Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) will be hoping their success continues on the field this term after their domination in the girls’ DASSA football league.
The Dubai school saw their Under-12, U-14 and U-16 sides reign supreme in the Division 1 competition. Their U-12s, captained by Faye Alam were unbeaten with four victories from five matches in the league. They also finished runners-up in the DASSA 7’s.
Their U-14s and U-16s went one step further with perfect league records. The U-14s, led by Lauren Hibbert, won all their six games as well as triumphing in the DASSA 7’s Cup.
Jessica Cullen’s U-16 side lifted the league trophy with five straight wins while also emerging DASSA 7’s Cup champions.
DESC even came close to winning the U-19 title but missed out to Repton School on goal difference.
For Paul Barratt, head of football, he had nothing but praise for each and every squad player.
“Our girls’ football programme gets bigger and better every year,” he said. “It’s an incredible achievement lifting three of the Division 1 League trophies and one the girls should be proud of. Here at DESC, we have superb football facilities for our students and a programme which helps them develop their potential as a football player, and more importantly, their overall characteristics.”
Tommy Fleetwood may well have stolen the limelight with his Abu Dhabi triumph but it was a weekend to remember for a young aspiring golfer.
Jasmine Pitman, a student at The British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD) reigned supreme at the HSBC Future Falcons Golf Skills Challenge, held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Year Seven pupil qualified for the event in November and beat other talented golfers to win her age group. Her reward was a round of golf with Edoardo Molinari, a member of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup squad in 2010.
The feat is even more remarkable considering she only started playing golf two years ago. Understandably, she was left in awe of her experience.
“I really enjoy playing golf and love the opportunities that HSBC Future Falcons give to junior golfers,” said Pitman, who trains at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club. “The ‘Skills Challenge’ tests all parts of golf – driving, chipping and putting. I was so excited to win my age category because I had been working hard and the prize was a round of golf with a European tour professional.
“It was an amazing experience. Thank you HSBC Future Falcons.”
Her efforts on the course did not go unnoticed with BISAD teachers lauding her performance.
“We are extremely proud at The British International School Abu Dhabi to see Jasmine, one of our talented sports students, competing and succeeding in sports such as golf outside of school,” said Paul Cochlin, head of PE.
“We wholly encourage our students to utilise the skills acquired within their PE lessons and school sports training, and transfer them into other activities outside of school. It is hoped Jasmine’s achievements will give confidence to more of our students in exploring other sporting opportunities.
“Moving forward, we are excited to continue working closely with the HBSC Future Falcons Golf programme in enriching our own PE curriculum for all of our students at The British International School Abu Dhabi.”
Ryan Baker, director of sport, added: “It’s fantastic that Jasmine gets the opportunity to show her talents in competitions like this. She really enjoys her golf and I am sure she will win many more in the future.”
There was no shortage of talent at the BSME netball tournament as top schools across the region battled for glory in Abu Dhabi.
More than 300 athletes from 16 schools in the Middle East flocked to New York University Abu Dhabi for the second annual competition and unsurprisingly there were some exceptional individual and team performances across the Under-13, U-15 and U-19 categories.
As hosts, Brighton College Abu Dhabi had already enjoyed a strong season in the Abu Dhabi International Schools Sports Association (ADISSA) competition this term with unprecedented success and their dominance continued in the BSME tournament.
In the Under-13 final, Brighton were leading 9-8 going into the final minute but The English School Cairo rallied back to win 10-9.
Later, Brighton also saw their U-15 and U-19 sides reach the final.
Although BSAK emerged winners in the U-15 final, there was something to celebrate for the hosts as Brighton gained revenge in the U-19 decider with a close 8-6 victory.
Among the Brighton College players to impress was Sarah Gauthier. A member of the U-13 ‘A’ squad, she scored the most number of goals for her team, while her team-mate Anouska Redding was named Most Valuable Player in the U-13 category.
In their U-15 team, Laura Hurn was one of the standout players by scoring the most number of goals.
For Logan Larkins, her dazzling efforts on court saw her rewarded with the player of the tournament accolade in the U-19 competition.