Report by Thomas Magson, Assistant Head of PE
Day 1 saw our students compete in both Swimming and Athletics in a marathon of a first day to kickstart the games. In the pool, BSG got off to a blistering start with medals raining in from all 4 of our medley relay teams. There were many fine individual performances throughout the competition including a brilliant 50m Butterfly gold for Kaz Tan, Duo Duo’s nail-biting 1st in the 100m Individual Medley and four superb gold medal finishes from Yaffa Chen! BSG Rhinos finished with an incredible 15 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze medals, finishing in the top 3 in 46 out of 66 events!
Athletics took centre stage on the afternoon as the Rhinos tore up the Thanyapura track and field events. Devon Liang produced a storming sprint finish to claim a well-deserved bronze medal in the 800m run, Yuhan Ke jumped a phenomenal 6.52m in the girls triple jump and Alex Russell claimed a golden sprint double in the boys 60m and 100m. Once again, the podium finishes were aplenty with BSG finishing with a total of 35 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze medals.
An unbelievable first day of action from the students, all of who conducted themselves brilliantly throughout the day and came away with the rewards their efforts deserved.
The second day of action saw the Rhinos take to the field for Tee-Ball. Fresh off their exploits in the pool and on the track from day 1; the BSG Rhinos A team got off to a blistering start with a convincing 18-14 victory over St. Andrews Green Valley. Big hitter Xavier Xu hit a stunning home run in the final ball of the first innings to put the team in command. The Rhinos A team then fell harsh victims to the ‘fly ball’ in their final two group games which turned the tide of the both matches as they fell agonizingly short of the semi-finals.
It was a very similar story for BSG B (competing with only 8 players due to injuries) who after winning their first group game against Shanghai Tigers after a brilliant ‘fly ball’ catch from 2nd base fielder Chloris Huang, also lost their final two group games by the tightest of scorelines. Both A & B teams finished in 6th position overall which was a cruel reflection of their fantastic team performances in a very high-quality day’s competition at the Alan Cooke Cricket Ground.
Back at Thanyapura, BSG Rhinos C hit a clean sweep of victories as they topped their table with a 100% record winning 7 out of 7 fixtures. Xavier Wadeson dominated the fielding from the pitching position organizing the team and leading by example with a number of key decision-making throws and superb catches. Rory Wathern was dynamite with the bat as his 4th batter hits ensured that BSG got points on the board early in all games. The entire team perfectly executed a game plan following months of training during ASAs and fully deserved their 1st place trophy!
BSG D team sprung into life following a nervy start to claim a hard-fought victory over Shanghai Tigers with stellar performances from Bonnie Pan and Humphrey Yang on bases with lightening-quick throws. Anson Wang showed consistency throughout with the bat ensuring that his teammates got home in all innings of play and Stanley Hughes executed a sublime deep field ‘fly ball’!
Overall it was a mixed bag of results for our Tee-Ball teams with valuable lessons learnt both on and off the field, dealing with the highs and lows of sporting competition.
Football headlines the final day of action with the Rhinos hoping to add more trophies to their collection with plenty of goals on the pitch tomorrow!
After two exhausting days of competition, the third and final day saw the BSG Rhinos kick off their football tournament. The morning session began with the BSG A team who after missing several chances, started with a fine 2-0 victory with well taken goals from Eddie Liang and Claudio Salazar. The boys then lost an agonizingly tight game against favorites NLCS and a crazy 6-3 goal-fest against BIS Hanoi to miss out on the semi-finals by just one point!
After coming through their group unbeaten thanks to some man of the match performances from captain Rory Wathern, the BSG B team took part in an all-time FOBISIA classic against Dover Court Singapore in the semi-finals. BSG twice took the lead through hard-working midfielder Alex Russell, but were pegged back twice in both normal and extra time by a very resilient Dover Court side. Cooper Xu made some fine saves to keep the Rhinos in it as both teams went at one other at a frantic pace. With penalties looming, Derek Tan capitalized on a mix up in the Dover Court defense to race through and slot home, sparking wild celebrations as BSG held on to advance through to the finals! Battered, bruised and both physically and emotionally drained, the boys picked themselves up for the final against St Andrews Green Valley. Having taken the lead through that man Derek Tan once again, fatigue took its toll as the boys were beaten 3-1, earning an extremely well deserved 2nd place trophy. The boys left the field to a standing ovation with students, coaches and parents applauding their monumental effort over the morning.
Following the drama of the boy’s tournament, the afternoon belonged to the girls as the Rhinos took to the field for the final time at Thanyapura. The BSG Girls A started their group stage with two evenly contested 0-0 draws. Bella Ozemoya and Yuhan Ke provided a rock-solid defense in front of goal keeper Lois Diver with some expertly timed interceptions and tackles to keep the opposing teams at bay. Heading into the final group game, all four schools where locked at 4 points apiece with all games ending in a draw. However, in the final game, the BSG girls lost 1-0 in the dying minutes to a cruel deflected goal by NLCS. The girls picked themselves up to easily defeat ABC in their final match thanks to goals from Iris Vanduren and Selina Zhong.
The BSG Girls B team began their group stage with a 1-0 result after a neat finish from Carolina Crepaldi. The Rhinos followed this impressive start with a draw and two victories to cement themselves in contention for a top 3 finish. The girls headed into their final match against runaway winners NLCS knowing that avoiding defeat would guarantee a trophy. After some resolute defending and stunning saves from Sari Shinobe, the deadlock was broken in the final minutes as a penalty box scramble from a corner resulted in a 1-0 defeat for the Rhinos girls. With results going their way in the final round of games, the girls despair soon turned to delight as they finished in 3rd place bringing home another trophy to Guangzhou.
The final evening saw the presentation of the Swimming and Athletics trophies from the first day’s action. BSG leapt out of their seats as they clinched 1st place overall for the Swimming and 2nd place overall in Athletics before dancing the night away at the disco!
After 5 hard months of training, the BSG Rhinos returned to Guangzhou to a chorus of applause with 5 new trophies to add to the cabinet and memories that will last a lifetime.