School News March 24, 2018

On the final Saturday of the Spring term, WAIS Primary rugby and netball teams travelled to Dulwich College, Shanghai for their respective finals days. An excellent day was had by all, with our U11 rugby team taking home third place – an amazing achievement! Well done to all the boys and girls involved who were a credit to WAIS and to themselves all day long.

U11 Netball

The U11s netball team headed to Dulwich College, Shanghai to take part in a finals tournament with several other schools from around Jiangsu and Shanghai.

The girls showed great team work and made improvements throughout the day. Although they lost two of their games within the Round Robin section, they also managed to achieve a draw leaving them with scores of 4-2, 3-3 and 7-1. 

This put the girls into a placement match where they communicated well and showed great promise as a team. The game would have ended in a draw but unfortunately, they had to go into extra time to get a winner and they lost out by one goal with a score of 2-3. The skills they used and the team work they demonstrated within this game were far more advanced than how they had begun, showing how much they have improved as a team.

What was great to see from the girls was their determination and perseverance, they continued to try their best and in the final match of the day they won 5-2. At the halfway point of the game the WAIS team were losing having not scored yet, however they continued to work as a team and motivated each other while showing excellent technique which gave them their well-deserved win. 

The progress made by these girls and their attitude to sports demonstrates that they are becoming excellent competitors and they should be proud of the progress they have made.  

U11 Rugby

The U11 Rugby team had prepared very well for the Finals Day and they all had the self-confidence that if they played to their strengths, they would be serious contenders for the Cup.

During the opening three group games, the boys won two (including a first ever win over the French School) and lost one – an encouraging start.

F. Wang stepped up and scored plenty of tries (12) receiving great offloads from his team mates, C. Rensburg once again made crunching tackles resulting in mouthguards flying all over the place!

The boys regrouped for the 3rd 4th place playoff, narrowly coming out victors 20-15 securing 3rd place overall, a huge step up from last year when WAIS placed 8th.

This was indeed a special group of players that can add value to any team that they will be part of in years to come.

Well done boys!

U9 Netball

An early start and a three-hour trip to Dulwich College, Shanghai.  Due to the long trip, the girls had to rush into playing their first match against Dulwich with not much of a warm-up.   

It was a closely fought game with a few changes. The girls battled bravely and the team defended well.  WAISCZ  created the better scoring opportunities but couldn’t finish. At half time, the teams were level at one goal each. After goals at each end, both teams couldn’t find a way to beat the dead lock.   The final whistle blew and the game was a draw.   

There were many positives from the game however the focus for the next game was to use the space better and concentrate on footwork and receiving.

The next 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 and WAISCZ both managed to score.  In the second half WAIS battled bravely but were unable to overcome a very organized defense and the final score was another draw. The focus for the next game was to be more clinical in shooting.

NAIS were the next opponents, so we knew that we would be in for a tough game.  The NAIS 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 however, WAISCZ managed to score some well-crafted goals to  bring the final score to 7-4.  

The game against Wellington, proved to be the hardest game as they went on to be the eventual winners of the competition.  The team worked hard and showed a good competitive spirit but the final score saw Wellington winning convincingly.

In the final game against Dulwich Suzhou, the team worked started strongly by scoring several goals.  At half time the team had built up a convincing lead.  The second half saw WAISCZ competing with energy and enthusiasm as a result the team achieved their first win of the tournament.

The team has made significant improvements in a brief period and have been a pleasure to coach. Well done everyone.