September 29, 2014

Jeremy's September Post

Hey Jezza here,


The start of September saw the end of the summer holidays and the start of school again. It was difficult getting back into routine after such a long break and it took me about 1-2 weeks to re-adjust but now everything is ok.


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Jezza spending the last few days of summer with family around Mt. Fuji


Towards the end of September Seiritsu have their annual school culture festival called 'Bunkasai'. Int the week leading up to and during the festival most of us athletes have extra training and games instead classes (this is because usual class time is spent setting up the festival so academic lessons are cancelled - Peter) and usually don't attend the event.


Overall, September saw the start of school and a sense of working harder towards study as the end of the year approaches.

September 5, 2014

Jeremy's Summer Break Web Post

Hey, Jezza here;

The summer holidays for me were a time of fun, exciting new experiences and chance to relax for a few days. Throughout these Holidays there was some special events like Inter High as well as fun activities and my trip to Mt Fuji.

As the holidays commenced Inter High drew ever closer to beginning in the Yamanashi prefecture. Our first game was against Takagawa gakuen, and unfortunately couldn't capitalize on some easy chances and a defensive error at the start of the game lead to Takagawa scoring which we never recovered from. Otherwise it was a good experience to see what the top level of high school football is.

As the holidays started to come to an end all the first years went to a water park for the whole day as yearly activity with all other first years.
It was a good bonding session for everyone and it was very enjoyable.

Finally, as school was starting I was lucky enough to visit Mt Fuji for two days with permission from my coach and teachers. It was an amazing site; Mt Fuji and everything around it had a great sense of subtlety. It was my final chance to really relax and take in how beautiful it was at lake Kawaguchiko!

Overall these holidays had some surprises and interesting moments and I loved every minute of it!

Jezza,

September 5, 2014

Connor's Summer Break Blog Post

Hi all, Connor here;


Our first semester of Year 2 came to an end and it was time for Summer holidays, which is more accurately described as a 5 week training camp for the Athlete clubs.

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Like all other sports athletes, Connor also went to support his Baseball classmates in their attempt to make the Summer All Japan High School Champs (Koshien) this year).


Similar to last year, the first weeks of Summer training concentrated on the Inter High tournament and training sessions were usually very intense with a large focus on playing the 'Seiritz' way: trying to keep the ball away from the opposition effectively and being decisive and sharp in attack.


On the 2nd of August the first round of the Inter High kicked off and Seiritsu were faced Takagawa High school from Yamaguchi Prefecture. The game itself was slightly disappointing from Seiritsu's viewpoint as we were unable to capitalise on the chances we created. Unfortunately the opposition scored a swift counter attacking goal and chose to defend their lead for most of the game. Although the game did not go our way it was a good experience to be in and amongst the top high schools throughout Japan where we also learnt a lot.


Fortunately, after the first few weeks of summer training had passed we were afforded a short but much needed 2 day break which I took to go to Osaka to visit my Grandmother and Aunty. During the visit the weather took a turn for the worse and it rained constantly which meant most of the things I did were indoors, such as shopping and eating okonomiyaki. It was an enjoyable visit and was a welcome change in the busy summer schedule.

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Mid-way through August we headed off to a seven day camp which included 2 tournaments and traveling through various prefectures. The first three days we were based in a nice hotel in Shizuoka where we competed in a tournament against various J-league and strong high school clubs. Having only recently come back from injury I was used sparingly in the first few games but gradually increased my workload by the end of the first tournament. For our second tournament we traveled upwards towards Hasaki where all Seiritsu 2nd Year soccer students competed in the U-17 Ocean cup. I was able to regain my starting place during the tournament and out of 20 teams we placed 4th, although we were unable to win the tournament it was tiring but thoroughly enjoyable.

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For the last week of holidays the schedule eased off slightly. During this time my father was able to come to Japan and visit me for a few days. Together we traveled around Tokyo visiting various nice restaurants and also sights such as Tokyo Skytree and Shibuya. It was great seeing family again after a long while albeit only for a short time.

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