Primary FOBISSEA (A1) Games 2013 – Hosted by Bangkok Patana School
Foreword by Mr. Friendship
We have to take ourselves way back to the end of Term 1 as GIS set the wheels in motion for the meticulous preparation of the annual Primary FOBISSEA Games in June. Unrelenting practice carried on throughout Term 2 and 3 alongside the seasonal sports programmes. The Primary Games is undoubtedly the most coveted competition of its kind in South East Asia. Across four sports, (Swimming, Athletics, Tee-Ball and Football), the region’s elite junior sports players at U9, U10 and U11 put their physical capacity, technical skill, individual resilience, team play understanding, strategic knowledge and psychological strength to the test.
Over a hundred hopeful sports loving children began the intrepid journey that would result in competitive sport for 36 at Primary FOBISSEA and 40 equally hard working and developing individuals at the St. Andrew’s Primary Invitational Games in April. A message of huge congratulations to all who tried out, as well as to those who competed. Everyone has played their part in something that goes beyond any one single glitter filled competition, and that is the working towards and instilling of a desire and love of sporting activity that will extend beyond any rapturous applause or tangible reward but exude through the lives of all, as we seek to maintain happy, healthy active lifestyles.
The well-kept and crafted grounds of the Bangkok Patana Tigers hosted this year’s much anticipated Primary FOBISSEA Games, which saw the elite division narrowed to a select six schools from the region. Bangkok Patana, Harrow (Bangkok), Garden International (Kuala Lumpur), Alice Smith (Kuala Lumpur), Tanglin Trust (Singapore) and British International School Jakarta. All would go head to head in a round robin style tournament that by the very nature, over three gruelling days, natural victors would be found and with nowhere to hide, those lacking would be mercilessly found out.
Day 1- Swimming and Athletics
Swimming- by Miss. Rose
The opening morning of FOBISSEA got underway poolside with the swimming. All participants were excited and raring to go, the atmosphere was electric!
First up, were our experienced swimmers in the Individual Medley, a combination of all four strokes! GIS did really well in these events with 3 medallists in the first 4 events. Next came the Freestyle with a medal haul of 9 medals followed by 7 in the backstroke, 7 in the butterfly and 7 in the breaststroke! There were some outstanding performances in the individual races, with some huge personal best times recorded across all of the age groups!
The swimming event also featured three relays, the medley relay, the freestyle relay and the most important of all- the tyre relay! GIS had some exceptionally strong relay teams across the events which was credit to the hard work put in by coaches Mr Ong, Ms Cindy and Mr Yang in the build up to the games. Three teams medalled in both of their swimming relays – the U9 girls team made up of Arika, Megan, Lauren and Kokori (two silvers) and the U11 boys and girls teams each won one gold and one silver. By far the biggest excitement of the day came in the final races, the Tyre Relays! Due to a large drop at one end of the pool from the starting blocks to the water, one coach was allowed to assist. There was only one man for the job, the tyre relay guru, Mr Wellington. In the younger ages, what we lacked in technique through the water, we more than made up for with our (almost) seamless changeovers and energy levels! A few slips put our teams behind but no one minded, everyone was having a great time. Then came the serious action! The U11 race. Their last chance at tyre glory! Swimmers Ali, Qadira and Harun were making their swimming debut for the day to join their team mates, Anaelle, Adira, Elise, Kristina, Anjali, Jack, Bryan, Jiang Rong and Georgio in seeking that golden moment. Exceptional arm speed, perfect transitions and hysterical parents ensured that they were able to secure sweet victory and claim one final swimming gold medal of the day.
Overall, the swimming was a huge success for GlS, we finished 2nd overall, our best ever swimming result at the Primary FOBISSEA Games! We also had one swimmer, Anjali, who was awarded the overall Top U11 Female of the Games for swimming. There were many standout performances on the day, but the high level of improvements by all swimmers is what the coaches are the proudest of.
Athletics – by Mr. Deeth
Thursday afternoon saw the GIS athletics team take to the track and field arena and although adverse weather conditions threatened to bring the action to a premature halt, the full event programme was completed and Garden’s magnificent athletes did themselves proud as they ran, jumped and threw to the best of their ability.
On the track our Under 11 distance stars led by example with Anaelle, Anjali, Ali and Jack all claiming golds in the 800m, dominating their respective races. The Under 10 girls sprint duo of Maya and Nikita also claimed clear victories in both the 60m and 100m. They later combined with Zoya and Carlotta in the 4 x 100m relay team to win another gold as Maya finished the track and field competition with four golds and a silver whilst Nikita amassed an amazing five golds! Mahdee was another who achieved a sprint double in the 60m and 100m, whilst Giorgio, despite carrying an achilles injury, ran magnificently to claim a gold in the Under 11 boys 60m.
In the throws, Megan was the only Under 9 girl to surpass the 10m mark, claiming chest push victory, while her team-mate Arika did the same with a magnificent effort in the ball throw. Justin , Brian and Ali all threw big in the ball throw to claim golds, whilst Justin later claimed another victory in chest push.
Rishan was the only Under 9 boy to achieve a height over 1m as he claimed victory in the high jump at 1.05m. Other gold medallists in this event included Nikita (Under 10s) with a mammoth leap of 1.35m as well as Jack and Harun in the Under 11s, the latter of whom won the event. Joshua Hans soared to 5.67m to claim triple springs gold as did athletic stars Nikita and Maya.
Every athlete wearing the sky blue of Garden did themselves and the school proud by working hard to achieve their own personal bests.
Three athletes, Harun (Under 11s) Maya (Under 10s) and Mahdee (Under 9s) were crowned athletes of the Games for their respective age groups and Nikita (Under 10s) was officially second in her age group after matching Maya’s time in the 60m and equalling her height in the high jump.
The final results saw Garden finish 3rd overall but the point totals between the first three schools was incredibly tight.
The full list of results can be found on the Bangkok Patana School FOBISSEA website
Day 2- Tee-Ball
U9 Tee-Ball- by Mr. Deeth
The Under 9 Tee Ball team were crowned FOBISSEA champions after an impressive string of consistently excellent performances. Leading up to the tournament, the team had shown huge improvements week by week under the watchful eyes of Mr Deeth, Mr Ruscoe, Mr Shand and Tom Hando but the ultimate test would be when the FOBISSEA Games got underway.
The Alice Smith School were the first opposition and after a nervy opening the scores were tied at 5-5, but Garden showed their class with a fine batting display in the second innings to run out 15-11 winners. Two more victories then followed against Patana (20-17) and then Harrow (14-11) before the children had time to fuel up at lunch. With Doil and Josh deep in the field. halting many runs, GIS were in control. Mahdee linked well with Sol on first base, Arika on second and Rishan on third to ensure any opposing teams would have to work hard for every point.
Garden’s magnificent batting was equally as impressive. Megan, Bernardo and Kokori were consistently finding space to hit big, whilst clever base running from Lauren, Lexi and Noa helped the GIS team total more and more runs. BISJ were Gardens penultimate opponents in the group phase and with scores tied at 9-9 after the first innings, another big batting display ensured GIS ran out 20-17 winners, earning them a place in the final. Ironically, their opponents in the last game of the round robin phase would also be the team they would meet in the final, Tanglin Trust. Although both teams had already made the final, Tanglin were strong opponents, also unbeaten at this stage. With both teams still looking to secure a psychological advantage for the final, the scores ended 12-12; a gripping finale was sure to follow.
In positive spirits, GIS were ready for their final challenge. Collaborating brilliantly in the field and batting with focus and determination, GIS saved their best performance until last and after scoring 22 runs out of a possible 24, (their highest tally of the day), Tanglin could only respond with a highly respectable score of 15 to equate to a winning margin of 7 runs for GIS.
By this point, the Under 10s and 11s had finished their respective tournaments and children joined with parents to humbly celebrate their victory as GIS were crowned FOBISSEA champions!
U10 Tee-Ball- by Mr. Winstone
The team woke up still riding the wave of excitement following a successful day split between track and field and in the pool. Could we repeat the success of the previous day and bring home a medal? Time would soon tell!
Domination was the name of the game from the outset against first opponents BIS Jakarta. GIS’ fielding served up some superb catches amongst the highlights. Batting however was not up to the usual standards and runs were hard to come by – a well fought 14 – 10 victory was a fair reflection of the play.
Up second was the potential ‘banana skin’ as Tanglin Trust took to the diamond, normally a strong Tee-Balling school. However, not on this occasion, again early domination and a sound knowledge of the game made sure that once again GIS out played the opposition, an easy 16 – 7 win against a strong school, things were looking good!!!
The next two games followed a very similar pattern, games that were one sided and relatively easy against good opposition, the players showed what they were capable of, now starting to create double plays in the field and stealing bases when batting. All players were involved and created opportunities for the team and produced some outstanding plays, the main problem for the coaching team was the conundrum of which fielders not to pick as only 10 out of 12 could field at any one time, with all the team playing so well it was hard to leave anyone out! Harrow were soundly beaten 17 – 6, and Patana 14 – 9.
Now to Alice Smith, the final group game and the final already confirmed! We batted first and scored an amazing 10 out of 12, our best outing yet!! We fielded and the tightness in our field only allowed a score of 3 by KLASS. This was to be GIS’ best fielding display so far. At the half way stage, with a clear lead and the job all but done, suddenly the player’s brains turned to jelly, their legs turned into sticks of celery and their hands into flippers! We batted and managed a measly 3!!! A lead of 11, only two outs and GIS would be victorious. More jelly, more celery and more flippers, the ball turned into a hot potato and was untouchable! The kids fell over, arms fell off and heads spun around and around like spinning tops, with only a couple of batters left we managed to get the out needed to ensure victory! PHEW!! A near capitulation of the highest order and a classic coach’s cliché comment of “It’s a game of two halves!!!”
On to the final and a re-match against Bangkok Patana, whom we soundly beat in the group stages. For some reason we continued our form from the dreaded second half of KLASS and saw ourselves 5 – 7 down at the halfway point. The coaches, parents and players were looking for that magical moment which could turn the match, we started fielding solidly and were not letting Patana score, and then the moment came. A pop up fly ball to the infield, Sem Zijl on first saw an opportunity, the ball was about to land in between Georgina and Nikita who were rooted to the spot with fear and could only watch the ball mouths open, Sem sprinted past Georgina dived full length to pluck the ball out of the air literally millimeters off the ground. There it was – magic!!! All of a sudden the team lifted and with Shayan taking a great catch for the last batter it meant that Patana didn’t score when bases were loaded, things were looking good and momentum was with the Dragons!! Only 2 runs scored by Patana and 6 to win for Garden.
Nerves were jangling, parents were fainting, and the coaches couldn’t look! No need, up stood the Dragons U10 team when they needed to be counted and batted with finesse! Bases stolen, runs scored and with two batters remaining the winning runs were claimed, with Denis steaming home off a Maya Duckett hit. Scenes of jubilation from all, rounded off what was a day of meteoric greatness. Garden remained unbeaten throughout the day. 84 runs scored and only 53 conceded, a phenomenal effort from a great bunch of kids, brilliantly supported by their parents who created an atmosphere fitting to such a feast of sporting brilliance.
U11 Tee-Ball- by Mr. Friendship
After a great deal of week in week out match practice the U11 team felt ready to take on the region’s best at the Tee-Ball diamonds on the hallowed turf of Bangkok Patana School. In an attempt to repeat the feats of the previous Year 6 in the same setting, GIS started with aplomb and swept aside KL rivals Alice Smith 17-8. Anjali taking two wonderfully taken, almost identical infield catches to create an air of confidence amongst the GIS ranks. The wheels of the GIS machine had screeched into motion rather than begun with a gentle roll. However a strong Patana, victors from the previous Year 5, stepped up and batted deep to victory stopping GIS in their tracks with a 9-14 scoreline. In truth it wasn’t so much what GIS could’ve done to reverse the scoreline as to how Patana should be credited with sharp fielding and deep hitting throughout the batting order.
Harrow provided GIS’ next opponents and looked like one of the weaker teams of the competition. It took a certain level of composure at the batting box for GIS to run out victorious 16-12. Some excellent fielding by Harun and Jack in the deep was required to limit the running of a Harrow team now finding quiet momentum.
Lunch was a timely break to re-group and for GIS to gather their thoughts and plan a strategy of attack to make amends for the earlier slip up against Patana. The team were hungry not only for the buffet spread put on by the hosts but for another bite of the cherry against them in the championship game to top off the end of the competition. If this was to be the case, next opponents Tanglin would need to be beaten and after suffering a similar defeat at the hands of Patana before lunch, it was up to GIS to find the confidence and form to further inflict pain on a wounded giant. The game was relatively close until the half way mark, but it would prove to be Tanglin who would come out fighting in their second innings. Garden’s reserves and steely nerves proved unable to match a Tanglin side growing in stature on the in-field as well as the deep. The walls closed in and the GIS house sadly fell down. An 11-15 victory to Tanglin after a valiant display.
Despite Harrow pulling off a shock win against Patana, GIS’ final group stage game against British International School Jakarta would determine the opportunity to play for a bronze medal in the 3rd/4th play-off.
By their own admission, BISJ had little or no competitive match practice in the run up to the games and some children were not fully aware of the exact rules. (They had already been beaten by all other opposition), and it was testament to their characters and joy in playing the game that they played as well as they did. GIS picked up similarly where they had left off against Alice Smith. A great first innings of both batting and fielding saw GIS take a 10-3 lead at the half way stage with some fantastic seemingly pressure-free batting. This would be added to but not after BISJ fought back admirably to leave a final score of 17-9 to GIS.
It would be fitting that Harrow, now brimming with confidence, would provide the play-off opposition. They were truly firing on all cylinders and took a 10 run lead as GIS took to the batting box for the first occasion of the game. Harrow’s tight fielding and growing confidence with every batter they picked off, saw GIS notch up a paltry 5. Although GIS did everything they could to limit the scoring of the second innings, a further 7 runs gave GIS a mountain to climb and needing everyone home to draw and force an extra tie break innings. In fairness, GIS knew the magnitude of the task that faced them and were not deterred and inch by inch were getting runners home. Even as the all-important out was made and GIS’ hopes of a bronze medal evaporated into the humidity of the day, the team batted on courageously. It was a tribute to how far they had come as a team over the course of the Games thus far. They they carried in their hearts and heads, medals of enormous dignity and pride. 17-14 the final score, a commendable 4th placed finish overall.
Day 3 – Football
U9 Girls – by Mr Deeth
After two full days comprising of swimming, athletics and tee ball, the Under 9 girls entered the final day of FOBISSEA a little tired and weary but still in high spirits after their wonderful exploits on the tee ball field a day earlier.
Alice Smith were the first opponents and after a physical end to end encounter, the game finished goalless thanks to some resolute defending by Noa and goalkeeper Kokori producing a string of fine saves. The girls managed to step up a gear in game two against BISJ and a flurry of goals from both Megan and Arika helped Garden soar to a 6-1 victory. In game three, Lauren scored her first ever goal to help secure a 1-1 draw, this time against Tanglin, to ensure GIS remained unbeaten before lunch. GIS entered the final two group games with renewed energy and wins against Patana (2-0) and BISAC Champions Harrow (4-0) meant that the girls finished top of the group; they would play against Alice Smith in the final. Despite beating their local rivals four times in the build up to the tournament, the girls struggled to summon the energy to produce one final battling display meaning they succumbed to their first defeat of the tournament. After initially and understandingly showing their disappointment, the team were soon back to their smiley selves as they received their silver medals to rapturous applause from teammates and onlooking parents. Humble in victory and gracious in defeat, Mr Deeth’s super Under 9 girls team did themselves proud.
U9 Boys- by Mr. Ruscoe
After 2 games GIS had conceded 12 and had not scored a solitary goal! We were in grave danger of capitulating… however the players were more resilient than their leader and cometh the hour, cometh the man. That man was Bernardo. Much like when the Italian national team of World Cup 1990 when they released the surprise package Toto Scillaci, GIS’s best kept secret of 2013 was undoubtedly Bernardo. He came to the tournament as a swim specialist amongst his other skills, he left proving he was a true all rounder. What he lacked in finesse he made up in heart and desire and his braveheart attitude was clear for all to see. It is clear ‘a rising tide lifts all ships’…he headed, kicked and blocked his way to nearly picking up our first points. Then the rest of the boys followed…Doil, Sol and Josh were causing problems with their touch and movement. Rishan was pinging forward passes in the same way that the awesome Turkish wizard Tugay used to at Blackburn. We were using Mahadee on a minute on and minute off rotation system due to his unbelievable exploits in the pool, on the track and tee ball field. When on, he was hardworking and powerful, when off he was …well out of breath and gasping for air.
The progress game on game was unbelievable and this culminated in a 1 – 0 win against our KL rivals Alice Smith. Needing a win in their final game to reach the gold medal match, Alice Smith made the schoolboy error of complacency, assuming that they would win with ease. I told the boys that on paper they should lose by a hatful of goals but to remember the vital detail that football does not get played on paper. Grass was our surface and dreams were there to be fulfilled. Bernardo now living up to his new nickname “the rash” (‘cos he was everywhere) anything was possible. The boys put their bodies on the line and took everything Alice could throw at them and played the perfect smash and grab tactics of catch the attacking team on the break. A great finish from Sol meant that the boys got the win they so deserved if they could just hold on. The minutes dragged like hours but finally that little pocket of luck that had evaded the team all day was theirs as open-mouthed onlookers watched a hopeful Alice Smith effort rebound off the upright and GIS grabbed victory with both hands.
The ingredients of blood, sweat and tears made for an achievement that the boys were understandably proud of. They had given so much to the Alice Smith game and the efforts of the previous day. The exultation that had come with success at Tee-Ball; they really did run out of steam in the 5th/6th playoff match and lost against the run of play 3 – 2. In all honesty, it didn’t matter because the team knew how much progress they had made and that this time next year they would be fighting for medals.
U10 Boys – by Mr. Wellington
For the U10 boy’s football team it was a case of “what might have been”. While they maintained an unbeaten record of 3 wins and 3 draws, the draws meant they missed out on a place in the final. However the team probably played their best football in the bronze play-off beating a Tanglin team 5-2 who they had drawn with in the group stages. As a team they also showed their fighting spirit going behind in 4 out of their 6 games and coming back to either draw or win in the last seconds, it was almost too much for the watching parents. Notable performances included Justin and Shayan up front who were constantly probing the teams defence’s with their trickery. Sem came out of goal and grew stronger as the tournament went on scoring a couple of cracking goals. Denis and Keisuke were rocks in defence and just kept on running and running for the team cause. Brian in goal was a star and made some outstanding saves. If the boys continue to develop and carry on working hard in training they will no doubt go into next year’s FOBISSEA tournament as favourites.
U10 Girls- by Miss. McGlinchey
The girls were geared up to pick up where they left off against at the previous year’s FOBISSEA games. The first game was against Harrow, reigning champions. The girls were ready to right the wrongs and went out feeling good. However, it took a while to get organized and between Harrow’s powerhouse twins they managed to steal a 2-1 victory against us.
The girls handled this early loss like true professionals and didn’t let morale drop as they began to prepare for the next challenge – Patana! The girls began to show some real flavour with Zoya ‘the Destroyer’ and ‘Mad Dog’ Madelief Peters linking up beautifully up front. Carlotta (aka Ronaldo) did a great job moving the ball forward and Maya and Nikita were solid in defence. Unfortunately, just as victory was in sight Patana snatched a late penalty to end the game 2-2.
The girls knew they needed to step things up. They were down but definitely not out! The rampage began.
The girls made light work of Tanglin and showed great sportsmanship against injury hit Jakarta by having an extra sub and playing 4-a-side. The girls ended the game 4-0 up with both strikers off the field. There was no stopping the girls now!
Last came Alice, with both teams fighting for a place in the final. The girls were ready for battle. Madelief stuck to their strongest player like glue. She was given no space and no chances. The Garden Dragons had fire in their bellies as they attacked time and time again. Hoops was fierce in the nets, coming out and meeting attackers. Her kicks flew over the opposition straight to Zoya’s feet. Alice had no answer and the girls marched into the final with a 1-0 victory.
The final was a repeat of the previous year, only the girls were after revenge! The Garden Girls were in control, and despite raining shots in on the Harrow goal the Harrow goalkeeper was on fire. GIS just couldn’t seal the deal. Georgina kept us in the game with a flying save in the top corner but then it happened… Half an inch was all the Harrow girls needed to sneak a goal and a 1-0 victory. The Garden Girls held their heads high and promised a rematch next year!
U11 Girls- by Miss. Rose
The Under 11 girls had a very good day at the football. It was by far, the best they have played in the three years they have been competing together. However, there was very tough opposition throughout. First up were Alice Smith, followed by BIS Jakarta, then the two strongest teams, Bangkok Patana and Tanglin Trust. Up to this point, they’d had some very tough matches, in some part they had the majority of the possession but unfortunately they hadn’t managed to win any games. None of this managed to dampen the girl’s spirits. They worked exceptionally well together to create excellent plays, goal scoring chances and sprint back to defend. When other teams crumbled under the pressure of Tanglin and Patana, the GIS girls kept their composure and fought back throughout the game. Their reward finally came in their last group game against Harrow. After playing really well and after some incredible defending and heroic saves, the chances to score opened up for the girls and they finished the group stage with a 2-1 win. Their hard fought efforts throughout the day, coupled with a vital win over Harrow saw the girls reach the 3rd/4th Play- off.
The bronze medal game was against a strong Alice Smith side, whom seemed to have improved steadily throughout the day. The girls knew it would take all they had to stop them from scoring. Incredibly, they pulled together and held Alice Smith to a 0-0 draw. They even matched them perfectly during 5 minutes of extra time. Under increasing pressure, the girls maintained focus but unfortunately, it was not to be, and after a nerve jangling round of penalties, Alice Smith won in sudden death.
The parents and coaches were so proud of the girls. Despite bitter disappointment, the girls picked themselves up and took on their responsibilities as role models for the younger students by heading straight over to the other matches and cheering for them in their respective finals.
Well done to the U11 Girls football Team!
U11 Boys- by Mr. Friendship & Bryan Soo
Murky skies would not serve to overshadow the efforts of the U11 boys team who were hopeful of great things as they took to the field against opening opposition Harrow. A slow, stuttering start showed that the day could be typified by a case of unnecessary nervousness. However an end to end opener finished up with a 1-0 win, after Ali slotted home. It was harsh on the Harrow boys who had the better of the attacking play in the second half. The difference would prove to be excellent goalkeeping from Harun and a last ditch, off the line clearance from defensive stalwart Jack.
The second game was against Bangkok Patana School in that game Jack Hando scored an amazing goal from just inside the half way line that rocketed into the top right hand corner of the opposition’s net, just before half time. It was to prove an antagonistic swipe as the tigers roared back in the second half, providing GIS with a stern lesson in how to move the ball around to devastating effect. The boys were pulled apart and despite gallant efforts to counter, limped away a well-beaten 7-1! The boys had spent so long bravely fighting off the unrelenting attacking waves of Patana. Harun would prove to be the saviour but was left exposed in goal too often from close range and aside from adopting the skill of Keanu Reeves in ‘The Matrix’, was powerless to limit the damage of the shooting onslaught. Although wounded, the boys would serve to use the experience to strengthen and go forward.
The third game was against the mighty Tanglin Trust School. We put our minds into the game and Jiang Rong caught one of the defenders off guard and went ahead to steal the ball and opened the scoring. Tanglin equalized before half time. In the second half, Tanglin really switched on and scored a further three times to put our dream performance to bed. The game ended 4-1 to Tanglin, now a side that epitomized the Dutch philosophy of ‘Total Football’ of the seventies, with any player being equally potent in any position. The Tanglin coach was gracious in his team’s victory and thanked the boys for providing ‘the would be’ champions, with their toughest game of the day.
British International School Jakarta were next up and despite a mixed bag of results were looking like a team that could cause an upset. It was ironic that a previous GIS teacher and indeed Kuantan Head would be at the helm and jubilantly watched his side turn GIS over by two goals without reply. We totally switched off and were chasing rainbows and shadows. Leaving our heads to drop, we stomped off the pitched disgusted by our performance.
GIS were deflated, Giorgio was now struggling, Jack was on his last legs and the midfield maestro’s were looking decidedly like midfield mice!
It would be inevitable that in order to finish with a chance of playing for a medal our old adversary served themselves as final group phase opponents. Alice Smith took to the field having played some good tournament football but never really having produced the sort of results that they so often heavily carry as the burden of expectation. It was all about KLASS against class. Unfortunately, I had to pull out mid-way through the second half due to a sprained ankle. However, our never-say-die captain Jiang Rong led the team to a 1-0 victory scoring a goal in the last vital seconds of the game. Winning the last game meant we were through to the 3rd and 4th place show down against BISJ. We were seeking revenge. After three intense, nail- biting minutes of football, Jiang Rong sent a thumping cross into the box. The goalkeeper of BISJ scrambled to punch the ball away but it didn’t go far. Leaving an open net, always means trouble; I saw the open opportunity to shoot and blasted the ball using my injured foot (thank you, thank you 🙂 and the ball sailed into the net. It wasn’t the best of goals but the feeling of scoring gave us the much needed energy to lift the spirits of not only the players but the nervous parents as well. After the first goal, our captain once again proved why he was chosen as captain by scoring our second. Cometh the hour it was GIS, who despite exhausted and with Bryan added to the injury list, pulled together to produce one of the team’s best displays of the tournament. In the end, we had released our inner dragon to pull off a 2-1 victory against BISJ. Revenge was sweet.
GIS had rightfully snuck through the back door to take 3rd place and bronze medals.
It wasn’t all about how many goals we scored, it was also about how many times we stopped the opposition from scoring. That being said I would like to give a special mention to our solid defender who put his life on the line just to get a medal- Jack Hando. When Jack was left for dead, Harun would step into the limelight to showcase some acrobatic saves. Those two heroes were a huge part of our success and clinching that precious bronze medal. Giorgio injuring his ankle on the first day of the competition proved to be a massive downfall because it was like playing with one less player at times. However the secret of our success wasn’t because of a particular person, it was a team collaboration, rather like this well crafted report 😉
Thank you to all the parents for their unrelenting support throughout the entire competition.