Hockey and Rugby Tours 2017
19 Sep 2017
It was that time again when we took 10 girls to Suffolk for the annual hockey tour. This year we travelled to Felsted on the Friday for our first fixture, which was extremely tough. The girls battled hard and had most of the attacking pressure but unfortunately were caught on the break numerous times – fitness the biggest issue. The match finished with a 4-1 loss but spirits were high for a team supper at the hotel. The next morning the team travelled to nearby Clacton on Sea, the Bahamas of the east of England, where we walking along the beach and played games in the sun. Next it was on to The Orwell Park pre-season tournament to further ready ourselves for the start of the season. With lots of short matches, the team were thrust into it and progress was made steadily over the course of the afternoon; a great tournament and superb hospitality as ever from Orwell. With Mia’s birthday coinciding with tour, it was only right we took her out for a night on the town and after a huge meal we treated her to some penny machines on the beach front. After a leisurely lie in, we packed up and headed for the beach where the girls went swimming, Mr Gent went in a dingy (and then swimming after it ‘capsized’!) and spent a few hours on the famous Clacton Pier. The whole trip was topped off perfectly with fish ‘n’ chips on the beach front to celebrate what was a tour that certainly felt like a holiday for us staff – only a credit to the girls themselves. A massive thank you must go to the girls for being such perfect tourists and to Mrs Morgan-Jones for her support and umpiring. It really was a great way to ready ourselves for the long season ahead.
1st XIII Rugby Tour to Yorkshire
The 1st XIII have enjoyed three outstanding matches to start their season. The traditional ‘Northern’ tour again saw the team up against Woodhouse Grove on the Saturday morning. A see-saw game eventually finished 35-25 to the hosts; with all 18 players enjoying pitch time the experience was invaluable, especially for those pulling on a first team shirt for the first time. The squad enjoyed a highly competitive National League Yorkshire derby between Wharfedale and Otley in the afternoon, before heading north to Cumbria for their overnight base. The following day Sedbergh - as ever - proved a tough challenge, but a superb effort by the whole squad kept them in the game throughout, the home team eventually recording a 25-10 victory.