It did not take long for Marlborough College Malaysia to identify that touch rugby provides a major source of sporting opportunity for girls in South East Asia. Over the course of the last three years, the College has integrated the fast-paced and strategic sport into the Games programme, both in the Prep and Senior schools. Skill level and understanding of the game has developed exponentially during this period, ensuring that Marlborough teams are now contenders amid the best competition the region has to offer.
On Sunday 6th December, MCM hosted the inaugural Straits Touch Trophy, a large-scale tournament attracting some of the most prestigious International schools, and club sides, in Malaysia and Singapore. The tournament involved 33 teams and over 400 girls, ranging from U10 to U18, across five age categories. Throughout the day, the eight touch pitches saw nearly 100 games of high speed and competitive play.
The will to win was infectious, guaranteeing an impressive standard until the very last phase of play; the round robin format forced teams to perform consistently well if they were to be in with a shot of securing the coveted Straits Touch Trophy.
All Marlborough teams represented the College with immense pride, displaying confidence and determination, clearly relishing the luxury of competing on home turf. Marlborough’s performance within each age category was undeniably impressive, considering our relative infancy within the game of touch. Vast improvements have already been achieved across the board; however, it was MCM U12 and U14A teams who excelled on the day and claimed two of the five Straits Trophies. The U10s narrowly missed out on a third and were awarded Runner Up medals for their noteworthy performance.
Thank you to all visiting teams and spectators for supporting what can only be described as a fantastic display of athleticism, sportsmanship and teamwork.
The future is bright for the Straits Touch Trophy and even brighter for the ever-advancing touch rugby teams at Marlborough College Malaysia.
Miss A Niven
Head of Senior Girls’ Games