If you were fortunate enough to bear witness to the 19U Boys Football Final at AIS on Wednesday evening, I have no doubt you would agree you were treated to something special. Close to 200 students, parents and teachers turned out to support our 19U Boys in the Gold Medal final vs the French School.
LFS finished the season on top of the table. After our boys won through to the finals in penalties last week, the boys and their supporters were riding a wave of emotion and energy. That energy and excitement quickly turned to anxiety as LFS started the game strongly scoring in the first 10 minutes. AIS struck back to draw even but were again set back after the French extended to a 2-1 lead before halftime. The next 40 minutes of football could not have been scripted any better. A tying goal from Nikita Trifinov saw the crowd come to life. Just when we though we were heading to penalties, LFS struck again to take a 3-2 lead with less than 3 minutes to play. In a classic tale of never ever giving up, AIS mounted one last attack and miraculously, we scored off a header from a long cross.
Penalties were to decide this epic contest. The first 5 shots from each team stayed on target with LFS kicking first and keeping the pressure on AIS. The 6th kicker stepped up to the box facing our very own Mark Robinson who loomed large across the goals. The came hard and low to the right but somehow, Mark got both hands on it and made a huge save. It turned out to be the game changer as Hideo Ueda calmly stepped up to the spot and drilled the shot and secured the Gold. What followed could really only be described as pandemonium. The players and crowd swarmed on the pitch and celebrated in unison. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced on the sporting field at AIS and I could not have been more proud of our coaches and players for their performance. I have no doubt the team will put together a full report along with photos for next week’s newsletter. Congratulations to the team on this incredible achievement.
I would like to wish our AIS Sharks Swimmers the best of luck for the Singapore Swimming Age-Group Conference Championships this weekend. Some of our swimmers have been training upwards of 15 hours per week for this meet and I look forward to seeing the fruits of the labour on Saturday at CIS. Thanks to our Swimming Department for the work they have put into planning this major event.
Finally, thank you to Mrs Teves, Mrs Plant, Mr Forbes and Mr Fadlie for all the planning behind the House Swimming Carnivals in the Upper Elementary and Secondary Schools. I’m sure those in attendance will agree that the carnivals ran very smoothly.
Head of Sport
The AIS 15U boys failed to salute in the final game of the season against OFS, but from all accounts played with plenty of heart on what was an extremely hot morning.
Batting first, AIS managed 171 all out, largely due to another fine unbeaten century to Jackson Edmondstone capping a strong season, and fought hard to defend the total, but in the end it was just not enough runs.
AIS 171 all out off 27 overs (J. Edmondstone 100*, L. Berridge 10)
OFS 3/172 off 22 overs (K. Campbell 2/31, R. Blayney 1/32)
I would like to thank Mr Watson for looking after the team in both my own and Narender’s absence last Sunday.
I would also like to thank Narender, affectionately known by AIS cricket parents as the ‘kid whisperer’ for the miracles he works with AIS student cricketers, for his commitment across the semester to this team. Many of this squad are still 15U eligible next year, so we look forward to another good season in Semester 1 2015.
Finally thanks to all parents for your continued support in what has been a challenging season for the boys.
Final training session next Thursday – with the distinct possibility of a guest visit from former Australian Test and NSW/West Australian State cricketer Beau Casson in attendance. This is a terrific opportunity for our spin bowlers to receive some excellent tutelage in their craft from a player who worked his way all the way to the pinnacle of cricket. We thank Beau in advance for coming down to help out the AIS cricketers.
AIS Sharks Cricket
A hot and enjoyable morning last Sunday for the people involved in the Elementary Texas Scramble.
Results below, and congratulations to all participants for a great game.
Executive Golf Course (9 Holes - Par 29) :
1st Jamie and Blair Hope 31 (1 under of Par 4 holes)
2nd Billy and Stuart Turnbull 31 (2 over on Par 4 holes)
3rd Campbell and David Aitken 39
4th Patrick and Joseph Tung 45
Last CCA session this Tuesday, 3 June.
In Semester 2, for those who sign up, we are looking to extend the CCA session to 90 minutes each week to allow for all players to get some time on course at Orchid Country Club each month on a rotational basis. This change will not significantly increase the cost of the program, and be more beneficial to all participants.
Good luck to our eight secondary students competing in the Cognita Games Golf Tournament at Ria Bintan on 6 – 7 June, full report in final newsletter of the term.
Our AIS 14U Girls Basketball Team travelled to Woodlands for the ACSIS Finals on Saturday. Our Sharks were taking on UWC Dover in the Gold Medal Final. Despite going down to Dover by 25 points during the regular season. Our girls went in to the game with the belief they could compete and shake things up. The game started with Dover seizing control scoring the first 6 points of the game. A quick timeout and some minor changes to the lineup saw AIS get into the game through some more consistent team defense. AIS stayed right with Dover through the first half but the UWC Phoenix maintained a double digit lead through most of the game. Our Sharks made a run in the 3rd quarter and narrowed the lead to 6 points but UWC’s height and balance on offense and defense allowed them to pull away in the 4th quarter.
Final score was Dover 33 AIS 21. Congratulations to our 14U Girls- ACSIS Silver Medalists.
AIS Sharks Basketball
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Sports and Activities Coordinator