On 29th May, Team England Lacrosse set off from Heathrow on an 18-day tour to aid their preparations for next summer’s World Championships. After two 7 hour long flights, and witnessing our first tropical storm from the plane, we arrived in Singapore, ready to start the first leg of tour: a 3 day training camp at Marlborough College, Malaysia (MCM).
We arrived at the school late on Monday, welcomed by palm plantations and jungle on every side and to Malaysia resident, Asha Niven, greeting us with a selection of cake, cookies and of course, English tea – the perfect pick me up after a tedious day of travelling. Once we had refuelled for the evening we headed off to bed for some well-needed beauty sleep.
Our first day consisted of some light stick work out of the heat in the sports hall to get our legs moving again after the previous day’s long flights. We also managed to get our eye back in ahead of the rest of the tour’s training and games. The session was well rewarded with a quick dip in the outside pool to cool off and refresh ourselves after a tough training session. After stick work and our quick swim, we had some down time before completing a squad mobility session later on in the day. This gave us a great opportunity to stretch out and relax our jet-lagged bodies and also have a good laugh at captain Laura’s “lunge windmill”…
After an amazing dinner we had a motivational team workshop discussing our goals for the tour, which made everyone very excited for what is to come! This was followed up by a special treat from Asha, which was an England manicure, complete with St George’s flag, and an English rose. After an exciting first day we were all feeling the effects of the jet lag and went to bed early.
Wednesday morning saw us waking up to a thunderstorm, which delayed our pitch session slightly. But with the handy lightning metre we were able to safely gauge how far away the storm was and proceeded with our pitch session in the wet but muggy climate. Being back together as a squad for the first time in a few months was amazing and this session gave us a great opportunity to play with each other again – we are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of our overseas players who will join us from the states in Melbourne on Friday morning!
With lacrosse stick skills, 11m shooting and 7v7 all complete; we headed back to the pool for a recovery session…. Where a light game of volleyball became a bit more competitive with defenders Chloe Chan and Katie Armstrong getting sustained blows to the face with the ball!! Luckily no long-term injuries were sustained and we are all looking forward to our final day in Malaysia tomorrow.