Alice Wu (5 Willow) helped the girls steal another victory, with a last gasp goal from our very own ‘goal machine, ‘Nataly Yin, gaining a 1-0 win.
The girls lost narrowly in their last 2 games against SUIS Hongqiao and Soong Ching Ling, respectively, but showed an incredible attitude in both games. Mr. Ciaran and Mr. Jamie were very proud of all the team and are very excited about the next tournament in March. A special mention must go to our amazing goalkeeper Fay Huang (5 Willow) who excelled in every game, and to Arya Peng (4 Oak) who was voted ‘Most sporting player’ of the tournament. Well done, girls.
U13 Boys Basketball
Last weekend the U13 Boys Basketball Team travelled to KCIS to compete in a basketball tournament. The squad started off strong by defeating SHSID 12-6 and following this win up by defeating SCLS 26-8. During these two games the boys showed tremendous effort and teamwork. After a long break the team faced SUIS-WY and despite hard work, they were unable to come away with the victory narrowly losing 12-11. It was a tough loss and unfortunately they immediately had to play again and ran into a very hot shooting host team from KCIS who narrowly defeated NACIS by the score of 24-21.
Overall the team should be very proud of themselves as they have showed tremendous improvement since the start of the season and have shown that they will be a team to watch out for in the upcoming future.
Golf Team’s November Tournament concluded successfully and Grace Dou won the player of the month
On 16 November, the second monthly tournament of NACIS golf team in the 2019 academic year concluded at the Shanghai Metro Golf Course. Although it was cold and rainy, the junior players attended the tournament with great enthusiasm, in which 20 players from primary division and 12 players from the junior high division competed. The number of the players has reached the record high of 32, 7 more than that of the previous tournament. The whole tournament took about two hours, where the players shot from two different tee boxes. The champion of the primary division successfully defended his title, and the champion of the junior high division was obtained by a female player for the first time. The team of “Anglia”, consisting of 16 players, won the first group competition.
For the first time, the team competition was added in the tournament: The players were split into two teams with 16 players each, where one is called team “Nord”(Red) and the other is called team “Anglia” (Blue); And the team who got the least total strokes won the title, by adding up the strokes of the best 12 players in its team. After two hours of breathtaking competition, the team “Anglia” eventually won the first title by 14 strokes. The “Anglia” team emotionally celebrated the triumph with their cup, but the “Nord” team was calmly planning the comeback next time by discussing the improvement action plan. Golf is a more individual sport, but we are trying to create a fun, professional and team golf experience for the players, by introducing more team competition factors.
In the individual competition, Jiale Wu from 5 Oak successfully defended the champion title of the primary division, with 32 strokes, Joanna Zhao from 5 Willow, and Kevin Xu from 5 Sycamore ranked No. 2 with 39 strokes, and No. 3 with 41 strokes respectively. While in the junior high division, Grace Dou from 8 Sycamore won the championship with 36 strokes, Wiley Hang from 8 Elm and Harry Xie from 7 Beech, ranked No. 2 with 37 strokes and No. 3 with 40 strokes respectively; Furthermore, four special prizes were given to four players, Jeff Zhang from 5 Willow won the closest pin award for Hole 4, Joanna Zhao won the closest pin award for Hole 6, and Jiale Wu and Grace Dou won the best birdie award by capturing the only two birdies in the tournament. In addition, 4 players won the putting awards and 8 players won the etiquette awards.
Shanghai Metro is a 9-hole par 3 executive golf course. It is a very challenging one with difficult bunkers and water hazards in almost every hole. These hazards put big pressure on these young players during their tee-off. Furthurmore, the green bunkers with “coarse sand and hard bed”, the wide and undulating green, the cold rain, and the wet course condition posed big challenges for these kids, but the junior golfers still managed to deliver very good scorecards and have great fun out of the tough competition.
After the new organization rules of the golf team had been established, 7 new members joined the team and the total player enrollment has reached to 36. In the meantime, more and more parents joined the tournament volunteer team. The volunteers were divided into 5 groups: Signup team, Referee team, Photograph team, Coaching team, and broadcasting team. The whole tournament went through smoothly, timely and professionally: Live scorecards broadcasting; Live photo uploading; Tournament speed controlling; Various tournament statistics publishing after the game.
The next monthly tournament will be hosted in the Hongqiao Golf Course in Mid December, we are looking forward to having more NACIS students to join our golf team, to practice the 5C concepts “Community” brought up by Principal Nick. Be ambitious!
Player of the month：Grace Dou from 8 Sycamore
Reasons for Selection: Grace Dou is a diligent golf player, who always brings her yardage book in which every technical detail was written from the practice round, and always confirms it before hitting every stroke. She behaves professionally, by always following the golf etiquette, and always proactively pulling the golf carts shared with the boy player in the same group. She almost hit a hole-in-one in the 7th hole, with 4 inches left to the pin.
Grace Dou says: Golf is my favorite sport. I have played golf for two years. The up-and-down learning experience enabled me to establish several great personalities: Friendly, Insistence, Calmness, Never Give Up…. In every tournament, I can always make new friends, with whom we can exchange our thoughts and learn from each other. NACIS golf team is a warm organization, and I enjoyed the beautiful moments in the team. I will work very hard and keep on improving my golf skillsets, so that I can get more memorable golf moments in the coming tournaments. Thank you very much!