Primary Fooballers Travel to Phuket
Primary Fooballers Revel in the Phuket Sunshine
On Thursday 12th November, our 29 Patana Primary footballers and 4 generous coaches headed to the airport for the short hop to Phuket to play in the annual BIS Phuket Invitational Football Tournament. The tournament started on the Friday with the Group stages and continued on Saturday with any remaining group games and the semi finals and finals. We took 3 teams representing the U’11 Boys and Girls and the U’9 Boys who all travelled in a state of excited anticipation of what lay ahead.
The Under 11 Boys Squad was made up of five year 5 boys this year who were Taneli Heiskanen, Ethan Abai Haddon, Robbie Hine, Joshua McGovern and Denis Sprenger along with five Year 6 boys who were Harry Frain, William Winston, Karatae Uahwatanasakul, Lance Van Heemstra and James Page. We found ourselves in what looked like a very tough pool of 6 teams and our first goal was to make the semi finals by being 1st or 2nd in our group. Friday started brightly with a 7-0 victory against the BIS Fivers with 5 different names on the score sheet. The next game saw some amazing attacking football against BIS Vietnam with all players out of position by the final whistle as I tried to stem the goals with a final 14-0 score line still recorded. 7 different scorers in this game led by Taneli with 4 really showed our confidence levels all around the paddock.
Next up were Tanglin Trust School which was an all together different game from which we were fortunate to come away with a very hard fought 2-0 victory. Our final game on Friday saw us against our old friends from Harrow and although we had at least 90% of the ball we could not find a way though their solid defence. It took a “Cracker Jack” goal from Ethan in the final minutes to claim a well deserved 1-0 victory. With one pool game left to play on Saturday our first target of making the semi finals had been successfully reached.
The overnight statistics for our 3 teams deserve a mention as a combined total of played 12, won 10 and drawn 2 ensured some very happy dreams. The teams had not been shy in front of goal either with 46 goals scored and only I conceded!
Saturday started for the Under 11 Boys with a final group game against 2nd in the pool, BIS Jakarta which proved to be an excellent warm up and confidence booster with a 5—0 victory. Into the semi final against Alice Smith School (KLASS) and a great game of football saw us eventually winning 2-0 but with Lance in goal being called into action more than I would have liked. Into the final where we met unsurprisingly the club side of JSSL Arsenal Singapore who like us had got to the final without conceding a goal. It proved a game too far for the boys who never gave up and certainly left the field with their heads held high after giving their all in the 3-6 loss. I was certainly delighted and very proud of the attitude and performance of each and every one of my 10 boys and was happy to be the best school team present at least.
Mr. Tatam – U’11 Boys Coach
The Under 11 Girls had a fabulous tournament in Phuket.
A very tough first day including 4 games (3 wins and a draw) saw us qualify for the semi final which was our pre-tournament goal.
We were extremely unlucky to lose the semi final 2 - 1 which included a great goal from Kelsey as well as a very harsh penalty awarded when our keeper (Celine – who did a fantastic job all weekend – even scoring a goal) handled the ball outside the 'box' (if you could call the very small and very ill shaped netball style ‘D’ a 'box' – I’m not bitter!)
The girls went on to the play off for 3rd and 4th and redeemed their semi final loss by beating Harrow in a 3 - 1 result which meant that we took home the bronze medals for third place with Olivia scoring 1 goal and Kelsey 2 goals in our final match of the weekend.
Alyce was our main goal scorer with 6 goals in all (including 4 in the first half vs BIS Vietnam before her coach made one of his surprise moves and put her on the bench!) I would also like to point out Eva for a special mention who was a real fighter in our midfield and when asked to dig deep really rose to the challenge. Andrea ‘The Berserker’ Aguilar whose penchant for kicking other players finally came back to bite her when she rolled an ankle kicking one too many opponent in the final match. Laura had a great first game before being struck down with a 24 hour flu, we will see more of her next year I’m sure. Kelsey was creative up front (she even scored one with her bum!), Luka was always talking to her team-mates (sometimes even about football!) and Satu was amazing in defence lining it up and ‘hoofing’ it right back at them.
A fantastic effort girls, it was great to see you grow and develop as a team over the weekend.
I will especially remember the 1-1 result in the group stages with eventual champions KLASS - You showed a lot of guts, determination (and class yourselves) to come back in that game from one down.
U’11 Girls Coach
Andrew Morgan (& Ass. Coach Ralph Gosling – who was unable to make the tournament but has worked very hard training the girls!)
Phuket U’9 Boys Tournament Report
The tournament was in a league format with our 6 opponents being BIS Phuket, BIS Jakarta, BIS Vietnam, Tanglin Trust School, Harrow and JSSL Arsenal, Singapore.
Patana began slowly against Phuket but we gradually found our rhythm and played controlled football. We ran out comfortable winners 3-0 (Chris (2) Conor). Next were Jakarta and this proved to be our easiest game all weekend as we triumphed 7-0 (Alesandro (2) Ronan (2) Chris (2) Ben).
Vietnam proved resilient opposition and despite dominating the play we could not score. Yours truly was about to have a heart attack when Ben scored a brilliant last minute winner into the top corner. Real Roy of the Rovers stuff -if you know who he is!
Our next game was versus Tanglin who are always tough opposition. It was the game of the tournament and many neutrals remarked on the quality of the football. It ended 0-0 but goal less games can be exciting too as both teams traded tackles and shots in an end to end thriller!
A very entertaining display against Harrow resulted in a comfortable 3-0 victory. Our final league game pitted us against the unbeaten Arsenal. After going behind we showed fighting qualities and equalized. Unfortunately the excellent team work of our opponents was too strong and we eventually lost 1-5. As most coaches say “we did not deserve the score line” – in this case it was true!
The end of the league phase saw us as runners –up to JSSL Arsenal. This meant we would once again meet them in the final. A marvelous free – kick from Ben bounced off the underside of the bar- rather reminiscent of the 1966 World Cup Final goal for England! Alas the lines man was not Russian and no goal was given. As is the way in football Arsenal raced away to score the important first goal. We fought strongly but once again 0-6 did not fairly reflect the team’s performance. We came top of the schools section but the Arsenal club’s skill and organisation made them worthy champions.
And the boys?
Oliver – a powerhouse in goal and defence. James the captain, led by example. Khalid , Conor and Alex worked tirelessly in mid-field.
Ben, Ronan and Prabhav played skillfully in mid-field and attack, while Alesandro was an excellent striker and goal keeper!
Finally Chris, who was certainly our player of the tournament, he added incredible worked rate to his excellent skill on the ball.
The team can be proud of their performances - Well done Patana U’9s -. Silver medalists Phuket 2009
Mr. Woods – U’9 Boys Coach
On behalf of Miss Gibson, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Woods, and myself I would like to thank all of the children who attend our Thursday Football ECAs and make the competition for our Tiger shirt so fierce. Also a huge thank you to all of the children who travelled and did us so proud and to the many parents who came to support not only their child but also their team and their school.
From me a huge thank you to all of the Coaches present in Phuket and not, for making events such as these possible for our students.
Next up is BISAC Football on Saturday 6th February so keep your eyes on the prize!
Mr. Andrew Tatam
Head of Primary Physical Education
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