This year BSM competed in the Harrow International 7’s Football Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. It was the first time for BSM to join this prestigious event and it was the first Overseas Football Competition for the Lions Football Programme. Our U11 Boys & Girls went head to head against 24 International Schools across Asia.
The Boys entered the competition full of confidence after winning the U11 Ceres Cup in Manila. The level in Bangkok was evident in the first game against St. Andrews. The Boys conceded 2 early goals and lost the first game. They eventually picked up form but met their nemesis, the hosts, Harrow International School. BSM showed character to level however, this came to no avail as it finished 3-2 to HIS. It was one of the most thrilling games of the tournament. The result meant BSM would miss out on Champions League Qualification. After a good night’s rest, they felt recharged. Now in the Premier League, the intensity on Day 2 was incredible, the Boys showed what they were capable of: their patterns and set piece play were magnificent. It was as if the boys were Sheffield United & Mr. Dunstan studied their play book. The boys won the Premier League Trophy convincingly beating Tanglin, fully deserving of their achievement.
The Girls started the tournament in style winning 4 of their 5 games on Day 1. After a relentless start, the girls were brought back down to earth after a 4-1 loss against Heathfield who were known to be the best team in Bangkok. BSM finished 2nd in their group meaning they would play in the Champions League Competition on Day 2. There was something in the atmosphere on Day 2, the poor air quality. Despite the delay in games the girls were determined to battle through, and they did more than that. The Girls won all games including a tight 1 – 0 win against Heathfield, which saw Alie Whale score the winning goal in the dying seconds. They did it, they won the entire competition and the Champions League trophy. The girls were over the moon…
This meant both BSM teams returned back to Manila with the Harrow 7’s Champions League & Premier League Trophies. It was an unforgettable experience. Congratulations to both teams especially Lillie Roth & Aarran Long who were our MVP’s of the Tournament. A massive thanks to Mr. Dunstan, Mr. Hardy, Mrs. Russell & the super Parents who showed unbelievable support and encouragement throughout the trip.
See photos below.