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Francis Douglas Memorial College – Sydney Rugby Tour 2015

Written by Thomas Hanbury on April 28th, 2015.      0 comments

Rugby team building
Boys enjoying the team building activities
Rugby Oakhill
FDMC and Oakhill College
Rugby Bondi
Bronte to Bondi coastal walk
After only a short trip across the ditch the Francis Douglas Memorial College 1st XV arrived into Sydney on a warm autumn morning, fired up and ready for a world-class tour in and around Sydney. The team was whisked away to the Northern Beaches to get straight into some team building activities to get the blood flowing after the flight.  

The lads were divided into tribes and enjoyed a series of survivor immunity challenges that were designed to improve communication and test their problem solving skills. They even had the opportunity to shoot slingshots, with water logged sponges, at targets and then for some classic catches at nominated tribe members. Based on how they worked together the sponges flew an amazing distance! The final activity was to build rafts and guide their rafts to the middle of Narrabeen Lakes. All three rafts made it back; some in better shape than others.

The next morning started with a training session in Narrabeen before heading out to Castle Hill to visit Oakhill College where the boys were billeted out for 2 nights. The first match against Oakhill College was in very different conditions to what they are used to in New Plymouth, hot and dry. It was a strong competitive match, with Oakhill College pulling away in the end to secure victory. This was in total contrast to their next match against The Kings School a few days later that was during a constant downpour. Despite the weather there was a good show of support from the locals as well as the 16 parent supporters from New Zealand who arrived in great spirits and cheered the lads on from the sideline. The boys from Oakhill College also came to show their support for the touring team. This is a great example why billeting is a fantastic addition to any tour as well as the close bonds formed between the boys during their short stay.

Their final match was up on the Central Coast against the Terrigal Trojans Club. In perfect conditions, on a magnificent field at The Haven, the team finished on a high, winning the match convincingly. They were then treated to yet another fantastic after match function.

The team also had the opportunity throughout their tour to visit the Sydney Aquarium, Manly Beach and North Head, watch a thrilling match against the Swannies and the Bombers at ANZ Stadium as well as the Roosters vs Sharks at the Allianz Stadium, meander slowly between Bronte to Bondi Beach and swim in the surf at Terrigal Beach. Another jammed packed tour with a brilliant bunch of lads.

Tour Leader Feedback - "Was an absolute pleasure having you on board. Both players, parents and coaching staff were extremely impressed with your efforts and how you sorted everything for us. Having been on a few tours this certainly was the easiest in terms of getting around, organisation of events etc. Tom, I appreciate the extra mile you went for us on a number of things"