Adapting to Ireland
Phillip Lawrence-Ricks updates us on life in Ireland!
Been in Ireland just a little over 2 months now. Weather is starting to get colder, and one thing about Ireland is that it rains just about every day. One thing I learned from coming overseas is that you have different climates depending on the country. You may get lucky and play in a country where there are beaches and it’s sunny all the time, or a country where it predominately rains or snows. That’s another adjustment to get used to besides language and cultural barriers. Luckily for me, everyone speaks English in Ireland which made everyday life easier here. Thanksgiving is coming up and I was quick to learn that holiday is only celebrated in America. While everyone is at home celebrating and eating turkey it can be just another ordinary day in the country you are in.
We started clicking our last few games, and are 3-1 in our last four games. We are currently in the middle of the pack of the division. When playing in other countries there are different “cups,” which are basically tournaments to play in. When we were in the Ireland National Cup, for the first round of the games we were matched up with a team in our league – Belfast Star. This first round consists of a 2 game series where the winner is determined by points. To put this in perspective, we beat them in the first game by 1 point. So for us to win the next game and move on we would have to either tie with them or straight beat them. Luckily, we beat them by 4 in the second game and we are now in the semifinals.
One thing I learned playing over here so far is that you have to adapt to your team’s style of play and methods. For example, here we deny the next pass and help side is also different from what I was taught back in America. Things may be taught different in countries from what you are used to and you have to learn quickly in order for the team to perform in unison. Even though you learned it one way you have to adjust to their style of play.