Katherine girls show their spirit in Singapore
An all-girl touch rugby side from Katherine South Primary School challenged squads in Singapore during a recent five-day trip.
The tourists were part of the school’s Rugby Academy, a program building skills in rugby, rugby league and touch football.
The 10 to 12-year-old visitors vied for the Clifford Chance Touch Trophy, clashing with three rival teams in the two-day fixture.
Before battling for the trophy the girls warmed up with friendly matches against teams outside their age range.
In the first day the Territorians emerged victorious in two of three games with Tanglin Trust International School U12 sides.
But a second day win against the Royals Touch Club U12s was eclipsed by a loss to the Singapore Cricket Club, pushing the tourists to second on the leaderboard, and fourth after two more games were lost by a try in each clash.
Rugby Academy facilitator Tim East said more than 10 months’ training preceded the contest.
“The girls were undefeated in the Parramatta Eels Katherine Touch Competition in Term 2, and they won the NT All Schools Touch Competition in Darwin last term,” he said.
“Our training for Singapore included game simulations, video, fitness and skills’ refining sessions, and training during and after school.
“Our more experienced players were as good as any at the Singapore event, and we had coaches and officials commenting on some of our players, especially Charli McWhirter, who made the NT U12 team as a 10-year-old last year, and is in the NT U12 team this year.
“Most of the girls had never been overseas before, and they were enchanted by the architecture and landmarks of Singapore, the visit to Sentosa Island, dinner in Chinatown, and Gardens By The Bay.”
About 80 students from years 3 to 6 attend the Rugby Academy.