This is the first time that BIS have won the U15 FOBISIA Basketball competition, having finished in medal places before but never lifting the trophy. Well done to all 14 players who represented BIS, all playing a lot of time in basketball and all recording scores in the competition.
The third and final competition day saw BIS compete in football for the final trophy of the games. It was a day of two halves for both weather and goals, with the morning time seeing stormy weather and very cagey 0-0 draws between all schools, to the afternoon being hot and sunny with goals galore being scored.
BIS’ first match was against Bangkok Prep and the game had its chances at either end but ultimately finished in a 0-0 stalemate. Man of the Match: Mac.
The second game was much of the same with BIS defending well but not being able to breach the goal of Harrow Beijing for another 0-0 draw. Man of the Match: Will.
The third game was against St Andrews and BIS took a deserved lead through Khoa in the first half. However, a series of fouls led to free kicks on the edge of the box and STG second half goals to edge the game and ultimately take the third place trophy from BIS as a result of this. Man of the Match: Khoa.
The fourth game saw BIS entertain Wellington Shanghai and there was nothing between the team throughout the contest. Another free kick came to haunt BIS, this time striking a post and then hitting the goalkeeper to go into the goal for the only goal of the game. Man of the Match: Hung.
Two games and BIS had to continue to show excellent character to stay within trophy places. They started this endeavour with a very impressive 2-0 win against ISP. Goals from Mac, a long driving run and finish from afar and a second poachers goal of the day by Khoa was enough for the victory. Man of the Match: Henry.
The final game was against eventual champions Discovery Bay and BIS pushed them all the way, with DBIS needing the victory to take the winners trophy. BIS had their own chances but could not hold them out for the whole game and conceded quite undeservedly. Man of the Match: Will.
The standard of football was very even between all schools and this showed with the final standings. One loss turned to a draw would have meant fourth place and draw to a win would have meant a third place finish.
Yet again the attitude and character of the players was exceptional and if it wasn't at this level then BIS would have been punished by the excellent teams on show.
This will be the last FOBISIA games for some but I am sure the memories will last for a lifetime.
Phil Husband, Director of Sport