This game marks my first bout against another men's team, and my return to playing sports at Fitchburg State University, my alma mater. This has been a long time coming and I still have a long way to go, but before I get into the break down of the game I'd like to talk a bit about some of the factors at work leading up to it.
I'm going to start from 2 weeks back on June 30th, we had a practice and it was the worst practice I have had in a long time. The two contributing factors to this were that I had not skated in a long time (okay so like 2 weeks) and I ended up having an asthma attack mid practice. I was feeling pretty down and defeated having such a bad practice so close to a game.
Fast forward through the long holiday weekend, where many of my teammates attended Northeast Derby Con, and land us solidly on practice day Thursday 7/7. We were practicing at the Wallace Civic Center, which is the floor we'd be playing on come Saturday. Still a bit salty from my bad practice a week earlier I am happy to report that I had one of the best practice performances in my time playing Derby and I really love the polished concrete play surface at the arena.
So I feel the game went very well, I ended the game with 4 penalties and some pretty good blocks, we also won so that was a plus. It was really nice of my folks to show up and try to understand the rules. During half time I was frozen in the penalty box and my father had some excellent words for me. "I don't really understand what you did, but I know you're a fucking cheater." Well that just about sums that up.
I found myself playing the 'butt' position on the wall more than I had in the past and I feel like it's a real indication that my skating is improving. I have another scrimmage this Thursday, in lieu of practice which is always fun so it should be interesting to see if I can step my game up another notch at that event.