Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Try Seven

"Garrett Smith #7 of Navy scores a try on Benjamin Burmester #12 of Air Force during Day 1 of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships at PPL Park on May 30, 2015 in Chester, Pennsylvania."


I love trying something new - and rugby certainly wasn't something I thought I'd ever try. 

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to document the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships.

Until the matches begun, the only thing I knew of rugby was playing it on a Sega Genesis as a kid - with zero understanding of what I was doing while glued to the television.

As any other assignment, I spent the days leading up to the weekend doing my homework and learning the rules. The only issue was that I hadn't looked closely that it was sevens rugby - only seven men aside with seven minute halves.

Otherwise the same game, I shot matches from sun up to sun down as 20 teams battled for the top spot.

I couldn't have had a better venue to work, as access was limitless. Locker rooms, tunnels, catwalks and more.

After lots of action and witnessing the blood and bruises first hand, I now have a new found respect and love for the fast paced, physical sport.


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