Our U15 Boys Football team touched down in Madrid on Saturday morning and have been having the time of their lives Cognita-run Madrid Football Tournament. The boys played some friendly warm up matches against our Cognita sister schools in Chile and the UK and by the time this newsletter hits you, would have played their first round of matches. I have included below and extract from one of the daily reports we get from the team and you can read more from the tour in the Football section below.
‘Today was a very eventful day. With an early start, we jumped onto a bus which would take us to the city of Segovia. Accompanying us were another Chilean football team who are also competing in the tournament we are playing in this week. The bus trip was definitely one of the highlights of the day. We chanted with them which was extremely fun and many of us became friends with them, teaching them English and also we learned some Spanish. When we arrived in Segovia, a city to the north-west of Madrid, we could see the unique architectural aspects of the city straight away. It is a city which has Romanesque, Gothic and Muslim influences to its design. First we visited the aqueduct which was constructed by the Romans 2,000 years ago and is still in perfect condition unlike many other Roman structures which are now in ruins.
As the day went on, it got colder and colder reaching temperatures of 8 degrees. We then visited the last gothic cathedral constructed in Spain. The cathedral was very large. It had a number of influences. These included Gothic, renaissance and Muslim artists. The Muslim artists helped construct the structure and was evident in some of the designs in the walls and the ceiling. We then went to see a castle which had a weapons room. It contained very old weapons that were actually used in battle hundreds of years ago. To top off our historical sight-seeing day, we went to the Gardens of La Granja. The gardens of La Granja are massive. They also had fountains that were well preserved and were impressive in their design. We attempted to enter the tombs of all the dead Spanish kings, but it was unfortunately closed. By the time we got back to our hotel in Madrid, it was 10:00pm.’
AIS Football in Madrid
We wish the boys all the best for the tournament and hope they can bring home some medals.
In other news I would like to congratulate Jackson Campbell who has been awarded the Overall Series Metasport Duathlon and Triathlon Champion. Jackson and a large contingent of AIS students have been competing in the Metasport Series over the course of this year and have all performed incredibly well. Full report from Mr Standen can be found further in this newsletter.
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Two games this week against quality opposition saw the AIS Under 13s play with courage and commitment and at times produce some quality rugby.
Our first game after the holidays was against a big, fast and rugby savvy UWC Dover. Whilst outclassed all over the park, the boys played heroically in the second half to match their more fancied opponents. Outstanding in this game were backs, Caleb Jones and James Wilcox as well as Captain Angus McCasker in the forwards.
The game on Thursday against UWC East was once again one that got away; tackling technique and commitment at the breakdown are areas we need to improve on. Despite our close loss, Lachie Kapetanakos, Kyle Davies and Kyle Daniels were our best. With only two games remaining, our best rugby is still in front of us.
AIS Sharks Rugby
AIS compete in the MetaSport Sprint Triathlon to retain School’s Challenge Champion Title
Although it was still officially school holidays, students from AIS Triathlon ventured down to Changi Beach Park for the final event of the Singapore Sprint Series on Sunday, 13 April. They were greeted with clean still water, bright blue skies and extreme heat. By the time the event was over the thermometers were pushing 35-36 degrees.
In this event, students had the opportunity to put all their training into practice and complete all three triathlon disciplines in huge one event. The youths (12-15years) event consisted of a 250m swim, 10km cycle followed by a 2.5km run. While the kids divisions (8 - 11years) completed a 150m swim, 5km cycle and 1.5km run. It was delightful to see so many children competing on the final day of their school holidays and giving their all in the challenging conditions.
Congratulations to the following AIS Triathlon students on their positive performances:
1st Jackson Campbell (Boys 10-11)
3rd Brodie Horn (Girls 10-11)
8th India Long (Girls 10-11)
9th Michael Avramopoulos (Youth Male 12-13)
15th James Twine (Youth Male 12-13)
18th Imogen Baxby (Youth Female 12-13)
29th Isaac Barron (Youth Male 14-15)
37th Charlotte Copping (Girls 10-11)
Congratulations also to the following students from AIS for a great race:
1st Team Tri-Angels (Relay) Reilly Grose-Hodge (swim), Taylah Anderson (cycle) and Grace Rodsjo (run)
2nd Charlotte Rodsjo (Girls 8-9)
5th Team Baxby-Mulia (Relay) Amelia Baxby and Sienna Mulia
8th Caleb McMahon Jones (Youth Male 12-13)
9th Charlotte Dwan (Youth Female 12-13)
15th Zara Baxby (Youth Female 12-13)
A special mention must go to Jackson Campbell who won both the Duathlon and Triathlon events of the series. These two stunning performances have seen him crowned the overall series champion for 2014. Well done Jackson.
Other wonderful results were achieved in the overall placing s by the following students:
3rd Brodie Horn
6th India Long
6th Michael Avramopoulos
15th Imogen Baxby
26th Piper Lodge
36th Dominic Gastaldello
59th Isaac Barron
Our undefeated Orange team are doing our school proud in the 2014 19U ACSIS Netball League. These girls have worked hard together as a team throughout the season and their netball skills and confidence has grown greatly over the season. Sarah, Tara and Mikhayla have continually practiced to improve on their shooting and this has paid off over the season. Our Centre court girls Erin, Lucy and Gabby have combined to be a strong defensive and attacking mid court team. Finally our defensive end of Eva, Leonie and Georgia continually are working hard to turn over the ball and safely deliver it to our attacking end.
Oover the past few weeks this team has been under pressure in some games 7 down to then turn around and win these games. Their never die attitude has shown the other ACSIS teams that they will never give up and that they are a force to be reckoned with.
There final week of the ACSIS league will be their toughest as they are up against a very strong TTS and OFS teams. If we win our final two games against TTS and OFS this Monday afternoon AIS Orange will finish in 1st Place with a shiny Gold Medal for each girl! We wish the girls all the very best Monday; I know that they can do it – Go Sharks!
Today our Madrid football tournament commenced. All teams staying at the Hotel Convención left for the venue of the tournament at 8:15, Thankfully Jake and I were able to get ready and have breakfast within 15 minutes, as our alarm didn’t manage to wake us up. The weather when we arrived at the venue was horrendous. Pouring rain and a low temperature was not we had hoped for. Nevertheless, we set up camp inside the clubrooms and started warming up for our first game at 9 o’clock.
The first game began and we started with confidence, stroking the ball round and creating opportunities to score. After around 5 minutes we conceded 2 goals in quick succession. After the second goal, our heads dropped and our confidence dropped immensely. By full time we had lost the match 6 to 0. After the game each and every one of us new what we could improve on for the next game. After a 40 minute break between games we began warming up and within no time we were on the pitch ready to face our next opponent; a young squad from Barcelona.
During the break between games the boys really got psyched up for the match and forgot about what had just happened 40 minutes earlier. The, relatively short, Barcelona squad definitely gave us a run for our money. Thankfully as the second half commenced, an attempted cross into the box from Alberto took a huge deflection and ended up going bottom corner giving us a 1-0 advantage. As soon as this occurred, the boys gained in confidence and 5 minutes later a well-struck shot from Andrew with his left foot flew past the goalkeeper giving us a 2 goal lead. The final score of 2-0 was a great result but it could have easily been more.
After another short break, we undertook our match against Hastings. After a great start, Jake slotted home 4 stunning shots including one stunning volley from outside the box and Harvey threw a well placed bottom corner shot into the mix scoring his first of the tournament. This game really proved to us that if we can play and work as a team, we can really compete against the stronger teams in the tournament.
Our fourth and final game was against a British team named Chilton. Straight from the start the boys pressed hard, put on the pressure and we were rewarded with a very early goal from Jake. Unfortunately for Chilton, they lost all confidence and we were rewarded with many goals. Jake completed a double hat-trick scoring seven goals to add to his tally of 11 goals so far in this tournament with hopefully many more to come tomorrow. Also some great goals from Jack, Alberto, James and a cracking shot from Jasper outside the box. Unfortunately we were unable to keep a clean sheet as a late free kick from the opposition flew under the wall and into the goal. Apart from this, the boys played extremely well and the 11-1 win was an excellent result. This was the final game for today and we finished 2nd place in our pool, 3 points behind the Chilean team.
After returning back to the hotel and freshening up, we boarded the buses with the other teams and headed to Real Madrid’s home ground: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. We began the tour, checking out the pitch from far up in the stands. We slowly made our way to the bottom, passing through the rooms displaying all the trophies that Real Madrid has won over the years. We then continued on our tour to the seats where the players and coaches sit during the match. We had a few photos in the seats and we were all in awe at how comfortable and soft the seats were. We where also pretty excited at the fact that we were sitting where some of the worlds best football players had been seated 24 hours before when Real Madrid played Bayern Munich.
We then walked down to the dressing rooms and saw where each player got prepared for their match. The size of the dressing room was astounding it had everything from the basics like toilets and showers to the luxury of small pools and spas. After viewing the conference room we had a short visit to the stadiums shop where some of the guys brought shirts, gloves, key rings and other such items. We then returned to the bus and headed back to the hotel.
Today we had a great day at the tour, an excellent start to our tournament and we hope to continue our good run at the tournament when we begin the quarterfinals tomorrow morning.
AIS Madrid Football Tour