First Rugby Live

Yesterday we went to see our first Rugby match at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. The first thing Mr M booked when we moved here in January was the tickets to this Rugby Match where Ospreys were playing Munster. He was so chuffed when we got the tickets.

We weren’t expecting a huge crowd for this game as all the key players are playing at the 6 Nations now but we had a good 5432 in attendance (and no, I did not make that up. That was what was shown on the screen yesterday)

This is my first time in a Football/Rugby stadium and I was quite impressed by it. It was big yet still, we were close enough to see the happenings very clearly. It felt like an indoor stadium given the time of the day. Thanks to the wonderful weather it went very well. With respect to fans, there were only a handful of Munster supporters. We were located in an area which was full of Osprey fans and it was quite amusing to hear the frustrated shouts of Osprey fans. There were a few just behind us and they didn’t shy away from expressing their views on the referee.

When I watched a rugby match on TV, I thought it was bloody and painful. It must hurt the players so much, I thought. I still think that, but it didn’t feel that gory when I watched it live. Maybe because I got lost in the game that I didn’t think of such things at that time. It is quite a fast-paced game too. I didn’t realize that.

It was an evenly matched game, according to Mr M and the Osprey mascot was upset when people started leaving a couple of minutes short of the end. Mr M was very happy that Munster won the game given that it was his first Rugby match live. Here in Wales, we might have a chance of getting a ticket in future for more prolific matches.

Hopefully, we will be able to see more matches live in the future and I will able be use my camera next time.

Off to trouble someone else today

I have never played Tennis in my life. Badminton, yes, when I was young. I got into the groove pretty quick when Mr. M and I started playing weekly Badminton here in the UK. I felt that I was OK, not professional in any way, but I got my workout done and when we had a couple of matches, I won 😉

Mr. M had played Tennis in his younger years. He was very keen on trying it out again. So we decided to invest in some good beginners Tennis racquets even though I don’t know ABC of the game. Last week, just before Easter, we played our first Tennis match. There were 4 courts in the ground. We chose the one with the fence on our right. Unfortunately, the court next to us was occupied by Tennis players who were trying to perfect their skill. This being my first match, I had to learn how to serve and all through the hour my serves and my shots were going into their court (there wasn’t any net or barriers between the courts as we had during in our badminton court). One time the fellow next court had two balls coming towards him and since the balls all looked very similar he wasn’t sure which one to hit 😆 I am sure they were frustrated after a while, but they carried on like champs and made sure to throw us our balls back every time it went to their court and it was ‘all the time’.

By the end of the hour, I somehow managed to find that grip that will not let my ball go over the fence (which happened twice) or to the next court. It was exhausting and it cost me double the effort I put in Badminton. But it was good. So we decided to torture another set of tennis pros today with my amateurish skills and test their resilience and patience 😉 Off we go to our second Tennis match. Weather is a bit cloudy and slightly windy so we can blame it on the weather if my serve sends the balls off to our neighbor’s courts.

Fingers crossed!