Tour was off to an exciting start, you wouldn’t have hedged your bets that a two hour coach journey to Southampton would be fun, but when you’re surrounded by your friends and with each mile travelled, university’s impending deadlines and revision you haven’t started yet fade into the distance… it’s pretty great. Fuelled by oreos, gummy worms and a bottle of cranberry juice, that was actually just cranberry juice, the valiant team arrived , and trekked to the glorious hotel a.k.a. scout hut. Some lugging week-long holiday suitcases, required for the 6 different outfits they brought for a single weekend (Spare shirts would later be used for dish dryer purposes. Packing: Dinosaur onesies? Yes. Full body blue paint? Yes. Dishclothes? No. )
Following a rapid outing in search of food and *beverages*, every year the team distraught to find sainsburys closing before midnight in everywhere that isn’t London, kebab shops and offies were found as the obvious alternatives. With sustinence secured, it was time to allocate tour tasks, some secret, some public, most Jurrassic Park themed. Some were gloriously executed with many velociraptor poses taken, kinder-eggs eaten, and one industrious company started with many business connections made throughout the night. Others failed miserably, with drama as intense as masking tape eggs hidden at the bottom of sleeping bags, a lack of gloating and the phrase “Skene’s gland” uttered one time too many, all would be later settled at tour court.
Tasks allocated, and dressed to impress, Womens Rugby arrived at Oceana, and enthusiastically danced the night away on the famous rainbow lit dancefloor with some players almost gaining access to special cut-off rooms before leaving in search of pizza. The next day the team was energised and raring to go for the match v Southampton, with team Fitness Officer shouting lots of encouragement from pitchside. It was a game of break out runs from both teams, forward Laura plowing through the defence like a plastic tub melting through a grill and Joe making some spectacular runs to secure a combination of tries and try saving tackles . At half time the score was 12: 19 with Imperial only down by 5, however after a great combination of scrums, and runs Southamptons last try two minutes before the end of the game was all but superfluous to secure their victory. However they did agree to join us in an en-masse spectacular Velociraptor moment…
While the rugby game was lost, the costume game was won, as rugby prepared for a Jurrassic Park themed night at Jesters. With a 50% increase on Southampton buddies to party with from the previous year, it was a magical night of bright green and red drinks, fire code violations and who could forget the infamous Jesters double-toilet cubicle. Although yes, the blue body paint did get everywhere… Returning home once again to the joy that is pizza, it was a wonderful end to the 20 hour long day. Exhausted but proud of all we’d accomplished, rugby indulged in the customary IKEA Sunday breakfast, with a few players venturing into IKEA’s childrens sections to buy a stuffed tiger and turtle puppet as souvenirs of the weekends awesomeness.