One huge report this week, we have;
- Varsity and Junior Varsity Rugby, Friday 3rd February 2017
- U9 Boys’ Football, Friday 27th January 2017
- U11 Boys’ Football, Friday 3rd February 2017
- U11 Girls’ Football, Friday 27th January 2017
- JV Girls’ Football, Saturday 28th January 2017
- JV Boys’ Football, Saturday 28th January 2017
- Middle School Girls’ and Boys’ Football, Tuesday 31st January 2017
- U11 Boys’ Basketball, Tuesday 7th February 2017
Varsity and Junior Varsity Rugby, Friday 3rd February 2017
On Friday 3rd February, BISC hosted ‘El Alsson’, in a rugby double header, featuring both; the Boys’ Varsity and the Junior Varsity rugby teams.
The day kicked off with a highly anticipated fixture between both schools’ Varsity teams. The game was played at an incredible intensity, with BISC having the majority of the possession but only scoring 3 times, despite ‘El Alsson’ having 3 sin binning’s. Eventually, ‘El Alsson’ grew in strength and scored 3 tries, to equalize with the game, ending 15 points apiece. Although the game did not finish with a winner, it was a great spectacle, which was enjoyed by all.
This game was followed by the Junior Varsity squad, who set the tone form the outset; scoring 4 unanswered tries in the first half, going up 20 - 0 into the break. The second half kicked off in similar fashion, with BISC crossing the line a further 3 times. In the dying moments of the game, ‘El Alsson’ picked up a consolation try ending the game 35 - 7.
The second Varsity game wasn’t quite as tight, ending up going down 22 - 0. However, this was a promising performance, as the team stepped up to the 15-a-side game for the first time and some players were playing in positions that they had never experienced.
The final game was played by the Junior Varsity squad, who once again started the game with 2 unanswered tries, something which took them into the lead at the change of play. Shortly after the game, ‘El Alsson’ gave BISC a taste of their own medicine, scoring 2 tries in quick succession and with one of the tries being converted, it took ‘El Alsson’ into the lead, for the first time all day. However with the minutes ticking down, the ball was spread wide, eventually ending with straight sprint to the try line and a score under the posts. The game eventually ended 17 - 12 to BISC, finishing off a fantastic day of rugby.
U9 Boys’ Football, Friday 27th January 2017
On Friday 27th January, BISC U9 Boys’ Football team participated a tournament, involving the CIBSA schools. BISC played a total of 3 games, winning 2 before a narrow defeat by the hands of MBIS. The boys gained a valuable experience of playing 7-a-side football. The final results of the U9 competition left 3 teams even, with 6 points a piece. This resulted in placements by head-to-head record and goal difference. BISC considers that finishing 3rd is very unlucky, with NCBIS and MBIS finishing above the hosts in the U9 competition and with all three teams being equal on points but separated by goal difference.
U11 Boys’ Football, Friday 3rd February 2017
The U11 Boys’ Football team played in a football tournament at BISC and claimed first place out of four teams. It was a superb effort from the team, as they were unbeaten and top goal-scorers. The football they played was fast and direct, with constant pressure on the opponent's goal. The goals were shared amongst the players, but notable performances came from Youssef Montasser, Hassan El Zorba and Mohamed Moustafa.
U11 Girls’ Football, Friday 27th January 2017
On Friday 27th January, the U11 Girls’ team took on the CIBSA schools’ teams at BISC. It was essentially the future BSME team and provided us with an excellent competitive arena to try out different positions and develop as a team. I have to say, without a doubt, that this was the best I have seen this group of girls play for a long time. They were organised, motivated and determined to score goals.
The day kicked off with a 7 - 0 win against BSA and goals from a range of pupils playing in the midfield and striker positions. The girls were thinking about their passes and setting each other up to score. Maryam Banaja started the ball, rolling with a determined drive into the box, with a confident finish.
The goals are capped at 5 goals’ difference in these matches, due to their young age. However, even when I rested our stronger players in preparation for the next match, the goals kept coming!.
In the second match against NCBIS, we conceded an unfortunate goal, but still finished 7 - 1 up; resulting in another 5 goals’ difference. The next match was crucial; MBIS had beaten the other two teams with the same 5 goals’ difference that we had. This was, in effect, a final; we had to win to come first. Unfortunately, we conceded an early goal and were 1 - 0 down for most of the game.
In the second half, Maryam Banaja managed to keep driving forwards relentlessly and in the last 3 minutes equalized final score 1 - 1. Due to the 5 goal maximum, we shared the 1st Place position with MBIS. Both schools deserved this, as some good football was played but we had strength in depth and played much better as a team, in my opinion. I was so proud of the girls and we look forward to future games. Things to work on are set plays (corners and kick-offs) and goal kicks. Four more weeks of training, then off to Abu Dhabi.
JV Boys’ Junior Varsity Football, Saturday 28th January 2017
On Saturday 28th January, the Boys’ Junior Varsity Football team travelled to the school of ‘Choueifat Katameya’ for an 11-aside-away fixture. The squad were captained by Ahmed Fayek and were in good spirits for the game. The game began fast; with both teams pressing forward, but it was ‘Choueifat Katameya’, who looked the more dangerous in the early moments, by winning a penalty. However, the penalty was saved by Mahmoud Abdel Moneim in goal, but Choueifat Katameya did take the lead shortly after. BISC managed to settle into the game and the skill and fast passing soon proved too much for the opposition. Abdallah El Safty scored a beautiful free kick to equalise and Hassan El Sheikh converted a Yaseen Gaber’s corner to take the lead. The second half opened up and BISC continued to press forward, with a goal from Ahmed Fayek and a superb solo goal from Abdallah El Safty sealing the victory. ‘Choueifat Katameya’ did pull one back to make it 4 - 2, but it was too little too late for the home team. Notable performances came from the goalkeeper Mahmoud Abdel Moneim, Abdallah El Safty and Omar Abdel Moneim, who was strong in the midfield.
JV Girls’ Football, Saturday 28th January 2017
The JV Girls’ Football team played a friendly match against ‘Choueifat Katameya’ on 28th January. During the first half, the match was draw 0 - 0; however, in second half we scored 2 goals; Farida Khamis opened the scoring with a left footed shot and in the last 10 minutes Lyla ElAmrawy scored the second goal.
Middle School Girls’ and Boys’ Football, Tuesday 31st January 2017
The BISC Middle School Girls’ Football team played a friendly match against ‘International School of Choueifat 6 October’. The game was played at a steady pace, with consistent pressure from the BISC girls. The midfield and attack effectively managed to hold possession and put together some nice passes. The first goal came from Malak Shawkat, who finished off with a superb team goal. In the second half, the BISC girls continued to press and they tested the opposition goalkeeper several times. The second goal came from Tamara Aboul Gheit, with an excellent left foot curling shot into the far corner. The game ended 2 - 0, with a confident display from the team.
The Middle School boys also played against ‘International School of Choueifat 6 October’ and won their game 1 - 0. It was a hard fought encounter, in which both sides had chances to score; but a combination of good goalkeeping and rushed shooting meant the game was decided by just the one goal; this was an own goal, which was caused when Soliman Mettawa put the defence of the ‘International School of Choueifat 6 October’ under pressure, with a driven cross.
U11 Boys’ Basketball, Tuesday 7th February 2017
On Tuesday 7th February, the BSME team travelled to ‘International School of Choueifat 6 October’, to have a friendly match against their U11 team, to help with our training preparations. The ‘International School of Choueifat 6 October’ kindly agreed to play by the BSME rules, so that we could practice under proper match conditions. The boys acquitted themselves well and won the match 28 - 6, after they had gone 6 - 4 down, following the first 10 minutes. They began to play simple, sharp passes and learnt to build up the pressure around the key. There was some excellent defending from Aly El Shafei, who also helped to play the ball around the key successfully. Mohamed Moustafa and Osman Choucri learnt how to drive in for the offensive rebounds and Ali El Far was successful at blocking out the opposition for these rebounds. Our Point Guard and captain, Abdullah Youssef, took a while to settle to his role and tried to rush set plays at first, but then became more self-assured and made some solid passes and drives into the key. Muhamed El Shahed and Yassin Amin scored some excellent baskets and Hassan El Zorba’s dribbling was decisive and controlled when he was the ball handler. Adam Binladen, a new member of this team, was quick in attack and linked up nicely with Aly El Shafei. Overall, it was a lovely team performance, but we have some tweaking to do to make them sharper and more convincing in defence. BISC was very pleased with the boys though, and they should be proud of their sportsmanship.