This week the AISHK Sports Teams are participating in tournaments and leagues in Hong Kong as well as travelling overseas to Asutralian International School (AIS) Singapore. At the beginning of last term we were invited to travel to Singapore to compete in the DeBrincat Cup for boys 12 and under in rugby. AIS Singapore host the tournament over Friday and Saturday at their campus and it is a great privilege to be invited to play. We are travelling with a very strong squad and wish the team and coaches the best of luck and hopefully they will bring back some silverware!
The Swim Team under Mr Ohlson are also travelling overseas to compete in the annual Royal Bangkok Sports Club’s 18th Invitational Swim Meet to be held on 26 and 27 November 2016. This is a great event that will see our swim team tested to the limits with some of the best swimmers from around Thailand and Asia competing. The swim team has really worked hard this year in their training schedules as well as attending as many Hong Kong Swim Meets as possible over the last semester. Well done and good luck to all involved.
The SDRC Touch will be held from 1-3 December at the American International School in Guangzhou. This is an annual event that AISHK are looking to host in 2017 heere in Hong Kong. With a huge thanks to Mr Wnek, Ms Walker and Mr Picker, touch at AISHK is continuing to grow with over 80 students training and competing on a weekly basis. Our teams have had great success winning AISA, the Hong Kong Touch Competition and also champions at the ACAMIS Mixed Touch Tournament recently held at Kings Park. After witnessing just how good the students performed at ACAMIS is a credit to the hard work and coaching that has taken place this year. The standard of the students is amazing and I’m sure the teams will bring home another trophy before the end of the year.
ISSFHK gets season two underway with our U20 Basketball Teams competing in Division 2 this year. The season lasts from the middle of November through to the end of January which makes it very difficult for AISHK to compete in any of the leagues as we are on holiday for most of the season. Mr Pilgrim and Mr Ong have somehow managed to work with the organisers in order for AISHK to play all their games before schools break up for the end of year holiday. Good luck to both boys and girls senior basketball teams.
This coming week also sees schools from Singapore and Abu Dhabi visiting AISHK, both for the first time. The British School Al Khubairat are beginning a tour of Hong Kong with their senior 7’s rugby team in preparation for the Dubai 7’s in December. We will be hosting them on 17 Thursday where they will play both touch and tackle games on our school field. We will be catering for them after the games and a sausage sizzle will be available for spectators of the games. It would be great to get as many students as possible to cheer on both schools. On Friday 18 November, North Vista Secondary School from Singapore will also be visiting to compete against our C Grade Netball teams in the 6/F gym from 4pm onwards. When the South African School visited last year the atmosphere was electric and the speed of the games amazing. Thanks to the schools coaching team for preparing our students for the games and to Ms Arnold for organising the event. Hopefully we can pack as many students into the gym to spectate as possible.
In the coming weeks the AISHK Equestrian Team will also be competing in the HKEF Inter-school Equestrian Challenge is for riders aged 10-16 year. attending Hong Kong schools. The Lower and Higher Division heats take place at Lo Wu Saddle Club and HKJC Tuen Mun Public Riding School from January to March 2017. The winning Higher Division team will travel to Ingestre Stables, UK as a reward for their achievements. Last year’s team photo inset.
To find out more about the HKEF Inter-school Equestrian visit www.hkef.org
The Hong Kong Primary Schools Group Soccer Tournaments begin this week with three girls and three boys tournaments held at Kings Park, Discovery Bay, KGV and Hong Lok Yuen School. The tournaments are for students who are born on or after the 1 August 2005 and are under 12 years of age. AISHK won three of the competitions last year and we hope to do as well this season. Thanks to Mr Brown and his coaching team and we wish them luck over the next few weeks.
The Volleyball Season has just recently finished where our U20 boys and girls as well as our U16 girls competed in the ISSFHK leagues hosting games at AISHK as well as travelling to a number of schools to play matches. Volleyball is a sport where at times AISHK has struggled to field teams but with the hard work from our coaches this year we managed to run three successful squads and raise the standard and profile of the sport at school. If you are interested in being part of the volleyball teams next year then please see Ms Voss or Mr Spurling or check the ECA schedule for Term 1 when it is on our school website.
A and C Grade Rugby season is coming to a climax with the final groupings and places being decided for finals week. Mr Price and Mr Bailey have done a great job with the organisation of the teams in between touch competitions in HK and Rugby Tournaments overseas. The students have been pulled in different directions but have coped well and competed at a high standard. The fourth term can be difficult with sport as we lose our year 12 students so the pool of players becomes less and the different sports being played increases. Let’s hope we do well in the playoffs!
Sports Quote of the Week
‘All the talent in the world won’t take you anywhere without your teammates’
Niall Bennie | Director of Sports and Activities