Last month, our U13 boys soccer team travelled to Toronto to take part in the Canadian Association of Independent Schools annual tournament. The Middle School students played strong soccer against teams from across the country and showed off not only their skills on the field, but their team work and sportsmanship as well.
Director of Middle School Xaxier Abrioux, who coached the boys in Ontario along with Mr. Manson-Blair, writes about their trip.
Fifteen excited boys in Grades 6 and 7 headed off to the annual CAIS tournament on October 21. Hosted by Crescent School and The Sterling Hall School, this tournament welcomes 20 CAIS schools from across Canada. After a couple of days of travelling and sightseeing, which included visits to the CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame, the boys joined their billet families and prepared for the games ahead.
The preliminary round consisted of five pools with four schools in each pool. On Thursday, we played three games and ended up with two wins and a tie. This was a very good result and placed us in the gold division with seven other schools for the remainder of the tournament. We were guaranteed a top-8 finish in what is always a very competitive tournament!
On Friday, we played our next three games against some very tough competition. One win and two losses later, we found ourselves playing for fifth and sixth spot on Saturday morning. After our seventh game in two and a half days, we ended up a very respectable sixth out of twenty schools. Three wins, three losses (two by one goal) and one tie was a great result.
The boys improved tremendously as a team on the soccer field. They all played well and shone at various moments on the field. But this tournament is much more than just playing soccer. The boys got to know each other better and meet other people from across the country. They were very well taken care of by their host families and brought back memories that they will look back on in the years to come.