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 That match proved to be another hard fought affair, but the boys’ determination, skill level and quality shone through and they were able to win the match 2-0. The boys and coaches were very happy and were looking forward to the final game of the competition against BISJ.

 The boys were pumped up for the last game, having previously played BISJ in the league and lost 3 -0. After the league game, the boys practiced every lunch, weekend and evening possible and all that hard work proved worthwhile as this game was the best game of the tournament. There was some excellent athleticism shown by both teams: there were some outstanding blocks and spikes, with bodies flying everywhere. With BISJ having last year won the Under 14’s and Under 16 Boys Volleyball at RSAC and SAIKAC, it was always going to be hard, but all the time put in by the players and coaches came to fruition with the team winning 2-1 in a hard fought game.

Boys Team players: Saeed Nafar, Hamza Sheikh, Abdullah Al Saud, Saif Al Banna, Hazem Gamil, Abderrahman Zairi, Saleh Shesha, Adeeb Mogharbel, Rayan Badghaish, Rayan Alesayi.

 Special thanks to the coaches: Nelson Santos, Daniel Lowe and Miller Green for the encouragement and time. The future is bright for boys’ volleyball at JPGS.

The girls travelled to BISJ with a record of having played 2, won 1 and lost 1 in the Red Sea league, which meant they were entered the tournament with high hopes. Like the boys, the training schedule has been extended, with lunch times, extra evening sessions in school until 5pm.

The games in the girls’ tournament were time limited and teams played each other, with each match lasting 40 minutes. In the first game, which saw JPGS play Kaust first squad, the girls were nervous to start but improved throughout the match. The score was 2-0 to Kaust but the games were very close in score and with only 5 points difference between the schools.

The second game saw them play against The World Academy and after their opening display the girls grew in confidence and won the match 2-0. A mixture of excellent defense and fantastic offence saw the girls execute they had worked on in practice during the game.

The third game saw JPGS play against AISJ, after having previously lost to them in the league. Again the girls were a little slow to start and soon lost the first game.  However, they relaxed and played some great volleyball in the second game. With the aid of some great serving and tactical play, the girls won the game 25-10 which meant that the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

In the fourth match the girls played against BISJ and this time the girls started brightly and took the first game 25-4 following some excellent serving. BISJ started the second game confidently and took a lead which proved too big to claw back so that the match again finished in a 1-1 draw.

The fifth game was against KAUST and the girls really raised the bar high with their performance in this game. KAUST played some great volleyball and JPGS matched them with their commitment, dedication and never say die attitude. Unfortunately, Kaust won the match 2-0 to inflict JPGS’ second defeat of the day.

The last game saw JPGS come up against a very good Yanbu team. Yanbu took the first game 25-21 but JPGS took the by the same score ending with another draw.

The girls did a fantastic job and their confidence is now sky high after the day’s volleyball.

Girls Team Players: Hania Shaikh, Maham Sheikh, Poppy Britton, Hania Raza, Jana Kayyal Kaavya Punn,  Manal Ahmed, Donia Jabraouti, Sara Al Saleh.

Thanks to Ray Garnett who helped coach the team and was influential through his constant encouragement and positive team talks.

Mr Gale

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