The English School, Kuwait 
by Roxy Simon 

November 18th and 19th 2016, saw Brighton College, Abu Dhabi host the first ever BSME Netball Tournaments for U13s and U15s. It was a fantastic event which was well organised and showcased an extremely high level of netball from all around the Middle East region. 

In high temperatures and with limited cloud cover, Zeyed Sports City saw 20 different teams take to the court and play some truly fantastic netball. The English School (TES), a relatively small prep school located in Kuwait, but with a strong sporting tradition in the region, attended the event entering an U13 squad. The girls played exceptionally well in the group stages, winning 8 of their pool games and losing just 1, to the hosts Brighton College. All day the girls had battled hard and thoroughly deserved their wins, beating tough competition, particularly from the Abu Dhabi based schools and the British International School Jeddah. Our girls fought hard, and played superbly. They were a delight to watch in the group stages, scoring a grand total of 132 goals and 

conceding only 33 a truly fantastic effort from the squad of just 8 girls. After Brighton College lost to The British International School Al Khubairat whom we had beaten the day before we finished 1st after the group stages, winning on goal difference, meaning we had booked ourselves a place in the final. Making the final was already an incredible achievement but what happened next was truly remarkable! 

The final was an exciting rematch between TES and BCAD, with both teams giving their all. However on the day, the TES girls were fired up and hungry for the win. After a sublime performance by all 8 TES girls, they won the final 11-3, claiming the title of U13 BSME Netball champions at this, the inaugural event. The players and their coach were elated with the result and tears of joy and cheers resounded around the court. What an unbelievable moment for everyone in the TES camp parents, staff and players! The girls gave it their all in the 
final showdown and really did save their best performance for last. They battled hard from the first to the final whistle, and no one  could argue, that they were the deserving champions. On top of this already fantastic achievement, one of our students also picked up the U13 Player of the Tournament award. 

A superb weekend had by all who came from Kuwait! A truly remarkable achievement and one which our girls will treasure for the rest of their lives. A huge thank you to Brighton College for hosting such a fantastic event and we look forward to defending the trophy next year.

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