We're sure you'll love watching Matty's action-packed highlights video. In case you have trouble tracking him as he zooms by, he's #6 in black and #7 & #14 in red :-)
We've been asked what we do between matches at tournaments. Here are some of our pics from off the field taken at last month's Borneo 7s.
Matty's neck was hurting, so he iced it every chance he got.
We sit in the stands and watch the other matches. That's Rico on the lower left of the pic. He's our physiotherapist -- a very important part of the team!
This is Justin & Harry's attempt at a "candid" shot. Meanwhile, check out the gash on Mark's knee -- #ouch!
We talk about our next match. Those are Noel's (Team Manager) notes about the next team we're going to face and the tournament draw sheet.
We don't have to tell you that Rugby is tiring!!! So of course, we try to re-charge our batteries when we can. It would be nice to say we have a special area in the stadium where we can nap, but no, we just sleep in the stands. Haha!
Sometimes we have to do interviews. As Team Captain, Jake is usually the go-to guy for that. It's nice when kids come up to chat with us. Some even asked us to sign their shirts!
Most of all we think about why we do this and who we're doing it for. Those are Joe's hands, he wrote the team's motto - Respect, Discipline, Proudly Pinoy on his bandages.
Photos by RZRomero
One of our traditions after each tournament is to give awards to members of the team whose performance stood out on the pitch. Of course, all the members contribute to the team's success, but it's always nice to recognize those who gave a little something extra.
The Daisy Award went to Joe Matthews, for being an absolute legend on his first ever tour as a Philippine Volcano.
This award was given by Team Manager, Noel Flowers
(flowers --> daisy.. get it? :-D)
Chooky's Choice was ever-dependable Matty Saunders -- intercept, support, score tries -- did we miss anything?
This award was given by National Coach, Matt Cullen whose nickname is Chooky because... nevermind, it's a long story.
Player of the Tournament was awarded to Chris Hitch for... well... let's just say he's not called
The Hitchanator for nothing :-)
Congratulations, gents. Job well done!!!