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The touch rugby season for the middle school girls was just like the game, fast, decisive and full of fun! We began the season with six girls and then grew to ten, which was lucky given that the game requires six players and without having any subs it could have made for a very tiring season for those initial six girls. However, we did have ten, and not just any ten, but ten girls that were dedicated, willing to learn and who made the most amazing progress in such a short amount of time!
A short season of only 5 weeks meant that the twice a week practice sessions were vital. However, we noticed it was during the games against other schools that the girls really learned what playing the game was all about! The team played every weekend during the five weeks and with each weekend came another layer of improvement in their game, their teamwork, their strategic thinking and their overall love of the game!
In terms of results the first main competitive tournament was the SDRC, held in Guangzhou and hosted by AISG. This gave the girls their first taste of the level of skill involved in playing the game, witnessing this first hand in the games they played and by watching some of the other top level teams from around the region. By the end of the tournament the team was ready to play their last game again UISG to secure either 5th or 6th place. This was the first time both Coach Jenkin and I saw the determination to win shine in their faces. They went over their game plan, decided on the goal they wanted to achieve and absolutely conquered it! A huge leap in their confidence as they secured 5th place AND not only that, but also achievedthe award for "team sportsmanship".
The final competition of the season was the PRC, just one week later. A bitterly cold weekend in Guangzhou saw the team pulling together once again to work on their game plan, achieve their goals, only this time placing 3rd overall - a massive achievement and evidence that this team really did make the most astounding progress in a 5 week season. Both Coach Jenkin and I couldn't have been more proud of this team and look forward to seeing what the next season produces with these girls!
Coach Jenkin and Coach Hamley