Dulwich Rugby and Netball Success 2019/05/31 Updated
The U13 & U11 Rugby Tour to Beijing saw 21 players lock horns against other international schools from throughout Asia as well as the Middle East.
The first day saw a nervous start for both teams as they began to develop structures and confidence in contact. 4 games of rugby in a day is a huge ask for anyone and in the 37 degree heat with high humidity it was an awesome effort from all of the players and both coaches to have both teams firing late on day one and starting to play their best rugby.
Day two saw both of the teams really hit their straps with the 11’s showing some great attacking flair and the 13’s dominating teams with their defence. In the final games of the tournament both sides found themselves in the 3rd v 4thplayoff. The U 11’s showed some champagne attacking flair and some real grit to survive a late comeback and win by a try against a well organised Dulwich Shanghai team. The U13’s turned in an effort for the ages, despite a meagre 30% of possession the AISHK defended with discipline and determination and the 4 tries to 1 victory probably does not reflect how dominant of a performance they put on the park. Both teams securing a 3rd place finish is a pleasing result against some strong opposition.
Special mention to young guns Xavier Gyngell and Kingston Hoffman who played up to assist the U13’s who had played the majority of the tournament with no subs.
The All Star team nominations were hotly contested with many students putting their hands up for selection. However, in the end William Holt (U11’s) and Sebastian Gyngell (U13’s) emerged as worthy recipients of all star selection for their outstanding work on the field and sportsmanship.
Congratulations to coaches Price and Wnek on some impressive team performances across the two days and with such a young playing group there is already some excitement and anticipation ahead of the Beijing trip in 2020.
The Under 15s AISHK Netball team went in to the Dulwich College Beijing Spring Cup Competition with a numbers of years’ experience behind them. Many of the girls have been involved in this tournament since primary school, and were just as enthusiastic as ever to don the green and gold and represent AISHK. Limited training time meant that some combinations had not been tested, but with the depth of talent across the team, we were confident that we would be able to meet the demands of competition. Day one saw the team stamp their authority with solid wins over Wellington International School Shanghai and Dulwich College Suzhou. Day two was a series of finals between two pools. AISHK again showed their dominance with smooth and swift transitions down the court and sharp attacking moves. Defensively, the team were able to employ a number of court presses that we developed during training sessions to make quality turnover.
AISHK again put on a strong display in the final beating Wellington International College, Shanghai 19-6. The final was a whole team effort with all players contributing to a solid win.
India Knowling, Charlize Taper and Ellen Christmas were rewarded for their efforts, being named in the All-Star team.
Kath Ellis | Coach U15
Under 13s Gold
The Under 13 Gold Team arrived in Beijing with a squad of only 8 but the enthusiasm of 18 players! U13 Pool B had us up against five other schools from the wider China area. Day 1 we played four games enabling us to rotate our players to have only one half off the court. This saw some players playing out of position but suitably rising to the challenge and realising their potential. Our first game against Dulwich College Beijing A (who went on to win the U13 title) we lost 7-5, while our second game against Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong A we lost 16-1. After a well-deserved lunch break we played the British School of Beijing and won 10-2 followed by a win against Wellington College Shanghai B 6-0. Going into Day 2 we were sitting in the middle of Pool B facing our last pool game against Wycombe Abbey International School who had also won two and lost two games. It was a good match which saw us lose by only one point, 10-9. At the end of the pool games we were sitting in 4th place in Pool B and facing a match against 3rd place from Pool A. Wellington College International Shanghai A proved to be too strong and we lost the game 7-4. Our final game was against Wycombe Abbey International School, a rematch we were looking forward too. Unfortunately, we were unable to reverse the result and as Murphy’s Law would have it, we lost by one point again! We placed 8th out of the twelve U13 teams. All Star Player of the Tournament was Abby Forster who played hard and fair in all seven matches. The U13 Gold Team played an outstanding tournament and will come back stronger and better for it next year. ‘Go the Golden Roos!’
Kiely Murphy | Coach U13 Gold
Under 13s Green
After only 4 weeks of training the U13 Green AISHK netball team came together and did amazingly well in our annual netball tournament to Beijing. With 12 teams competing in the U13 age group, U13 Green were able to secure 3rd place overall which was just fantastic! With only one loss on Day 1 to Dulwich College Puxi, U13 Green went into Day 2 at the top of the ladder. With an extremely tight semi-final that went not only into extra time but also to ‘golden goal’ to determine the winner, it was an exciting and nail biting game, but unfortunately Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong came out trumps beating us by that one goal. All the girls played their best, they showed excellent sportsmanship and formed some lovely friendships with players from the other teams. It was a hot, fun, fast, tiring and wonderful netball tournament which saw the girls gain wonderful experiences both on and off the court. Congratulations to Angelina Valentine (Year 8) for securing the coveted ‘ALL STAR’ cap for consistently showing 100% effort in every game. Well done Angelina and to all the girls in U13 Green! Fantastic effort.
Mandy Mansbridge | Coach U13 Green
Under 11s Gold
Up, up and away! We were off to literally a flying start to our Netball Tournament in Beijing. The athletes were abuzz with excitement, and a few nerves, as we landed, ate then settled into our Hotel rooms. The girls lay out their Netball kit for a full day of play and tried to have a good sleep.
The sun was shining, as we arrived at the courts, the players were in awe of the huge dome which was to be the home of all things Netball for the next few days. After settling into our space, the U11 girls started to warm-up and get prepared and play for what can only be described as a dominate start to the competition with an 18:0 win in our first game against DCIS. We followed this will 2 more great games against DCB 10:3 and DCSPD 9:2. A change of pace by JESS J 1:17 from Dubai, rattled our buckets and some nifty court plays challenged our AISHK fighting spirit.
After regrouping on the morning of Day 2, we forged ahead with another win against WCIS 12:0. This was the conclusion of our Pool Rounds. We had made it into the 1st Round finals after being placed 2nd in our pool. With an unfortunate loss against JARR, Dubai 9:3 we moved to the playoffs for Bronze. The girls were on fire throughout the final match in Beijing. They played their hearts out, chased down every ball, contested ever rebound and with precision passing came away with the Bronze Cup, beating DCSPD A 7:4.
Awards: Bridie Benfield – Consistently Best Player on Court
A big thanks to all of our parent crew that travelled to Beijing. We loved your cheering, tattoos, presents for other teams and your support.
Congratulations to U11 Gold for being a credit to yourselves, your school and your families.
Joanne Reed | Coach U11 Gold
Under 11s Green
The Under 11 Green team proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come. Being the youngest overall of our travelling teams to Beijing for the Dulwich Spring Cup, they were always going to have to work hard and dig deep! After a few weeks training together, and many of the girls doing ECAs and club training together, they were certainly up for the challenge.
After rotating players and testing a number of combinations, the team started to find the groove coming away with three wins out of six in their pool matches, with some losses being by minor margins.
With the whole team contributing to our success, we enjoyed a great few days of netball in what for many was their first international sporting trip. Sophie Flinn was recognised for her fabulous shooting statistics and efforts by being nominated for the All-Star team.
Miss Joanne Spencer | Coach U11 Green