On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November, the U14, U16 and 1st XI teams travelled over the border to play in the Pan Pacific Touch Tournament which is one of the biggest tournaments of the season.
The U14s competition was great – in the pool games, there was some tough competition including from ACS International and UWCSEA East. The girls were strong, fast and skilful in every match which meant they finished first in their pool and played in the semi-finals against UWCSEA Dover. This game was a particular highlight as the U14s showed great composure and maturity to win. The grand final was against Dulwich. This was an amazing match, with the final score 3-1 to Marlborough. Most Valuable Players were Millie Gummer and Molly Trotter.
The U16s’ focus for this tournament was defence. It was important for them to communicate and work as a team to break down the defence of strong teams, including ISKL, whom they were up against. The girls put the opposition under pressure and as a result, they got through to the semi-finals against Dulwich College. This was a hard-fought match: Dulwich scored the first try and under the rules of this tournament, they were awarded three points; we scored after, getting two points. When the final whistle went, the score was 3-2 and we narrowly missed out on a finals place. Most hardworking and creative player goes to Heather Richardson.
It was a new look U18 team that took to the pitch this weekend and with the touch season in its early stages this would be an exciting insight into what was to come for these girls this year. Being, without doubt, the strongest 1st touch team that the College has ever fielded, the girls held their own admirably amongst the top teams in South East Asia, coming away with convincing wins in the pool stages alongside a narrow loss to the eventual winners TTS, with 4 tries to 2. Advancing to the play-offs the girls faced SP Angels, a team which had put them out of the Clifford Chance Tournament in previous years, and through impressively strong defence from Miranda Leese and some wonderfully creative play from Stella Buddell and Kensie McNaught, the girls advanced to the semi-finals where they faced UWC East. A loss to a strong UWC East team placed the girls in the top six U20 teams in South East Asia and has left the team excited for the rest of the season.