The SJI U14 rugby team were crowned Champions in the U14 category of the Grant Thorton Saint 7's rugby tournament held over the weekend of 12 and 13 November 2011. They beat the much fancied and robust lads from the Australian International School in the finals to earn the honours.
It was truly an impressive performance by the C Boys, as they kept a clean sheet through out the tournament, i.e. there were no tries scored against us. As SJI focuses on the 15's format of the game being champions in a 7's tournament is truly somthing to savour with delight. These are the summary of the scores SJI vs:
Singapore American School: 0 - 0
Bukit Batok Sec Sch: 42 - 0
Evergreen Sec Sch 32 - 0
St. Andrew's School: 19 - 0
Australian International School 12 - 0
Our boys were excellent in defence and opposings teams only had the occasional foray into our half in all the matches played. The boys kept possession of the ball and moved it around the field to create gaps in the opponents defences before striking. This is a relatively simple strategy, but it is one that requires lots of courage, confidence and self believe. In this tournament, our boys out played the bigger players form the International Schools and created an upset in the finals by beating the favourites, the Australian School.
The team was captained by Arend Wong and assisted by Riq Haris (both 211). Thier very fast switches and jinks wrong footed their opponents provinding our wingers Ryan Wee (205) and Teo Jian Kiat (207) traffic free highways to the try line. Half back Gabriel Silva (210), played falutlessly through out the weekend to deliver clean balls to the backs. In all the teamwork was excellent and it almost as if it was telekinetic.
The SJI Magnificient 7's C Boys:
Captain Arend Wong (211) V Captain Riq Haris (211), Mikael Nunis (202),
Anders Seah (202) Ryan Wee (205) Vickneswaran SS (211)
Gabriel Silva (210) Venkateswaran E (211) Teo Jian Kiat (207)
Markus Tan (112) Chrisopher Mak (108) Jonathan Lin (204)
The judges were also impressed with SJI as they awarded SJI with the Fairplay Team Award.
The B Boys had a good weekend at the Sait's 7's as well. The were Plate Champions in the U16 category. Chew Jing Yan (335), Aymeric Seah (334), Scot Heng (331) and Captain Zechary Koh (321) had a busy day in the tackling department and were duly rewarded. Big Boys Ibramim Nasser (and Evan ' The Mighty' Teoh suprised all of us in a display of fancy footwork and speed by out running the wingers to score several tries.
Singapore American School: 0 - 5
Monfort Secondary School: 12 - 5
Evergreen Sec School: 19 - 0
Overseas Family School (OFS): 29 - 0
We also like to congratulate Julius Yu, 203, for his first cap for SJI in the SJI 'B" team He was named as the most improved player in the tournament by our coaching panel. Well done Julius, you proved to many the value of dogged determination.
In the B Div, a relatively new kid on the block, Matthew Lim could not put a foot wrong, he scored in every match except against the Americans. He stunned the crowd in the finals when he caught the ball from kick off at the edge of our 22, broke a tackle and blasted his way to the try line with the OFS defence hot on his tail.When he landed the try far left of the post just 28 seconds into the game.
Matt scored 2 of the 5 tries in the finals. Hence it is not surprising that he is the most improved player for the U!6 team in this tournament.
We wish to thank the Bro. Pinto (for his prayers and support) and the parents who came to watch the matches despite the downpour on the two really wet days of the November weekend.