The Jubail Jaguar Boys went into the 2014 SAIKAC tournament with high expectations as many members of last year's championship team returned. This years team did not disappoint with their performance at the tourney, which was hosted by DEMS at the ISG-Dharan campus.
The Jaguars played four games on the first day, and while a few went 3 sets with the closest being against the talented team from Dharan Aramco, our team still finished undefeated. This gave us the number one seed going into the second day with elimination play matches. The first match was a solid win against Dammam, which put us in the semi-finals against Ras Tanura. Once again, the boys stepped up with another strong win, which pitted us once again against Dharan Aramco in the championship game.
Our team started out strong winning the first set 25-21. The second set went back and forth, however the Wildcats finished on top winning 25-23. With the championship in the balance, the Jaguars had a lead of 11-8 in the third set to 15. Yet, as what often happens in the game of volleyball, the momentum shifted the other day, with the Wildcats coming out on top 15-13, leaving our team as runners-up in this year's tournament.
The Jubail Jaguars boys' team played a strong tournament and while the end result wasn't what we strived for, it wasn't for a lack of effort and desire. With the girls also taking second place in their tournament, overall it was a good showing for the U14 volleyball teams!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
U-14 GIRLS SAIKAC TOURNAMENT
The U-14 SAIKAC volleyball tournament was held at the Dhahran campus of ISG, hosted by Dhahran Elementary Middle School (DEMS). Our girls spent a great deal of time after school this fall in preparation for this tournament.
The first match on Thursday pitted the Lady Jaguars against the Dhahran Aramco Wildcats A team; always a formidable opponent. After losing the first set and falling behind in the second set, our girls rallied to win the second set. However, Aramco was able to win the third set and the match. That proved to be the most difficult match on Thursday, as the girls beat the DEMS B team, DBGS and Udhailiyah-all in 2 sets.
That placed our girls in the championship bracket for Friday’s competition. The Lady Jaguars began the morning against the Dhahran Aramco B team, winning in 2 sets. The second opponent was Aramco Ras Tanura. RT won the first set by a comfortable margin. The Jaguars fell behind in the second set, but were able to rally to win a close second set. Our girls won the third set by a comfortable margin, setting up a rematch with the Aramco Dhahran A team in the championship match.
Although our girls kept the score close in both sets, we fell short, ending up in second place for the tournament. A special thank you goes out to Victoria Smith who was an invaluable asset to this team. Following her trip to Sri Lanka, she woke early on Friday morning to join the girls for the second day of the tournament, Her presence and coaching at the tournament helped inspire them to play some very good volleyball.
-Coach Scott Camponeschi
Monday, December 15, 2014
The 2014-15 JV Boys Football was coached by Ms. Christina Kottmann. There was a large turnout at the start of the season. Practices started off in late October, providing straight 2 months of practices. Regularly meeting 3 times a week the boys refined their playing style and the Coach managed to decide on which combinations of players worked the best. Matches were scheduled against Dammam and DHS on Saturdays us an idea what our opposition would be like at SAIKAC. On December 11th, 24 boys traveled down to Dhahran Aramco with their only objective, to keep what was theirs already, the JV Football Championship. The A team was set in Pool B, winning all their games against DH Aramco Wildcats B (6-0), Ras Tanura Dolphins (3-1), and Dhahran Highschool Scorpions (4-1) on the first day. Returning early the next morning, the A team returned on the field seeded 1st in the tournament playing DH Aramco Wildcats B and winning 7-0. However, the team suffered a rough first loss, getting humiliated by DHS Scorpions 4-1. Although the team was tired, sore and beaten, the boys had not lost sight of the Championship and returned to the field against Ras Tanura Falcons, winning 8-3. This particular win provided the crucial boost of confidence, with which the team went on to beat DHS Scorpions in the Semi-Finals 1-0 with a late stunner of a goal from Abdul Al-Khair. Limping onto the field for the last game of the tournament, the Championship, the team received a "second wind" and with a surge of energy managed to hold down the DBGS Bulldogs for the entire 35 minutes (2 15 minutes halves plus 5 minutes Golden Goal Extra Time). The game down to penalties, which our heroes Diego Pena, Hamza Yate, and Muath Ratemi all manage to score while the final DBGS shooter missed. The Reigning Champions had held onto their title and returned home victorious. Special thank you for our much underestimated Coach, Ms. Christina Kottmann and our ever supportive Assistant Coach Muhammad Suleman.
-Mohmmad Jabran Khan
The girls U16 soccer team was made up of 11 girls. Out of the 11 girls only half were actually U16 players and most not experienced soccer players. So you could say that the girls Jaguar team was the underdog. However, what these girls lacked in experience was made up for in heart & sportsmanship. The girls played 8 games over two days coming in last place out of 6 teams but put up a good fight. All but one of their games were close scores, tie games and even going into penalty kicks. The girls were able to score several goals led by their team captain, Mckenzie Rizqi. The coach moved some girls into new positions proving to be helpful the second day. The team was able to pull off one win against Dammam the last game of the tournament. As a result of this win the girls felt they had improved and walked away with smiles and a sense of pride for their hard work.