(written last Saturday) Saturday is a rugby day! The first regular season game for the fall season, and we opened up against one of our toughest opponents, Wisconsin. This team has some really good players who know rugby and have been playing for quite some time. We played them in the spring season, and it was a pretty one-sided game for them. Even though we lost again today, if you were to watch the game from the spring season and compare it to the game today, you would be extremely impressed with how far our team has come!
We improved a lot, and this game was a test as to where we sit skill-wise. I was really proud of the way our team went into this game with a fierce attitude, and we didn’t back down from anything. Everyone stuck together as a team, supporting each other and communicating well, and our strategy and ball handling skills have gotten a lot better!
Progress is always something that makes you feel good! You work hard towards things, and sometimes you forget to look back and give yourself credit for just how far you have come because you are wrapped up in the present. A friend of mine, who is currently studying for National Boards, made a comment about how even though studying for Boards is brutal, it’s really cool to see how much you have actually learned in the short amount of time you have been in the program.
It really is flying by, and we are learning so many things that sometimes I wonder how on earth all that information is staying up there. But then I remember Dr. Freedman’s Neurophysiology 3 class and learning about memory, and I answer my own questions. Feels good to have the answers sometimes!
Cheers to full brains and continued progress on the field and in the classroom!
Tonight my girls’ rugby team is getting together for a little pre-game meal action! We are going to have pasta and salad and all that good food then do some team bonding as well as talk a little bit about strategy for our first regular season game tomorrow!
I have been on a team in one sport or another for most of my life, and the pre-game meal seems to have been a tradition for as long as I can remember. When I was playing hockey in my undergrad (we were a little spoiled), we had pre- and post-game meals together every weekend. I feel like these times are some of the things I remember the most. Bonding with those girls made memories that will last a lifetime. These things were the reason we created friendships, and I think a key component to any team’s success, because you build trust and understanding between players that can be carried over to the game.
When you are in battle alongside your teammates in a game, you want to know the people next to you and trust they are going to have your back and do their part just as they are expecting the same from you. Practice makes perfect, and good players can win games but even some of the most skilled teams out there will fall if they can’t bring everyone together.
This concept can relate to so many other things in life, too! Even chiropractic. The doctor-patient role is a team. You need to build that relationship and have trust in order for it to be successful.
At rugby practice tonight, we all received our new and mandatory safety gear. The first item was a scrum cap, which is a sort of padded helmet that helps protect your ears and head from the constant contact there is in rugby. The second item was a set of shoulder pads, which probably aren’t what you’re thinking but are small foam pads build into the shoulder and neck area of a kind of spandex shirt, it fits tight and offers some impact protection to the area of our bodies we primarily use to hit others in the game.
Coach has made these things mandatory at all practices and optional at games but highly recommended. I am glad to have something to wear that I feel will help protect me a little bit. I personally think that this will offer me some kind of mental boost as I feel a little more confident going into contact with the other team because I am slightly more protected (at least more than I would be wearing no gear at all).
They do make us look pretty funny, and they feel a little weird at first. But as with all equipment in my experience, it just needs to be worn and broken in, and then you won’t even notice it there anymore. I actually used to wear my new hockey skates around the house with wet socks for a few hours to try to help break them in. Then they invented a skate oven that would heat up your skates and help mold them better to your feet so they were a little more custom.
Either way, I think our team will look a little more intimidating and come out with a more focused attitude for our first regular season game coming up this weekend against a very strong opponent, Wisconsin!
(7/26) Saturday is a rugby day, and we were back at it already! This Saturday we had our first little practice rugby tournament for 7’s. It is so nice to have some new girls on the team, and they all have something great to add to our little family! We all had a lot of fun learning how to play 7’s, which is a style of rugby where you only have 7 players on the field instead of the typical 14.
7’s rugby is a lot faster, and the ball moves a lot more. The general rules of the game are the same, you still have to pass backward and stay onside and there are still tackles, lineouts and small scrums but there are less people involved so overall there tends to be more running and the tackles are more open field. There is just a lot more room to run and make plays, which I find really fun and refreshing from regular rugby!
Bix (photo by Quad City Times)
It was a super nice day in Davenport, the downtown was bustling with all the activities with the BIX here on the weekend, so it was a great atmosphere to play and go out on the town after to check out the live music and festivities … or so I was told because I didn’t go due to the fact that I needed to study. I know, I know BIX is a once a year kind of thing, and I am a huge nerd for staying in, but I have a bunch of weddings coming up the next few weekends, so I am going to lose out on study time there and wanted to stay on top of things so I don’t fall behind and get stressed out later. It’s all about time management right!
Hopefully I will catch the excitement next summer!
Did you take part in the BIX this weekend? Comment your stories. I would love to hear!
(written 7/16) Last night we had our first rugby practice of the trimester, and it’s so amazing to see a bunch of new girls come out to practice that might be interested in joining the team! It’s so fun to have fresh faces and get to know a few new girls and go over the basics of rugby, which never seem to get old!
One thing our coach always talks about is doing the little things right, and how if we can master the basics of ball handling and communication, we will be unstoppable. I like how he puts emphasis into the basics and makes what is complicated in the game seem simple. Many of the new girls out to practice or anyone who has never seen the game before but not played may completely disagree that rugby could ever be a simple game. It is very different from just about any other sport I have played with some weird rules that take a little getting used to. But overall, the game is about team-work, support and ball handling. And if you have those things down, you will always be able to get better!
The weather was nice for our first practice, and as we broke down the game and its general rules, it was nice to spend the night outside! We worked on some passing and 2 on 1’s and then an introduction to tackling (how to fall and tackling position) and then did a short game of touch rugby to get everyone back into the flow of the game and let the new girls see how it works. All the rain has made the ground a little softer and the grass a little thicker, which helped a little too!
Our new schedule came out and it looks like we start up right away with a 7’s tournament on Aug. 2!
I hope to see you all out at some games this trimester!
So June 14 was the first trimester social. This event was one of my favorite events from first trimester. I really felt like it helped me break the ice with students in my class and actually have a chance to talk and get to know them. There isn’t a lot of time in class to get to know someone and the 5 minute break isn’t that great either, so having a few hours dedicated to getting to know each other better over some snacks was great!
I feel lucky to be able to attend this event still as a 3rd trimester student in Student Council/Campus Guides to get to help them break the ice with each other and also just socialize with them myself! As I was talking to a few of the students, they pointed out my strong Canadian accent and were mocking me for the way I say some things, haha. To he honest I didn’t even think I had that big of a Canadian accent, but maybe having just been at home over the break surrounded by my “kin” my accent was heightened.
This year at the social, my rugby team set up a fundraiser to resell used lab coats, glasses and probes to the 1st trimester students at a discounted rate. I spent the majority of my weekend washing and bleaching all the used lab coats and everything so they would be at least clean and somewhat stink free for their new owners. Then we had a table set up where new students could buy the coats if they wanted to! This will be a great way to help us raise money for socials, travel and team equipment for the upcoming season! We only sold a few coats but we hope to improve the fundraiser and get it done earlier for the new students next trimester and have a table set up during orientation or the first week of school.
I think one of my favorite things about the social hour is just getting to answer questions and give advice on how to tackle the Palmer lifestyle. I remember being so nervous for my first quiz and nervous I wouldn’t be able to handle the workload or the stress, and talking with people who had been through it seemed to help ease my nerves. So I hope I can help do the same for them as well!
Me and Haley after our first game at Palmer (We are the only girls from my tri on the team – 2nd trimester)
(this post got totally overlooked–I wrote it back on March 29 back when rugby was in full swing! … hence the #throwback)
So we had our first game this weekend! We played against a team called Menagerie from Minneapolis. I was pretty nervous before the game. I didn’t exactly feel prepared about some things, but it was too late to really worry about them as we stood on the field at kickoff!
As soon as the game started, though, things just kind of fell in to place. We helped each other out and overall, for our first game, I am pretty proud of our team! We have a lot of new girls who have never played before at all, and we did really well! We ended up winning the game I think 42-0 (each try is work 5 and then 2 points for an extra kick if we make it through the uprights).
A few of the new girls after our first rugby game
It is definitely an adrenaline rush, and it feels so good to be back in competition and a part of a team. I have always been an athlete and played a lot of sports growing up so it is so fun to get back into that team atmosphere and be working together to win something alongside people who have your back.
After the game we have a social to thank the other team for coming to play us, so it was a little awkward but cool to get to meet some of the other girls who play this crazy sport we love and have a good time celebrating the game with drinks and food!
I am definitely paying for my efforts of yesterday today, though. I am bruised up and sore everywhere, but it was all worth it in the end!
(written Saturday) Big weekend this weekend! We had a great game as a team. We worked together and supported each other and did the little things right, which led us to a big win and a shut-out! It was nice to be able to show the alumni how far women’s rugby has come, especially since we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year! Some of the Alumni who started this team were there, and I am sure it was exciting for them to get to watch us play well and get a win!
After the game, we always have a social with the other team to thank them for traveling to play us. It’s always fun to share food and drinks with other girls/women who just love rugby. We celebrated the game and then watched some of the men’s game before we all ran home to shower and dress up for the banquet dinner that night.
At the banquet, we heard many stories of the alum and their time here at Palmer and we recognizing those who are giving back to the trust foundation and who allow us to have all the things we do. We are so fortunate to be able to go to school and play this sport. To have the equipment and the staff and the resources we need provided to us by the alumni is a very special thing, and so recognizing them at the banquet was awesome! I’m so glad I actually got to thank some of them personally and hear their stories and advice. They are definitely a crazy bunch and provided a lot of entertainment for the evening.
Thanks again to all the alumni out there for your support, advice and kind words. It really is appreciated!
(from Friday) First Spinal 2 lab practical is over! I am feeling pretty good about it. I definitely made some silly mistakes, but overall I’m expecting a good grade. Even though this practical is over and it is one thing to check of my list, I still have a really busy weekend ahead so there won’t be much time to relax and decompress from all the studying for the practical.
This weekend is the David D. Palmer Trust Foundation Seminar for Rugby. A lot of alumni who played rugby here at Palmer are going to be attending, so it will be exciting to get to meet and chat with some people who were once standing in my shoes and see where their achievements have taken them.
Another week is in the books for second trimester, and so far I am surviving. Next week is a short week, so I am definitely looking forward to the long weekend. But I have three exams to tackle first. Biochem, Philosophy and Spinal 2 exam 2.
I have had a few requests to write about rugby, since I’m on the women’s rugby team, so here goes nothing.
This is a hard topic to describe to those who have never heard of it or seen it played before. If I had to compare it to any sport, I guess I would pick football. The ball is similarly shaped but larger and has a more rounded point. There are two sets of players, forwards and backs, and then there’s tackling! But the rules of the game and the way it is played are very different from football.
A “touchdown” in rugby is called a “Try,” and when you pass the ball it must always be passed backward (so the person you are passing to has to run onto it). But the aim of the game is to create space in order to get by the other team and place the ball down in the “Try-zone.”
There’s a lot more to explain, but I won’t confuse everyone with all the rules in between for now. Maybe I will progress this post and go into details about more rules in the future. 🙂
I played rugby in high school, so getting back into it here at Palmer has been fun. I was definitely surprised there was a team when I got here. I can’t believe how much I forgot about the game and how fun it is to play! The women’s rugby team practices two times a week (on Tuesday and Thursday nights). It’s been a great way to meet some new girls who aren’t in my class and have some fun!
We have games coming up at the end of March, which I will keep you all in the loop on, and we always love and welcome any girls who want to play. You don’t even have to be a student at Palmer to play, so if you’re interested, come on out to practice!