October 1st, 2015 | Uncategorized
Watching intense rugby matches and traveling to Dunmore, a small fishing village located 15 minutes outside of Waterford, describes my past weekend. My teammates, Helena and Sinead, generously took Katie and I to watch the Wales vs. England rugby match at a local pub on Saturday night. For those that have no clue about rugby, it is comparable to American football without padding. No offense to my fellow Americans, but rugby is far more engaging and physical. Players in Irish sports make players in American sports look like pansies because of the lack of equipment and padding involved. Even though my Irish friends had to explain the rules of rugby to me, I could not take my eyes off of the game. With the entire bar rooting for Wales, you could imagine the night ended well since Wales’ rugby team defeated England in the match.
After practice on Sunday, Helena, Sinead, and Katie thought it would be a great opportunity to take a trip to Dunmore because it was a beautiful day in Ireland. The cliffs and beaches in Dunmore were astounding and the view overlooking the ocean was gorgeous. We DID NOT get into the freezing ocean, but Katie and I did snap pictures of every possible angle of the view with every single one of our Irish pals. After our touristy moments, we all grabbed lunch at a restaurant and watched another rugby match between Ireland and Romania. Ireland dominated the match and left with a win ultimately ending my weekend on a high note.
In America, my college teammates were some of my best friends that became family so it is natural for me to become nostalgic at times. Luckily, this past weekend allowed me to spend quality time with my teammates, Helena and Sinead, outside of the basketball court. As my friendships with Helena and Sinead grow closer, I feel like I’m getting closer to home. “Happy Days” is an Irish phrase that means awesome or describing something positive and this past weekend was just that 🙂
Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: CAA
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary
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