Vermont Club Sports Blog

October 21, 2009

Another day at the office

Filed under: Uncategorized — leonuvm @ 9:48 pm

As you have likely come to recognize over the last several posts is that I really enjoy my job and yesterday was a particularly fun day.  Having said that, today is the first day I am really sore!  That is due largely in part to the efforts of the Women’s Rugby club and the Field Hockey players to hurt me with endless stops and starts.  For those of you who don’t know it is easier to run three miles straight, then it is to stop and start for an hour, let alone two!

Rugby was a lot of fun.  I got to jump in just in time for sprints and somehow found myself running with the backs, the quicker position players on the Rugby field.  After this “brisk” warm up we worked on some passing drills and I learned to “spin” and “pop” the ball.  I assure you it sounds more fun that it is but important skills if I ever want to play for the All Blacks!  The girls were a pleasure and how could they not be with ncknames like Gator, and Raider, and Vader, and Hater and all the other ridiculous nicknames this fierce but linguisticly clever teams comes up with.  Women’s Rugby (as well as Men’s Rugby) both host home playoff games this weekend and are looking good going towards the weekend.  Check out this clip of my future team, the All Blacks, this cheer being called the “Haka”:

After a quick dinner, it was on to Field Hockey where I learned that some info reported in this blog the other day was wrong.  We have another top ranked team in our midst as the ladies from Field hockey are currently 8th in the National rankings as far as Collegiate clubs are concerned and with a strong road trip this weekend will likely qualify for a trip to Nationals.  Tuesdays are indoor nights and mostly focus on stick skills and small games and I quickly learned why Field hockey is such a popular international sport for both Men and Women.  It is fun, challenging, and fast paced!  As many of you who know me in ice hockey, I have a dirt backhand so only being able to use the front part of the stick, as is the rule in the filed version of the sport, was quite the challenge.  However, I tried hard and have the video to prove it.  Under the watchful eye of the team and with their expertise I picked up some good skills!

While unfortunately (or fortunately) I was not able to participate in the next couple of sporting activities they were a lot of fun to watch.  The first was cheerleading where the largest team in years worked on fine tuning routines for this weekend’s events.  Cheerleading is one of those sports you don’t appreciate until you see firsthand the athletic skills that it takes and the fearlessness to throw someone in the air or be the person thrown.  Hopefully this video emphasizes the fact:

Last but not least was the Kayak club.  Now I ask you, what is one of the things that you least expect to see in a pool?  For me, it might be Champ the Lake Monster or goldfish.  However, a bunch of overjoyed UVM students paddling around all over flipping and cavorting in brightly colored boats was pretty amusing too.  The club had a fantastic turnout for their pool sessions where they teach newcomers the basics and let more experienced folks work out the kinks of certain skills before flying down a river!  The club has seen massive growth in the past couple of years and when you see how much fun everyone is having it is quite apparent why.

Until tomorrow, work on your Haka and see you out there.


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