U13 GIRLS HAVE PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT AT LAST
After the furiosity of the double header of swimming and athletics, followed up by a day’s relentless running up and down the basketball court, inevitably legs were tired and weary for the final day. However the girls re-grouped brilliantly and took to the field at The British International School, Jakarta for what would prove to be a great football competition.
An early morning meeting with KL neighbours Alice Smith saw Garden dominate in the most part but despite some great attacking, GIS couldn’t seem to find the finishing touches to avenge the defeat so unluckily bestowed upon them a week previous at Equine Park. 0-0 the final score.
GIS looked more resolute in defence with Zoe at the foundations and more assertive going forward with Georgina at the heart of midfield. A player incidentally who must’ve been making some kind of history having played at every secondary age group this year. The midfield looked assured and put some neat passes together but opponents Tanglin Trust cleared their lines well and despite good chances at both ends the game frustratingly finished 0-0.
Reigning champions Bangkok Patana were next up and with two wins behind them were brimming with confidence. GIS knew it would be difficult but produced one of their best displays of the competition and caused the mighty Patana plenty of problems. GIS made the task somewhat harder for themselves conceding after only 23 seconds but after that it was Salome who produced the more dangerous raiding attacking plays. Twice she was brought down on the edge of the box without any real attempt to win the ball. Disappointingly GIS were unable to convert dead ball chances and the game was lost 1-0.
Two draws and a defeat meant only wins against Harrow and BIS Jakarta would be anywhere near enough to put GIS in with a shout of a medal. It turned out to be one way traffic against both teams and after a fantastic switch of play, Emily latched onto a cross field pass and unleashed a powerful shot that rebounded off the inside of the post to secure a 1-0 win for Garden. It had been a long time coming and the celebrations were a combination of happiness and relief that finally a chance had been taken.
Harrow were equally bombarded and GIS could’ve had a hatful! Sarah found herself in front of goal a couple of times only to see finishes go agonizingly wide. Lara made great running in midfield and won crucial balls in the defensive third to provide some clever passes. Jordyn’s ‘Rory Delap’ style throws continued to cause problems and Kotoko had very little to do except for one great save that would’ve seen the ball curl into the top corner from a free kick.
As a result of great positioning and a certain amount of luck, Claudia found herself in an instinctively predatory position to stick the ball in the back of the net from a rebounded save. The game would finish 1-0 and thanks to Alice Smith’s win against Tanglin, Garden finished a worthy 3rd place and took to the stage to deservedly pick up bronze medals.
The tournament boasted plenty of high calibre football and great work by all concerned in very difficult, hot conditions. The girls were a tribute to the school in their attitude and concerted effort to never give up the fight for a rightful medal position.
Many thanks to all the supporting parents who made the journey to cheer on the team. They were truly fantastic. Well done to all the girls who worked so hard throughout.
Mr. K. Friendship