I traveled to Hammond, LA with my rugby team to participate in the Gypsy Rugby Club Invitational this weekend…and I actually got to start in a game! Being a rookie, this is rare, but only a few Ruggers were able to make the 9 hour journey. Because I don’t have a position on the team, I got sent to Left Wing, which ended up being the most perfect spot for me. I was able to sit out and watch the first game. Then in the second game, I started and I was able to watch the game, while in the game.
I’ve been practicing with the forwards, because I want to be a forward, and I thought I would be due to my body type. But now, after playing, I’m perfectly fine being a Back. I also don’t know how long I could last in a scrum, haha. ”I have to put my head where?” I just need to work on my running game.
I got to make a few tackles. My first possession was recovering a turnover and starting my first ruck! All I remember was diving on that ball, closing my eyes, and hoping no one stepped on my head.
One thing I need to work on is not being so scared. There were a few times I went in to tackle a girl and I didnt go low because I was scared of hurting her. Weird. I know those bitches arent thinking the same thing, but I did miss a tackle in the last game and the girl ended up scoring a try, because I was scared of tackling her from behind. I need to stop thinking that way. It’s rugby. Shit is going to happen.
It just so happened that Charles and I played at the same tournament. I loved looking out and seeing a friend from Pensacola supporting me in my very first rugby game. PLP Love! And it was good running into him in Jackson Square. Okay.. so it was kind of planned. But, mostly, just great timing. It was just awesome to see someone from home!! And because of rugby, Charles is the person from Pensacola that I have seen the most since I moved to Texas. Till our next rugby reunion, Charles…
I had a great time with my Valkyrie Sisters. From the long drives, to the post-game social, to walking around the French Quarter before our long drive home. This was a much needed get away and a GREAT learning experience.
I’m so glad I joined rugby!