On Friday night we hosted the Marlborough Straits Hockey Sevens. Teams competed at U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 levels throughout the afternoon and evening. The annual ‘Friday Night Lights’ event saw over 30 teams competing in both Cup and Plate competitions.
The U10s welcomed Johor Hockey Club for a mini-festival in a round-robin format. The U12s and U14s played in a Plate and Cup competition with some close results. The eventual Plate winners were MCM (U12s) and JB Hockey (U14s) and in the Cup competition SK Mohd Khir Johari (U12) and SMK Tun Hussein Onn (U14s). In the U16 Competition, SMK Tun Hussein Onn also collected the U16 Cup for 2019, showing the team’s dominance across all age groups. Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang travelled over two hours to compete and eventually won the U18 competition which went down to penalty flicks against SMK Tun Hussein Onn in a tense final.
The standard of hockey from both Marlborough and all the competing teams demonstrated the impressive skill and standard of Malaysian school hockey. For many of the younger Marlborough College pupils, this was their first season of hockey and also tournament experience. The event was a fantastic showcase of the hard work and commitment that all year groups have shown throughout the season.
Marlborough College Team Summary:
The U10 girls enjoyed a spectacular Straits Hockey Tournament against two local sides from JB on Friday, 18th October. With three MCM teams entered, the afternoon showcased the skills the girls have mastered over the past eight weeks. It was a fantastic event and the girls should be very proud of the competition they provided for the more experienced, opposing teams. As the youngest age group in the Straits category, the future looks very bright for all of these young hockey players. Special mention must be made of Iman Wills, Sarah Okamura and Salwa Buckley-Larab for their determination – both defending and attacking.
A selection of the U12 girls competed in the inaugural Straits last Friday and it was a fantastic start to hockey in the Prep School. The commitment and courage shown by the girls was fantastic to see as they were up against some tough opponents early on. The matches later in the afternoon helped showcase what they had been working on in games and their confidence grew alongside their experience. In the end, the girls ended up winning the Plate final when the game went to penalty flicks, a dramatic end to a good first season of hockey in the Prep School.
It was the first time the U14 Reds had played together as a team, but throughout the first round-robin, they all performed with determination and demonstrated a lot of the skills developed from the practice field. The girls were thrilled to have got through to the Cup round-robin. The competition was fierce, our girls having to defend a lot of short corners, none of which were scored. Despite not winning these games, the Reds were amazing. Every single one of the players were committed and learnt so much from playing against some of the best players in Johor. A special mention must be given to Sara in goal who made so many saves, in particular, during a penalty flick in the final game of the evening. The U14 Blues team reaped the rewards of all their efforts this season. In what was a real team performance they demonstrated excellent progression in both individual skill and passing play, scoring some fantastic goals and defending relentlessly against skilful opposition.
What a fantastic way to finish the U16 season. It was so evident how much the girls have developed over the season, and to pick up a win and a draw against strong opposition was so pleasing to see. As always, the girls’ work rate and enthusiasm was exceptional, even in defeat, meaning each result was decided by just one goal’s difference. It has been a pleasure to coach the U16s hockey, and I look forward to seeing them progress further in the future.