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Dulwich Leads in Netball and Rugby Tournament

June, 2009
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NetballDulwich College Shanghai hosted the inaugural International combined Netball and Rugby Tournament for Youth and Sports Clubs over the May 8-10 weekend. World Champions Eric Rush and Ana Rowberry were on hand to give pre-tournament coaching and advice to teams as well as umpiring several matches including the closely fought finals. The Tournament saw top teams from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia fight it out to win the coveted winner’s trophies, presented by the two world champions.

Headmaster Paul Friend of Dulwich College Shanghai saw this tournament as an opportunity “to bring a diverse group of students together to increase awareness of these two core sports which are important in a British education.”

Jenny Hope, whose under 17-Netball team place second, said the girls have learnt more about the game in the last two days by working with Anna Rowberry and watching and playing against other international teams. They have very little real exposure to the game in China and it has been “a fantastic opportunity for them to improve their knowledge and experience.”

“We have been able to forge links with a Kuala Lumpur U17 team and hope to work with them again soon,” said Hope. “They and Anna Rowberry were truly inspirational. We really hope that we can participate in an event like this again next year.”

Sean Ip, a member of the Under 15 Rugby team had this to say, “It has been an incredible weekend, we’re absolutely exhausNetball 3ted but have had great time. We were so lucky to have had the chance to train with Eric Rush, my dad has idolized him for years and I’m sure the advice he gave us in our training session helped to spur us on to our victory in the U15 category.” Sean is especially impressed with Eric’s determination to succeed. “He was turned down many times by selectors, but he didn’t give up. That has made our team even more determined to come back next year and win!”

“What was special about this weekend was the teamwork of the boys, particularly in defense. While every player enjoys running with the ball in hand in attack, to play 7 games and only concede one score was impressive,” said Gwyn Godfrey, coach of the winning U/15 team Dulwich College, adding that it is testament to the squad, which is unlike in previous domestic tournaments, and the experience of playing at an international level drove each player of the team to excel themselves beyond any thing they have done before.

Plans are already underway for next year’s bigger and better tournament. Eric Rush and Anna Rowberry have already put their names down to return.

“We’ve really enjoyed being able to give back to the sports that have given us so much and have been very impressed by the standards and facilities that we’ve seen at Dulwich College over the last couple of days.”

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