After a fabulous and amazing weekend at the U11 BSME Games, it was another busy week on the sports front in Kuwait. There were 2 games for the U13 basketball and volleyball squads and the Y3/4 pupils took part in the annual KFSAC competition. It was a mixed week of results with the boys basketball team winning both games but the girls volleyball team falling short and the Y3/4 football team unfortunate not to make the semi finals of the annual KFSAC tournament.
U13 Boys Basketball
TES 19 - 16 KES
The TES squad played their 4th game of the basketball season on Tuesday against NES. After 3 wins, the TES players were confident of victory. The game started slowly with both teams defending well. TES then started to take control of the game and moved into the lead. At half time TES led 11-0 without NES really troubling the strong TES defence. It was a difficult game for the squad who were finding things tough against a strong NES defence. However, the NES tactics were frustrating and they frequently reverted to zone defence, which is not allowed at this age group. NES pulled a few baskets back and going into the 4th quarter TES led 16-9. In the 4th quarter TES extended the lead but towards the end 3 quick successive baskets meant the final score finished 19-16 to TES. It was a good win but it could and should have been more convincing for the TES boys. Nontheless it was a 4th consecutive victory for the squad.
U13 Girls Volleyball
TES 1 – 2 NES
This week, the girls were to play 2 matches to complete the group stages of this year's ISACK U13 Volleyball Season. Up first on Tuesday, were NES. The girls knew the game would be tough, especially as it was to be played at NES. Nevertheless, the TES girls started strong in the first set, taking an early 5-0 lead. They played some fantastic 3 touch volleyball throughout the first set, but unfortunately, due to some powerful serving from the NES girls, lost the first set 25-21.
We moved into the second set, where once again, both teams were fighting for every point. The TES girls picked their game up and served incredibly well. Kira serving 6 back to back aces, along with Davina adding a further 4 with her mighty overhand. Again, the girls worked well as a team, using 3 touches effectively and never giving up. They clinched the second set 27-25- an even tighter affair than the first set. As we moved into the third set, our girls were pumped and ready. We took an 8-0 lead victory was ours. Unfortunately though, a few costly errors meant that NES took the final set 15-13. This was a hard fought match, which showed how much potential our TES team have.
Wednesday, unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, ESF respectfully withdrew from the fixture and declared that we take an
automatic 2-0 win. It is a shame the match could not be played, but it means the girls move comfortably through to the semi-finals in second place in our group. The semi-final we be played at TES in a fortnight’s time. Opponents to be confirmed. A great season so far girls- you can do it!
U13 Boys Basketball
TES 40 - 16 ESF
After a tough encounter against NES, the U13 boys basketball team took on ESF in their final game of the league season. Knowing that they had already qualified for the semi finals in top position the boys wanted to make sure by producing a convincing performance. It was a good all round performance from the boys and every player got plenty of court time throughout the game. There were some excellent plays between the boys and some good passing moves were made that resulted in good baskets. TES started well and continued to build a promising lead throughout the game, with points scored from a number of players. The end result was a convincing 40-16 victory. The boys now move on to the semi finals as top seeds. The semis will take place in two weeks time.
Y3/4 KFSAC Football Tournament
The Y3/4 football team played in the annual KFSAC tournament this weekagainst 13 other schools. The boys headed into the competition in confident mood, knowing they had a very good squad of players. The tournament took place over two days. On day 1 TES played against TEP, ABS and BSK and came away with 2 draws and a win. After playing some good football it was disappointing that the boys did not get more for their efforts. On day 2 TES knew they needed to avoid defeat and win at least one game against DBS or NES. The boys beat DBS but unfortunately lost to NES in a game they dominated. The result meant that TES finished 3rd in the group and unfortunately did not make the semi finals. The boys won the 5th and 6th place play off against NIS to claim 5th spot overall. Well done to all of the boys who performed very well over the two days and were very unlucky during the tournament. A number of coaches commented that they were the best team but it just was not to be on this occasion. Well done boys a gallant effort.