Our legendary, fabulous BashAbout Event is a 2-day Rugby Clinic (02.-03. May), led by experienced coaches of our friend´s clubs, and a Mixed Babarian Tournament for beginners as well as experienced players from the international LGBTQ+ inclusive Rugby community of all genders and our local League-partners from Berlin / Brandenburg Rugby Clubs (detailed tournament-rules to follow), and not to forget, a memorable weekend (Fri-Mon) of parties, follies and friends in Berlin!
Unser legendäres, fantastisches BashAbout ist ein 2-Tage Event (02.-03. Mai), Rugby Training, angeleitet von erfahrenen Trainern aus befreundeten Clubs, und ein gemischtes Babarian Turnier für Anfänger ebenso wie für erfahrene Spieler der internationalen, inklusiven LGBTQ+ Rugby community aller gender und unsere Ligapartner der Berlin / Brandenburger Rugbyvereine (detaillerte Turnierregeln folgen), dabei nicht zu vergessen, ein erinnerungswürdiges Wochenende (Fr-Mo) mit Parties, Spass und Freunden in Berlin! Die
Phew… taking a deep breath after this nerve-wrecking match – and a win, finally – 35:29 against our friends of the Berlin Irish RFC!
A big number of players attending, and coach Rodolfo trying to find the right mix of regular Bruisers / Grizzlies-players, new members of the team and supporting players. Despite the cold and grey November day in Oranienburg the air seemed to sizzle with excitement, everyone was so worked up to end this part of the season with a bang that the Bruisers / Grizzlies started very nervous and unorganized. They managed to receive 3 penalties for obstructing in the first few minutes, making the way for the Irish to score! The opponent was able to use this for their own advantage by pushing deep into Bruisers / Grizzlies territory and make points, most of them through penalty-kicks.
Then, after 30 minutes, the Bruisers / Grizzlies recaptured their focus, remembered their skills and game-plan. Before the end of the first half they showed that all the preparation, the joint trainings have a result, now there was some serious rugby-playing on our side! That combined with the hard-working, ground-dredging effort of our forwards lead to Alban scoring 2 tries digging through the Irish defence.
More tries by both teams in the second half, but the Irish always leading until shortly before the end of the match. Agitated atmosfere, passionate fights – some too passionate, 3 yellow cards for Irish players, 1 red for Tim, who obviously lost control of his feet kicking in the heat of a ruck – as the ref put it: too much talk and a tiny bit lack of discipline! Still, the more concentrated and organised play of the Bruisers / Grizzlies became more and more visible in this fast match, as well as better endurance. Lots of replacements of players, lots of good phases working the way into the opponent´s side of the pitch and some individual quality made the change. Five tries for the Bruisers / Grizzlies in this halftime, 5 minutes before the end they came ahead for the first time by 1 point, and in the last minute they were able to top that with the last try! Big relief, big cheers in the team and from the supporters, and what a great example of how you can turn around a rugby-match when you´re behind, but pull your commitment together and keep fighting until the end of the 80 minutes!
It had to happen at some point, a really deserved win, a real team-effort, which every single player can be very proud of! Instead of naming individual performances and qualities, here are the try scorers: Alban, Daniel, Patrick, Nick, Antonio, Ari, representing the entire team´s commitment.
Many thanks have to go to new players Antonio, Ben, Daniel and Ari, who showed experience and spiced up the Bruisers / Grizzlie´s play…
Looking forward to celebrating this at the upcoming Bruisers Xmas-meeting! A relaxing and healthy winter-break to everyone! But remember, the fun doesn´t stop. Bruisers / Grizzlies will have beach-rugby for winter-training, so please be there. Hopefully seeing everyone again for an energetic, cheerful and gay (including all genders) spring season!!!
Perfect Rugby weather in Oranienburg, light drizzle, grey fog, a nice soft pitch, but somehow we drowned in the Brandenburg swamps – an unhappy loss against the RK03-team by 0:47.
I can´t put it into better words than what our coach Rodolfo said after the match: it burns inside! So much potential in this team, but difficult circumstances – players who couldn´t attend trainings and the match because of injuries, travels or family-things, new players who didn´t have the time and practice to fit into the right position, experienced players who needed to play in positions they are not used to.
It hurts because the Bruisers / Grizzlies had powerful phases demonstrating skills, winning scrums, good defence, a maul that drove the RK-boys into their half of the pitch. The opponents weren´t even that good, putting pressure on them worked so they kept making mistakes.
Still, our attack didn´t move forward much, taking the ball into their defence and few passes to the flanks didn`t make meters. And then rucks – we were surprised and overrun by waves of aggressive RK-players jumping the rucks with force and stealing the ball and rushing it through the gaps in our line.
Anyway, don´t let yourself get frustrated! Bruisers and Grizzlies are throwing their bodies into the play and that´s a great effort in itself. We saw powerful action, tackles and pushing the attack by Alban and Tristan! We saw Antonio, who just joined, with a lot of motivation and strength – looking forward to seeing more of him when he trains and plays with us permanently!
Many Thanks to Khan who filled in for Micha as team captain this day, and Gute Besserung to Benjamin for his shoulder!!
So no hang-ups now! Please, let´s bring the Rugby-fun back – 2 more trainings and the last match before the winter-break next weekend. Throw yourselves into it – everyone should enjoy playing, have loads of fun, a rugby-boost and beers next Sunday against the Irish!
(And let´s bring on lots of Bruisers / Grizzlies supporters too by the way!)