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Football in Scotland

Written by Cadet Josh Wright, Band Company
Monday, 23 August 2010 07:29

One thing my classmates and I enjoy the most in Scotland is playing American football. It reminds us a bit of home and is great fun.

josh_wright2One of the first games we played was with the New Zealand Highland Dancers. Their version of football is completely different from ours. For them to play with us we taught them the basics of our football. It wasn't long before they were holding their own, playing like they've done it before.

A few days later, we decided to play another game with just Band Company cadets. This game was more interesting than the others, it was raining. Playing football in the rain might not sound like a good idea, but it was fun. It challenged us both mentally and physically to perform our best. None of us had cleats so there was no traction at all. We would go to tackle someone, slide past them and fall down. By the time the game was over, we were all soaked, dirty, and tired. We didn't let that stop us from walking away and saying "That was one of the best games we have had."

As most of you may know from the video about our travels in Scotland, we participate in PT Tuesday and Thursday mornings. As a part of our PT on Aug. 19 we had a game of football. This time, we had about 20 people playing. The field wasn't too wet and the sky was clear. There were a lot of good plays that happened and we were so caught up in the game, we played right into our lunch time. There are plans for more games this next week, I just hope that noone gets hurt.

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