Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let the Games Begin

Is tomorrow really June 1! Where the heck did May go? I realized I haven't posted in a few weeks, but life has been so crazy busy I haven't had a free moment to sit and write. Sorry to all my readers out there who have been waiting patiently.  As many of you know, back in November I started playing volleyball with a team of athletes from all parts the world. Our regular season is over, but we were invited to play in the Scottish Volleyball Open tournament this past weekend in Perth, Scotland. I haven't played in a proper volleyball tournament since 2002, so I was so excited and nervous to see what the weekend had in store for us. 

As stated on their website, "The Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament is the largest annual volleyball tournament in Great Britain and attracts over 1000 players from around the world. It is for all standards of player from recreational, district league and national league level who play on our 36 outside courts on the North Inch, a large parkland setting in the centre of Perth. However, there are the Divisions of Honour for world class players who compete in the adjacent Bells Sports Centre on 5 championship standard indoor courts. The tournament not only attracts teams from around the United Kingdom but we have also had teams from Russia, America, Czech Republic, Poland, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Eire, Venezuela and the Faroes." 

 When we arrived to the tournament we walked through the camp site, but since we were playing indoors we stayed down the road at the Holiday Inn. Thank goodness for the Holiday Inn because it was too cold for me to want to sleep outside in a tent on the ground! 

The spirit outside was a lot different than the volleyball going on inside the sports centre. Outside teams dressed in theme clothing, including a team of doctor's in their scrubs, lifeguards from bay-watch, and my personal favourite team where's waldo. In between our matches it was fun to come outside for a bit of fresh air and sun to watch these teams play. 

Our team played in the Women's Division of Honour. There were players from all over the world including a team from the USA! (yes we loss to them but hey- if we had to lose I am glad it was to my fellow American's) 

Our team played in a great facility, the Bells Sports Centre. 

And since we aren't spring chickens any more, most of our down time consisted of stretching and taping up our broken bodies. We could hardly walk on Sunday afternoon, but I guess 7 volleyball matches in 2 days will do that to anyone. 

We ended up making it to the semi-finals, but were so exhausted after 6 games we didn't make it onwards to the final match. Even though we lost, the weekend was such a blast and I can't wait to go back next year if we are invited to play!  Love my NUVOC Tigers! 

Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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