Visiting ELWA Academy over the weekend dominated the sports day of the Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial High School’s 50th-anniversary celebration after emerging victorious in three out of four sports events in Paynesville.
The sports day was part of Isaac A. David’s Golden Jubilee celebration. It was a day of excitement when students and administrators from both institutions assembled at the Isaac A. David sports pitch, to witness the football and kickball games.
In the first match, the Alumni Association of Isaac A. David defeated ELWA Academy faculty 4-2 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes.
The visiting school took the lead in the first half after Joel Bono’s left foot strike slammed the inside of the net. Isaac A. David Alumni Association got the equalizer in the second half when 2016 graduate Abraham Mansuo’s spectacular volley from the center leveled things up, to send the match to a penalty shootout.
Two spot kicks, missed by the visiting school, were enough for the Alumni Association to become the victor of the day. Later in the kickball category, ELWA Academy collected their first win after comfortably defeating the host institution 26-17 points.
The LBS Basketball court later became a center of attraction when female and male teams of both institutions took to the court to give their supporters the needed result. But it was ELWA Academy, nicknamed “Blue Panther”, that got the needed results after both female and male teams emerged victorious.
Laurene Woto was the star player of the Blue Panther female team, scoring a game-high six points in the team’s 12-4 victory against their female counterparts. After going down six points in the early minutes, Isaac A. David cut the lead to two with the score at 6-4. But ‘Blue Panther’ came back stronger, with Laurene leading the team to their 12-4 victory.
In the final entertaining clash between the male teams, host Isaac A. David started with an impressive performance but one which they were unable to maintain. Key players, including Derrick Quiah and Walazo Quoie, were all part of the team’s lineup. However they struggled to collect a win against the visiting school.
Despite Isaac A. David players’ height advantage, the male Blue Panthers, led by top performer G. Exodus Nayan, were able to complete their dominance over the anniversary celebrants after narrowly winning 17-15 points. Derrick Quiah had the opportunity to win the game for the anniversary celebrants after his team was awarded four free throws due to fouls committed against them. However he only managed to convert one.