Senior Boys Football Season Review:
ISAC Champions, SEASAC Runners Up: A Season to Remember
The start of a new season always brings surprises and this year was no exception. New faces, both in players and coaches, new personalities and a new team with plenty of explosive chemistry. Our potential was not in doubt, the question was whether or not the Dragons could live up to, if not exceed the results of previous years.
From day one, signs were positive, over 80 people tried out, giving everything for the chance to represent the Dragons at ISAC and SEASAC. There is no doubt that passion and desire was there, and soon enough we were able to turn that into GIS’s U18’s boys first ISAC title in years, smashing in 24 goals in only 5 games, spirits were high, the next challenge was SEASAC.
Unbeaten going into SEASAC, we believed we could do it. 7 straight wins would seal the second title of an unforgettable and unbeaten season. Belief continued to rise throughout the group stage, finishing top of the group with 13 points from a possible 15, could the Dragons do it? Semi Final: GIS 7-1 ISY. It was time for the final. The Dragons gathered in their classic huddle, voicing their desire for the game ahead, for the reward at the end of the game. But it wasn’t meant to be, 1-0 up before UWCSEA equalised 1-1, we then went 2-1 up, but once again UWCSEA fought back, forcing it to extra time in which they capitalised on a last minute chance, winning the game and promotion, ending an unbeaten season of 12 games, prior to the final, for us as the hosts.
Disappointed but proud, every Dragon showed character and integrity as they played their heart out for eachother and the school. We played as a team. Won as a team. Lost as a team. As captain, I could not have asked for a better bunch of lads to enjoy the season with, they did everything they could and thats all I could ask for.
SEASAC Squad: Iskandar Mah, Julian Amani, Sarin Simoneit, Kshitijendra Thakur, Arjun Magesh, Ean Loong Lau, William Van Hoek, Jesse Doelli, Vighnaraj Sathivelu, Tom McAndrew, Kevin Rozario, Fahd Hussein
Coaches: Robert Eshun and Alan Chester