The perfect conditions and pristine pitches provided a suitable setting for the inaugural Straits Rugby Trophy. It may have been the first of its kind but the gritty determination of all participating teams produced a level of competitiveness that would be expected at a well-established tournament. The standard of rugby was impressive and games were hard fought; there is no doubt that the Straits Trophy is a prize worth having.
The tournament saw two Marlborough College Malaysia sides participate in each age group. Each of these teams competed with the passion and desire that has become synonymous with all MCM teams. For the MCM B teams the tournament was always going to be difficult as they went up against some of the best schools in South East Asia. These teams never gave up and delivered multiple noteworthy performances, the MCM U18B team lost narrowly to the Alice Smith Kuala Lumpur U18A and the U16B team drew with United World College Dover B team in the 7/8th play-off.
The U18A team looked dangerous throughout the day, stringing wins together against United World College Dover, Australian International School, Alice Smith School and United World College East. In the run-up to the final the U18A team had scored ten tries and had only conceded one, they had also beaten their fellow finalists earlier in the day 29-0 making them overwhelming favorites. Unfortunately, sport can be cruel at times and a gutsy effort by United World College Dover cost them the overall win.
The U16As finished 3rd overall and ahead of all international school sides. The team has only been together for a couple weeks and with more practice this could be a very special team, capable of troubling the best.
The U16 competition was eventually won by SMK Sri Mersing, with United World College Dover winning the U18 competition. Both teams were deserving winners and we hope to have them back next year to defend their titles.
Director of Sport
Thanks must also go to members of the MCM Digital Photography Club, Qamarina Azman, Jack Dalgleish, and Ming Hui Tai. A selection of their photos can be found below and on the MCM Facebook page. See more photos from the day on the tournament website.