BISP U11 and U9 girls fielded three 7-a-side teams to match mixed age opposition from Headstart on Saturday 6 February.

Game one featured a BIS team captained by Eloise Stockings that consisted mainly of under 9 players, complimented by four new players who were experiencing their first match action.

Progress and development was the aim and there were sterling performances, energy and enthusiasm from all involved. The team was solid in defending and the midfield covered an enormous amount of ground.

The game ended in a narrow 1-0 loss, which was a good result considering the age of the opposition. A special mention should go to Teegan Sweeny from Year Two who was fearless as ever even when faced with much older opposition.

Game two consisted of a mixed BISP Year 4 and 5 team captained by Helanya Douglas. The team is beginning to build a platform for the future and is showing much promise.

For the first time passages of play involved some accurate passing and there was clear progression that can be built on in training.

Two great goals from Helanya Douglas saw BIS claim a 2-1 victory that included an incredible free kick that was put into the corner of the goal for the second time after having to be retaken.

A great all round performance by a team who are beginning to understand how to play some decent football.

Game three saw a BIS team captained by Olivia Douglas that was made up mainly of Year 6 girls. BISP dominated the first half but could not convert possession and pressure into goals with several good chances being missed.

The team was extremely solid in defense but lacked composure in the final third of the pitch which was needed to unlock the opposition’s defense.

The game ended in a 0-0 draw which was a fair reflection of the game. There were lots of positives to take back into training and good improvement from several key players.

Coach’s player of the day: There were great performances by several players but the coach has chosen Olivia Fredin as the player of the day as she has understood the importance of keeping the ball and playing a simple pass.

Much of the passing movements started at Olivia’s feet and her style of football reflects how the coach wants the teams to play. Well done Olivia.

Thanks for the great support from all the parents who attended and for making sure the children attended wearing the correct kit. They looked fantastic!

Football tour: the U11 and U9 girls will be touring Rayong and Bangkok to play three different schools at football. The trip starts on 23 April. If your child is intending on coming, please make sure you return the letter to school ASAP.

For more information, contact Paul Evans: [email protected]