Royal Logistic Corps Hockey Club Tour to Barbados
The Royal Logistic Corps Hockey Club departed with both a ladies' and a men's side on their 10 night Hockey Tour to Barbados, West Indies in late April 2019. Below we will look into the packed itinerary with some brilliant photos provided from the tour!
RLC HOCKEY CLUB TOUR ITINERARY
Tuesday 23rd April - Travel Day - RLC departed from Aldershot, where some of the team had gathered the night before for their early departure from London Gatwick. Royal Logistics landed in Bridgetown, Barbados and were transferred to their accommodations, here the group were given the afternoon to freshen up and settle into their accommodation.
Wednesday 24th April - Acclimatisation Day - RLC spent the day getting acclimatised to the heat and familiar with the local area and facilities.
Thursday 25th April - Game Day RLC vs University of West Indies (UWI) - RLC were transferred from their accommodation to the UWI ground for a start time of 1900. The ladies team played first and won the match 1-0, the men lost 2-6. The ladies’ game was very evenly matched and it took them some time to get used to the rubber based pitch. The game went from end to end and the only goal was scored in the final quarter by Lucy Valentine, with an earlier goal from May Percival disallowed. The men found themselves up against a well drilled team containing 6 Barbadian international players. Again, it took time to get used to the pitch and the RLC fought a hard game but the UWI side were just too strong winning 2-6. Gary Clark being the men’s goal scorer.
Friday 26th April - Cultural Visit, Mount Gay Rum - In the morning RLC were picked up from their accommodation and taken to the Mount Gay Rum visitor centre where they had a presentation and tasting session followed by lunch. This Cultural trip was very popular within the group and was a huge success!
Saturday 27th April - Game Day RLC vs Barbados Development Squad - RLC were transferred from their accommodation to the Sir Garfield Sobers Ground for a start time of 0800. The ladies played first and lost the match 0-3, the men lost 0-4. A young opposition came out in considerable numbers. The ladies’ keeper was unable to keep out the only 3 shots on goal and despite having the majority of play several attempts on goal were not capitalised on by the ladies’ forwards. The men played another hard fought game in relentless heat, starting their game at 0930.
Sunday 28th April - Free Day, Evening Quiz - The squads were free and able to relax and explore the island, with some of the group using the local buses to the St Lawrence Gap and Bridgetown beaches. Others hired a vehicle and explored the west coast of the island. In the evening it was a “pirate” fancy dress theme and music quiz held in the hotel gardens, enjoyed by all before moving onto the local karaoke for a very enjoyable evening!
Monday 29th April - Squad Training Day - Training took place at the Sir Garfield Sobers Pitch. Both teams benefitted from more time on the sand based pitch, in particular the ladies team who had a well-structured programme introducing the new players to team set pieces and drills.
Tuesday 30th April - Catamaran Trip - RLC were collected from the accommodation and transferred to the Tiami Catamaran Cruise terminal. The tour included snorkelling at a boat wreck and the unique experience of swimming with giant turtles. The tour ran from 0930 – 1430 and included free lunch and bar. This was the highlight of the tour and strongly recommended as a must for all visitors.
Wednesday 1st May - Game Day RLC vs Combined Clubs - RLC were transferred from their accommodation to the Sir Garfield Sobers Ground again for their third and final games. The ladies played first winning 2-1, the men suffered another defeat 2-4. There was a welcome breeze and cloud cover for the afternoon fixture. The opposition were a combination of players from the previous two teams and from other local teams. The ladies game was very physical with several players coming off battered and bruised. However, the RLC held their own with a goal in the 2nd quarter from Lucy Anderson and the winner in the final quarter coming from Louise Mathie. The men were again faced with a strong opposition and repelled some ferocious attacks, with much credit due to Tom Charlesworth-Cheshire-Newton in goal. Two excellent goals came from open play both scored by Gary Clark.
Thursday 2nd May - Oistins Fish Fry - An additional excursion was privately booked for today. A bus transfer took RLC to the west coast where we enjoyed a package including kayaking, hiking and lunch. It was the perfect way to relax after the previous days hockey. The evening was spent at the Oistins Fish Fry, where the team experienced eating an incredible choice of fresh fish in the amazing atmosphere of the market. Another must do activity for any visiting team.
Friday 3rd May - Last Day - This was RLC final day in Barbados, the bus transfer to the airport for their overnight flight back to London Gatwick.
Message from RLC Hockey Club
|"On behalf of the RLC Hockey Club can I pass on our thanks for organising our recent tour to Barbados. From the outset you provided first class advice and a comprehensive set of itineraries and tour options. I would certainly recommend you to other teams and we will definitely consider you next time we are planning a hockey tour abroad."|
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