The British International School Phuket (BISP) has been
running their international football tournament for 12 years and it is one of
the largest in the world.
This year, it
attracted over 1100 students from 26 international schools and 11
countries. This was the first time KLASS
had entered an U13 boys team.We were drawn in a group with Jerudong (Brunei), Dulwich
(China) and BISP’s ‘B’ squad. We played
the first of these two teams and enjoyed relatively straight forward wins against
them with Tom White scoring a total of 5 goals across both matches.
More of a test was to come in our last group game against
the tournament favourites, Dulwich, and this proved to be a very tough game
We were lucky to be only 0-1
down at half time as the opposition played some excellent football. We re-grouped and had a much more solid
second half keeping the score line the same.
Onto the quarter finals and a tie against one of the old
enemies, Patana of Bangkok! We started
the game in much the same way we had started against Dulwich and were 2 goals
down within the first 5 minutes.
However, after a full enquiry at half time, the boys came out in the
second half and completely dominated the game. 2-0 became 2-1, 2-1 rapidly
became 2-2 and then the inevitable winner made the final score 3-2 to
KLASS. Some stirring displays from
Laurence Ainsworth and Bryan Chan proved too strong for the Bangkok team.
We entered the semi-finals against the team that beat us in
the qualifiers, Dulwich. We’re proud to
say that despite losing this game 1-0 to the eventual tournament winners, the
boys put on a vastly improved performance and were unlucky not to do better.
All that was left was to face a local side, Youth Football
Home, in the 3rd place play-off.
We didn’t disappoint with a 2-1 victory to secure 3rd in a
tough competition of 19 teams. The boys
played extremely well and can be proud of their efforts on the weekend. Of particular note were the MVP and coach’s
award recipients, Will Green and captain Muiz Abd. Halim. Ethan Allwood also played very well,
improving steadily as the weekend went on.
Well done to the ‘new boys on the U13 block’, Matthew Ferguson and Elliot
Rice and to those who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend, i.e. Jake Chivers,
Toby Goulding and Danann Jennings.
BISP has uploaded a video on YouTube of some of the
highlights from the weekend – can you spot the KLASS girls and boys?!