Our end of year note celebrating the successes of our kids touch rugby team in Singapore for 2023.
“As we embark on the lead-up to the holiday season, I want to take a moment to recap and reflect on what has been a wonderful year for our Centaurs Touch Academy.
The year commenced with our foray into the National Touch League, and I cannot convey how proud I am of how the players rose to this challenge. Growing in confidence and ability with each match, they concluded the two seasons averaging six tries per game and securing four hard-fought wins against far older and more experienced opposition.
After the summer, August saw us bid farewell to Coach Jasveen, a favourite among the players. While she is always missed around the club, we were incredibly fortunate to find an ideal replacement in Coach Isaac. His coaching philosophy of balancing technical Touch with maverick attacking flair greatly benefited the team in the National Touch League. The club is immensely grateful to have him guiding our players, who will only go from strength to strength under his leadership.
October was a month of change that saw Centaurs Touch relocate to the Singapore American School (SAS) due to the closure of Turf City. As with all changes, there was uncertainty about how this might affect the team. However, these worries proved unfounded as our members warmly embraced our new home, the incredible training facilities, and, of course, the air-conditioned Eagle Perch Cafe.
We rounded off the year in November with the boys from our team taking part in the TRC Touch Cup U20 boys division. It was undoubtedly a step up in skill and intensity from the National Touch League, but after five hard-fought victories over two days, Centaurs Touch Academy was crowned champions. Credit to all the players involved for playing some very good Touch.
Beyond the trophies, wins, and losses, I would like to pay homage to the resilience and camaraderie this team has displayed over the course of the year. One only has to bear witness to the smiles and laughter at Sunday training to understand that this team is built strongly on the bonds of friendships.
Last but not least, I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to a number of parents who have assisted with coaching, stepped in to play in league matches, and been incredible mentors for our players. Colin (Kip), Louise, Dallas, and Andrew (Flash), on behalf of the club, thank you!
With that, I would like to wish you all a joyous holiday season, and we look forward to seeing what 2024 has in store for the Centaurs Touch Academy.”
Head of Centaurs Touch