This week saw an historic moment for our school and students who participated in our first ever Kuala Lumpur International School Sports (KLISS) tournaments. Our boys and girls Football under 13 and 15 teams played Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur, Kolej Tunku Ja'afar (KTJ) and Nexus International School in our side of the ‘pool’ at the Nexus campus on two separate days. The top 2 teams from our pool will play the top 2 teams from the other pool in the cup finals, whilst the 3rd and 4th teams from our pool will play the 3rd and 4th teams from the other pool in the shield finals - both to be played on the same date in November.

First up was our under 15 girls. The girls team has only been in existence for three months but they gave a brave and improved account of themselves managing to draw with Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur, eventually losing to KTJ and Nexus. I know Mr. Firdaus and Mr. Azharul have been working extremely hard with this group of girls having double training sessions in previous weeks to be ready for this tournament so to get a result was a huge boost and a big positive going forwards. The girls will play for the shield in November.

Our under 15 boys team went to the match full of confidence from previous positive results in friendlies. Mr. Shane has had to change the team around due to the new rules in age groups which was not easy, but we came away with some memorable and excellent results. They went on to beat KTJ and Nexus in excellent fashion and although they lost to Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur, they managed to qualify for the cup finals in November! A monumental effort from both players and coach and we all look forward to going back and competing against the best of the best in the cup finals.

Next up was our under 13 girls. As with the under 15 girls, Mr. Firdaus and Mr. Azharul have been doing extra training sessions as the team is very new. In their first match against Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur they were 3-0 down at half time. After an inspirational team talk from the coaches, the girls went out second half and came away with a 3-3 draw!!! An incredible result. They went on to perform bravely but lost to a very good Nexus side and needed a win in the final game against KTJ to go to the cup finals. They threw everything they could at KTJ and scored some excellent goals but unfortunately they couldn’t get the winner and came away with a 2-2 draw. Again, a great result considering the maturity of the teams they were facing and will go to the shield in November with a real chance of a positive outcome.

The final team to compete in KLISS this week was my own team - the under 13 boys. The majority of the team are under 12’s and were playing against players who were much bigger than they are used to. The first game they lost comprehensively to Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur. Next up was KTJ. Losing 1-0 they pulled it back to 1-1 just before half time. After the break they came out like lions and defeated KTJ 3-1 with some of the best goals in a match I have ever seen. In their last game they need to beat a very good and experienced Nexus team to reach the cup finals. In a tense and close fought encounter our boys did us proud and came out on top winning 4-2!!! An excellent performance all round from each of our teams and we are proud of each of them for their high levels of effort and performance.

In other news, our Volleyball under 16 boys and girls played in a tournament against Australian International School and Nexus. Our Volleyball boys team, led by Mr. Firdaus, came out victorious against both teams, winning the overall tournament! Not to be outdone, the girls team, led by myself (in the absence of their excellent coach Ms Hidayah) comprehensively beat both schools to also win their tournament. An excellent effort all round and plenty to look forward to with these two teams in future matches. As well as this our Benchball under 9 boys and girls, coached by Ms Farah and Ms Hidayah, took on Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur in a friendly match at our Puchong campus before their much anticipated KLISS matches coming up in a couple of weeks. 

Overall this has been a huge week for our sports teams and seeing them having fun and fulfilling their potential is a joy to behold. The character, emotion and maturity shown by our students has been second to none. We have shown sportsmanship as well as determination in all our matches and this group of students are going to keep getting better and better.

Mark Kelly (Director of Sport)
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