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Easy like Sunday Mornings

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


That Sunday was the usual rugby training in the morning, arriving for 10am with H kitted up and ready to go - fitness training, drills and ball skills on a thankfully mild and dry day (compared to the week before when it had been nothing short of horrific). During a break in training he came over and sat on the rucking shield for a drink and I snapped this pic of him, he looks so big and grown up now and I love how devoted he is to his sport - whatever the weather and whatever is being asked of him, he just gets on with it and tries really hard. I'm pleased that it's easier for me to go along and watch all of his matches and training sessions now with E being older, and she loves to come along and watch her big brother play (or just to sit in the clubhouse with her friends!).

This weekend was a match with a local club, just a friendly as they all are at this age - training matches to allow them to practice the skills they learn in their training sessions each week and to have a little fun and friendly competition. It was another brisk day with a stiff wind blowing across the pitches and a fine mist of rain managing to soak us all without us noticing until we went back into the clubhouse for the post-match drinks and snacks. H had an early finish after bashing heads with another player towards the end of his second match, for safety reasons he was not allowed to continue so we headed in and he collected his hot dog and I bought him a hot chocolate to warm him up. No sooner had he polished that off than he was asking for something else so he had a bacon bap too, just in time to greet the rest of his team who joined us in the clubhouse after their third match. He went and sat down with his team mates and laughed and chatted while I talked to the other U10s mums and dads and finished drinking my coffee.

H was disappointed to have missed the final match, but happy to have scored a try in the first game. When we got home he had a hot shower and then spent the rest of the day in his PJs relaxing after his busy morning, before finishing off his homework ready for 'back to school' after half term. I love seeing him so committed to the game, and while he still has lots to learn he always makes me proud when he puts on his team shirt.

27 comments:

  1. This is so lovely! It brought back good memories of our Sunday morning rugby. I do miss it! Even the cold... It's great that E is happy to go along and watch her brother. My daughter got a bit fed up of it after so many years of football and rugby.

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    1. Thank you! Yes she loves it, our clubhouse is always full of 'rugby siblings' and they all play together really nicely with the bigger kids (particularly the girls) taking care of the little ones, sharing their iPads & games or making up their own games together - it's a really nice, friendly club with good community spirit, lovely to be a part of!

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  2. Gorgeous photos! I'm already foreseeing lots of early morning sport in my future - all my partner's family are rugby mad! x #sharewithme

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    1. Thank you, my older son plays football on Sundays too, in the afternoon, but unfortunately that time for me is spent getting things ready for back to school the next day so my husband takes him (he's also their coach), I'd like to go and watch him too but it would mean being out all day and I would get nothing done!

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  3. So lovely that he enjoys it and is so committed to it.
    #BloggerClubUK

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    1. It really is, I love watching my kids take part in and enjoy 'their' sport. Four out of five of my kids have a sport whereas my eldest is more musical, I love seeing them progress :)

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  4. Lovely pictures! I'm looking forward to weekend morning sports (if that's what my boy wants to do...I have a hunch so far it will be!). Lovely memories to mark down #bestandworst

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    1. Thank you very much. We spend all weekend at gymnastics, football and rugby and it's a huge commitment but the kids absolutely love it - anything to make them happy and keep them healthy & active!

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  5. You are right to be proud. It is lovely to see children committed to something and willing to make a big effort, despite the weather and other things. Well done! #Whatevertheweather

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    1. Thank you! I really admire his passion for the game, he makes me very proud indeed :)

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  6. Beautiful photo....
    I had flash backs reading this, watching my younger brother train and play every Sunday. I can remember standing there in all weather; hoping my parents would let me open the flask of soup because I was always so cold.
    I guess its payback; because my brother is now on the sidelines watching his sons play!

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  7. It's great that he is so committed! Good that E enjoys going, I used to hate watching my brother! I can't wait to see whether my little one is going to be sports mad like his dad or allergic to exercise like me!! #BloggerClubUK

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  8. It's great that he is so committed! Good that E enjoys going, I used to hate watching my brother! I can't wait to see whether my little one is going to be sports mad like his dad or allergic to exercise like me!! #BloggerClubUK

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  9. My younger boys have just got into Rugby big time, they play Sunday morning too and love it, though Jed did get knocked our cold this week and came round to a tourch being shoone in his yetes. He has been a dream ever since so I think it knocked a few brain cells into place! Hope H keeps it up, it's such a great team sport. Don't forget to join Country Kids. Popping in from #sharewithme

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  10. My little boy goes to rugby, I'm hoping he will enjoy it as much as your boy :) Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

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  11. Lovely photos. Glad H's enjoying the rugby. The Tubblet's played a few times and she really liked it.

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  12. I couldn't agree more Julie. I just love watching mine engrossed in something they adore and commitment at this age a rare but beautiful thing. Shame about his head. Hope he was ok! X

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  13. It's fab that he's so committed to the game. I know nothing about rugby, but such team sports instill a great deal of worthy personality traits. Everyone loves a team player. Keep at it H! x

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  14. Ah what a beautiful picture, it has really captured him. It's great that he has such a passion for his sport. Becky x #BestandWorst

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  15. Such stunning photos. It must be so lovely to see them grown up and so independent, following their passions and being so committed to their hobbies! It sounds like he's a growing lad, eating a hot dog and then a bap!! You must be so proud seeing him out running around on the field and being apart of a team like that. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather x

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  16. Great photographs. My son played in a football tournament all day today. I am hoping he will take up more rugby when we go back to the UK one day! :D

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  17. Great photos, I was always playing sport when I was younger. The girls haven't joined any sports clubs yet

    Thank you for linking up

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  18. Both my boys have done rugby at various times but they are currently doing athletics and tennis. One wants to start again next year though so more cold training sessions and washing muddy kit is heading my way! #MySundayPhoto

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  19. That's great he scored a try! How exciting for him. We are just getting into sports days in our house. Our oldest signed up for soccer last year but broke his finger & only got to play one game. He's looking forward to getting back into it this year. Thanks so much for sharing with blogger club uk x

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  20. Ahh that's great he scored. Love family Sundays like this especially in pjs in the afternoon. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  21. He does look bigger! I can only imagine how awesome he felt when he scored =) #mysundayphoto

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  22. That's great that he's so dedicated to his sport and is clearly enjoying it so much, otherwise he wouldn't be down there every week. A shame he bashed his head and missed out on the final match though. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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