Saturday, May 25Royal Holloway's offical student publication, est. 1986

#BearsDay- Shocking! Pre-initiations match to be more than actual initiations!

On the 15th October, the Women’s 2nd Lacrosse team played their first BUCS match ever. It was an interesting experience, leaving me unable to disclose the score for reasons of pride… By the time we got to Brighton everyone in the SSHH bus, except for 3 people (including the driver) who were doing karaoke to ‘Blue – Da-ba-dee-da-ba-da’, was asleep. The other half of our fun crew, who were driving, almost didn’t make it at all past the M25 because of their car’s bad temper. With transport problems solved, we woke up, proceeded to the changing rooms, were amazed by the fact that they had a swimming pool (so unfair), warmed up, realised that we forgot half the stuff we needed in the changing room, went back, got it, and became more organised.

All in all, everyone managed to get shoes on, a t-shirt and a stick and take their positions for the match to start, everyone except for Vice-Captain Clem, because that’s when she realised that she had to change shoes. The match is about to start but we politely let the Ref know that we’re one player down and in an instinctual movement point towards her. That’s when she gracefully stands up and starts running while waving at us and shouting ‘I’m heeereee!’ I blinked and in an epic movement she was on the floor.

We started playing with glory, everyone was screaming, the neighbours were shouting back, we used half the medical kit, we discovered groups of muscles we didn’t even know existed, almost made it back home in time for CIYK and even though we were absolutely exhausted, we also had a really good time!

There’s also a very good part to this story, we started as a group of girls, but finished as a team, a team which is many times stronger than the group of girls it used to be and is bound to become even better!