Success at the recent SDRC Soccer Tournament

On Thursday 18th October, 24 eager and keen students boarded the bus to head to QSI school in Shenzhen, China for three intense days of soccer.

On the first day both the boys and girls played two games each with the girls winning both and the boys winning one and losing the other. After a long day the students went home with their homestays and enjoyed a very quiet night ready for another big day ahead of them on the Friday. On Friday, the students had three games each to play to complete the pool sections of the tournament. The girls continued their winning way dominating their games and progressed through to the playoff stage undefeated and yet to concede a goal. The boys after playing a few games together found the great teamwork required to be competitive at these tournaments and with two victories and a defeat finished in 3rd place after the pool games.

Saturday rolled around with some very tired bodies, but the students didn’t give up and they gave their all on the field. The boys’ and girls’ teams won their semi-final and progressed through to the championship game. Both championship games were against The American School of Guangzhou.

The girls conceded their first goal for the whole tournament early in championship game however never gave up and got the goal back but just couldn’t score the winning goal in normal time. With the match now going into extra time the girls had to dig deep to find the energy to continue, which they did. The girls scored a goal in extra time to win a deserved SDRC championship 2-1. The girls went through this tournament undefeated which is a great achievement and a reflection on the great coaching of Mr McGunnigle. Special mention to Hope Spiller and Amelie Gibson who were named in the Allstar team.

The boys came from 3rd place to playoff in the championship game. The boys were beaten earlier in this tournament 3-0 by the same team but went into the game confident. The boys conceded two early goals and went to half time 2-0 down however the boys showed great fighting characteristics and scored a goal to get back into the game. The boys then conceded another goal but then raised themselves off the canvas again to score. This left the game on a knife-edge and the boys pushed to the final whistle however just couldn’t score the required equaliser going down 3-2 in a very entertaining final. Special mention again to Tom Busby and Darren Yu who were selected in the Allstar team.

The students gave their all on the field and conducted themselves off the field in the same exemplary manner. No doubt they will take away some great memories from this tournament and have made many new friends. A big thank you also to Ms Knight who managed both teams and made sure that the students and our coaches were looked after!

Dwayne Brown | Soccer Manager