Having a beer with worn down but cheerful, old, tattooed guys and watching them dance with young, voluptuous girls in tiny lace dresses, while the quilt wearing boys of the band sang ‘WE LOVE THE IRA!’. If we’d lost track of the country we were in, Thursday night at the pub exceeded the stereotype of Ireland I had in mind.
For the third time in NUTS history, we went to Limerick to play the Siege and Erik, Katie, Elgin, Vince, Alex and me had the luxury of exploring recession-struck Ireland in the days before. Elgin drove us through picturesque green hills, along flowing streams and rustic little houses to the stunning cliffs of Moher.
But site seeing wears you out. So getting back to stab city (Limerick has the highest crime rate of all of Ireland), we didn’t exactly shine at the welcome party. Actually, after meeting up with Rogier and Sietse, we all went to bed without welcoming the late shift of our team, Kim, Willemijn, Eelke and Galen. Bad party spirit!
But it paid off. While we were all pretty nervous about playing this die hard-winter-outdoor-open-tournament with four girls, seven boys and Erik as coordinator/side line coach, we totally rocked on Saturday. Three easy wins, with our zone defense driving the opponent into shear panic, confusion, frustration and some bad decisions, despite the beautiful and wind free weather. Playing so well resulted in us playing Broccoli, a serious open team, for our last game. Luckily, they only had eight players and were very tired already. We took a lead and played a solid match. But they were determined to fight back and took the game in the end. Nevertheless, we felt really proud of ourselves. Everyone was totally focused on the games throughout the day and working hard to get open for their team mates. We really played as a team and all individual players made cuts, catches, lay-outs or throws which surprised and energized the other players on the team. It was a great day!
The party was ridiculously crowded and warm, but fun with some nice live music. And we had turtles on our face. And wearing a turtle on your face just makes you feel special and smile all the time.
Getting up at 6.30 am the next day didn’t make us smile. First games at 8, at a 25 minute walk from the hotel. Really?! Anyways.. Elgin mac d-ed himself a Callahan and we schooled our opponent 11 – 3ish. After which there was plenty of time for coffee and Who’s the man, because our next game wasn’t until 2 pm. Sadly, I had to leave before in order to catch the last flight to Amsterdam on Sunday. So, big hugs to my awesome team mates. Not a nice feeling to leave them behind with two games to play and few subs due to some injuries.
So Sietse! How did it end?
Siege of Limerick 2012Feb 23, 2012Photos: 99