With a team fairly new to touch rugby (with only five girls from our team of twelve having played touch rugby competitively before), we left for Bangkok hopeful, but not sure of what to expect.
SEASAC started with a disappointing narrow 3-2 loss to newcomers, ISY. Down 2-0, we managed to catch up with tries scored by year 11s, Charley and Gabby at the end of the first half and in the second half respectively. We maintained the draw throughout the game, however with less than 80 seconds of the game left, a small miscommunication in our line of defense lead to a try being scored by the opposition and in turn their victory. Feeling the disappointment of our first loss, we kept our heads up and were determined to do better.
Our next two games that day were tough, against local rivals MKIS and reigning champions UWC Dover, the two teams who eventually became the runners up and winners of the tournament. We went into the games with aims of playing defensively owing to their aggressive and tactical attacking sides however we managed to create a few close try opportunities for ourselves with strong drives from Ameera and Joyce down the wing.
The second day started with games against BISJ, NIST and finally a playoff with CNDIS. We came close to scoring at the end of the game against NIST and again at the beginning of our game with CNDIS but were denied these tries by last second touches on the line. We played to win, but unfortunately were unable to beat them, finishing the games with more than a few of our players injured, and downcast.
Although we didn’t place as high as we had hoped for, we were pleasantly surprised with the sportsmanship award for being a friendly and supportive team, on and off the pitch and for calling honest touches. All in all SEASAC was a great learning experience for us all and an unforgettable trip. As a team we bonded, and spent two days playing a sport we loved.
On behalf of the team I would like to thank Miss Mat and Mr Norbury for all their support and guidance these past three months, we couldn’t have asked for better coaches. Well done to all the new players for their tremendous effort this season, I hope you continue playing touch and I wish you all the best for next year.