11 Nov 2019
Nord Anglia Global Games China U13 and U15 Football

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On Thursday 7th November, approximately 200 students from within the Nord Anglia (China region) family arrived at BSB to participate in the inaugural U13 and U15 football tournament. 48 of those were BSB students who all contributed to both the event and the extremely high standard of football on show.

The U13 boys’ and girls’ teams got off to a slow start to the tournament but remained positive and improved during each the games that proceeded. The positivity was reinforced with the support off that pitch as much as on the pitch. The level of teamwork, support, skill and desire fantastic throughout the tournament.

The U13 girls’ progress to the final was halted by NACIS who clinically took their chances, which meant that the BSB girls would compete for 3rd/ 4th place overall. During this game, the U13 girls kept their heads high and put in a composed and resilient performance to beat BSN 2-0, finishing 3rd overall. A well-deserved victory and a justifiable final position.

Our U13 boys’ performances in the opening two games were below expectations and found themselves losing both games. The third game was a better performance with the team winning the game and their next two consecutive matches too. These, along with subsequent results, allowed the boys to progress into the playoffs and eventually into the final again NAISHK. The final was a closely fought game, with both teams cancelling out each other’s valiant efforts meaning the result had to be decided by penalties. The result wasn’t favourable for BSB with NAISHK wining 2-1 and lifting the trophy.

In contrast, both the U15 boys and girls teams made a flying start to the tournament, taking no prisoners and achieving maximum points from their opening two fixtures. The U15 girls progressed to final, but not before having to conquer NAISPD in the semi-final with a hard fought 1-0 win. The final saw the girls involved in a battle with BISSPX and when the final whistle sounded, the scores were tied at 1-1. This meant dreaded penalties. After a few nervous penalties, it was down to Elisa Bellillo to save Pudong’s final penalty to set up the chance for Sophia El Alaoui to win the game. Sophia stepped up with confidence and took the chance to crown the U15 girls team. Champions!

The fixture schedule meant BSBs U15 boys’ team didn’t play until Friday morning, giving them the opportunity to observe their opponents. The results from the group stage were fantastic with three wins and one draw, finishing top of the pile and into the semi-final against BSG. A confident and professional performance allowed the boys to progress into the final against BISSPX who they had tied against in the group stage. The boys were physical, composed and clinical in what turned out to be a game dominated by BSB and decided by one goal. YeonHo Bae, in goal, made some fantastic saves throughout the game and the deciding goal, by Avuyile Mgodeli from a perfectly placed free-kick into the top corner saw the U15 boys 2-1 winners.

A huge congratulation to all of the BSB players who contributed to a fantastic festival of football. Special mention must go to Sefa Yilmaz, Avuylie Mgodeli, YeonHo Bae, Nisa Yaylaci, Carla Pavic, Lottie Park, Lorcan Cahill, Louis Dreher and Gaby Kang, who were all selected in the All-Star tournament teams.

Throughout the weekend the BSB Bears supporters were in full voice and showed tremendous support for all of the boys and girls. On behalf of the PE department, I would like to the opportunity to thank all the parents who gave up their weekend and valuable time to support the teams.