The ISAC athletics competition took place last weekend at the University Malaya Stadium. Over 45 pupils represented the secondary school from Year 7 – Year 13. Throughout the day many records were broken by the GIS team, including: under 15 high jump by Sahar Knight, boys under 15 long jump by Julian Armani and girls under 15 1500m by Zoe Bowden.
The GIS athletics team performed outstandingly throughout the day and made many appearances on the podium. The team came away with 20 gold medals, 11 silver and 15 bronze medals.Overall the GIS athletics team secured 3rd place, the boys team also finished in 3rd and the girls team, with an exceptional performance, finished in 1st place.
A big congratulations to all athletes who took part and for all your hard work and effort in preparing for this event.
This year the Senior Dragons Sports Awards Dinner will be held in the Grand Hall of the school on Tuesday 1st April. The dinner will start with refreshments at 6.15pm and students will be seated at 6.45pm. The dinner is expected to finish at 9.30pm. The dinner is open to all players who have represented the Dragons U18 senior teams.
The cost of the evening which includes a dinner is being borne by the school. Places are limited and will be allocated to students first and foremost. If there are places left over these will be made available to parents on a first come first serve basis but will be charged at 50rm per person.
At the dinner students from each team will be awarded with Most Valuable Player (MVP) & Most Improved Player (MIP) trophies. The prestigious awards, the Dragons Trophy and Rafael Leonar Trophy will be awarded at the culmination of the evening. Last years winners were Anthony Katakis and Molly Smith.
Students need to collect a letter form the PE office in order to attend the Awards Dinner.
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The U13 boys A & B basketball teams were in action over the weekend. The ‘A’ team had a solid tournament when you consider they have only just started their season and some of the American Schools are finishing theirs. They beat ISKL ‘B’, narrowly lost to KLASS & Tenby then ended up beating Nexus comfortably in the 5th 6th play-off. The ‘B’s had a longer day and struggled against other schools ‘A’ teams but were dogged in defence and managed to keep the scores respectable. So good was their defence that they managed to keep one team scoreless until half-time. Nathaniel and Rhagav as first time Dragons players had a great tournament. With more training and games to be played the teams can look forward to FOBISIA with real confidence.
The U15 girls basketball team has won the ISAC division 2 final for the third year in a row. The team were unbeaten in the league rounds and qualified in first place for the finals.
The final was a nerve fraying match against local rivals Alice Smith. The lead changed hands throughout the match and came down a basket scored with 20 seconds left to give Garden a 3 point lead. Alice hit back with a quick basket of their own to cut the lead to one point with 7 seconds remaining. A late, missed shot gave Alice Smith an opportunity of a “hollywood-esque” halfway line shot to win the game. Luckily for Garden the shot fell short as the buzzer sounded.
This topped a fantastic season for the U15 team who only lost two games all year and as previously mentioned remained unbeaten in ISAC.
A big well done to all team members for the effort and commitment throughout the season. Good luck to those moving up to the senior squad level or moving on to pastures new at the end of the year.
The senior girls basket ball team travelled to Singapore to compete in Division 1 SEASAC. Our first match was against Bangkok Patana, we went out and started the game with high intensity and ran out comfortable winners.
The next match was the Canadian international school who have been consistently 4th place for several years and we played great defense but our shots were just not dropping . Our final match was against the runners up last year and the overall winners this year, UWC Dover. We had no expectations and we went into this game trying some new things, it was a great experience to play against a strong team. So we finished day one with one win and two losses.
An early start for day two with our first match against Tanglin, the reigning champions. This was another game for us to practice new things and we worked hard and Tanglin had to keep their starting 5 on for the majority of the game. Next was NIST who have normally been one of the top teams but the scores of their previous games prove not. Proving as always, luck was not on our side and they were a little bit more experienced than us. Final game of the day against RIS which was a must win game but our girls were exhausted and shooting was not on our side again. But we kept the scoreline close and as the final buzzer went, tears were shed.
But because we played extremely well against our other opponents, our points difference was enough to push us up into 5th place!! The tournament went better than we expected and we have some fantastic memories from it.
Unbeaten throughout the tournament GIS dominated the SEASAC Division 2 championship. It was a true team effort with everyone playing a vital role in their success. The players were highly motivated and hungry for success and their various rituals like squeeze and the Tom Ogden push around and Jody’s goggles on added to the camaraderie and the sense of being part of something special.
The never say die attitude is typified by Anthony Katakis who despite tearing his ACL in the last pool game zipped up his man suit and played a vital role both in the semi-final and final. The team was full of leaders who stepped up again and again. Zac Preston was a deserved MPV in the pool games with his athletic aggressive style dominating the fast break. Tom Ogden was superb and produced an amazing array of passes, shots and lay-up at crucial times. Everyone played there part and lead by the cool collected Soroush they looked like winners from the word go.
Congratulations Boys a great effort all-round and well deserved. Having won division 2 the team is automatically promoted to Division 1.