Hosts: American School
Other Competitors: Oakley
The tournament was the first outing for our all-new BSGC 50th anniversary football and volleyball kits. Thanks to sponsors UCMAS, CANARY BUS and printing by BASE:sports for all our fantastic kits.
From start to finish, every BSGC student did themselves proud, conducting themselves in the right manner, and committing to every tackle, shot, block and smash.
The 14+ were outstanding in all matches, other than a slight drop in form against the Oakley team, letting them back into the match at the end of the tournament. The whole team work really well together, and are clearly a close team on and off the pitch which is fantastic to see. I wouldn´t expect anything less from the girls but to win the tournament as they did saw them only dropping one set over the day, and staying positive throughout. There was some excellent setting from Belén, some loud encouragement from Annabelle, and, at one point, the children from the American School became the girls' personal cheerleaders. Well done all around, a deserved win.
Very pleasing performances all around for the 16+ team. Each match was best of three sets, each set consisting of first to 21. The first set against the American School started slowly. The team were still warming up, but they got back into it and found themselves on set point. The girls missed out when the score was 26-25! A shot that rebounded off to the back of the court meant BSGC lost the first set 27-25. Everyone played very well in that set, but they let their heads drop, losing the second set also. Next up was Oakley, a very strong team who had beaten us earlier on in the year. The scores were close all the way through, but despite some outstanding blocking from Paula and some heroic recoveries from Carlota and Lorna, the team lost 2-0. Two unfortunate losses but very promising performances all around. The team is really shaping up nicely for the new year, and it won't be too long before we get our first win.
The 14+ team started off well, beating the American School 4 -2. Solid performances all around, with some very good technical abilities coming from the top men. In the second leg, we lost 2-1; the American side scoring the winner in the last few minutes. But it was too late for them and the ´´Young Lions´´ finished the match winning on aggregate 5-3. In the last meeting between the sides, the Y 9/10 squad had finished by drawing 4-4 with Oakley, but could they get their revenge? Losing 3-2 in the last minute, Dani made a surge forward from the back and caused all sorts of problems in the defence, before striking the ball past the onlooking goalkeeper...the ball rattled the crossbar and the final whistle went. Resulting in an unfortunate loss in the first leg. The second leg was very similar to the first one, BSGC fighting hard against a very tough Oakley team. With the score tied at 3-3, a shot from Fernando hit the crossbar and post and spun on its axis on the line...over the line? The referee said no goal! The score stayed at 3-3 until the last few minutes when Oakley scored twice from counter attacks leaving them 8-5 aggregate winners.
Over two legs, the year 16+ team beat the American School 3-2 and 4-2. After an excellent display all around, a brace from Modou, and a powerful free kick once again from Sebastian, ´´The ´Red Lions´´ won on aggregate 7-4. But the goals didn´t stop there. After a tight first leg against Oakley which finished 2-2, BSGC fought hard and kept their composure to finish the second leg on top, winning 4-3 overall. Two wins from two meant The Lions had won the tournament. Congratulations to a strong defence and a skilful and powerful attack, a rare combination, but one we should pride ourselves on.
Manager Mr Johnson (along with coaches Srta. San Frutos and Mr Hirtes) were really impressed by the level of commitment, skill and maturity that was shown by all the BSGC students throughout. We can take "Pride in our Lions". Happy Christmas y Feliz Navidad! 2017 will be the year of the Red Lions!!!