SOS-HGIC athletes have done it again! The school’s basketball and hockey teams displayed true mettle when they journeyed to Ghana International School last Saturday, February 25, 2017 to compete in the ISSAG Basketball & Hockey Competition. This day was an Exeat day; however, students were willing to sacrifice part of it to win honours for the school and they must be commended. Nine schools participated in this competition. They are: Ghana International School, SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, Alpha Beta Christian College, Morgan International Community School, The Roman Ridge School, East Airport International School, Akosombo International School (AIS), Ghana Christian International High School (GCIHS)and Tema International School (TIS).
At the end of the hockey competition, SOS-HGIC girls emerged as the champions. This is the fourth year in a row we have emerged as ISSAG girls’ hockey champions; however, it was a sad case for their male counterparts, as they were not able to defend the trophy they had won for the past three years. Even though he boys’ hockey team won all their matches, Akosombo International School boys’ hockey team were declared the champions because they had more goals on aggregate than us. It was an all play all (round robin) tournament. Ghana International School were third in both the girls and boys hockey competitions. Rumbidzai Moyo was the top scorer with 5 goals and she was also adjudged the best female hockey player.
For basketball, the boys’ team finally made it to the top after two unsuccessful campaigns. After losing to Akosombo International School, at the finals two years in a row, the boys were very determined to reverse the trend. At the end of the group stages on the day, three top teams qualified to play a round robin, and SOS-HGIC boys were part of the teams that qualified. The other two were Akosombo International School and Alpha Beta Christian College. There was an interesting development in our game with Akosombo International School.
The match ended 12-12 and so we were waiting to go into extra time when the officials informed us that there was a mistake with the counting and so the score should have been 12-11 in favour of Akosombo International School. In fact, it took the maturity and intervention of the adults who went with the students to calm down tempers. It is worthy to note that the students listened to their leaders and allowed the competition to run. This meant that we could only win the whole competition if Alpha Beta Christian College beat Akosombo International School and we are able to beat Alpha Beta Christian College convincingly. I personally told the students that nothing is difficult for God since we know we were genuinely not treated well in the match with Akosombo International School. Fortunately, in the 2nd match Alpha Beta Christian College beat Akosombo International 14-11 and so we had the herculean task of beating Alpha Beta Christian College by more than three baskets (points) difference to become the champions. At the end of the match SOS-HGIC boys beat Alpha Beta Christian College 20-15 (five point difference) to be crowned the ISSAG BOYS CHAMPIONS for the 2016/2017 academic year. This is indeed a great feat because SOS-HGIC boys have not won the ISSAG boys trophy in over seven years. Omar Zintan Mwinila-Youri was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the tournament.
It was however, a disappointing experience for the girls’ basketball team. Unable to defend the trophy they won last year, the girls were eliminated at the qualification stage. Nothing seemed to have worked for them that day – they missed a lot of their free throws and lay-ups. But we believe the will surely bounce back.
Congratulations to the vibrant sportsmen and women who gave up their time and energy to train and win these laurels for us.
The sports department is extremely grateful to the Senior Management Team, the Business Manager, the Secretary to the Principal, the kitchen staff and the drivers. Special thanks to Ms. Mandy Ndoro and Mr. Lawrence Badoe for the precious time they spent training the female and male basketball teams.
Once again, thank you to everyone who has been a part of this success.
(On behalf of the Physical Education & Sports Department)