SPORT - Mr Justin Teves

Sports Wrap Up

Looking forward to next week, we have our annual Upper Elementary and Secondary School Swimming Carnivals held at Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex. Please note that the sign-ups for these events closed over one and a half weeks after being advertised via the Newsletter, emailed to some parents and posted on daily notices for a three week period. The sign-ups are now closed so please do not contact the Sports Department regarding any last minute requests. The entire program has been put together and has been sent off to be finalised. I’m looking forward to seeing our students compete at the annual meet. I must thank Mr Forbes, Mrs Teves and Mrs Plant for their hard work in putting this event together. I hope to see lots of parents at the pool supporting our students.

On Saturday last week, our Sharks Swim Team competed at the May Madness meet at Singapore American School. From all reports, our swimmers performed incredibly well with a whole host of personal bests being swum. I’d like to acknowledge the incredible work that our swim coaches have put into the students and in particular, Coach Richards who has been the driving force behind the program.

Our Elementary School Athletics Team competed at Clementi Stadium over the same weekend. Unfortunately, our U9 Field events were cancelled due to weather conditions but the rest of the events were able to continue. All our athletes performed incredibly well. We have yet to receive final results but are confident that AIS had a strong showing.

On Thursday evening I received news from our Head of Rugby- Craig Smith that our U11 Seconds Rugby Team won Gold in their Final vs The French School. After a tight 10-10 draw during the lead up, our boys really stepped up and pulled off the victory and secured the Division 1 and 2 double for U11 Boys Rugby. Congratulations to all.

Our U19 Football First XI came away with a heart stopping 3-2 victory in penalties in their Football League Semi Final on Thursday Night. Coaches Capstick and Harrow agreed that it had more excitement than a La Liga match and those who were fortunate enough to be a part of it should consider themselves very lucky. We had a huge contingent of students from Years 6-12 supporting the team and I’m confident that the crowd provided wonderful support for the boys. Full reports for athletics and football can be found further in this newsletter along with other sports reports.

Justin Teves
Head of Sport

Sharks Sport Website

Please visit the Sharks Sport Website for any information you require regarding our Representative Sports Program. Click here to be directed to the site.

Denis Tan
Sports and Activities Coordinator

Swimming Carnival Information

Year 1 Swimming Carnival

Tuesday, 27 May

Year 1 Swimming Carnival

AIS Pool
8.40am - 9.40am
1ST, 1BO, 1HA, 1JO, 1HE

9.50am - 10.50am
1DA, 1OC, 1MC, 1DE, 1CU

The Year 1 students are currently participating in a Swim Scheme program, as a celebration of the end of the program students will participate in a Swimming Carnival. This carnival provides an opportunity for the students to demonstrate skills they have learnt and practiced during the program.

Date: Tuesday, 27 May
Venue: AIS Pool
Time: 8:40am – 11am

Please click here to view the Year 1 Swimming Carnival 2014 parent information letter.

Upper Elementary Swimming Carnival

Thursday, 29 May

Upper Elementary House
Swimming Carnival

Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex
Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
9:00am – 2:45pm

For more information about the UE Swimming Carnival, click here.

Please note students competing in the 200m Individual Medley will need to be transported to the
venue by a parent/guardian to arrive at 7:45AM. Click the links below for details of finalists for the 200IM:

200m IM finalists in Year 3

200m IM finalists in Year 4

200m IM finalists in Year 5

Click the links below for details of finalists for the 50m Butterfly:

50m Butterfly finalist in Year 3

50m Butterfly finalist in Year 4

50m Butterfly finalist in Year 5

Please also check the links below and print the program to bring with you to the Swimming Carnival as no programs will be handed out on the day.

Miranda Teves
Elementary Sports Coordinator

Secondary House Swimming Carnival

Friday, 30 May

Secondary School House
Swimming Carnival

Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex
Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
9:00am – 2:45pm

This is a reminder that the Secondary School House Swimming Carnival is on next Friday, 30 May at the Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex.

Due to the lack of entries in the ‘A’ events this year there will be no time trialing for either the 200IM or the Butterfly in the Secondary School.

Swimmers competing in the 200IM will need to be at the pool by 7.45am, ready to start at 8.00am. These swimmers will need to make their own way to the pool. Tocheers timefind out if your child is competing in the 200IM of the morning of the carnival, please click here. If students are not competing in the 200IM, they are to come to school to attend Home Group, have their attendance taken and will then be taken on buses to the swimming complex.

Even though there will be some BBQ food, drinks and lollies available as part of fundraising events (at a cost), please ensure that your child has plenty of food, water (which will also be available at the premises) and sunscreen for the day. The wearing of House uniform is also necessary. If you do not have a House uniform please see the Uniform Shop before Friday, 30 May.

Students will have House meetings next Wednesday, 28 May during PGD time for more information on the day and get the House spirit juices flowing. If you would like more information about the Secondary Swimming Carnival please click here.

To see the Secondary School Swimming Carnival Meet program click here.

To see the 2014 schedule and records from 2013, please click here.

Ian Forbes
Secondary School Sports Coordinator


19U Football Boys Semi Final vs German European School
Thursdays match turned out to be a thriller.  The U19 football squad came up against the German European School (GESS) in a very tough semifinal. In the previous match between the two teams, GESS came away with the win and therefore this semifinal was a chance for AIS to redeem ourselves. The first half finished 1-0 to AIS with a well-finished shot from Nikita Trivinov giving us the one goal advantage. With help from our supporters we started the second half strongly.

Unfortunately, GESS scored 15 minutes into the half bringing the score to 1-1. AIS fought back with Theo Forsberg scoring a second goal to make it 2-1, however we were not able to hold that lead conceding a goal with 10 minutes left to play.  These last 10 minutes seemed to last forever with both teams desperate for the win. The game finished 2-2 with a penalty shootout to follow. The penalty shootout was very stressful with GESS missing their first two penalties and AIS converting theirs, to build a strong 2-0 lead. By the end of the penalties it was 2-2, which meant it went to sudden death. The German School took the first penalty, which was saved, and Marc English calmly placed the final penalty into the bottom corner to give the U19s the 3-2 win.

Thank you to everyone who turned up to support AIS. Looking forward to the support next week as we take on the French School in the final.

Mark Robinson
AIS Football 19U Goal Keeper


U14 Rugby
Last Thursday brought down the curtain on 2014 rugby for the AIS Under 14 team. Although soundly beaten in our last game by a well drilled OFS side, there were many positives to come out of the season.  The spirit and will to win of this team was never in doubt but lapses in defence continually cost us points.  There is no secret to success in this sport. An organised and committed defence will set the platform for victory every time; something to think about for next season.

One of the real benefits of sport is that it mirrors life; victory and defeat, elation and disappointment; success and failure. At the end of Thursday’s game, without any prompting from the coaches, the AIS team warmed down, gathered in a circle and each player in turn confessed their sins. “I could have been more aggressive at the breakdown”, “I should have chased down harder”, “I dropped my head after they scored”.   These young men have learnt a lesson in taking responsibility for a loss, verbalising their weakness and then, once acknowledged, working on this for next time. That’s life.

Congratulations to captains, Lachlan Kapetanakos and Angus McCasker for their strong leadership this season and to all the team for the way you played the game. Hope you had some fun.

Kevin O’Connor and Richard Heazlewood
AIS Rugby

10U Rugby

Tuesday, 20 May
Finals – Round One at AIS


Division One



AIS Gold



Match 1

AIS Gold 4 v 0 UWCE

Tries: Jack McMahon (2), Kurt Landers (2)

Match 2

AIS Gold 1 v 1 TTS

Tries: Jack McMahon

Match 3

AIS Gold 2 v 0 CIS LKS

Tries: Marcus D’Acre, Kurt Landers

Players Player

Kurt Landers


AIS 10U Green




Match 1

AIS Green 0 – 10 TTS



Match 2

AIS Green 0 – 10 CIS LKS



Players Player

Rex Pollard




Division Two




AIS 10U White




Match 1

AIS White 10 – 5 LFS


Michael Jelavic, Jack Davis

Match 2

AIS White 15 – 10 OFS


Michael Jelavic, Jack Davis, Ben Fletcher

Players Player

Michael Jelavic & Jack Davis



Next week’s fixtures:
Tuesday, 27 May @ Harding Field (Dempsey Hill)

Daniel Locking
AIS Sharks Rugby Coach


AISA Games - U19 Boys Touch
The AISA Games in Hong Kong produced a terrific two days of Touch Football for our senior boys squad. All five matches were fast and closely contested affairs, which tested both the boys skill and fitness levels and saw them rely heavily upon their team work and game plan. 

Our first match against home team Hong Kong saw Singapore get away to a slow start with Hong Kong scoring a soft touch down almost immediately. This early punch seemed to wake the Singapore boys up as they quickly regrouped into their attacking structure and began to control the play, leveling the scores soon after. Singapore dominated play in the second half controlling field position and keeping Hong Kong scrambling in defense.

Singapore crossed the chalk twice more in the second half to take the match 3 – 1 in a pleasing come from behind win which showed plenty of character.

With little rest time Singapore found themselves back on the pitch against Malaysia. Despite the slow start in the previous match, and the collective team promise to not let it happen again, Malaysia opened the scoring with a slick sideline play that took advantage of some confused Singapore defense.  Finding themselves again in a situation where they now needed to play from behind, the boys fell back on what they knew, executed their game plan, controlled the ruck and targeted some slow Malaysian defense. With the focus back on control the scoring opportunities began to present themselves and Singapore soon overtook Malaysia on the scoreboard and took the game 5 – 2.

The following day brought the second round matches with Hong Kong again the first match. Singapore looked like a new team rushing out to a 2 – 0 lead only to give up a touchdown just prior to half time. The half time break clearly benefitted Hong Kong who came out firing in the second half to level scores 2-2. The remainder of the match became one of those games where every pass the opposition threw seemed to stick while Singapore errors where mounting. Hong Kong with a weight of possession and a healthy penalty count were soon able to convert their dominance into two more points and some breathing space going into the final minutes of the match. Singapore managed a third try but it was not enough, losing the match 3-4.

The final pool match against Malaysia was a chance to iron out some problem areas before the final. A slower controlled start to the match was just what was needed as Singapore soaked up the early pace and pressure from Malaysia until they started to make errors. Slowly but surely Singapore turned the screws until Malaysia became fatigued and gaps appeared in the defense. Singapore took immediate advantage and opened the scoring and Malaysia never recovered. Singapore crossing the line three more times to win in a comfortable 4-0 score line.

The final between Hong Kong and Singapore was set to be a very closely contested match. Our boys talked a lot about executing the game plan and the need to control the pace of play and territory.  The first ten minutes of play were exactly that. Singapore played calculated, error free Touch and while they had several scoring attempts denied by the referees they definitely looked like the team in control and the most likely to score. This they did with a beautifully worked right side play to Napia Mapleston off a perfectly weighted Jack Mantle pass. While almost the entire half of Touch was the best this team have played, they were stunned when they reacted far too slowly to their only error of the half and allowed Hong Kong to score against the run of play in the dying seconds. Having played so well to go to half time at one all was a deflating moment for the boys.

Hong Kong took the field buoyed by their late try and immediately increased their pace. Singapore found themselves trying to absorb the same sort of pressure that they had applied to Hong Kong in the first half. Again, we could not get the little things to stick as the pressure and diminishing match time began to take their toll. Some fifty-fifty refereeing decisions going the way of the home team further frustrated the boys and Hong Kong soon converted their dominance into another try. Repeated infringements from Singapore saw two players in short succession rested by the referee and put the match out of Singapores reach. Hong Kong taking the match 2-1 and the lifting the trophy.

It was a disappointing way to finish the tournament considering that we had beaten Hong Kong convincingly in the pool rounds and out played them for the first half of the final. However, the final match highlighted the importance of controlling our play, executing our game plan and capitalising upon opportunities as they are created. When we did this we played well and it is most certainly a big positive that the team takes from the tournament.





Singapore 3 v 1 Hong Kong

Sam Ryan, Ben Wright, Jackson Anstee


Singapore 5 v 2 Malaysia

Ollie Saint, Ben Wright, Nick Daniels, Nopia Mapleston, Jackson Anstee


Singapore 3 v 4 Hong Kong

Sam Ryan, Jack Mantle, Ben Wright


Singapore 4 v 0 Malaysia

Nick Daniels, Will Mantle, Liam Rabbidge, Nopia Mapleston


Singapore 1 v 2 Hong Kong

Nopia Mapleston

Players Player

Nick Daniels


Bill Brennan
AIS Sharks Touch Coach

AISA Games - U19 Girls Touch
The Open girls Touch Football team competed in the AISA games in Hong Kong on the 9th and 10th of May. The girls played their first two games on Friday afternoon in trying conditions with persistent rain on a small field.  Singapore saw a 0-0 draw against Malaysia and managed to secure a 3-0 win against Hong Kong with try scorers Ellie Hitz, Danni Gregory and Elodie Tweedie.

The second day of games saw Singapore vs Hong Kong. Hong Kong brought a stronger attack with new fast players that penetrated our defensive line resulting in a 3-2 loss for Singapore. Try scorers Sammi leaver and Lauren Mansfield. Singapore managed to secure a win over Malaysia in the second game of Day 2, securing a spot in the Final against Hong Kong.

During the final the girls played a great game, with solid plays and breaks in the defensive line. The girls were continually denied tries and penalties, which they took with a heavy heart, but still managed to keep their heads up. The final scores saw a heart breaking 2-1 win to Hong Kong with the Singapore try coming from Sasha Chee.

I am extremely proud of the U18 girls touch team. They played really well and supported each other through wins, losses and draws during the tournament proving to be a mature and level headed team.

Penny Hosking-Potts
AIS Sharks Touch Coach


AISA Games U19 Boys Basketball
AIS U19 Division Basketball Team showed their heart and guts in winning the first two games at the AISA Games in Hong Kong. Good vibes turned to the unspeakable when Nathaniel got injured, but the maturity of the players showed on the court even though we were the underdogs.   The players demonstrated teamwork and maintained their intensity down the stretch, and fought to make it out on the floor and compete all the way up to the Championship round.

Sharks Basketball’s senior team lost the title for the Championships against the team from AIS Hong Kong but I am proud to end the season with a smile and enjoyment because of the resilience and spirit the team demonstrated under pressure.

Melvin Sto Domingo
AIS Sharks Basketball Coach

AISA Games U19 Girls Basketball
What a fantastic weekend for women’s basketball at AIS. The eight woman squad travelled to Hong Kong eagerly anticipating the games ahead.  Our motto for the weekend: “Going for Gold”. After completing a team goal setting session early on day one of the competition, it was clear that despite being much younger than their competition, the girls were focused and ready to give it their all! The round games showcased that they could match it with both the Malaysian and Hong Kong teams, walking away splitting the two games, one win, one loss.

The second day of games proved a little more challenging. Losing the tenacious rebounding ability of Jasmine Davies due to a knee injury, the girls knew it would take a mighty team effort to come away with the wins – the girls rose to the challenge, annihilating Malaysia by over 20 points. There was some fantastic team defense being played as well as text book offence being executed. The team’s focus of ‘Persistence’ and ‘Pressure’ in defense and ‘Poise’ on offence really paid off during that game.

The Grand final saw the girls matching up against a considerably older and taller Hong Kong team. Despite being labeled the ‘underdogs’ each and every player put in her best effort every second she was on the court. Unfortunately this time we fell short of our goal but were extremely excited to have won our first silver medal in an international tournament. We are already looking forward to next year and how we can better prepare ourselves for the tournament. It was a great few days of competition with the girls gaining valuable international playing experience. Each player should be proud of the way she conducted herself both on and off the court and we hope to see many players return ready to go one better next year.    

Michaela Dalgleish
AIS Sharks Basketball Coach