The Uplands School tournament is a fantastic opportunity for 40 of our U11 football squad players to travel and play against other schools in Malaysia. This year was another fantastic tournament with schools from Penang attending in force to make up some healthy competition!
U11 Girls - Black team
The U11 KLASS Black team had a nice laid back morning watching all the other teams before our first match versus Uplands ‘A’ team. It was apparent that this team meant business forcing goalkeeper Millie to make several saves in the first 5 mins and keeping us in the game. We kept battling and got a breakaway goal that was nicely finished by Anna. This was soon followed by another goal towards the end of the game by Georgina. Final score 2-0. Our second and third game saw us take on and beat Uplands ‘B’ 3 - 1 and draw against St Christopher's ‘A’ 0-0. This set of results put us in with a great chance of finishing in the top 2 and go through to the final. KLASS Red stood strong in our way and defeated us 2-0 in an end to end penultimate group match. Our final match versus St Christopher’s ‘B’ was a must win game and despite the girls being tired from the previous KLASS match they dug deep to grind out a 1-0 victory.
As we watched results come in, we could see we had finished joint 2nd along side Uplands ‘A’. However due to goal difference we did not get to play in the final and we proud to get third place and cheer on the KLASS Black team in the final!
U11 Girls - Red team
The Under 11’s Red Team had a great start to the day with a 1-0 win against SCIPS A. For many of the girls this was their first football tournament, they were feeling both motivated and nervous. The girls showed excellent teamwork throughout the morning, listening to one another and to the advice given from the KLASS coaches. This match was followed by successful games against Uplands A and B teams. Their penultimate game of the morning was against KLASS B. It’s always hard to play against fellow classmates but they played well, with a goal scored in the last 2 minutes of the game. The girls were at the top of the scoreboard by the end of the tournament going through to the 1st and 2nd play offs. It was a tense match. No goals were scored by either team, with teams defending well and working together. Luckily, in the last few minutes of the game Alice Smith Under 11’s Red team scored a goal to be crowned champions!
All the girls were fantastic, however parents and teachers were particularly impressed with Kamila Maulana, proving that even goalkeepers can score goals! Well done KLASS girls.
U11 Boys by Andrew Boase
The U11 boys had trained hard for their tournament in Penang and the teams were looking forward to it. The U11 boys round began under beautiful blue sky with both KLASS teams kicking off. The journey up may have caused some stiff joints as it was a slow start for both teams ending in defeat. However, both teams picked up the pace in their remaining fixtures not losing again until the group stages were finished. KLASS B overcame stiff competition to win their 5/6th place play off, while KLASS A competed in the semifinal against SCIPS.
The semifinal was a very one-sided affair with KLASS camped in the SCIPS half, only for them to lose at the very death with the one and only SCIPS attempt at goal. SCIPS would go on to win the tournament. All in all, the U11 boys acquitted themselves admirably and were unlucky not place higher overall. Well done KLASS!
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Head of Sport
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