The next tournament that my team played at this season was Mudfest in Platteville, WI. This one was frustrating, both on and off the field.
It was a 7’s tournament, but we only had two matches and 21 players there, which meant that each of us got about seven minutes of playing time the entire day. In addition to that, we had our first game around 9 in the morning and our second 3 in the afternoon. It was, in my opinion, not worth waking up at 5 am for.
The weekend after was much better, thankfully. It was our home tournament, Ruck the Dub, a 15’s tournament where each team had two guaranteed matches. I played in four different matches; two for Madison and two for Whitewater.
Madison’s team didn’t have enough women for a full team, so I played with them against Whitewater for the first game of the day and again verses Stout.
I then went on to play with Whitewater against Stout, and the final game was the alumni game.
It was also where we announce rookies. Its kind of like the sibs thing that sororities do, where new girls are paired up with more experienced ones to mentor them. This year I got my second rookie, Rachel. She is being trained to play scrum half and is doing very well with the position.
The weekend after that, Easter weekend, we were going to have a friendly scrimmage with our former coaches’ women’s team, but it got canceled either from predicted rain or not enough commitment, I’m not sure.
I haven’t really been talking too much about how I’ve been doing this season, so I’m going to fix that.
As the end of the semester draws nearer, so does the college rugby season.
The first tournament that my team attended was Nash Bash in Nashville, Tennessee. Teams from all over the country went to compete. The Friday before the tournament, we had a free day to explore the city with the vans we drove up with. The van that I was in went to a museum, the Parthenon, a civil war house that was haunted, and ate some really good southern barbecue for dinner.
Our first match was almost going to be against Marquette, which would would have been disappointing since they are our, geographically speaking, closest rival during competitive fall season. We were able to switch to playing a Northern Michigan team instead.
Our next match was against UIC, who we also play during fall season, but we played against them anyway.
For our last match, I don’t know who we were supposed to play because they didn’t show up. The captains, once they found out, just celebrated the forfeit as a victory to the team and we took pictures in front of the post.
While I have talked about how rugby works in previous posts, these videos will help further understand the game. Some of these are the videos I was shown when I first started playing rugby.
The video above goes over what rugby is, who are on the teams, and stuff like that in an entertaining British accent.
This is a good video to show to someone before they go watch their first game as it gives a gist of what is about to happen within a few short minutes if you do not have a lot of time to sit down and explain the game to them.
This next video elaborates more on tackling. Focus on the hips, because they don’t lie! You will be able to tell where the ball carrier is going to go based on where their hips are pointing and you will be able to take down even the slipperiest runner.