L.S.R.G. Ladies vs. Greate Tryn
Sunday, February 20th: The first game of the second half of the season. When we received the schedule, we noticed that we had to play against the same opponents as last week (you know, when we won 80-5). However, this time, it was not a ‘home game.’ Happy to be able to pay back the effort the Greate Tryn Ladies did for us, we went on our journey. So this time, we packed our backpacks, packed a lot of snacks, took all our belongings, said goodbye to our family and friends, and drove to (freaking) Leeuwarden. And what a ride it was. As it was still stormy season, we opted not to go via the Afsluitdijk and took the domestic route via the lovely polder.
The two hours were long enough to take a nap, get to know your teammate, eat a lot of snacks, spread some COVID, or have a karaoke-carpool party. We opted for the latter, and some brilliant playlist treated us with Toybox before 11 AM (and almost nobody was delighted with that). Luckily Celine Dion saved the day, and after playing “It’s all coming back to me” only three times, we had already arrived in Friesland (Wolkom!).
It had rained for the entire time that we drove, so we were a bit scared about the pitch conditions. The opponent, however, promised us that the field had an excellent drainage system. I guess “excellent” might have a different meaning in Leeuwarden than in Leiden. In addition, their lines were missing (apparently, chalk is very scarce in Friesland). However, there was a playable field! And, we were there; they were there, and, most importantly, we were there, so we were ready to play some rugby. After a short warm-up (where Ashley and Charlotte showed that their stretching/presenting game was really on point), the line-up was re-decided. We, for now, said goodbye to Isabelle and Daphne as they were going to play the first half for the opponents' side and we were ready for kick-off.
The game felt like a repetition from last week. We scored—a lot. After only a few minutes, captain Myrthe scored the first try. However, due to the windy weather, Zoë did not score the first conversion. A try of Zoë quickly followed the try from Myrthe. After these two tries, we realized that we were actually playing 13 against 15 (and not 13-14 as we promised; oops, #sorrynotsupersorry), so we took one girl out of the pitch and played 13-14 for the remaining of the game. The “excellent” drainage led to some nice muddy belly slides along the sidelines, and throughout the game, we became (again) a muddy mess. Two more tries of Myrthe and one try of Zoë finished the first half. Although we were winning by numbers, we were not really happy with the quality of our game. There was a lot of “messy” play in the middle of the field, and it felt as if we were not playing the game we used to practice for. Some stern words of our coach put us back in our game focus, and we continued the second half.
Wendy and Fred left us to play on the other side of the field, which didn’t go unnoticed. Elfie made a supernice break; however, Fred didn’t allow that to happen, which did not result in a try. And this process, unfortunate, repeated itself. A lot of our breaks were stopped by Fred (girl, didn’t we say, don’t play TOO WELL!). Halfway through the second half, Femke almost took Fred out by a hands-off gone wrong (some kind of choking move?; anyway, I guess that's what happens when you support the opponent too well). At one time, Zoë’s kicks literally went ‘for the wind’, where she was able to kick the ball three times in a row and scored a try by diving on the ball herself when crossing the lines. Helena took a turn trying to score a conversion, and although she did not score, it was a really nice attempt! Finally, due to some really great team actions (nice passes, great support), we ended up scoring another eight tries (and four conversions). Three of these tries were actually scored by our forward players, which (most of the time) shows the team effort in our attacks. We ended up winning the game 0-81. Myrthe has been crowned woman of the match for scoring no less than four tries. She came in at the right speed and was able to cross the field as an elegant and graceful Antilope, leaving our opponents breathless. The opponents picked Zoë (who, BTW, also scored four tries and no less than 8!!!! conversions). Well done, girls!!! Femke ended up being the Vajayjay; however, it is fair to mention that she was actually tricked into this.
Some special attention to Isabelle, who only trained for three weeks with us, but already played her first match! Congratulations, and nice to have you on the team! We are looking forward to your growth!
- Myrthe 4x
- Zoe 4x (and 8 conversions)
WOTM opponent: Zoë
All in all, we were happy with the result, but I guess we were actually more than happy that we don’t have to travel this far anymore during the rest of the season. And, for now, we can proudly say that we are currently the nr #1 team in our competition after the first round. Stay tuned to see us not giving up that position for the rest of the season. Our ladies will be on the road again in two weeks, playing in Rotterdam. See you there!