On Tuesday, 18th February TES U13 Girls Netball team competed in the final of the ISACK championship. TES went into the game unbeaten after winning 6 games out of 6 to progress to the final. The game was played at BSK as a neutral venue needed to be used. TES started very nervously and conceded an early goal to a strong NES team. However, the girls fought back to take a slender advantage into the 2nd quarter of the game. At half time some good shooting from Aysha Al Arfaj put TES slightly ahead and TES continued to lead throughout the 3rd quarter. However, NES pegged TES back and drew level going into the final quarter of the contest. At the end of the 4th quarter neither team could be separated and the game stayed level at 8-8. To determine a winner the game went into extra time. TES went 9-8 ahead but NES answered back with a goal to make the score 9-9 at the end of the period. Therefore another period of extra time had to be played. This time TES scored to go 10-9 ahead and managed to hold on until the final whistle to be crowned the U13 ISACK Netball champions for 2014.
Well done to all of the team involved in what has been a fantastic season. The girls should be extremely proud of their achievements and deserve a great deal of credit. Well done to the squad of: Farah Du Lieu, Aysha Al Arfaj, Cameron Uys, Hannah Mathew, Bahiya Khan, Mariam Noureddine, Eve Peterson, Mia Holmes, Nour Rashid and Caroline Castella.
TES U13 Boys Basketball Team suffer narrow defeat in the Championship Final
On Tuesday, 18th February TES U13 Boys Basketball team competed in the final of the ISACK championship. TES had won all 6 of their games during the season and had previously beaten NES, who they were to play in the final, 26-20. However, TES knew that NES had made a lot of improvement and that it would be a very close game. The game was played at BSK as a neutral venue needed to be used. The game started slowly with both teams finding it hard to make baskets. TES took a slender advantage of 5-3 into the 2nd quarter and looked the more confident team. However, NES came out in the 2nd quarter and found their feet. Both teams exchanged points and a lot of fouls were picked up by both sides. At half time the score was 13-13 and nothing could split the teams. In the 3rd quarter the game continued in a similar fashion. However a few frustrating calls by the referees swung the game in NES’s favour and they took a 4 point lead of 23-19 into the final quarter. TES pressed the game in the 4th quarter and it looked as though the tactics would work with the boys drawing level at 23-23. However, Yousef Abul Enein, who had enjoyed a fantastic game, picked up a foul which meant he had to be withdrawn from the game. This helped NES, who were able to pick up a quick basket and score a free throw to make the score 26-23. TES replied with a basket from Elijah Mathew and had chances to go in front but a couple of lay ups were missed and time began to run out. With seconds remaining NES scored again to go 28-25 ahead and after defending well against one more attack from TES they broke quickly and forced a foul to effectively end TES chances of a comeback. The NES player made both free throws and the game ended in a 30-25 victory for NES.
The TES boys were very disappointed with the loss but they should be very proud of their team effort and the fantastic season they have had to finish runners up. Well done to the squad of: Alex McEwan, Ethan Doughty, Elias Lambros, Adam Gamali, TJ Gamali, Yousef Abul Enein, Elijah Mathew, Sebastian Toh, Donald Bolton, Ethan O Kane and Rian Jagtiani.