Effort, Teamwork and Sportsmanship from the U11 Footballers

School News April 15, 2018
Effort, Teamwork and Sportsmanship from the U11 Footballers

WAIS under 11 football team travelled to Shanghai to compete at Shanghai United International School and came away with their heads held high after a very enjoyable day. The team consisted of regulars K. Liu, S. Zhou, B. Yun, X. Clarke, L. Xie and A. Pan, with M. Zhang and C. Parkin stepping up and a debut was handed to young D. Hu from grade 3.  

WAIS started their tournament against NACIS; a newly formed school from Shanghai playing in their first ever competition. The game was a close fought affair with chances limited from both sides. The highlight of the match came when K. Liu attempted a speculative effort from the half way line, lobbing the goalkeeper, only to find his effort come back off the post. The result ended 0-0 thanks to some solid defending from X. Clarke and A. Pan, and some good goalkeeping from C. Parkin.

After a short 10-minute break, WAIS came out for their second game against the tournament favorites; SUISHQ A Team. Again, the game was a tight affair, with young M. Zhang coming agonisingly close to opening the scoring when he hit the post midway through the first half. The mood of the game changed when a contentious freekick was given against WAIS outside their own box. SUISHQ took their chance and scored from the resulting freekick. The boys worked hard to shake off this setback and defended well but were sadly unable to keep out a second freekick, giving SUISHQ a 2-0 win.  

Sadly, goalkeeper C. Parkin injured himself during the previous game and had to move into defence, where he played very well and dominated the space around him. A. Pan, who stepped into goal, showed why he is pushing Parkin for the number 1 jersey by making a string of good saves but ultimately WAIS were outplayed by a better team. Going down 0-4 to SUISPD, but WAIS picked themselves up and showed great fighting spirit to grab a very well worked consolation goal, K. Liu crossing from the left wing to find L. Xie who finished with the outside of his right boot. The result could have been better for WAIS but D. Hu was unlucky not to finish what would have been a well-deserved goal. The game ended 1-4.

WAIS’s final game was against a depleted FDIS team. The boys made a promise to play the final game with a smile and end on a high, and they duly delivered. A brilliant worked goal consisting of passes from almost every player ended with a sweet finish from outside the box by S. Zhou. L. Xie scored another well worked goal, again teaming up with K. Liu to score a poacher’s finish at the back post. The final goal of the game summed up the attitude of the players, with K. Liu charging down the goalkeeper’s clearance, the ball came back off K. Liu and rolled into the empty net. WAIS winning their final game 3-0.

WAIS capped off a brilliant day, when at the closing ceremony, they were presented with the ‘Sportsmanship’ award after being voted for by all the other coaches. B. Yun stepped up as captain and collected the award on behalf of the team.