Yesterday saw all three of our Primary Years Program Boys Football teams compete in their first games of the season. How did they do? Here’s a breakdown of the games. Go Griffins!
Under 9 Boys Football
On Sunday 15th October, the U9 GCS football squad had their first match – against Emirates International School (Jumeriah). The team had been training very hard over the past few weeks and had been working well on their communication on the pitch, as well as their passing and positioning. Once the final squad was selected for the first match, key positions were identified for the players and their confidence and eagerness to play was running high!
EIS arrived around 3:15pm and we met the opposing team. Our boys quickly got into position and got off to an amazing start. Having thought carefully about the skills that we had been focusing on during our training, the boys displayed a fantastic ability to apply these and showed excellent cooperative team play. Before long, some great passing and use of space saw our several shots on goal by Taha Ghandour, Nathaniel Bolacha then David Antonio. Spirits and confidence soared and our boys picked up the pace and put on the pressure. EIS began to put up a strong defence, but this was not enough for the skillful passing and swift footwork of Nader Assy, who secured our first goal moments before the whistle was blown to end the first half of the game!
After a short break and a quick substitution, EIS kicked off for the second half. EIS had clearly changed their game plan and pushed in for the attack! They worked hard and upped the challenge for our boys. However, their efforts were consistently put to a stop by our excellent defence team, Augusto Andrade and Oliver Alegria, who made sure that nothing got through. In fact, the defensive work was so solid that our goal keepers (Karam and Nathaniel) had little contact with the ball throughout the match! From start to finish, Oliver and Nader displayed excellent use of space, and their skillful passing led to our next goal by Karam Shishan (who had switched positions with Nathaniel to play centre-midfield in the second half). Unfortunately, the full-time whistle blew just before Oliver intercepted a pass and used a fantastic right foot to chip the ball into the net; however, we had won our first game of the season… 2-0!
The boys have made GCS proud and we now prepare ourselves for the next match against Sunmarke School, on Tuesday 22nd October…watch this space!!
Contributed by: Coach Christensen
Under 10 Boys Football Team
On a hot and humid afternoon, GCS Under 10’s took to the competitive field for the first time this year. After a series of productive training sessions, an eager set of parents and coach watched on as the team set about putting some of their learning into their first league match.
Their opponents Emirates International School Jumeriah brought a strong, physical side and the first five minutes of the game was dominated with fully committed tackles from both sides. GCS defense held firm and after this initial counter and as the team’s confidence grew, our risk-taking students began to show their offensive playing talents.
With Omar’s stewardship now on show it was crucial that his knowledge of his teammates paid off; it certainly did. GCS took the lead and quickly followed this opening strike by scoring another and taking a 2-0 half time lead.
Vladic communicated with his defense to ensure his opponents’ chances were limited and Lian showed the value of having another captain on the field; leading his fellow midfielders and strikers by example. Gabe’s movement confused the EIS defence and helped the debutants ~Valerio and Owen~ to put in an excellent shift. The two boys were duly rewarded with well taken goals. Omar also featured on the score sheet and the final score finished 9-0.
The start of what we all hope will be another fruitful campaign. If Nicolo, Hadi B and Hadi T continue to defend and interact with the attacking squad members of the team in the same way as they did today, then we’re certain further success will be on the horizon.
A great job boys!
Contributed by: Coach Burden
Under 11 Boys Football
This was a changed U-11 team from the one that played Sunmarke School, with some boys having not played for the team yet. This fixture against Emirates International School Meadows would be different.
The first half was a mixture of missed opportunities by both teams as well as some indecisive moments when players had the ball at their feet. But as the game developed GCS started to maintain more control and pressed for a goal.
Faris was a threat up front throughout the game and with Jose and Carlos in midfield building some momentum. Eiad, Isaac and Adriaan worked well in defense with Adriaan making an on the line rescue after Daniel had made a great save in goal. With Pablo and Mina coming off the bench the team started to gel and in the second half, after sustained pressure GCS managed to score albeit from an EIS defender’s leg. But this goal spurred the team on and it wasn’t long before a well worked pass from Fares was met by Jose who found the back of the net for the winner. Daniel still had two or three saves to make before the final whistle and ended up putting in a ‘man of the match’ performance to keep a clean sheet. Well done boys!
Contributed by: Coach Callum