Nash Bash Rugby Festival and Easter holiday

The weekend after St. Patrick’s Day was filled with rugby – finally! We’ve been practicing in the gym due to the cold temperatures and weather conditions, but we were able to get outside a couple times to run some plays and scrimmage a little to get more real-life game situations. We traveled all the way to Nashville, Tenn., for the Nash Bash Rugby Festival. It was a long drive, but we were excited to play some new teams and to have our new players get some experience playing in the game.

Women's rugby team at Nash Bash Rugby Festival

Nash Bash Rugby Festival team photo.

Rugby is a tougher sport to learn but it is easier to learn when you get in on a game and get some experience with the team. The first team was a lot of fun to play and we broke through their defense and scored a few times! A couple new players were able to sub in and get to play with us. I was extremely impressed with their skills and aggressiveness the whole time. They blended in with our offense system and we got to run through a few plays and get through the defense! The next game we played was in the afternoon. It started off well but the opposing team’s offense was strong and they were able to break through us a couple times. It was a hard-fought game and we unfortunately lost by three points. All in all, it was a great day of rugby, but I was sure tired after those games.

We were in Nashville, though, so we couldn’t say no to exploring Nashville’s downtown for a little bit. We were able to go down the strip and visit a few famous places and enjoy chatting and dancing with our team and the Palmer men’s rugby team. We had to get back at a decent time since our next game was Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. When we were getting ready and warming up we found out the team decided to forfeit the last game, so we unfortunately didn’t get to play the last game. It was a great weekend of rugby, Nashville and some great fun with fellow players!

Luckily the week after the tournament wasn’t too stressful because it took me a couple days to recover. We got lucky since the next weekend was Easter Sunday weekend and we had the Friday before and the Monday after off. I was able to travel home to family Thursday night. I had a doctor and a dentist appointment the next day and I worked at the salon back at home, so I kept busy during my little break!

Jennie and co-workers at salon.

My salon family back home.

It was great being back at work because that business is like family to me! I was able to spend Easter with my family and I even baked a homemade strawberry apple pie, decorated like an Easter basket, for dessert. Baking is one of my favorite hobbies, so I enjoyed making the dessert for my family and they enjoyed eating it!

Me and my Easter basket pie!

It was great seeing my family, but it wasn’t too hard heading back to Davenport on Monday afternoon since they will be traveling to Davenport in just a couple weeks for my White Coat Ceremony! This ceremony is to celebrate my class entering clinic and seeing patients. I can’t wait for my family to come down and celebrate with me in addition to watching me play rugby the next day. The ceremony lines up the same weekend of the Sports Symposium hosted at Palmer. I can’t wait to see alumni that weekend in addition to enjoying the Symposium banquet Saturday night. It will be a weekend filled with fun, family, education and some rugby!