In February, the school hosted a ‘Super 8’ competition for the top four international schools and four leading local schools. This was the second time we had held the tournament, having arranged a similar one two years ago. It provided a great new challenge for our team and an opportunity to see how we compared to the best teams from local schools.

The team prepared for the competition with a series of eight friendly matches, winning seven against teams as varied as St. Joseph’s, CIS and the Korean FC in Colombo, and drawing against arch-rivals Royal Institute.

Our team opened the tournament against S. Thomas’ and came from behind to earn a crucial win, courtesy of two late goals by Haren Puththirasigamoney. The next game was against tournament favourites, ZahiraCollege, known as the ‘Kings of School Soccer’, having provided a host of players for the national team and won the All-Island Football Championship in two of the last three years. Our team played a great game and pushed Zahira all the way before succumbing in the end. A comfortable win against Lyceum in our final pool game took us through to the semi-final, where Royal Institute awaited again. We had the vast majority of chances during the game, and countless near misses in the closing stages but, just as in the Inter International Schools final earlier in the year, the game went to penalties, and fortune again favoured our opponents. The team can, nevertheless, be very proud of their performances in another extremely successful year.

Group Matches: S. Thomas’ Won 3-1
Zahira College Lost 1-3
Lyceum, Nugegoda Won 4-0
Semi-Final: Royal Institute Drew 1-1(Lost on penalties)

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