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Hurstpierpoint students tour Singapore, Australia and Malaysia

PUBLISHED: 13:15 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:15 23 September 2014

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Students from Hurstpierpoint College went on a hockey tour to Singapore, Australia and Malaysia where they played against local schools, took part in an International Hockey Festival and visited world famous attractions.

The thirty-three students started their tour in Singapore where they played in the Delta Stadium and won all their games.

Whilst on tour in Singapore the students had the opportunity to visit the world’s most expensive building, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel which has a ship on the roof, Merlion Park and the Buda Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Over the border in Malaysia the teams played at the Jahor Daya National Stadium against the Bandar Penanwar School U21 Academy teams.

The students then travelled to Melbourne, Australia where they took part in the EDST International Hockey Festival at Melbourne Grammar School. The boys won 4-3 against the top school in Perth for hockey, Wesley College, which included three players in the Australian Junior squads. The girls played against Geelong Grammar School and won 5-0 and played Haileybury High School in an exciting match where conditions were cold and rainy and they narrowly lost by one goal.

A highlight for the boys was meeting Ric Charlesworth, former Hockey player and coach for the Australian men’s national hockey team the Kookaburras. Mr Charlesworth gave the boys the opportunity to hold the Hockey ockey HoWorld Cup trophy which had been presented to his team that fortnight.

In Kuala Lumpur the students visited the Batu caves where there are monkeys running freely and the Petronas Twin Towers which boasts the world’s highest two-story bridge. They also took a tour of the Olympic Park in Melbourne, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sports museum, Melbourne Zoo and watched an AFL game at the Etihad stadium. The tour ended with a surfing lesson on the best white sand surf beach in the world, Scarborough beach in Perth.

Mrs Towler commented, “It was a highly successful tour with all players developing in both ability and confidence. The camaraderie between the boys and girls was evident throughout. They were a credit to the College and it was a privilege to be with them on the tour.”

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