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Brisbane 2016

By Ella Glanville

Without a doubt, Queensland, Australia is the home of school Touch Rugby around the world. At 7am on Thursday 6th October, thirteen, hand-selected Touch ladies landed in Brisbane. Unlike last year, the haze did not cause any interruptions which meant the team had a solid training base which included the participation in a Saturday league to develop our game skills. The aim of the trip was to increase our exposure to Touch experience which was displayed by our talented Australian Touch opponents. With teams participating from South East Asia, New Zealand and all over Australia, we had an immense amount of work laid before us. Additionally, the team was playing in the U19 age category as opposed to our U15 ranking last year. However, despite the age difference between us and the opposition, it was our dedication and talent which pushed us through. We came away from the competition with a total of three wins and four losses in the midst of adjusting to a new playing environment.

The chemistry of this team is second to none. The way we play with each other now, has taken a copious amount of time to achieve, however everything evidently clicked during this trip. It was obvious that we wanted to play well for each other. We backed our team mates so that there would only be a few drop balls, only a few off the mark plays and most importantly, our communication was maintained. Going into the tournament, our aims were to solidify our defensive policies and make clear decisions on attack. After the completion of every game, it is safe to say that we improved upon our previous mistakes and had definitely evolved into better and more experienced players. Even when we lost, we worked hard to put ourselves in the game. I am very proud to captain a team who are willing to give every minute of the game their all.

All this experience will of course be put to use during the upcoming Touch season as we gear up for SEASAC in February. We tried out new and different plays and worked on our weaknesses which is exactly what we set out to do. Above all, we made numerous connections with Australian Touch teams which was interesting as we were able to interact with girls our age from other nations and also to learn from their talent so we can further improve.

Following the completion of our games, we were lucky enough to have an opportunity to watch the finals on the last day of competition. It was all of the best teams from the tournament playing, so you can imagine the level of Touch talent on the field. For our girls, we were able to gain even more experience by watching some of the best play.

Not only did we become closer as a team, we were able to merge with the UWCSEA Dover girls in a more sister-school friendly relationship as opposed to them being one of our greatest opponents back home in Singapore. With the help of Coach Maureen and Coach Kristen, we have come away from the competition with fresh eyes for the game of Touch as we look forward to the upcoming season.

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