Sensei Vs Pupil

October 21st, 2015 | Uncategorized

One of the best parts about coaching for the Titans is that you really get a sense of how strong community pride is around these parts. Furthermore, you get to experience the bitter taste of rivalry among the clubs first hand. While this is true of any match within the league, tonight was special. We played the almighty Claregalway – apparently the bane of existence for the Titans for a few years running. And on their bench? Not only were there teammates of mine (Mystics) but also Mike, my head coach, as well.  But we were hopeful, focused and ready to go. I don’t know if it’s Mike’s easy demeanor but I found it surprisingly pleasant and enjoyable going head-to-head with him. Something about it inspired a Karate Kid-type fantasy; Master Splinter had thrown the gauntlet and my league of Ninja Turtles were ready to engage. ( I’m mixing analogies here but you get the point LOL)

It was a duel for the ages as we battled back-and-forth, neither team getting too far out in front. I’ll spare you all the gruesome details of the thriller but eventually, they edged us out by one possession. As always, I couldn’t be more proud of how my ladies defended and competed despite falling short. I definitely think I grew as a coach today (I even remembered that I had timeouts lol)  but it is with nothing but humble grace that I bow to Master Mike Splinter.




Young Grasshopper



Victory Scholar: Marritta Gillcrease

Present University: NUI Galway

US League: MAAC

Club/Community Partner: Galway Titans

Alma Mater: Rider University

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland


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