Phuket Football Tournament
Patana Primary Footballers take on all comers at the annual BIS Phuket Football Tournament
The annual BIS Phuket Football Tournament took place on the 5th and 6th of November and despite fears about the weather the conditions were very pleasant and the tournament managed to remain unaffected. For a number of years Patana has been sending Under 9 Boys, Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys teams to the tournament and we were delighted to be able to do so again despite the fact that our BISAC Basketball fell on the same weekend.
The Under 9 boys’ team started their first day of the tournament in a confident but not complacent mood. In spite of some impressive form as a Year 3 team and in training leading up to the tournament, they were very much aware that there was still a job to be done. Their first two opponents were dispatched comprehensively: 16-0 against BIS Phuket ‘B’ and 8-0 over Head Start Phuket, causing even the match recorders to lose track of the scores.
Harrow were to prove much tougher opponents in the final group game and battled ferociously to restrict the young Tigers to one goal in the first half through captain Luke Abai-Haddon. When Harrow forced an equaliser in a rare breakaway soon after the break, the Tigers knew they at last had a game on their hands. Harrow’s brave rearguard action was finally breached by another fine strike by Luke for a 2-1 victory which put them top of the group and a semi-final place against BIS Phuket ‘A’.
The semi-final followed much the same pattern as the Harrow game with Patana on the attack and Phuket working hard in defence. A penalty for handball gave Patana the opportunity to take the lead and from then on the result was not in doubt. The Tigers played some superb, fluid, attacking football in the second half to run out comfortable 8-0 winners.
The Final was to match them against a very strong Tanglin Trust School team which had also posted some high scoring wins over the two days of competition. As always, when there was a challenge to be met, the Tigers rose to it, playing some outstanding football, featuring a high level of skill combined with just the right amount of aggression to totally dominate the match from start to finish. Luke led and organised the team superbly and his two stunning long-distance strikes put the Tigers in command by half-time. A further goal by Scott Peters after another round of intensive attacking play put the match beyond doubt, with Patana running out 3-0 winners.
It was a tournament in which every player came out with credit; from the safe hands of goalkeeper Seb Turkewitz; the solid defending of Luke Abai-Haddon, Duncan Hunter Kerr and Arnav Jhaveri; the excellent, creative midfield linking play of Charlie Flanders, Jeffrey Taylor, Remy Brandt and Floris Swinckels and, finally, the predatory goalscoring instincts of Scott Peters and Eemeli Heiskanen. The high quality of the boys’ play was remarked upon by opposing players, parents and coaches. If this team can stay together, the future of Patana football is orange and black bright!
Our U11 Girls Football Team had an outstanding tournament in Phuket. They were in a pool of seven schools so had to play six group matches before the final games. Their opening match was against Tanglin Trust School which finished with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Next up was Dulwich Seoul which ended as a 0-0 draw with most of the possession and chances falling to our girls. Our third match was against Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School (KLASS) and we finished 1-0 after an impressive long range goal by Rhea Poonevala. Our final match on the first day was against the host school’s Year 5 team and we had another 1-0 victory. We finished the day with a clean score sheet and on top of the table. We had to play BIS Vietnam in the morning and started the day with a convincing 4-0 win and then had a tough game against the BIS Phuket Year 6 team. We scored two goals and then conceded a penalty to finish 2-1. That put us straight in to the final against KLASS. It was a great game with us taking an early lead but just before half time they managed to score leaving us with a nail-bitingly tense second half. We had a few chances as did they with some smart defending from Sasa Chanuntranont and brave goalkeeping shown by Gabby Leger to end the game 1-1. Golden goal extra time saw neither team score so it was on to penalties to settle the match. KLASS won the toss and elected to shoot first and scored all their penalties while we scored two of ours. We were the team to beat and they managed to do so. It was an emotional end to a fantastic tournament. The girls were superb on and off the pitch and they made their coaches incredibly proud of them. No one likes to go out on penalties but I am proud of our girls for learning how to come second graciously. It’s all about good sportsmanship and that was shown in abundance over the course of the weekend.
The U’11 Boys competition was the biggest yet with a total of 14 teams in 2 groups of 7 in a round robin format with cross over semi and final meaning an exhausting 8 games for the semi finalists. Convincing wins of 6-0 and 7-0 were followed by a very close game against Tanglin which we lost 1-0 with an unlucky own goal. This result meant that we could not afford another slip up if we wanted to make the semi finals and the boys certainly took this seriously as the final 3 group games were won without conceding another goal. Our reward was a semi final slot against an Arsenal Academy Team from Singapore who had beaten us in both the U’9 and U’11 finals last year. Victory was sweet indeed as Robbie Hine scored a brave hat trick after returning to the field after a head injury to secure a famous 3-1 win and a place in the final against Tanglin who had also won their own semi final. By this stage both teams were exhausted and it was always going to be the team that worked the hardest for each other that would prevail. The Patana boys certainly did just that and with a goal from Ethan Abai Haddon and stirling work from Alexandre Lacrosse in goal we ended the tournament as champions.
An extremely enjoyable two days of football where our students excelled in the way that they represented our school in every situation in which they found themselves. The final statistics for Patana read 20 games played with 17 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw, 73 goals scored with 5 goals against and 34 very tired but very happy students and staff!
A huge thank you to our Coaches Mr. Hockley, Ms. Price, Ms. Kerry and myself for their hard work and dedication at the tournament and to all of the teachers who gave up their time and unquenchable energy to coach the 140 students from Year 3 to 6 who attended our Thursday Football ECA’s each week in Term 1.
Thanks also go to our tremendous band of travelling supporters who moved around all of our teams lending their considerable and often colourful support to all of the Patana students.
BISAC Football is next so keep up the hard work everyone!
Mr. Tatam (U’11 Boys)
Mr. Hockley (U’9 Boys)
Miss Kerry and Miss Price (U’11 Girls)
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