Team ALA Volleyball Claim 3rd Place in Goliath Cup

Since we blasted Team ALA’s male Volleyball Team for a loss in late January they went on what Future Hendrix would call Beast Mode and lost no more regular season games beating schools like Bophelo, Dominican and Krugersdorp Boys High School in their march to the Final 4.The girls on the other hand suffered a series of defeats and ended up in 7th position out of 14. The largely first year team will no doubt look forward to next season as they look to return with experience under their belt.

The male team ended the regular season in third position behind the only two schools they lost to, DSP and Heronbridge.

They took on Heronbridge in the semi finals last week Wednesday.

The game was an extremely tight one and Heronbridge triumphed by under 3 points in the first set and then went on to win the second set 28-26. Team ALA then went on to play against Dominican Convent High School who they defeated over three sets.

In the finals, Heronbridge defeated DSP 2 sets to 1 in an exciting finale.

Has the tide turned for ALA Volleyball?

In our report on Team ALA’s Volleyball teams last week, we asked when the tide shall change for Team ALA’s Volleyball teams.

It is safe to say, that might have happened already as in last week’s fixture in the Goliath Cup, both Team ALA’s teams came out victorious.

On the female side, ALA took on St Mary’s A and B teams and dominated in both games winning both games 2 sets to nil.

In the male game, ALA took on Bophelo and also came out top following a convincing 2 set win.

In other news, one of Team ALA’s best male middle hitters, Otito Darl-Uzu is back and ready to spike!

ALA Female Soccer Team demolished by Rand Girls.

On Wednesday 3rd February, Team ALA took on Rand Girls High School in their first fixture of the year.

In the first half of the game, ALA defended strong in the twenty five minute half and it looked like we had a strong defence that could stand the test of time.

In the opening 10 minutes of the second half however, a loss of focus cost ALA the game. In less than 6 minutes, Team ALA conceded three goals and struggled to attack effectively. Once the floodgates opened, there was no stopping it. The team made also made silly mistakes their opponents did not capitalize on.

With every team, time is necessary and while we shall not jump to conclusions about our female soccer team, we can guarantee you that, Wednesday’s performance was one we desire to leave in the past.

Rand Girls 3-0 ALA.

Team ALA Basketball crash out of AISJ Tournament.

On the 28th of January, Team ALA’s male team went over to AISJ for the AISJ Basketball Cup. In the opening group game, ALA faced St Paul’s.

The game initially started off and then was temporarily called off due to unsuitable weather conditions. When the weather did behave appropriately, Team ALA returned to the court. At half time, ALA led 6-5 with First year Burundian, Regis Isirahenda coming up big and putting up all the points. The second half however, saw ALA play with the kind of intensity the likes of Jesse Johnson, Toby Nxumalo and Tino Chijaka brought to the court last year and it soon paid off. Team ALA forced turnovers and converted on the fast break while maintaining a high shooting percentage. As such, Team ALA triumphed 23-9.

In the first game on the 29th and the second of the tournament, ALA took on International School South Africa and came out victorious winning 34-14. Following the second game of the group stages, both ALA and American International School Cape Town, had won two games setting up the group for an exciting finale. In the closing game of the group stage, Team ALA fell through and lost to AISCT by 8 points with the game ending 24-16.

As such, Team ALA was seeded 7th following the group stages and took on 10th seeded Maru-a-pula from Botswana. In the first playoff game, Team ALA found no way through as they were pressed high on the court and turned the ball over unnecessarily. Maru-a-pula trumped ALA in a fixture nobody related to ALA shall like to remember.

ALA 12-42 Maru-a-pula

All in all, it was a decent showing from ALA at the tournament and it shall be great to see how the team continues to grow and improve as the season goes on.

Team ALA slump to consecutive volleyball losses.

Over the course of this term, Team ALA shall be participating in the Goliath Volleyball Cup.

The cup launched on Saturday the 23rd of January and Team ALA’s male and female teams took on Deutsch School Pretoria. The female team also competed against Pretoria High School for Girls.

In the male game against Deutsch School Pretoria, Team ALA lost by 2 sets to 1 with Ugandan first year, Roland Naijuka showing how much work he has put into his game with a number of eye-catching serves. In the female game, Team ALA lost by 2 sets to nil. The following female game against Pretoria High School for Girls also saw Team ALA lose by 2 sets to nil.

Wednesday 27th January gave Team ALA’s volleyball teams a second chance this time against Heronbridge. Both of the volleyball teams once again slumped to defeat losing both sets, 2 sets to nil.

When shall the tide turn for Team ALA’s volleyball teams? The male team will definitely be excited to know that Namibian outside hitter, Utani Hikuam shall soon return from the Georgetown Model United Nations Conference while tenacious Nigerian middle hitter, Otito Darl-Uzu shall also be back.

Team ALA Basketball defeat Wendywood & St Peter’s

ALA participates in the Gauteng High Schools Basketball Cup. In the first fixture of the Cup, on the 27th of January, ALA took on Wendywood at home. If you recall, at AISJ one week ago, ALA stumbled to the AISJ Eagles. As such, the teams were under pressure not to fall once again.

In the male fixture, ALA defeated Wendywood 22-14. The female fixture saw Team ALA dominate against Wendywood and ended 19-6. First year Kenyan, Michelle Nandi was one to watch and we might be safe saying we’ve got our own female Steph Curry.

On the 28th of January, Team ALA’s male team went over to AISJ for the AISJ Basketball Cup. In the opening group game, ALA faced St Peter’s.

The game initially started off and then was temporarily called off due to unsuitable weather conditions. When the weather did behave appropriately, Team ALA returned to the court. At half time, ALA led 6-5 with First year Burundian, Regis Isirahenda coming up big and putting up all the points. The second half however, saw ALA play with the kind of intensity the likes of Jesse Johnson, Toby Nxumalo and Tino Chijaka brought to the court last year and it soon paid off. Team ALA forced turnovers and converted on the fast break while maintaining a high shooting percentage. As such, Team ALA triumphed 23-9.

Team ALA shall return to the AISJ tournament tomorrow and face the likes of International School of South Africa as well as American International School Cape Town.

Congo conquer at House Dodgeball

15th of January 2016 served as Africa Land of Opportunities Day (ALOO). Some will argue ALOO was the main event, others beg to differ and argue Interhouse Dodgeball which was a means of effectively ending the week was the most important event of the day.

The event which was initially scheduled for the 8th of January was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions and it looked like it would be postponed again as weather forecasts on the 15th claimed there was a 70% chance of rain.

The rains were held by the forces above and the event employed an unfamiliar round robin format that ensured each house played 5 games, one against each of the other houses.

At the end of proceedings on the day, Nile House found themselves in a position they have managed to stay away from this year, 6th. Niger also slumped following their joint cross-country win with Congo in November. They ended Dodgeball in 5th position, Zambezi came in in 4th position while Tana battled their way to 3rd position. Volta threw their way into second position while Congo house consolidated their position at the top of the overall standings by winning at Dodgeball.

At the moment, Congo sits top with 19 points with Zambezi in second position with 15.5 while Volta sits narrowly behind in third with 15 points.

Team ALA suffer basketball defeats at the hands of AISJ.

On Monday the 18th of January, Team ALA’s male and female basketball teams took on American International School, Johannesburg’s Eagles.

Both of Team ALA’s teams were defeated and it seems members of the basketball teams have decided selective amnesia is the way forward with the scores.

Team ALA’s male team must however be commended for putting up more points than they managed in the same fixture last year. Kudos to them for that.

The Basketball season starts in earnest next week and it shall be interesting to see how Team ALA pick themselves up from defeat at AISJ and lead the charge in their league.

Find pictures from the fixtures below.