Primary Sports Round-Up – Improvements All-Round!

School News March 08, 2018
Primary Sports Round-Up – Improvements All-Round!

WAIS Primary hosted rugby and netball competitions in Changzhou this weekend at both Under 11 and Under 9 level – the biggest primary competition the school has hosted to date. Visiting teams came from Dulwich College, Suzhou and Wellington College, Shanghai. What was fantastic to see from WAIS boys and girls was a real commitment and passion for their respective sports. Well done to all involved! Match reports follow below:

U11 Netball

Last weekend, the U11 girls played in a friendly competition at WAIS. The visiting team, Dulwich College, Suzhou, joined us to take part in a round-robin style event. The games were played in good spirits, with lots of pace and energy throughout the morning.

It was great to see the improvements made since our last competition. The U11 girls’ movement and passing were fantastic. We are looking forward to our next competition in two weeks. In the meantime, we’ll be practicing our shooting!

U11 Rugby

The Under 11s had two teams compete in front of a home crowd this weekend, taking on DCSZ and Wellington. With some absolutely superb performances from C. Rensburg and F.Wang, particularly in their tackling, the WAIS first team came away with two excellent victories against some very tough teams who have been playing rugby for a number of years. 

Our second team, comprising mainly of pupils who only began playing contact rugby in January, competed valiantly and scored a couple of excellent tries, particularly from S. Liu, but ultimately came away without the victories their performances deserved.

After the competitive matches against the other schools, the two WAIS teams were mixed up for a final game to finish – as he had been doing all day, F. Wang tackled superbly, and carried the ball with determination, and ended up scoring three tries! Well done!

The boys next go back to Dulwich College, Suzhou on Saturday 17th March. 

U9 Netball

The U9s played against Dulwich College, Suzhou this weekend. Both schools had two teams. In the first game the team worked well together to win five goals to one. The next game was a lot closer. Both teams matched each other for goals and the final  score was two goals each.  In the third game there was end to end action and the game ended 4-3 to Dulwich College. In the final game WAIS won four goals to two. It is really pleasing to see everyone playing well as a team and making progress in playing netball. 

U9 Rugby

The WAIS U9 rugby team showed excellent maturity and development this Saturday when they played Wellington School here in Changzhou. Despite the wet conditions, the boys and girls spirits were all high and no one complained about the weather – some even seeming to revel in the prospect of getting wet and muddy!

The team have worked hard on their defense this term (having only begun tackling in the last few months) and everyone involved can be proud of the commitment that the players put into this aspect of the game: they were always back 5m, their defensive line was great and no one was afraid to tackle.

There were some fantastic performances from many players and, although the results didn’t quite go our way, the effort and commitment by the pupils were extremely encouraging to see going forward as a team. Thanks to all the teachers who helped to organise the event and all the parents who came along to watch. I look forward to seeing more improvements from the U9s in the future.