Semester 2 has official kicked off for NACIS Sports Students!
On a wet and miserable day, our NACIS Rams battled through the wind and rain to secure a winners and runners up trophy on the football field.
NACIS U13 Boys football
Having won our previous tournament, the U13 football boys were incredibly confident going into the first competition in semester 2. We started with a tricky fixture against SUIS PD. After a dubiously awarded penalty we went 1-0 down. Not the start that we wanted or expected. Having equalized with 5 minutes to go we began to push for the winner. We were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which Jacob took and dispatched to give us a 2-1 lead which we hung on to.
Our second game was against SHSID. We played them in the final of the previous tournament having lost to them in the group stages, so we knew it was going to be a tough game. It did not play out this way as a dominant display meant the team kept a clean sheet (Evan made a spectacular save from close range) and we went on to win the game 3-0 with Jacob scoring a header, another free kick and directly from a corner to complete his hat-trick.
Our third game was another tricky encounter as it was against that team that we faced in the semi-final last time out, SUIS JK. We never really got into our rhythm and if not for some excellent defending from Jude and Andre © as well as some more brave goalkeeping from Evan, the result could’ve been much worse than the 1-0 defeat that we succumbed to.
With the teams being so evenly matched we needed a win against SUIS GB to secure our place in the final. A loss would’ve meant that we were eliminated. Fortunately, the team play so well under pressure and they put the previous result to the back of their minds to take the game 2-0.
Our place was booked in the final and the last group match confirmed our opponents. It would be against the only team to beat us so far in the competition, SUIS JK. The team put the previous result behind them and played some attractive football. Jacob broke with the ball and played a lovely pass in behind the JK defenders. As the goalkeeper came out, Bill managed to get there first and stab the ball home. The less said about the celebration the better! Bill scored a classy solo effort to make it 2-0 with 5 minutes remaining. JK scored with less than 1 minute to go but there was not enough time for them to mount another serious attack and we ran out champions once again.
Many players could’ve won the MVP but it was awarded to Jude for his strong defensive work and partnership at the back with the captain, Andre. Jude has improved so much throughout his time at the heart of the defence and is playing a crucial role in our dynasty building U13 football team.
There was a nasty looking, unfortunate injury to a player from SUIS GB and on behalf of the NACIS team and I, we would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
Congratulations to the U13 NACIS boys. Two tournaments and two wins is a fantastic achievement against some very strong opposition. You should all be proud of yourselves, the PE team certainly are.
NACIS U11 Boys Football
In the long-awaited first tournament of the year, the NACIS U11 Boy’s football team performed brilliantly as they reached the final, losing out to a strong YKPAO team.
The morning started with a hard fought 1-1 draw against SUIS Pudong, followed by a defeat to YKPAO. After this difficult game the boys showed fantastic spirit, determination and effort; to win the next two games and qualify for the final.
The final group stage game against SUIS Hongqiao was the highlight of the teams tournament. Entering the game, NACIS needed 6-0 victory to qualify for the final on goal difference. The boys were able to dominate possession and bombard the opposition goal, to deserved lead (5-0) with 2 minutes left on the clock. With the SUIS goalkeeper making some outstanding saves, it looked as though NACIS efforts to make the final might fall short. Showing fantastic courage and composure, the boys managed to score another 2 goals, sending them on their way to the final!
The final game showed how much the team had progressed as YKPAO found it much more difficult to break down the NACIS defence than in the first game.
Noah made some superb saves throughout the day and his quick thinking helped to set up many NACIS attacks. In defence, Daniel won MVP for the day while Hans, Louis and Wilson made some excellent tackles and broke forward on many occasions. Lincoln and Richard worked extremely hard for the team in each game on the wings while team captain Kaka and Vincent scored vital goals at very important times! Jayden and Michael provided huge attacking threat to opposing teams and created and finished many scoring opportunities throughout the tournament.
It was a fantastic morning for the U11 boys team and no doubt they will improve further throughout Semester 2. Well done to the U11 squad and many thanks to the parents for their support at the tournament!
U13 Girls Basketball
Our U13 and U15 girls gained some invaluable experience on the basketball court.
Our U13 girls building on their progress in January managed to secure a runners up position winning 2 and losing 2 games in their round robin competition. Taking a healthy squad, the girls played some excellent basketball against a very strong SUIS Gubei team unfortunately losing closely on both occasions. However, their fortunes changed in both games against SHSID with two comprehensive victories showing some good defensive discipline as well as some flair in attack. Some stand out performances from Yan Jiayi (Judy) [7Oak] and Jin Dian (Kerry) [7Oak] but the team MVP went to Yang Yi fan (Mido) [7sycamore] who was outstanding throughout the day.
U15 Girls Basketball
Our U15 girls made some good progress prior to their SSSA U15 Girls Basketball league which starts in a few weeks. NACIS Rams started positively playing fellow division 2 opponents SUIS Jiaoke after a slow start the RAMS were clinical in attack with points shared between players but Shi Xinwei (Yoyo) [8sycamore] came out on top of the scoring charts. The RAMS second and third games were against respective division 1 teams SUIS Gubei and SHSID. The girls fought incredibly hard and kept themselves in the games, however, SHSID and SUIS Gubei showing their experience from the bench and being clinical in the final stages. Their were some real strong performances over the morning with Xie Yunjin (Jenny) [9cedar] demonstrating her confidence from her U19 campaign, Wang Yijun (Apple) and Shi Xinwei(Yoyo) gaining invaluable game time and looked better and better as the tournament progressed. However, the teams MVP went to Huang Haiyi (Lily) who demonstrated fantastic experience and defensive discipline leading from the front throughout the tournament.