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BISP 1 Team (left to right). Top: Jason Perkins, Tony Donovan, Jack Middleton, Richard Stockings, Fred Bragaglia. Bottom: Ben Lucas, Brian Seve, Anand Jagota (missing: James Saunders)

 

A few weeks back the inaugural Phuket International Schools Staff 7 a-side competition took place at Headstart. The schools involved were Kajonkiet, Headstart, PIA and British International School, Phuket (BISP), which sent 2 teams. The next tournament is scheduled for February 2016 and will take place at BISP.

Please enjoy the photos and the following report by Benjamin Aulton, ICT Teacher at BISP.

For more information, contact Chris Greene at [email protected]

 

BISP 1 – 1st Place

The Phuket International Schools Champions!

After a relatively smooth group stage, BISP 1 edged their way through to the final on penalties against Phuket International Academy. Fred Bragaglia took the gloves to pull off a truly stunning save to his bottom right to give BISP 1 the advantage, only then for Richard Stockings to take a penalty Jonny Wilkinson would be proud of. After a couple more penalties, BISP 1 went through thanks to a winning penalty as cool as the man himself, Tony Donovan.

A classy Jeff Hendrick style performance from Jason Perkins and a typical tenacious display from Richard Stockings ensured BISP 1 were worthy winners of the tournament. Jack Middleton transferred his hockey skills onto the football pitch to show excellent agility in pulling off some saves of the highest quality, whilst the Yaya Toure-esque Ben Lucas was like a yoyo up and down the pitch all game. A final mention to the hard-working Anand Jagota, keeping a simple passing game in the middle of the park to support his team mates in both defence and attack.

Star player: Brian Seve – Consistent, solid and no-nonsense. Just like his teaching. Brian kept his team organised throughout the tournament to ensure he could take the trophy home on his bike. Leading by example, a typical captain’s performance.

Goal of the tournament: Fred Bragaglia – Is he Roberto Carlos in disguise? This goal would suggest just that. An absolute pearler from the halfway line, straight from kick-off, leaving the opposition goalkeeper off-guard. Sheer brilliance.

 

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BISP 2 Team (left to right). Top: Andy Hewett, Adam Smith, Steve Naughton, Richard Griffin, Michael Hosking. Bottom: Jonathas Candido, Jassada Paeplod, Paul Evans, Ben Aulton

 

BISP 2 – 2nd place

The group stage was relatively straightforward (barring a goalkeeper error at the start!), concluding in one win and a draw. Jonathas Candido, the calm ball-playing defender was a rock in the heart of defence ensuring goalkeeper Ben Aulton was kept relatively quiet throughout the tournament. Adam Smith playing his usual liquid-style football, creating opportunities for BISP 2’s own Olivier Giroud in Paul Evans (just not quite as handsome). Jassada was a menace to the opposition all tournament, showing his usual pace, agility and an eye for a killer pass, also scoring a fine goal in the group stage.

Solid displays from Steve ‘Naughty’ Naughton and Mr Versatile (a.k.a. Michael Hosking) in the semi-final made sure BISP 2 got through, despite the initial scare of an own goal from Richard Xavi Griffin. However Richard dusted himself down and played a vital role in the goal which took BISP 2 to the final.

The final was a close affair and despite BISP 1 taking an early two goal lead, BISP 2 fought back with an expertly taken goal from Adam Smith. A gung-ho final 5 minutes ensured a tense finish to the tournament, with BISP 1 showing just enough resilience to keep the ball out of the net to take the trophy home.

Star player: Adam Smith – if only his Kiwi accent was as good as his football. Spreading the play like warm butter over a fresh piece of bread. Explosive throughout the tournament and two expertly-taken goals ensured BISP 2 battled their way into the final.

Goal of the tournament: Andy Hewett – A goal nearly as good as his facial hair. From a near impossible angle, Andy smashed the ball into the opposite top corner, leaving the opposition goalkeeper no option but to stand and admire a truly stunning goal. Pirlo style facial hair, Pirlo style footballer.