Monday, September 12, 2011

Survived My First Rugby Match

Yesterday was my first rugby game. After only having 3 practices in my whole life, I was extremly nervous and had high hopes that my coach was planning on having me just warm the bench and watch how the game is played. Oh man I couldn't have been more wrong.  We played three 30 minute thirds.  In rugby the ball/game never really stops moving so there are no resting periods.  He called me in about half way through the second third and had me playing right wing.  About 3 minutes into being on the field, I got the ball and froze cause I didn't know what to do with it. It was as if all the practicing and logical processes left my brain. The whole game went silent. Girls were yelling at me to run, but I was frozen in fear.  Well that fear ended really quickly when a girl weighing about 200 pounds charged and tackled me.  Yep, woke me right up and I figured out what to do after that.  My coach was laughing on the sidelines and yelled "Leah, welcome to the game of Rugby!"

I played the rest of the second third and then at the beginning of the third third he moved me to outside center (a position that runs all over the field).  I did alright and almost scored a try (a touchdown in rugby).  I was so tired when the whistle was blown.  Oh my goodness.  I had so much fun and pretty much didn't know what I was doing out there, but my teammates were amazing and coached me through the whole thing.  I am already feeling much more like a part of a team.  Go Boulder Babes! I had a huge cheering section too. My cousin Kristen, her husband Dan, their baby, my hubby, and our two great friends that live across the street, Kristy and Collin. Thanks for the support guys.

PS. We won like 55 to 0!

3 comments:

Aaron Smith said...

Congratulations! That's a looong match to survive. Ian's were all two, 40 min halves. You need to talk him into playing again this year. He's trying to wuss out :(

Sarah said...

That picture gave me the greatest laugh! You are super cute!

Savannah Adams said...

Heh, congrats on your first game! That first tackle feels like quite a shocker, eh? In its own way, it's nice. You get that push that can strengthen your interest in the sport, so here's to hoping that you continue to have fun with the game!

Savannah Adams