Don’t miss Part 1!
The girls’ team endured an epic 5 games in 5 days (tough for any team in any code) and by the end of the week it was fair to say there wasn’t much left in the tank. However, the team had transformed from a mixed group of debutantes to a well organized team with every individual massively enriched by the experience.
Winning one of the fixtures, they were highly competitive in two and well beaten in two. But the results were immaterial as the key focus was to develop as a team, to understand and implement the coaching strategies and to study the opposition as much as possible with a view to future personal development. As always the Australian teams were fast, strong and physical and demonstrated that the sport’s gene runs strong in athletes from the land down under. However, Coach Ollie Chiu had her team working very hard all week to achieve the objectives and had nothing but praise for the girls as they almost crawled from the pitch at the end of the week. The girls’ team played: Suburban Lions (L), St Hilda’s School (W), Shenton College (L), UWA (L), and the WA State U16 side (L).
The boys’ team got off to a flyer coming from 1-2 down to win their first game 4-3 against Scotch College (on grass). From there they also faced increasingly harder games and were unlucky not to win at least one more game and possibly 2. Their sternest test, as with the girls’ team, came in the final game however against the WA State U16 team. By this time though the boys had really started to work well as a team and although they lost it was their best game on tour in terms of overall performance. Coach Chappie had a couple of key focus points all week for both on and off the pitch, but above all wanted to see a complete team performance… mission accomplished! The boys’ team played: Scotch College (W), Shenton College (L), UWA (L), and the WA State U16 side (L). Ironically, having never played on grass it was the one game both teams won.
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