Wrap-up from the Amazons at the Singapore International Touch Knockout
– 9th and 10th June 2018 –
The TRC U19 Amazons knew we would have no easy games but looked forward to our biggest challenge of 2018 at the Singapore International Touch Knockout held at TRC over the weekend of the 9th and 10th June. We agreed pre-tournament that we were not too concerned with the results as long as we all gave our best every time we were on the field and the team certainly did that in each of our 6 matches!
On Friday night we were lucky enough to watch the Japan team play Singapore U18 featuring TRC girls Ana, Ella, Kensie & Scarlett and U20 with Sophia B.
Our first match on Saturday was against Japan! There was some excellent play both in attack and defence and we controlled possession for long periods of the game. This young Amazons team showed great maturity not to be intimidated playing a women’s national team in their first match of a tournament and ran them very close losing just by 3 scores to 1 with Su Lin diving through beautifully for our score. To put the girls’ achievement in perspective, Japan beat Singapore U18 6-0 and Singapore U20 4-1 on Friday night. Considering this was an Amazons team of mainly U15 and U16 girls, 5 of which were on Amazons debut and had not trained together this was a great result and a sign of things to come.
Our second match had us facing Honey Badgers and this was a great performance with the girls playing some excellent flowing Touch and moving the ball wide at every opportunity, which is something we have been encouraging all year. It was a tight game for the first ten minutes but then once we opened the scoring,space opened up and we ran in 5 scores. We witnessed one of the best touchdowns of the year for us as Sophie P threw an amazing 15m left-hand pass, running at full speed, to Amazon’s debutante Shannon on the wing who was positioned perfectly and timed her run well to score in the corner.
We had a 3-hour break whilst the international test match was played and lost a bit of our focus in what was a messy third match for us against a good Todaks side. We let them get the valuable first score worth 3 points with some soft defence which put us under pressure but fought back valiantly to win by 6 scores to 4. We made life difficult for ourselves in this match but showed character to get the job done.
We channelled the disappointment of our performance in Match 3 into delivering a big performance in our last pool match of the day against the Singapore U20 national team. We hit first to get the valuable 3 points and this visibly rattled the U20 team. They struck back quickly and we repeatedly traded touchdowns in an intense match. I had asked the girls to give absolutely everything in attack and defence on this match and every single one of them did so. We led that match until the final minutes as we went down by 5 scores to 4.
Day 2 saw us face the Patchwork Dollies in the Plate Final for 5th and 6th. This was a scrappy match which we made some uncharacteristic errors and thus made the job harder for ourselves. We ended up winning 5 scores to 3 in a tense match.
We then had the unexpected opportunity to play against Singapore U18. We quickly regrouped after the Plate Final and sat together and discussed as a team what we wanted to achieve and vowed to give absolutely everything we had left to represent the 200+ girls of TRC Touch. Once again every member of the team did what was asked of them in what was a close match from start to finish on the showpiece match in front of a big crowd. We gave them a real run for their money, coming out an honourable second, 1 score to 3.
Given that most of the girls are U15 or U16 the future is bright.