Double debut in Finland
1 nov, 08:21 0 kommentarer
It was an early start for Maja Framming and Angela Woolley on the 20th October as we were on our way to Finland to represent Sweden on the rugby field.
The game was set for the 21st which gave us the Friday day and the Saturday morning to squeeze in 3 trainings before the game.
Friday we were feeling a little nervous as we weren't sure what to expect from the weekend but also pretty excited to meet all the girls and see how we would go as a team. After the early start we arrived at the accommodation/feilds around 13.00 and was straight into our first training. This was our first training together as a team, we started off with some light handling games, then the rest of the training consisted with a forward and backs split, defense drill, then touch. It was good to see where people were playing and getting to know others "rugby game".
Then after some food we had a theory session about how we want to play the game and certain strategies.
At the indoor evening training we practiced what we had talked about in the theory and did some mock team runs. It was good to see the team starting to gel. Then it was to off to bed for some much needed rest.
Saturday morning also started early with a cold swim to shock the body into waking up.
After a quick breakfast it was back to the white board to present the team and hand out jerseys with a quick briefing over our plan of attack. After one last training session with everyone in their spots the team felt as ready as they could be with such a short time to get to know everyone. Next up was the game at 2pm. With maja and Woolley both securing starting spots and playing their first game for Sweden, the emotions were high and the focus was on point.
The first half of the game was riddled with scrums which Sweden was dominating and even got a walk over try from a scrum. Sweden had most of the possession and went into the half time with a good lead.
In the second half Sweden was put a bit under pressure with Finland attacking more but Sweden stayed strong and came away with a 39-10 win.
Maja had a strong running game playing in at lock and linked up with the backs well. She was picked in the top 3 players by the coaches after the game. Fantastic start to her national career. Woolley had her first start as prop in many years and seemed to fall back into it well. Both players got a solid 50-60mins.
After the game it was a short debrief and then into the after match function.
Sunday morning started with breakfast as per usual then we went straight into the video analysis. It's never fun watching yourself but if gives great feedback and we pin pointed some things we did well and more importantly things that we can work on. The general feeling in the camp was that it was a pretty good effort from the team to come together and walk away with such a strong win.
After the video analysis it was on the bus and back to the airport, home bound.
All in all we thought it was a good weekend, a great bunch of girls and we went home feeling proud and honored to be one of the few that get to pull on the yellow and blue jersey for Swedens 15's rugby. Now we are looking forward to the next adventure in London against the British Police on the 17th Nov, which we excited to be playing along side fellow Uppsala player Josefin Devine in her debut match.
//Maja & Wooley