Please see below hot off the press from Dubai a report from Miss Kennedy on the second day of the World Games. Another great performance in the football – well done to everyone
Day 2 of competition here in Dubai saw the teams take to the football pitches. After an excellent first day, spirits were running high in the St Catherine’s camp as the warm-up began. The boys befriended the DJ and convinced him to play Zorba Sirtaki and surely enough, he obliged! So our team added some dancing to their warm-up routine – although it must be noted that their dance technique was somewhat questionable from some of them!
St Cats had an encouraging beginning with both teams making an excellent start in their football campaign. The boys put on an excellent show, winning three of their group stage games and showing that St Cats were going to a force to reckon with. They did face some very quality opposition however which led them to finish the group in 4th position thereby going into the second tier play-offs. They dominated their first match, with some brilliant skills from Christos and Konstantinos as well as some outstanding team work from the boys at the back. This put them into the 5th/6th play-off match. They played against Horizon English School who had previously beaten them in the pool stages. Although they conceded an early goal, the team pushed hard to pull it back but unfortunately the Horizon keeper got the better of them. Nevertheless 6th place overall was a superb performance.
The girls got off to an uneventful start with a 0-0 draw against Children’s International School. From that point on they put on an outstanding show, scoring several goals and conceding none at their end throughout the entire group stage. A 4-0 win in their final match powered the girls to second place in the table – this resulted in entry to the top tier play-offs. A very challenging match against St Saviour’s resulted in a 0-0 draw, leading to a sudden death penalty shoot-out. After a screamer of a penalty from Emily, the girls were looking strong, but 2 fabulous strikes from St Saviour’s put their team ahead, leaving our girls to battle it out in the 3rd/4th play-off match. This game against the Jumeirah Primary School saw some excellent opportunities for the girls but they fell to a last minute goal. 4th place overall in the football tournament was again a really outstanding effort.
Both teams showed so much potential all day, and their combined efforts meant that we maintained our 4th place overall – two really consistent days! Let’s try and bump that 4th place into a medal position on the final day in the swimming pool tomorrow!
Girls Outstanding Performances:
Emily Nicholls (striker) and Luciana Cheilas (goalkeeper)
Boys Outstanding Performances:
Christos Kanousis (striker)