Whilst the majority of the College community settled straight into a relaxing Exeat weekend from an early finish on Friday, the senior touch rugby girls were getting fired up to compete at the FIT Asian All Schools Touch Tournament on Saturday 21st November. This annual event attracts teams from across the region, including teams from Jakarta, Manila, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and, most importantly this year, Johor.
For the first time, Marlborough College Malaysia entered teams into the U14, U16 and U18 competitions. For both U16 and U18 teams, the tournament was to provide an important opportunity to develop before the start of the ACSIS touch season starts on 25th November. For our U14 team, it was a chance to make up for the disruption caused by the haze throughout their season and see how much progress has been made since the start of the school year.
The teams grew in confidence and cohesion throughout the day. The U14s worked hard to implement coaching strategies and gain territory through disciplined and dynamic roll-ball transition play. This tactic proved successful in driving defensive lines back quickly and opened up a number of threatening opportunities in attack. They concluded the day with an incredible win against TTS A team and finished 2nd to UWC Dover in the U14 Division A competition.
The U16s faced a difficult task with a depleted squad; the pool games were tough and the girls struggled to sustain momentum due to the scorching weather conditions and unforgiving speed of play. However, they were certainly not to be defeated. They pulled together to create some fantastic scoring opportunities and secured an impressive win against SAS C team in their final game of the day.
The U18s looked like a class act in their brand new touch strip and there is no denying that their style of play also matched this description. They were clearly the dominant athletes in their group; they were relentless in punishing opponents with their speed in attack and proactive approach to defence. The girls were undefeated on the day but were denied the opportunity to play TTS B team in the final of the Division 2 competition due to a lightning storm. This important decider is to coincide with a pre-arranged ACSIS fixture on Mon 7th December.
It’s great to see that the Marlborough teams are already competing with many of the established schools across the region; it seems only a matter of time before we become an even more dominant force in the field of touch.
I look forward to watching our U10, U12, U13, U14, U16 and U18 touch teams competing on home turf at the Marlborough College Malaysia Straits Touch Trophy on Sunday 6th December.
Miss A Niven
Head of Girls Games