12 Jun 2018
Unstoppable - Touch Girls

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The U19A touch team felt the pressure this year as we strived to meet the expectations of continuing last year’s success. The pressure was on with 10 out of 14 of our previous players graduated, our previous coach retired and combined with numerous serious injuries that plagued pre-season as well as season.

We started the year off travelling to Brisbane for the Queensland All Schools with the emphasis not only on our play, but also on our team cohesiveness and attitude. The team performed well, but seemed a little lost on the field as the high level of Australian touch was something few on the team had experienced before. Throughout the tournament we improved as players started stepping up on the field to provide our game with more structure and fluidity. Trust and support were a major factor of the trip and translated onto the field, which was evident playing back in Singapore and the rest of the season. The first major tournament in season was the Pan Pacific All Schools. After the first day of strong touch and coming top of our pool, we just missed making semi-finals by two close losses in the knockout rounds. Although this was a hard pill to swallow, the team bounced back and managed to secure the champioship in our extremely competitive ACSIS season over the following weeks, putting us in an ideal position for SEASAC in KL. The team performed well the first two days in KL, coming top of the pool and securing a spot in the finals the next morning. Nerves were high as we knew we had the ability to win, we just needed to play our own game. The game proved to be a hard one mentally and although we didn’t play our best touch, we continued to work together and eventually the tries came giving us a 3-2 win and the gold.

A special mention has to go to our new coach, Jazreel Tan, who had the pressure of living up to Shane Morris’s many years of success at UWC combined with having a young and new team. Jaz is the reason why the team culture of the Prems lives on as well as our high level of play. Jaz gave the team lots of game time against local women’s teams and really expanded our skill sets as we were able to play stronger teams but without the pressure of playing rival schools. This allowed the team to grow and become confident in our own ability as well as have fun playing really nice touch. Jaz managed to turn a young inexperienced team into ACSIS and SEASAC champions and we as a team, are extremely grateful for not only the knowledge she passed onto us, but for our team culture and the fun we have together. Sophia Barkham