Eighty pupils from across the Prep and Senior Schools descended upon the British International School Phuket to represent the College in the annual Soccer 7s tournament. After paying respect to the late Thai King, the games got underway early on Friday morning and the majority of our eight teams made a positive start. The teams built on this momentum and, by the end of play on the first day, half our teams were through to the cup competitions. After some hard fought matches the U11 and U18 boys went on to battle to win the plate in their respective competitions.
After some much needed rest and relaxation by the pool, the pupils replenished their energy stores with some wonderful food and an early night, ready for the 5am wake-up call that awaited the vast majority of the teams.
The Prep School teams had one last group game early on Saturday morning to determine their path and, after some tense, close matches, the U11 boys and U13 boys and girls were aiming for plate glory. Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan for the teams, with the U11 and U13 boys losing in the semi-final and the U13 girls losing in the final. Valiant efforts were made by all the players and some excellent football was played by all three teams. The U11 girls however were through their group and on to the quarter-finals; despite their best efforts their opponents were just too strong and that was the end of a fantastic tournament for the Prep School sides.
In the Senior School an unfortunate early loss meant the U18 girls were now also competing for the plate with the U18 boys continuing to improve with every game and make light work of their progress to the plate final. After some nail-biting penalties the girls went on to join them there. The U15 boys were performing exceptionally well but a tough semi-final match against the Cruzeiro academy team, decided by a solitary goal, meant they found themselves targetting third place. The U15 girls narrowly missed out on progressing to the cup but eased their way to the plate final. The girls put in a fantastic performance but, despite huge efforts, they were unable to secure the silverware.
The U18 boys and girls enjoyed more success with both sides securing the plate in tightly contested finals. When the 3rd/4th playoff remained deadlocked after extra time, the U15 boys had to show nerves of steel in a penalty shootout. They secured the win 2-1 on penalties and proudly lifted the 3rd place trophy; a fantastic achievement.
The pupils returned from our most successful BISP Soccer 7s tournament in great spirits. Their behaviour was exemplary throughout, they represented the College brilliantly, both on and off the pitch. They have set the standard for all future teams to strive towards and with the level of football at the College improving all the time, further success at the tournament next year is a very exciting prospect indeed.
Head of Football