Primary Sports Getting Better And Better Each Week!

School News March 24, 2018
Primary Sports Getting Better And Better Each Week!

This past weekend WAIS sports stars were in action, and this was the last opportunity for our U11 Rugby and U9 and U11 Netball teams to get some match practice in before the Finals Day at Dulwich College, Shanghai on Saturday 24th March. WAIS Rugby teams went to Dulwich College, Suzhou, whilst the netballers were in action at NAIS, Pudong.

U11 Netball

There were great improvements this weekend with the U11 netball teams. The girls have developed considerably since we started training months ago. Our two teams visited NAIS to compete in a round robin tournament with a team from NAIS and one from Dulwich College, Suzhou. The games were close and competitive. Our A team lost 5-3 and 5-4, and our B team drew 4-4 and lost 11-0. 

Although we didn’t win our games, we are definitely closing the gap. The teams that we really struggled against in the past are becoming much less of a challenge to face. We were very impressed to see an improvement in our shooting and our attacking play was much more direct. Every player worked extremely hard and we are very proud of their efforts and improvement.

U11 Rugby

With finals day coming up in Shanghai next weekend, the U11 boys were keen to show the progress they had made through the season. The WAIS A team played some superb rugby in their opening match against the Japanese Seahorses, coming away with a 40-25 victory. The boys then followed this up with a very competitive 15-15 draw against Wellington College, before a nailbiting 20-15 victory over Dulwich College, Suzhou. Their final match, against a very strong LFS (French School, Shanghai), ultimately ended in defeat, but the boys will go into next Saturday’s finals full of confidence. 

The WAIS B team, consisting mainly of pupils who just started contact rugby this term, fought valiantly in their games, however were unfortunately unable to register a win. There is lots of potential however moving forward for WAIS rugby. Well done to all involved!

U9 Netball

The early start did not dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of the girls, but we knew that we would be in for a tough game against an experienced netball school in NAIS Pudong. The home team took an early lead with an excellent passing move that left the defense with very little chance. Soon after they scored another goal. The WAISCZ team did not drop their heads but could not stop a very organized team from scoring several more goals. There were many positives from the game however the focus for the next game was to use the space better and concentrate on footwork.

The second match was against Wellington.  It was a closely fought game with a few changes. The girls battled bravely and the team defended well. After several minutes, the team created an excellent opportunity and scored. After several more goals at each end neither team could find a way to beat the dead lock. The final whistle blew and the game was a draw.   

The final game against Harrow proved to be another tough game. Both teams were evenly matched. WAISCZ managed to cancel out the play makers from the other team and were creating good shooting chances. At the end of the first half HISS had managed to outscore WAIS and the score was 5-3. In the second half WAIS battled bravely but were unable to overcome the two goal deficit.

The team enjoyed the day and are making substantial progress with every game that they play. Well done everyone.

U9 Rugby

The WAIS U9 rugby team showed great passion and grit last Saturday when they travelled to Suzhou. After working on our tackling at training the day before, the boys and girls put in a defensive performance that was head and shoulders above anything that the coaches had seen from them before.

Having only started tackling a few months ago, it has been great to see the transformation that the team has undergone when it comes to this most crucial part of the game: nobody was afraid to go and bring the other teams down and at times the opposition weren’t able to move forwards at all against the brick wall of the WAIS U9 defensive line.

The day ended with a results tally of 2 wins 2 draws and 2 losses between the two WAIS teams. There is still lots to work on but the team keeps getting better and better every tournament and there are many encouraging points to draw from this latest trip to Suzhou.