Sports Tour Blog

Sports Tour Blog

Follow all the updates from our Sports Tour to the USA.

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Thursday 11th July

After a 9 and a half hour flight, we arrived back in England at Heathrow airport at 15:20.

The final part of the journey is a bus journey back to Moreton Hall. What a fantastic tour that was! 


Wednesday 10th July

10:00 check out of the hotel and travel to Hollywood. The girls took pictures of the Hollywood street stars and the Hollywood sign while having a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. 

12:00 arrive at Santa Monica Pier where the girls had time to go off shopping, go out for lunch and see the local area.

17:30 arrive at LAX airport ready for the flight home at 21:00.


Tuesday 9th July

Update video on Twitter

The girls went to Universal Studios for the day. They were able to take the tour around the film sets and rode the rides based on Universal produced films and shows - Harry Potter and Jurassic Park were the two favourites. 

18:00 The girls finished their final full day in LA with a meal out. There was also time for a few speeches from the staff and Freya to finish the evening.


Monday 8th July

Update video on Twitter

9:00 depart San Diego for a day of travelling to LA with a few stops along the way.

10:15 arrive at Carlsbad Outlet Shopping Mall where the girls went off shopping for the morning.

16:00 arrive at Moor Park Hockey Club to play against their U16 and U17 Hockey teams. Moreton B played well against Moor Park U16s and drew 0-0. Moreton A lost against a very strong Moor Park U17 but this was a good challenge and a beneficial learning experience for the girls.

18:00 pizza tailgate provided by Moor Park at the side of the pitch.

20:00 arrive at the Holiday Inn Express in North Hollywood. 


Sunday 7th July

Update video on Twitter

All day: we returned to the Battle by the Beach and competed in the second day of the tournament. Moreton A played really well against some strong opposition and improved with each game. A number of Moreton girls represented the Pacific Falcons and Team Blue which was a great experience for them. They also benefitted from playing with American players and being coached by different coaches.

16:00 the girls returned to their host families or a second evening.


Saturday 6th July

Update video on Twitter

5:30 we departed the hotel to travel to the 'Battle By The Beach' Lacrosse tournament. Moreton A are in the Elite tournament and Moreton B have joined with the Pacific Falcons to form Team Blue in the regular tournament. 

8:00 first game for the Moreton Hall A team who put in a great performance but lost 8-7.

9:00 Team Blue won their first game of the tournament 9-4.

10:00 Moreton Hall A lost 9-7 in their next game after another impressive performance.

11:00 Team blue won their second game 10-4 in a very good performance.

13:00 the Pacific Falcons parents put on a picnic lunch under the tents at the side of the pitch for the players and other parents.

14:30 the girls went off with their host families for the afternoon/evening.


Friday 5th July

Update video on Twitter

8:30 we travelled to Huntington High School for a day of Hockey.

11am the girls took part in a Hockey coaching clinic with Cathy Vandoornum with girls from two local high schools.

15:00 Moreton played Hockey against an U17 and U16 Huntington High School teams.

Moreton A 0 - 3 Huntington High School U17
Moreton B 1 - 0 Huntington High School U16

18:00 post match barbecue on Huntington Beach put on for us by the Huntington High School parents. 



Thursday 4th July

9:30 the girls went down to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco for brunch and shopping

15:00 after travelling to San Francisco airport, we boarded our flight to San Diego

17:00 we arrived in San Diego and checked in to our new accommodation

18:30 we had a celebratory Independence Day dinner in the Wood Ranch restaurant

21:00 we went to watch the incredible Independence Day fireworks display over San Diego Bay



Wednesday 3rd July

Twitter Update Video

11:20 cable car journey through the centre of San Francisco

11:40 visit to the Golden Gate Bridge for photographs

12:15 picnic lunch in the Golden Gate park

15:30 two Lacrosse fixtures against Tenacity Lacrosse Club. Tenacity were a very strong side so it was a challenging match but the girls performed very well in both games. This was followed by a pizza tailgate. 


Tuesday 2nd July

10am the girls are travelling to Walnut Creek for a Lacrosse coaching session with international Lacrosse coaches Denise Wescott and Amy McCleary. 

1:30 - the girls went down to the outdoor swimming pool to cool down after a morning or Lacrosse in the sun. 

3:30 - Moreton played against Stick With It Lacrosse Club A and B teams. Two great games followed by a lovely tailgate put on by the parents of the Stick With It players.
Moreton Hall B 8 - 2 Stick With It B 
Moreton Hall A 4 - 9 Stick With It A


Monday 1st July (8.30am UK time)

A busy day today with a trip to Alcatraz and then Hockey matches. 

10:00 Took a boat over to Alcatraz Island where we had an audio tour of the former state prison. The girls walked around the cells that were used for America's most dangerous criminals between 1934 and 1963. 

17:00 Drove down to San Jose for the first Hockey matches of the tour.

18:00 Two games of Hockey against North California select Hockey teams.
Moreton Hall B 0 - 0 North California B
Moreton Hall A 1 - 1 North California A

20:00: The girls went off for the evening with their host families.

Live tweets are added throughout the day (American time) on our Twitter page.



Monday 1st July (8.30am)

Update on travel times:

3:50am UK time depart Moreton Hall

11:15am UK time fly from Heathrow to San Francisco

1:50pm USA time arrive into San Francisco airport 

7:30pm go out for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco