It was a very busy holiday period here at Estilo Sports Travel with tours heading to New Zealand, Fiji and the Philippines.
Epping Boys High School Football teams had a very successful tour, notching up wins against Hutt International, St Patricks Silverstream and Greymouth High School. The rugby team had a tough encounter against HIBS before a nail-biter against Marist Rugby in Greymouth where they lost in the siren. The boys enjoyed some skiing and boarding at Coronet Peak and Remarkables in Queenstown to wrap up their bi-annual tour.
Northern Barbarians junior rugby toured the North Island of NZ, heading north to visit the less travelled, yet incredibly beautiful Ruawai. The group billeted for 2 nights with local families, before heading to Rotorua and Auckland. The boys enjoyed a stay at a traditional Marae and got the learn about Maori culture. This tour has been operating for over 30 years and we look forward to organising the next tour in 2020.
The Port Macquarie Hogs Rugby team set out on a father and son tour also heading North to Awanui and Whangarei. The boys played some impressive rugby and were big winners in their games before returning to Auckland for some sightseeing. The group enjoyed a visit to FMG Stadium Waikato to watch a Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and Brumbies.
NSW CHS Water Polo boys and girls u16 team competed in the Pan Pacs in Auckland last week. Facing tough competition, both the male and female teams performed admirably, against some of the strongest teams in the southern hemisphere. At the completion of the tournament, both teams headed to Hamilton and Rotorua for some sightseeing and matches against local rep teams.
Fiji is a fantastic destination for a June / July tour, with their winter temperature hovering around 27c every day. Oakhill under 15’s enjoyed an undefeated two match tour, while a group of 87 players, coaches and parents from Hornsby spent a week on the Coral Coast. Although the rugby is an important part of the tour, feedback from the group highlighted the village experience as the most memorable part of the tour. Not all tours to Fiji are sport based. Wamberal SLSC travelled once again with Estilo to complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, spending a week at Bemana Village.
Basketball in the Philippines has received some negative publicity in recent weeks, however this was far from the experience that the staff and Students from St Andrew’s Marayong encountered. Travelling to Manila on their annual basketball / service trip, the Australian students were met by hospitable, interested hosts who were very enthusiastic about the sport of basketball and welcoming their Australian visitors. Well done to the staff and students who were great ambassadors their families, school and Country. While in Manila, the group spent much of their free time serving the local community and donating goods collected in the previous 12 months.