SEASAC 2012 was hosted by UWC Dover in Singapore between 1st – 4th November. The pitches were the very latest 4G astroturf and are some of the best in South East Asia. A late withdrawal from Surabaya International School meant that UWCSEA East campus replaced them in our group. We were somewhat unfortunate with our group as it contained Patana, BIS Jakarta, Tanglin Trust School, UWC East and KLASS. Somewhat the ‘Group of death’…
Match one: Our first match was against BIS Jakarta. It was a desperately close game with us fighting back from a goal down to lead 2-1 before Jakarta equalised in the 2nd half. Then, with 2 minutes to go an over hit cross dropped into the top corner to give them an undeserved 3-2 victory. Captain, Andy Wells scored our 2 goals.
Match two: We needed to bounce back immediately and i don’t think anybody could have predicted what was to happen in the 2nd game. UWCSEA East had been beaten narrowly in their first game 2-1 by a very impressive Patana. However, in our game they met a GIS team which played to its full potential and were soundly beaten 8-2. Zach Preston with 4 goals in this game.
Match three: This was a huge game for us but unfortunately we were beaten by a very impressive Patana side 6-1. We were briefly back in the game at 2-1 but unfortunately fatigue got the better of us and Patana were extremely clinical in front of goal and classy with their distribution.
Match four: The first game of day two pitched us against our local rivals. We knew that if we won both our remaining group games and other results went our way (which they did in the end!) we still had a chance of finishing 2nd in a very, very tight group. We quickly went one nil up against KLASS but they fought back to lead 2-1 midway through the first half. With the last kick of the first half Andy Wells smashed home and absolute beauty to level the scores at 2-2. Unfortunately, we tired in the 2nd half and gave the ball away too often and as KLASS freshened things up from the bench we conceded a further 3 goals to go down to a shocking, but deserved 5-2 thumping.
Match five: The last group game left us with a simple task. Win and we finish 3rd in the group to qualify for the plate play offs. Draw or lose and we finish 6th in our group. Again, we started very quickly and Max Jala stole in to give us a 1 nil lead. But, again we got caught in front over the ball and this left us exposed at the back. Tanglin punished us to go 2-1 up in the 2nd half. Andy wells drove us forward with a superb display and thrashed the ball home after a great surging run. 2-2 with 4 minutes to play. Game on. The boys gave everything and we thought we had nicked it right at the end of the game but Zach Preston just failed to flick home Andy Wells’ free kick.
So, there we go. We could so easily have been 3rd but we finished 6th by a point. In some games I have to admit we were beaten by the better team, however I believe that if we had shown a bit more fight against others then I truly believe we could’ve finished in a higher position and with a little luck even 2nd place.
We finished the tournament with a two nil win over Yangon and a narrow 3-1 defeat in the bowl play off against KLASS to finish a disappointing 10th position.
So SEASAC is over for another year. A great tournament and a wonderful experience as always. A special mention to Wai Fung, Max Jala, Parvin Mohan and Stuart Smith who will all leave us at the end of the academic year. It’s been a pleasure to coach you and I wish you all the best for the future in whatever you do. All the rest of you, lets give it a good go next year and fight for everything in every second of the game.