First Netball and Rugby matchdays of the new year!

School News January 13, 2019
First Netball and Rugby matchdays of the new year!

This past Saturday saw the first sporting fixtures of 2019 at WAIS Primary, and all our pupils involved represented the school superbly. With further matches to come thick and fast over the rest of the term, it is great that we have so many pupils involved and wanting to play. 

Match Reports for the netball and rugby respectively follow below.

Under 11 Boys’ Rugby Match Report

Saturday, 12th January 2019

Venue: Shanghai Community Sports Club (SCSC)

The Under 11 boys travelled full of excitement to their first matchday of the new term, having had their first taste of competitive action for the year back in November. Arriving at the Shanghai Community Sports Club, the boys got changed and then warmed up for their back to back matches. Fortunately they had a large squad from which to pick.

The first match was up against the Japanese Seahorses club. The Seahorses started brighter than WAIS, who still seemed to be a little sleepy after their bus journey, scoring two early tries through poor tackling, before T. Cui barged through for his first of the afternoon. At half time, the boys were confident, as they had grown into the game as the half went on. As the second half started, the WAIS boys were much the better side, keeping the ball, hitting rucks and scoring some fantastic tries, including two to take the lead for the first time!

After this however, the Seahorses came back into the game, with some lovely passing moves to score three fantastic team tries, before K. Tamati rounded off the scoring with his second of the match.

Final Score – WAIS 20-30 Seahorses

Man of the Match – X. Clarke

Try Scorers – T. Cui (2), K. Tamati (2) 

Up next, were the Shanghai Hairy Crabs club. Having beaten them so convincingly back in November, the WAIS team was mixed up to allow everyone to get plenty of game time. A great start and a try within twenty seconds from J. Cao put WAIS ahead, before E. Li used some fantastic footwork to add another. The crabs were not to be counted out though scoring a couple of tries themselves – the WAIS team again let down by some inferior tackling that will need to improve over the coming weeks.

The second half was very even, however WAIS persevered, scoring three more tries and managed to win without their full strength team, which gave confidence to the whole squad.

Final Score – WAIS 25-20 Hairy Crabs

Man of the Match – J. Cao

Try Scorers – T. Cui (2), E. Li (2), J. Cao

Up next were the ever impressive “Lycee Francais, Shanghai” (French School) – French teams are well known for playing an attractive brand of rugby and the French School in Shanghai did not prove to disappoint, scoring some superb first half tries involving passes from all seven members of the team  to coast into a comfortable lead at half time. 

The second half was a lot more even, with WAIS, through E. Li and T. Cui managing to get themselves on the scoresheet, however, as with the previous two games, tackling was the one aspect of the game letting WAIS down the most.

Final Score – WAIS 10-35 LFS

Man of the Match – E. Li

Try Scorers – T. Cui, E. Li

The final match of the day was against a Chinese school (六师附小) from Shanghai, who had just recently started playing contact rugby. Although the school proved to be a tough opponent eventually, when T. Cui ran through the entire opposition without even being touched, the boys from WAIS started to get a little overconfident, thinking the win was going to be easy, and they could pass the ball to one player and score every time. This did not prove to be the case. The opposition enjoyed passing the ball around and had some fast players who scored two quick tries to take the lead. The lead swung between LSF and WAIS (including a first try for T. Liu) but ultimately the opposition’s willingness to play together as a team  won them the game. 

Final Score: WAIS 20-25 六师附小

Man of the Match: T. Cui

Try Scorers – T. Cui (3), T. Liu

Under 9 Boys’ Rugby Match Report

Saturday, 12th January 2019

Venue: Shanghai Community Sports Club (SCSC)

This Saturday, the U9s rugby team travelled to Shanghai to compete in their first tournament of 2019. The first game against LFS did not go to plan and the boys lost 6 – 3 as they struggled to get to grips with the cold, wet and windy conditions.

After the game we talked about what we needed to focus on for the next match such as tackling lower and running forward in both attack and defense. This paid off as we went into the next game against the Shanghai Hairy Crabs as a much more organized and prepared side. The game finished with WAIS winning 5 – 4: their first victory!

The third and final game saw the boys lose to a very well-drilled Shanghai Seahorses side. Despite the loss, this was arguably the best that the team played all day as they put into action all of the things that we had practiced and talked about leading up to that point.

Although most of the boys are new to the sport, the progress they have made in just a number of weeks has been very encouraging to see and their understanding of the game has improved immensely. With more time to learn and practice the sport I expect them to get better and better in the coming weeks.

Girl U11s match report

Venue: Dulwich College Shanghai (DCS)

Saturday, 12th January 2019

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 DCIS, Dehong with not much of a warm-up.   It was a closely fought game with WAIS taking an early two goal lead. The girls battled bravely, and the team defended well but conceded a goal.  WAISCZ created the better scoring opportunities and extended their lead.  Dehong worked hard to get back into the game and levelled the score at 3-3.  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 contact.

WAIS 3-3 DCIS Dehong “A”

The next game against Wellington A, 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, neither side had managed to score.  In the second half WAIS battled bravely but were unable to overcome a very organized defense and the final score was 0-0. The focus for the next game was to be more clinical in shooting.

WAIS 0-0 Wellington

DCIS Dehong B were the next opponents, so we knew that we would be in for another tough game.  WAISCZ took an early lead with an excellent passing move that left the defense with very little chance. Soon after the girls combined well to score another goal.  Dehong managed to claw a goal back but the WAISCZ team did not drop their heads and managed to score some well-crafted goals to bring the final score to 3-1.  

WAIS 3-1 DCIS Dehong “B”

The next game against Puxi B, proved to be a hard game. The team worked hard and showed a good competitive spirit and the final score saw WAISCZ winning by 2 goals to 1.

WAIS 2-1 Dulwich College, Puxi

In the final game against Wellington B, the team started strongly by scoring two goals.  At half time the team were in a comfortable 2-0 lead.  The second half saw WAISCZ competing with energy and enthusiasm but conceded a goal to bring the score to 2-1. The team achieved their first tournament win. 

There was not a trophy to bring home as this competition was all about allowing the girls to have match experience.

The team has made significant improvements over the last year and have been a pleasure to coach. Well done everyone.

U9 Netball Report

Many of the U9 girls were playing competitive netball for the first time, and learnt a lot from their experiences on the court. All the netball teacher are looking forward to their development and improvement in skills in the coming weeks.