A roundup of the exciting sports fixtures that took place at our Primary Campus
KLASS Netball Tournament
On Sunday 12th June, KLASS hosted an U11 and U9 Netball tournament for KL international schools. This is the first year of the KL Schools tournament and we hope that this will become a yearly fixture and attract more schools next year.
On the day, it was very much like playing in UK conditions. It rained throughout and the girls did well to control their footwork under difficult conditions
Some of the girls had only been learning to play for a short while but did extremely well. The girls worked together as a team to support each other. There were some great interceptions on the day; a big shout out to Hailey in Year 5 who played an excellent midcourt player. Jess, Katie and Molly from Year 6 led their Yellow and Red team to victory supporting their Year 5 teammates with passes and reminders of the rules. It was wonderful to see the progress that all the girls have made.
Beaconhouse were our main rivals on the day. They had some tall players which meant our overhead passes had to be changed to bounce passes and the girls had to learn to dodge and come in front to receive the ball. AISM and GIS were very complimentary of the KLASS girls and thanked us for supporting their developing players.
The energy and enthusiasm from Year 3 and 4 was fabulous. Even though their opposition didn’t turn up, the KLASS school teams played against each other. They showed that they had been listening in training and started to get a much better idea of the rules. The girls worked hard to pass the ball down the court and worked hard to bend their knees and flick the ball into the goal.
In summary a big well done to all 8 KLASS teams that participated and a special well done to the successful teams on the day
U11 Champions - KLASS Yellow & Red team
U11 Runners-up - KLASS Blue
U11 Third place - Beaconhouse School
U9 Champions - KLASS Yellow
U11 Runners-up - KLASS Red
U11 Third place - KLASS Navy
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ISAC U9 Football Tournament - 18th June
On the 18th of June, a packed crowd of passionate football fans witnessed the sun rise above the GIS playing fields as the U9 KLASS Boys & Girls stepped onto the sporting stage to perform in a classic morning of footballing drama and intrigue. During the warm ups, their young faces were set with grim determination as they faced their first true test as school representatives in a Kuala Lumpur contest of body and mind. Muscles, tendons and mental will had all been strengthened during the season of friendly fixtures and after school training camps, what it came down to was the moment. Who would step forward and make their presence felt upon the footballing world?
The two teams that represented the Alice Smith School showed outstanding performance throughout the morning. Our B team had a difficult group and were due to face all A team opposition. First up was Australian International School and a must win group game based on the calibre of opponents we were due to face. After dominating the game and chances we came out on to by 1 goal to nil. We rushed over for our next game vs elc, an opponent we had played and lost to in two previous friendlies. The game was a thriller to watch with end to end play and chances at both goals. After going one nil up and then beginning to control the game elc struck back with a goal. More chances went by for KLASS but the final score was 1-1.
Our next two matches were possibly going to be the most difficult against GIS A and BSKL A teams. The boys played fantastically in both games having equal if not more opportunities in both and having to settle on nil nil draws in each game. Despite being undefeated in all group games we missed out on the semi finals and unfortunately lost to GIS B in the 5th/6th playoff game despite being the better team throughout the game. In summary the B team were awesome and played some fantastic football throughout the tournament.
Once the dust settled our A team could proudly hold their heads up high on leaving the arena, after putting on a show of swarming, flowing attacking football that proved too much for most teams to handle, showing growing maturity and sophistication in their footballing abilities and a sign of great things to come.
The day began with a group stage similar to the champions league; through said stage, the boys were a constant source of entertainment drawing many fans who were not just based in the KLASS community as they were crowned comprehensive winners of their group. Scoring a number of goals that would be contenders for goal of the season. As a coach the true moments of pride came in moments of pressure, when the boys started slow, or hadn't scored immediately or were faced with periods of attacking play from the opposition, they showed that as footballers they are growing in their understanding of team dynamics and that when they maintain their structure and play as a unit rather than individuals, their technical ability and high skills levels are terrifyingly hard to contain.
As the competition progressed our status as tournaments favourites was firmly established and we stormed confidently into the final. Unfortunately this ultimately was one step too far as the energy reserves waned and the morning’s activities took their toll. The boys were unlucky to go one nil down early in the final to an unfortunate goal and in such a high profile game it is a tricky slope to navigate back from, that said the boys never gave up and had a number of chances that unfortunately wouldn’t find their way into the opposition goal. The final score did not fall in our favour but the boys were lauded by all coaches and fans in attendance as they had firmly left their mark on the day.
Girls U9 Football
As the boys tournament concluded all our U9 girls anticipation grew for their tournament and the first matches. First up was the Girls A team versus GIS B team. A solid start to the tournament was required and the girls didn’t hold back with the majority of possession and chances. A solid victory to set KLASS on their way. Next on was our B team hoping to upset GIS A team. A gritty defensive performance resulted in a nil nil draw and some outstanding defending and goalkeeping. The girls second games told a slightly different story with the girls A team victorious over Tenby International School and our B team facing a strong clinical finishing BSKL and losing. Heads were held high as the teams went into the playoff games with the A’s into the semis and the Bs progressing into the 5th/6th playoff game they would eventually draw vs GIS B.
The semi final saw us head to head with GIS A team with KLASS progressing to the final against BSKL who had looked strong throughout the tournament.
The final was hard fought and despite going down a goal the girls drew deep on their reserves and managed to score 2 goals prior to the final whistle to be crowned ISAC U9 Champions. Notable mentions should go to all the team as everyone contributed and did their part in each game. Well done to all U9 girls who made KLASS coaches and parents proud.
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Head of Sport - Primary Campus
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