| Fadhil Yunus |
HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim’s team ISB Warriors stayed perfect with a 100 per cent unbeaten record to emerge champions in the Under-8 boys’ junior category of the Jerudong International School (JIS) Football Funday yesterday.
ISB Warriors recorded five consecutive victories to finish at the summit of the group and fend off firm competition from the second-placed ISB ‘A’.
His Royal Highness performed magnificently, scoring eight goals and creating opportunities for his teammates as ISB Warriors dominated throughout the competition. The other scorers included Anastase with four goals, Basil (two) and Ryan (one).
The prince’s silky touches epitomised his individual qualities.
ISB Warriors, who comfortably defeated Panaga Warriors 3-0 in the final game to secure the title, finished with a goal difference of 14 and accumulated a total of 15 points.
Playing in an attacking role, His Royal Highness skipped past an opponent, took a definitive touch before placing his shot from an unfriendly angle beyond the despairing hands of the goalkeeper, not once, but twice in equal measure to give his side a cushioning lead.
His Royal Highness was not finished as he set up his teammate who did the rest to put the result beyond doubt.
ISB Warriors only conceded twice in the entire tournament and produced high-scoring results en route to the title – a 3-0 win over JIS ‘A’, 5-0 drubbing of ISB ‘C’ and a victory against Panaga Warriors.
Meanwhile, ISB ‘A’ won the Under-9 final in a school derby against ISB ‘B’, while Hornbill claimed the Under-10 title after beating JIS 1 in the final.
Kamikaze were champions in the Under-13 after ousting Yellow Ninjas in the final.
Almost 1,000 competitors and 113 5-a-side football teams ranging from the Under-8 to Under-19 teams thronged the football pitches and battled it out for top honours.
This marked an increase from the 93 teams that had taken part in the previous JIS Football Funday in April.
Acting Principal of JIS, Barnaby Sandow, commented in the event programme that JIS Football Funday represents a time to enjoy the sport.
“Each year, it is wonderful to see literally hundreds of young people playing football with their friends, purely for excitement, rather than to win at all costs. Winning is great but on this particular day, it is not the most important thing,” the acting principal said.
JIS Football Funday has been held as an annual community event for several years and the school has extended an invitation to local communities as well.
“We would warmly welcome any footballers in Brunei in between the ages of eight and 19,” JIS Director of Sports, Chris McGeorge, said.