Geckos Shine at Touch Tournament
The SDRC middle school touch rugby tournament was held at AISG this year. SIS prepared a boys and girls team to participate. Unfortunately the Week Without Walls trips and our November holiday preceded the tournament and the coaches had only enough time to squeeze in five trainings. However, the girls decided to put some extra work in on two Saturdays as well.
To add a further challenge for the teams, the ACAMIS Golf tournament was held at the same time with Ms. Lin, the girls head coach, having to be involved in this and the boys head coach, Mr. Curtis, broke his leg the night before the two teams had to travel. Despite this setback, the two teams took up the challenge and eagerly boarded the bus to Guangzhou. Ms. Mikulka and an ex New Zealand touch rugby player, Mr. Tony Keepa, were in charge of the girls team and Ms. Jun and Mr. Keepa worked with the boys team.
After the official welcome for the teams the girls were up first against cross-town rivals QSI. After a nervous start the girls managed sneak ahead (2-0) with the co-captains Charlie Yeoh and Hajira Kamran keeping the team to the game plan. The boys had a tough game first up against AISG Blue and squeezed out a (2-2) draw. Immediately after, the girls took on AISG Blue girls team and ran in seven confident tries winning (7-1) The boys had to wait until the last game of the day to take on QSI unfortunately going down (0-2).
Day two saw each team playing three games with the boys having an 8.30am start against last year’s winners ASIHK. Both teams battled hard throughout the day with the boys losing two games and winning one. The girls started with a win, then suffered their first loss and finished the day with a draw against eventual tournament champions AISHK. Each of the games could have ended with a more favorable result for SIS but it was not be. At the end of day two the boys finished round robin play in 5th place just missing out on 4th place (and a place in the finals) by 1 try. The girls finished 2nd behind AISG Red.
On finals day the boys played their best game of the tournament beating UIS (2-0) for 5th place with Alex Lee and Hotene Ngaropo-Tuia scoring two great individual tries. The girls came up against a well-prepared HKIS team and lost (1-5) in their semi final, earning them a playoff with QSI. The girls confidently won this game (1-0) securing a third place finish.
Coaches and spectators alike recognized how much both teams improved throughout the tournament. Despite an extremely short season, the Geckos made SIS proud. Four players, Hotene Ngaropo-Tuia, Marvyn Uy, Amanda Wisbeck and Carly Fraser were named to the All-Tournament team.
To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis