Youth Touch World Cup U20 Girls

Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Aug 29, 2018

Thank you to all that assisted with the Singapore under 20 women's world cup campaign.

The girls positioned fourth. More importantly, a great experience and learning for all of them. Often the journey is more important than the result and never more evident than this campaign.

The journey could not have been achieved without our wonderful supporters.

On behalf of the team, thank you to all for supporting and availing the youth to an amazing experience.


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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Aug 06, 2018

Two days until youth world cup starts.

Players brimming with smiles for the 8:00am departure to Kuala Lumpur.

Pictured are the players arriving at Turf City, in their striking red training shirts. The generous support of Singapore Pools has lifted the confidence of all players.

Kuala Lumpur and youth world cup. Here we come!!







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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Aug 03, 2018

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The presentation to players of their Singapore national uniforms will take place as follows:

Date: Saturday 4 August 2018.

Time: 12:30pm start.

Location: United World College, Dover. (Fields near swimming pool and tennis courts)

End: 2:00pm. Presentation will take approximately 30 minutes, followed by photos.

Supporters, family, friends are most welcome to attend and we hope to see many people there.

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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Jul 25, 2018

The under 20's played against the Singapore women opens team at training.

Improving skills, game management and defensive reads was the objective for the game. Additionally, the opportunity to play against more senior players will be invaluable when playing at the world cup.

The speed and experience of open women's team pushed the under 20s to their limits. The 20s girls played with passion and commitment. Worked hard for each other and teamwork improved the longer the game went. Communication and defensive was at it's best as the girls shut down many attacking raids from the open's team. A well managed set with all players contributing, led to a diving touch down by Crystal Khoo.

The women's open won the game. However, the under 20's were able to further develop and improve with the world cup 2 weeks away. Thank you for the women's open for making the game possible.





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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Jul 23, 2018

The team continued world cup preparations by winning the NTU touch attack competition, Saturday 21 July. The competition is good preparation for drop offs as it follows a similar format. Games are played at high intensity over a shorter period. We entered two team. One team wearing white singlets, named “m8s” and the other wearing blue singlets, named “m8s 2.0”.

“M8s” narrowly missed out on the semi-finals. “M8s 2.0” progressed through to the semi finals following strong performances in pool rounds. Winning a hard-fought semi-final, the girls booked a place in the final which they won in spectacular fashion 2-1.

Skills on show were first class and some length of the field running made for exciting games. Composure under pressure was evident. On-field organisation and beating defenders one on one was refined.

Another step towards world cup. Playing under pressure and managing games continue to evolve. These will be critical elements at world cup.


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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Jul 18, 2018

Team building with 2 hours of bowling. Possibly Singapore representative bowlers amongst this group!!

Training field closed for maintenance so the girls took to the bowling alley to bond and enjoy laughter together.

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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Jul 17, 2018

The challenges of a touch rugby tour. After the slow journey across the Causeway, the girls eating breakfast and snacks at a Johor Bahru bus stop. Lots of big smiles, even though we arrived at Woodlands checkpoint 3 hours earlier.

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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Jul 16, 2018

The under 20s travelled to Marlborough college, Johor Bahru. The day’s plans included two games against Malaysian under 18s girls, skills session and team building exercises.

Having negotiated the Woodlands checkpoint and causeway crossing, we travelled by bus to the college. On arrival, the Malaysia players came sprinting towards us. Were they excited to greet and meet us? No, the rain had started and they were running for shelter.

We warmed up on the picturesque field. Game started shortly thereafter. Free running touch as both teams executed their moves well. Players performing their roles and working as a team proved decisive for the under 20s as they skipped ahead. Long distance touchdowns allowed the speed players to get in the open and show their on-field speed. Strong performance and good win for the under 20s.

A hearty lunch was consumed. Now for our team building exercises. All players wrote two positive and two areas for improvement on each player. Highlighting strengths in front of team mates reinforced the closeness between the girls. Emotional. Heart-warming. Inspiring. The areas for improvement were accepted by all. A commitment to improve was made by all players.

The second match was an open game with many touch downs scored. At the conclusion of the game, the teams practised drop off for 10 minutes. With less players to defend the speedsters shone and length of the field touch downs by both teams were scored.

Departure. We start our return journey to Singapore. A fantastic experience and friendships built. We are thankful for the opportunity to play Malaysia and the spirit which all their players showed. They have a strong team and will do well at the world cup. Thank you Malaysia for hosting us and we wish you all the very best at the world cup.



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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Jul 11, 2018

The u20s played against the Singapore over 27s ladies team.

For the u20s; game time gave an opportunity to practice moves and set plays against opposition. Shutting and cornering was a highlight as the defensive structure matures. Attack was executed well. Numerous attacking options were created and set moves were performed well. Expansive touch was on show as players attacked hard and drove through spaces.

The 27s have recently commenced their world cup preparations. Game time provide valuable insight into areas for improvement and areas of strength. Solid performance from a team recently assembled.

Thank you to the 27s for the opportunity to practice. Valuable game time as the world cup commences shortly.


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Update posted by Darren Whitbourne On Jul 08, 2018

Saturday 7 July training, we hosted players from Goalball Singapore. Goalball is a sport played by the visually impaired. Under 20s visited Goalball training 17 June to learn about their sport.

The u20s led the session. A key objective was to teach our sport to those that had not played touch. Secondly, provide an insight on how the u20s manage themselves off the field. This was critical to assist the Goalball players improve performance in their sport.

Introductions and warm-up performed under the hot Singapore sun. We progressed to fitness. The u20s completing full fitness. The Goalball players completing modified and shortened runs.

Passing drills, roll balls and defence followed. Goalball players quickly learnt these skills. Within a short period of time were driving confidently, stepping, swerving and passing.

Breaking into groups for games of touch. The Goalball players were now using their speed and evasion skills to beat defenders. Exceptional cover defence and cut out passes to unmarked wingers!!

The final 30 minutes was a group discussion. Each of the u20s provided an insight on player responsibility when representing Singapore. Stories were told of improving diets, sleep patterns, balancing school, self-discipline and motivation. Each of the players spoke on how they manage each of these aspects. Passing tips to the Goaball players that we hope will assist improve their performance. Gratifying to hear shared experiences by both groups.

The Goalball players taught the u20s many things. Improved communication. Clearer vocal communication. Louder calls. Resilience through difficulties. Striving for improvement by doing things differently.

Teaching our sport to the Goalball players was rewarding. The compassion, care and warmth between all players was fulfilling to watch.

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A big thank you to all the wonderful supporters for believing in the Singapore under 20 women’s. Your support was invaluable and contributed to the girls having an amazing experience. Great experience for all players. Thank you very much.

Darren Whitbourne

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Good luck team!

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In honor of Sarah Tan and team mates. Go, SG!

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All the best girls hehehe :-)

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Go xuan!!!! Jiayou u20 girls!!

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Congratulations! Hugely exciting to be representing your country.

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