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BSME Football in Bahrain

On Thursday 31st January, 52 DESS students in Years 5 and 6 travelled to Bahrain for the BSME Football tournament hosted by St Christopher’s School. With 3 boys teams and 2 girls teams, we were the biggest squad to attend the tournament which in itself demonstrates the strength and depth DESS sport has.

After a Thursday of travelling and settling into the hotel, it was the girls who were competing first on the Friday morning. Spirits were very high for both teams and our girls did not disappoint. The support between teams, as well as from the dedicated parents who travelled, helped our A team go unbeaten in their league without conceding a single goal. The B team has a very tough pool of games but performed excellently scoring some outstanding goals during their 5 games. With all pool games complete, the A team went through as winners of the group and were to face a tough BIS Jeddah A team in the semi-final. After a long gap between their last game and the semis, our girls started the game a little flat and found themselves 1-0 down. After battling bravely in the second half of the game and hitting the post twice, the girls couldn’t find the goal they needed to keep them in the competition and ended finishing fourth after a loss in the 3rd place play off. A disappointing end to the tournament but overall the girls were a credit to the school finishing 4th from 12.  

Whilst the girls were playing football, the boys were enjoying themselves at the waterpark but on Saturday the roles were then reversed. As the girls slept in after a long day of football, the boys were up ready and raring to go for their own competition. Like the girls, the support the boys had was immense and with 3 teams competing it seemed like the red of DESS was everywhere to be seen. The A team strolled through their pool without conceding a goal, winning all of their 7 games. The hardest game they endured was against the DESS B team who fought valiantly to narrowly lose by 1 goal to nil. With the B team battling to qualify in an up and down tournament with 1 win, 2 draws and 4 losses, they just missed out coming 4th in their pool. The C team battled hard against some very strong teams from across the Middle East and it seemed every goal scored by the B and C teams were celebrated louder and more passionately, showing that enjoyment can be found without winning every game. As the semi-finals loomed, the 4 teams who progressed were very strong. DESS A were drawn against BSAK and unfortunately found themselves 3-0 down after the first 5 minutes. The shell-shocked DESS team then rose to the occasion scoring two well worked goals to pile the pressure onto BSAK in the last part of the game. They pushed and pushed but could not find a way through and disappointingly exited the competition finishing 4th from 16 after another loss in the 3rd place play off.


We went to win and left without any medals but the experience gained and the friendship bonds created will be remembered for a lifetime. Well done to all who competed and we thoroughly look forward to next year where we hope to bring the trophies back to Dubai.

Liam Kehoe  
Teacher of PE


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