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RARC: Hi Julia, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to take this interview.
RARC: What does it take get to your exceptional level on the rugby pitch, especially having got tag player of the league last year?
JS: I try and learn from others. The external coaches have helped as have the internal ones like Russ and Jason and I play as often as possible and think about better ways to play and work on all my weak points.
RARC: How did you start playing with the club?
JS: Errol persuaded me to come to the first blitz event, it was fun so I started coming on Sundays.
RARC: What is the best thing for you about the club?
JS: The game I think, really enjoy the sport, it’s simple but you need to play smart to do the things which allow the team to score a try. I like when many people want to try and get better with the club and come along just to play, everybody is welcoming.
RARC: If you were scouting for talent, who is the first person you’d pick?
JS: Hmm, Gordon, Russ, Dan, Annie, Charles (okay better stop now)
RARC: You are what looks like a very career driven entrepreneur, how do you plan(make time) to be as active as you are with the RARC?
JS: When it comes to playing I put it first. I know league nights and Sunday mornings I am busy and other stuff fits around it. There are plenty of other nights in the week.
RARC: If you had to start all over again, what career would you choose totally different to the one you are presently in now?
JS: Actually I like construction. Other choices would be politics or the UN.
RARC: Where do you see this club going down the road & will members just look as this as a fad, and stop playing one day ..?
JS: Everyone will stop playing one day as they move away, grow older, have kids, etc etc. But I think there is enough passion in the club that it will carry on for years to come. The challenge is to keep growing it, to keep doing fun stuff (the blitz, the adventure day outs like Twickenham) and to keep improving our skills.
RARC: What do you want to see the club achieve in the next couple of years?
JS: A regular professional coach (once a month for example). Our teams to go up in the league, to reach more women and beginners and to have regular “Adventure Day Outs”.
RARC: If you could encourage a colleague to play or join the club, what words of inspiration would you use in one sentence??
JS: Its great fun and it’s great for keeping fit, also if you can run and/or coach, you can play.
RARC: What do you think about playing in the league?
JS: Great fun, gives us something to focus on and we’ve met some great other players who we’ve become friends with.
RARC: Do you read our monthly newsletter?
JS: Yes, and I luv it!!!!
RARC: Would you recommend the club and the sport to other people?
JS: Yes whole heartedly.
Thanks once again Julia Stone. See you on the pitch!
Royal Arsenal gambles on 2 league entry!
In a new venture as we move location to Bartlett Park for the new mixed league the decision was made to enter into the men’s league. The opposition team were all the stereotypical mesomorph rugby build and had definitely played full contact together before.
In the first 3 minutes they had scored twice, and most of us gulped at the prospect of a thrashing. However a glimmer of hope shone through as we managed to sneak through gaps or made an overlap by passing down our whole line. I believe every player achieved at least 1 try over the 40 minutes.
A tightly fought draw was attained at 11:11 and Jonney was awarded man of the match for some cool leadership and nifty plays.
Congratulations to the RA Mixed Tag Team(winners)
Mixed Game Result Royal Arsenal 12 vs State St 6
Mens Game Result Royal Arsenal (men’s) 11 vs TEC 11
Contribution: Jase Millar RARC member/player