Rugby Day!

Consider what a long way you've come today.(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!

Kailey

 

Saturday is RUGBY Day! #throwback

Me and Haley after our first game at Palmer (We are the only girls from my tri on the team - 2nd trimester)​

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​

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!

Cheers,

Kailey