Hockey Tour to Malaysia
At the beginning of the Easter break 17 boys and 2 members of staff enjoyed a very successful 12-day hockey tour of Malaysia, starting in Kuala Lumpur and finishing in Penang with a two day visit to the city of Ipoh in between.
In 35 degree heat and humidity levels consistently around the 90% mark, acclimatisation was rapid as we began with four nights and two games in Kuala Lumpur. With hydration always going to be a massive issue, we worked out that in total the tour party consumed 500 litres of water on match days alone, whilst the playing contingent survived the tropical conditions with 3 minute rotations on and off the pitch and lots of sun cream! The boys adjusted to the high individual skill level and pace of the Malaysians quickly and found their scoring touch with two wins and 11 goals in the first two matches against club sides. We followed this up with two more victories further up the west coast in Ipoh against Anderson School (widely regarded as one of, if not the best hockey school in Malaysia) and STAR School courtesy of another 9 goal haul. We finished the trip with four days adjacent to the beach in Penang, with another win in our penultimate game, whilst a thoroughly deserved victory in the last encounter completed an outstanding and unprecedented six wins out of six.
Highlights off the pitch included excursions to see the famous limestone formations at Batu Caves, a visit to Orang-utan Island and Laketown Eco Park, some breath taking scenery, the roof top infinity pool at Ipoh, several temples and a seemingly endless number of monkeys - much to the boys' entertainment!
Tour Blog – exert from the final entry
It has been an absolute pleasure to take such a friendly, motivated, mature and talented group away on our first tour to Malaysia. It has seen unrivalled success with six wins out of six, 26 goals scored and only 15 conceded and is testament to the outstanding work ethic and quality evident from such a fine group of boys. So many highlights, so many laughs, so many incredible moments, so many goals, so much water consumed, so many miles run on the pitch, so much energy.
We all found Malaysia and its people to be incredibly humble, welcoming and helpful and culturally I know that everyone has learnt a great deal. People were interested in our success and the boys behaved impeccably, representing themselves, their families and the School superbly.
Memorable doesn't even come close. WHAT A TOUR.
Head of Hockey
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