I was grateful for an easier practice session on Sunday. I took quit a heavy impact last Sunday and my neck had been quite painful for a few days. Nothing that ibuprofen didn’t take care of, but not what I wanted.
So this week we had a shorter session, 90 minutes. Some of it was spent discussing walls, what else, before we got stuck in. Gillie ran the session with big Andy. The topic this week was power jams and how to bridge. The practice started gently until Andy told Ashley, one of our monstrous jammers, to hit a bit harder. I was glad to be on Ash’s team! (An aside, I read a recent post by Jason Fried titled “You Play Like You Practice”, that was brought to mind during the session.) Andy warned us that we would face teams/players that won’t slow down when they hit the wall. That in the bout against Zom-B-Cru on 26 May we will be facing a few A-team players. We will get knocked down. It will hurt. Umm :-/
Andy then played the role of jammer. I was surprised by his style. Rather than hitting the wall at full speed he came to a dead stop just behind it. Then he pushed and pushed until he got through. I’m hoping that most jammers will be like that! :-)
The other thing that Andy said that stuck with me was that his team have been practising walls for the past three months. Just walls. So they are important.
Finally we played “Queen of the Ring” – perhaps it should have a different name when men are playing? I didn’t do particularly well, going out quite quickly. We also welcomed a new player, Adam (IIRC) who is good on quads having played hockey. He remembers me from my days at YMCA with Imogen. It’s a small world :-)