Our first matches of the season saw our primary soccer teams travel to Yew Wah International School in Huadu.
The friendly matches were very competitive and good practice for the GISES (Guangzhou International Schools Elementary Sports) tournament occurring in October.
The boys worked tirelessly and gave 100% effort against a very strong opposition. Eventually loosing 12-3 but we can be very proud of there effort levels. Congratulations to our goal scorers: Henry, Majed and Shine.
The Grizzly girls produced a wonderful football performance, passing the ball beautifully and looked very dangerous when attacking. We won 10-1, Rahaf scored 4 goals, Apple scored 2, Anita scored 2 and Anna scored 2.
Boys squad: Ryan, Liam, Shine, Kangkang, Henry, Bryan, Majed, Johnson, Benjamin, Tashrif, Matthew and Freddy.
Girls squad: Apple, Anita, Junjin, Jessie, Rahaf, Sam, Nadira, Anna and Selina
Coach today: Mr Bowden
Middle School Soccer
Wednesday, 11th of September saw the first matches for the middle school soccer teams!
Boys: CIS 5 : 1 ISD ( International School of Dongguan)
“A fantastic start to the season, the boys played some great football and listened well, putting our game plan into action. A special mention to Howard (3 goals) and Sever (2 goals) but today’s player of the match was our goalkeeper Danny Chen, who made some amazing saves.”
——Coach: Mr. Bowden
Girls: CIS 1 : 1 ISD
“A challenging first game under tough weather conditions. Grizzlies girls showed great organization and skills throughout the game led by captain Laresa Khamis. Congratulations to Jasmine Peng and Julia Ding for taking part in their first ever Soccer match.”
——Coach: Mr. Bartlett
Cross Country Runners
Tuesday 24th of September saw our Grade 2-5 cross-country runners go to the first GISES event of the year at Uthaloy Zhengcheng.
Our awesome runners showed determination and great spirit when competing. Running long distances in this heat is never easy, but our athletes did an amazing job, and we are proud of them all.
Special mention to Oliver (G2) for claiming 2nd place in the Grade 2/3 individual race which had over 45 runners. The grade 2/3 relay team (Gary W, Peter, Oliver and Yoyo) claimed 3rd place also!!
Grade 2: Oliver, Colin, Eddie
Grade 3: Yoyo, Jojo, Iskander, Peter, Gary Xu, Gary Wang, Patrick, Henry Zhang, Bonnie, Elizabeth, Jayden
Grade 4: Kangkang, Dada, Matthew, Tommy, Yunjin, Mimo, Quincey
Grade 5: Henry, Bryan, Shine, Lawrence, Ryan, Caroline, Anna, Rahaf, Anita
Senior Girls Volleyball
For the first time in CIS history, the Grizzlies have a senior girls volleyball team. September 21 brought the senior girls volleyball team to their first ever tournament. With one win in the books from September 19 home game, the girls were excited and enthusiastic about teir next challenge.
The tournament began against the extremely talented UISG (Utahloy International School Guangzhou) team. These girls have a very strong and experienced team, but our Grizzlies went out and played their best! Strong serves from the UISG team gave us a tough time returning the ball, and they beat us in 2 straight sets.
The Grizzlies did not lose their excitement though and were off to their next game. Game two was played against ZIS (Zhuhai International School). The Grizzlies brought their best with serves in the first set and won a close one. The second set was won by ZIS, which meant for the first time the Grizzlies went to a third set to decide the winner. Our strong serving gave the Grizzlies an early lead, and we took the third set and the game.
Our final game was against BASIS. The beginning of the first set BASIS came out with a superstar server, gaining them a 10-0 lead early on. The Grizzlies struggled back to within a few points, however the BASIS team won the first set 25-18. The second set the Grizzlies showed their own strong serving, but BASIS battled back to take the second set and the game.
Overall, the Grizzlies put in an amazing effort in their first tournament. We have a lot to learn and improve, but we have had a great start to our first season! GO GRIZZLIES!