On April 20, the Yew Chung International School of Beijing boys' and girls' under-19 football teams travelled to Shanghai to take part in the final Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) football tournament of the 2016-17 school year. In each of their competitive games, both teams showed great drive, desire, and tenacity, with the Boys team coming away with third place and the Girls team placing fifth overall.
For our Year 13 students, it was the final competition of their Yew Chung International School of Beijing careers, making the tournament an emotional end to their high school sporting careers. Team captain Gino Chiu and teammates Emanuale and Marcello Finocchiaro, David Tso, and Marcus Chung on the Boys team and Gianna Chun and Nina Fitzpatrick on the Girls team all played their last games in YCIS Beijing red and blue.
Head Football Coach Alastair Dawson commented on the team’s performance and character during this year-end tournament.
The Boys team clinched their third place berth through a nail-biting penalty shootout. David Tso capitalized on the advantage provided by Gino Chiu’s supreme goalkeeping, smashing home the winning penalty kick. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t quite able to convert as many of their chances as they would have liked, falling just short in the semifinals against eventual winners BIS Shanghai.
Whilst the boys, struggled in front of the goal at times, the Girls team, led by MVP Sujing Kim, played some fluid attacking football, culminating in a decisive 5-0 victory in their final fixture.
On and off the field, the students embodied many of the values we seek to instill in the students here at the Yew Chung International School of Beijing. Their team spirit and positive attitude was commented on by many of those in attendance.
Congratulations to our teams on their successful seasons! We can’t wait to see you competing again in the fall!