Senior Girls Football Team Clinch ISAC Championships and Finish a Fine Fifth at SEASAC Div 1
Our first week of ISAC was a great start to the season as only after a week of training, GIS managed to pull a record 7-2 win against Alice smith, and a 5-1 win against MKIS. We always knew that ISKL were going to be our main competition but going into the match with hopes, we managed to go 2-0 up at halftime. However, our lack of training and fitness got the better of us as ISKL came back 2-2 to end with a draw. However, a great start to ISAC. In the finals week, our first semi-final was once again our rivals Alice Smith, and knowing this team of experienced players, we knew they weren’t going down without a fight. Final time whistle: the score was 0-0. So into extra time we went, where Alice smith scored the first goal, but with 2 minutes left on the final time whistle, Tasha’s shot deflected off Isabel to get an amazing 1-1 draw, with the result next being penalties. In one of the most heart racing penalty shoot outs in my GIS history, the girls performed amazingly, FINALLY not letting our rivals get the better of us, beating KLASS 4-3 on penalties, going on overall to FINALLY win the long overdue title of ISAC CHAMPIONS of KL.
Our U18 Football girls travelled down to Singapore prepared for an intense weekend of football. Our first match was against last year’s champions NIST but our girls were ready for the challenge but unlucky lost 3-2 with goals by senior player, Tasha and Isabel. But, we weren’t disheartened and then went into a tough game against Patana where we did not perform as well as we could have and wanted and lost 4-0. Due to terrible weather conditions, the first day was cancelled and our game against our home rivals KLASS was reschedule to the next morning.
The following morning, the team got pumped by blasting Mr.Ruscoe’s favourite tunes (S Club 7). Our rival team was as always a super close match were unlucky, they got the better of us with a score of 4-3, with a hat trick from captain Molly. The girls were all disappointed with the game, especially since we had beaten them previously so we decided that for the next game, we would go into it, just to have fun and enjoy ourselves especially as the tough UWC dover was next. However, with all the pressure taken off our shoulders, we performed the best we had all tournament despite receiving a few heavy knocks here and there, we drew 1-1, a fantastic result against the team that would later be crowned runners up to the championship on penalties. However, after working our butts off against UWC, we had the tough job of facing Tanglin Trust School that overall would go on to become winners of the tournament, and we lost 4-0 to what can we say, a much better team.
That left us in 5th place to play our rivals once again, Alice Smith. With both teams (us and Alice Smith) knowing that we could easily been in the top 4 with a place in the semis, all players were determined to prove that we deserved to own that 5th spot. Our final game of the season was an intense match where we showed that we deserved to be in Division 1 and deserved to win with a score of 3-1 with a goal from our youngest member, Salome!
I would like to thank our coaches, Mr.Ruscoe and Wen Xi for all their hardwork and effort that they have put in this season. Thank you girls for an incredible final football season and good luck in the future!
Molly Smith and Tasha Jayabalan