To conclude the senior MRISA season our ISE students visited Cambodia last week to participate in the ISPP football tournament. We had 2 action packed days of sun, sweat and football!
The ISE Girls had a tournament to be proud of. On Day 1 they won two of their three group games, to finish in second place. Then another victory in the Friday knockout stages put them into the top four Championship Pool. In their semi, the ISE girls led the eventual champions 1-0 before eventually losing 1-3. The bronze medal was even closer, with a break away late goal leading to a narrow 2-0 loss. Most of this team began the season with no experience and just 2 pairs of football boots between them! What progress they made in a season that demonstrated what can be achieved with passion, energy, teamwork and a real willingness to learn!
The ISE Boys experienced the highs and lows of playing competitive football as they were beaten by an excellent ISPP team in the group stages before picking up their first win and draw of the season versus SSIS and UNIS. These fantastic results meant the boys entered the final afternoon of competition with a chance to bring home some silverware! Unfortunately ISE were narrowly beaten in the Plate Final 2-0. However, ISE did manage to bring home a trophy. The other competing schools voted for the ISE Boys to win the MRISA Sportsmanship Award which is given to the team who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on and off the pitch through ethical behaviour, fair play and integrity.