A very busy Season 1 for the Jaguar teams has ended!
Our teams can be proud of the improvements and successes they achieved over the past 10 weeks. I would like to congratulate all of the students and coaches who competed in a school team throughout Season 1. The player’s enthusiasm and positive attitude towards making progress has been commendable, and as always the dedication and sacrifice shown by our coaches is greatly appreciated. Without them, these opportunities would not be possible. For a school that is still developing our sports team program, we are constantly ‘batting above our average’ and setting some strong foundations for the future.
We fielded two very evenly matched and equally competitive 10U Boys Football teams in Season 1, and they both participated in the finals tournament on the weekend. The GEMS White team coached by Ms. Fritz finished 5th, and the GEMS Blue team coached by Mr. Afonso finished 6th out of the 18 teams participating. These boys have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being part of these teams and getting to play matches every week.
Ms. Starkey’s 10U Girls Football team have been a close-knit group all year and have been courageously working to improve their skills while enjoying learning to become better players. They thoroughly enjoyed the finals day and came away scoring some quality goals to finish 4th in the tournament. A brave effort by the girls who played all day without any subs.
The 11U Boys Basketball team also played their finals on Saturday morning and were successful in taking the bronze medal for third place in their division. Congratulations to those boys involved and many thanks to Coach Trevor and Ms. Melo for the time and effort to work with these boys all season.
Mr. Burke managed to successfully juggle his time to coach both of the 11U Girls Basketball teams throughout the season with the Blue team staying undefeated going into the playoffs and the White team experiencing only one loss. It was a successful day for both teams at the finals. The Blue team was beaten in the semi-final by our White team by one point placing them in the playoff for the 3rd place bronze medal at the same time as the White team played the final. The Blue team managed to comfortably beat a much improved CanadianInternational School 10-3 to secure the bronze medal. The White team went into the grand final as underdogs, and in a close fought thrilling game, it took a last-second buzzer beater to secure the one point 8-7 win over St Joseph’s Institute International. Again a fantastic achievement by both the players and Mr. Burke with help from Mrs. Burke, Coach Jessica, and skills coach Helmi Yatim from Grade 11.
Mr. Petterson’s 16U Boys Football team went into the final game of the season undefeated, having amassed 27 goals in some impressive wins during the season. They played a talented Global Indian School team in their final match who enjoyed the home ground advantage to beat our boys 0-3. Locked at the top of the table, we are still waiting to see if our boys have managed to scrape through and take the 1st place due to a better for and against goal average. Regardless of the final placing, this team has made significant improvement from last year where they failed to get a single win in this division. The girls’ team worked hard with the guidance of Mr. Rimmer and were frustrated by some narrow losses that would have improved their final placing. They managed a commendable 5th placing in what was an extremely competitive division.
Like Mr. Burke, Mrs. Rimmer was a superstar coach in Season one, working with both the 12U and 14U Touch teams. These girls have made fantastic progress throughout the season and with more time on the field to develop skills and experience, we will be challenging the more established touch schools in the very near future.
For the first time in Season 1, we entered a 14U Rugby 7s team. As a squad, the boys had limited experience with many of them playing rugby for the first time. Mr. Hoo can be proud of the development the team has made in such a small amount of time and the boys should be pleased with the progress they have made and look to build on that for next year. A highlight of the season for this team was the opportunity to train with a visiting club side from Perth, Australia, and then mix and mingle with the boys after the training.
Many of our students, teachers, and parents have commented on how impressive our sports teams are now looking in the new team uniforms. The positive effects that having a uniform that the players are proud to wear cannot be understated. It is a known motivating factor for improved focus and performance and it is great to see every player in full uniform when we are playing games.
Season 2 starts this week and brings new opportunities for students to be involved in competitive sports teams. We are looking for continued involvement from our students with positive attitudes towards contributing to the success of the teams they will be part of. I look forward to bringing you updates on our team’s progress throughout Season 2.
Danny Tauroa, Head of Sport