So Sunday was the big day for the Vipers players and fans as we took to the field at the YMCA Drumahoe in Derry, against the mighty Belfast Trojans.
There was a massive excitement amongst the players especially in the days counting down to the game.
In the player chats in ‘Whatsapp’ days we would have well over 500 messages a day in the group between the players chatting about the big day and just really looking forward to it.
The week before the game our equipment arrived from overseas it was held up three weeks due to bad weather so we where all relieved for it to finally arrive.
It was the same situation with our jerseys only arriving days before the game, but this all added to the buzz around the event for the players, we were all glued to the tracking numbers praying that they would arrive on time.
The game itself was an unreal experience, jogging out to the field to see the pitch fully lined-out the officials. All our fans and us fully kitted and ready to go is a feeling we’ll never forget, it was just good weather to it only added to it.
In the actual game itself we were well defeated on the day by a strong Trojans team, it was a lesson for us new bees that this sport is not only the most physically hard hitting sport in the world but also one of the most important team sports there is.
The Belfast Trojans seemed to do the simple things so effortlessly and hit us so hard in the tackles that our grandchildern will be feeling it for years to come.
The final score was 72-0 which reflected there dominance in the game. But we have learned so much from playing them that a defeat like that was worth it.
In three weeks time we travel to Belfast to lock horns again and we are really looking forward to it.
We know what we have to work on, where or strengths and weakness lay and our main goal this next three weeks is to get the basics wright so that when we do travel to Belfast we give them a better game, get on the score board while stopping them from running away with the game.
These are very simple goals but in a new game like ourselves facing the Trojans we have to be realistic.
We had two very serious injuries during the game Rhys Lewis and Richard Meehan both were hospitalised with very serious knee injuries so we want to take this opportunity to wish them both a very speedy recovery.