A View From the
Every away game for the St. Bonaventure men’s rugby team is
a business trip. It all starts
with the night before the game.
Hydration, relaxation and a good night of sleep are crucial. When I wake up, I find it important to
follow the same morning routine.
Morning routine is the same and I am out the door on the way to the
Hickey. A good breakfast and some
snacks for the bus are a pre-game ritual I would hate to mess up as a forward.
The bus is never a fun time as it is almost impossible to
get comfortable. You have to try
to make the best of it. For example, I choose to sit with Tim Hanna and sit as
far away from Kevin McCorry as possible.
Regardless of these details, it is very important to go over
the game plan during the bus trip.
Having everybody know what their job is on the field increases the
overall team’s chances of being successful.
We pull onto our opponent’s campus get off the bus. We usually only arrive about an hour or
so before the game actually starts so there is no time to waste. Cleats on and the warm ups begin. A quick prayer before the kick-off and
the Bonnies are ready to roll.
Once the first whistle blows and the game begins, you have to treat it
the same way you would a home-game.
Nothing has changed. The
team needs to play St. Bonaventure Rugby.
[Photo on left: St. Bonaventure fell to Stony Brook
last Spring in the Empire Rugby Conference finals.]
Our Bonnies hope to get the job done this weekend as we
travel to Long Island and plan to win two games on the road. We take on Stony
Brook Friday night at 8:30), and Merchant Marine Academy Sunday afternoon at