Singapore Rugby Unites for Marathon Touch Match

The Singapore rugby community came together to stage a marathon touch rugby match in support of My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

When an Old Glenalmond (Colin Ip) and an Old Fettesian (Rod Brown), each "rival" junior rugby club coaches from across the creek, got together to plan a charity match to raise fund for the MND5 Foundation neither realised the emotional rollercoaster ride the event would take. The 5hrs continuous game of touch rugby was originally scheduled for Sunday, 5 May and the target amount set at GBP5,555 (clever eh). However, the tragic events in Sri Lankan on Easter Sunday, which affected the Singapore rugby community but in particularly Tanglin Rugby Club, meant the the right thing to do was to defer the match until an appropriate time.
 
On Sunday, 8 September, Centaurs Rugby and Tanglin Rugby Club co-hosted the rescheduled game. The newly appointed British High Commissioner to Singapore, Kara Owen, a touch rugby player herself, tapped off for the U10 girls team at noon in the full spot light of the Singaporean midday sun and certain Noel Coward song came to mind. We had U7s up to over 50s playing throughout the 5hrs, with the Singaporean Over 50's men squad showing moves which won them a bronze medal in the Touch Rugby World Cup. There were continuous rotation of players from the British High Commission, British Chambers of Commerce, Singapore St Andrew's Society, players, coaches and parents from the two leading junior rugby clubs in Singapore, former London Scottish players, former women international 7s coaches, and Singapore national touch rugby players from Touch Singapore. All were well refreshed by Crossroads Brewery and fed by a bbq with sausages supplied by Sidecar who both donated proceeds from sales to the charity. Appreciate Nick Batt for sorting out the kit for some of the teams, again proceeds from sales will go to the charity. At 5pm the hooter to end the game was a welcome sound and the bar was soon drained of ice cold beer! The two "Rugby is GREAT" rugby balls and a Doddie rugby shirt were auctioned off to very generous donors.
 
The photo collage tells many a story but what it does not tell is how hot it was and how challenging it was to play and ref for 5 hrs in 34 deg C heat and 80% humidity! Not exactly conditions which an Old Glenalmond and Old Fettesian played in all those years ago in Perthshire and Edinburgh!

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