In a bid to set up a Lugi alumni network, our former player and manager Sam Edgecombe is looking for a few details from those who are interested to help set up a alumni network for the club. If you are interested in being a part of the network or know someone else who is please contact Sam via his email.
Sam is trying to set up a Google Map with place markers of where out great alumni come from. In order to help Sam set this up, please include your home town and country in the email to him. This is open to both Swedish and non-Swedish players, so start sending in those emails and help the club set this up.
Faced with a lack of playing time as a unit and prior tournament experience as well as the best teams in European 7s rugby, the first round of the FIRA-AER Women’s Grand Prix Series in Moscow was always going to be a daunting task for the fledgling national side and our two girls Martina and Mican.
To put into context the task that faced them, during the time that the women’s 7s side has been outside of the top division of rugby, the sevens form of rugby has seen an explosion in popularity and media coverage, especially when it comes to the women’s circuit, with the start up of their own IRB Sevens World Series. With the 2016 Rio Olympics on the horizon and the inclusion of sevens for the first time ever in the Olympic program, the funding and resources that has been placed behind all of the top 12 teams has been immense. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the game here in Sweden, which consequently sees our ladies competing against semi-professionals who regularly compete against the best the world has to offer whilst still being restricted to amateur status in their approach, a tough assignment indeed.
With that said, at the end of the tough weekend and having lost to German in the 11th-12th place match, the national side was unfortunately winless, despite having left everything on the field.
From a Lugi perspective however, the weekend marked just how much the ladies have developed in their 7s game. With both Mican and Martina receiving major playing time and forming somewhat the core of the side. Highlights of the weekend included Mican’s massive line break and ball stealing ability whilst Martina scored her first ever try for the national side to open Sweden’s account for the tournament against Italy. This has surely been an eye opening experience for the girls to see what it’s like to truly step up to the top level and the club is proud of their achievements.
Martina – “I loved it today, it’s been great even if we have lost them all. I wasn’t nervous and never afraid.”
The girls will now spend a few days recovering in Enköping before moving onto the second and final round of this year’s GP series next weekend in Brive, France, where their group will once again include Russia and Italy as well as the strong Spanish side.
Mican – “And this time we’ll beat Italy!”
We wish the entire team good luck next week and will be cheering everyone on.
Lugi continued their winning ways with another away victory against Vetlanda Rugby Club. The players met at the Lion’s Den on Saturday and everyone was enthusiastic to play but even more eager to get back to Lugi’s home for the post game beer pong tournament. We left the sister city to Gomorrah (Lund) around 11:30 heading, to God country with 18 players nicely packed in two mini buses with three cases of beer and a bottle of the vile Danish piss known as Gammel Dansk.
After a three hour drive we finally reached the rugby pitch which was on the outskirts of a wet Jönköping. The rugby gods blessed us with perfect rugby conditions as the pitch was soft and moist, ideal for our “playing the ball wide” game plan. The game started with a kickoff from Vetlanda, which was easily collected from our forwards; from then on, things didn’t go as planned. Bad decision making from Lugi resulted in Vetlanda easily retaining the ball and they continued to control the game. After a couple of line breaks from Vetlanda’s backline, Lugi soon realized that they could easily lose, and that they needed to get their heads into the game. Luckily for Lugi, Chris “The Australian” O’Conner spotted an opening in the Vetlanda defense and managed to score a try under the posts. The rest of the Lugi players woke up and Lugi started playing their famous style of rugby. The next lugi try came from a set play where the ball was passed along the line until William “Bum Bum” Bickford stretched over to score the try. Fitness however was not on Bum Bum’s side that day and he had to leave the field, giving new Lugi Lion Anthony “The Scientist” Hawkins a chance to prove his skills in maroon. Victor “The Sandman” Cordes was bumping players left and right, creating perfect off loads for his fellow forwards, which resulted in Sebastian “The Undertaker” Johansson driving over the white line and leaving the halftime score at 19-0 for Lugi.
Lugi continued with their game strategy of playing quick ball throughout the second half, increasing their lead against Vetlanda. Carl “The Wrecking Ball” Lindblom crashed over a couple of times after running great support lines. Iain “Ginger” Lednor caused havoc on the field both defensively and offensively. He ran around players with his lighting speed, and created space with his awe inspiring agility, which allowed Paul “The English Bulldog” Brazier to score in the corner. The one player who dominated in nearly every aspect of the game was man of the match Anele “The Belly” Gela. He repetitively broke the gain line and was a constant threat to Vetlunda with his crushing bone breaking tackles. It was thus fitting that after he danced around like a trailer park stripper; he scored the last try of the game. The final score 76-0.
Team Line Up
1)Jocab Hasselbalch LB
2) Sebastian Johansson, 1 Try
3) Victor Cordes LB
4) Matthijs Mooy
5)Carl Lindblom 2 Try
6)Anele Gela 1Try
8)Iain Lednor 3 Try
9)Sebastain Hylander LB
11)Fabian Nyberg LB
12)Chris O’Connor 2 Try
13)William Bickford 1Try
14)Paul Brazier LB 1 Try
15) Tobias Magnusson LB
17)Anthony Hawkins 1 Try
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