Update from Miss Fillingham – Monday 15th July:
The past week has been interesting for all our rugby and football players. They have spent time with their host families and have had a thoroughly good time experiencing the different cultures of the indigenous students and families at Mackay State High.
The boys have played 3 games since they have been in Mackay playing some very strong teams from the nearby town of Serina, and 2 of the High School teams. They played very well against Serina winning 34-10, with George Batty voted a very well deserved Man of the Match. The second game was a different matter and the boys at MSHS showed them how to play and why most of their boys are on scholarships with state clubs. George received Man of the Match once again for the ASA/Kelvin Hall team.
There was a similar result yesterday, we completed the games in Mackay with 1 win and 2 losses.
The girls have been working with the PE Department and the schools’ soccer academy pupils and will be playing in a school game on Thursday of this week. They start training with Macakay Wanderers tomorrow night with their first competitive game on Friday evening against The Brothers, also from Mackay.
We have all been working hard in the school but have had time to visit the rainforest at Eungella and some of the local beaches on our days off at the weekend. The boys have moved on to the Gold Coast today, where they will play 3 more games. The girls will continue training and playing until the weekend before we return to the UK and they will continue coaching at the high school.
All 3 girls are embracing this opportunity and have been excellent ambassadors for the academy. They have asked me to once again to thank everyone who supported them during their fundraising to make this experience possible. They are having the time of their lives!