Opening the first door of the advent calendar, writing Christmas wish lists and decorating the tree are all activities that would be expected on the first day of Advent. However, for eighteen MCM girls, Sunday 1st December was to provide a different type of ‘first’ altogether… in fact, it was the first slice of lacrosse action for the College! The girls arrived at UWC Dover, home of the Singapore Lacrosse Association (SLA), in anticipation of a beginner’s clinic. They all grabbed a stick and the session got underway. It wasn’t long before somebody commented how strange it was to hold a stick and run with it – I can guarantee it won’t be long before that feels like second nature!
During the two-hour practice, the girls learned some of the basic techniques that are integral to the sport, including: cradling, catching, passing and ground balls. I put them through their paces with some competitive challenges and it soon became clear that the determined MCM girls would be perfect for the sport! They received some top coaching from the SLA Coach, and MCM’s very own lacrosse contingent, Miss Little and Miss Davies-Evitt, were also on hand to assist where necessary.
It was a real privilege to share my sporting passion with such an enthusiastic and interested group of girls. I was thrilled to overhear a few of them saying that they will be adding a lacrosse stick to their Christmas lists too! It has been quite difficult to put my England Lacrosse career on hold but I am excited that lacrosse in Malaysia is going to take off and Marlborough College is set to be at the epicenter of it all – watch this space!
I would like to thank both Miss Little and Miss Davies-Evitt for giving up their time to share their expertise. I am also extremely grateful to SLA for providing the equipment and opportunity for the MCM girls to attend the clinic; it certainly was a great success.