The hard men of KKC (otherwise known as The Dark Side) invited us along to play canoe polo on Friday nights and to be part of the Orkney Canoe Polo Squad.
Tonight was the first session and first time I had ever played polo in anger. Talk of face shields, helmets, body armour and gum protectors intrigued me, but I was more scared of the members of the Dark Side than the playing of the game itself. (Well you are very scary!)Into battle (photo Mackayak)
After spending an hour and a half at yoga earlier, I was far too chilled out for competitive sport so I got into character by walking round the house shouting obscenities at the cat in a broad West Lothian accent. Mainly ‘ho you jimmy, gannae nae touch they glesses?’ and ‘did you jist push us in, ya rage? I’ll hae you fur that’
We then played a few games, swapping players throughout so that everyone could get a shot.Trying to learn the game (photo – Mackayak)
I wasn’t very good at the game and I’m not sure how the men felt about having a ‘girl’ on their team. Still, I have to remind myself, I had never played before….
But, I got stuck in with all the energy I could muster and had a whale of a time. It was like being a girl boy scout playing British Bulldogs all over again.
At the end I threw in a roll, just to check I could, unfortunately I then fell in the other way and got so confused I just had to get out the boat. More work needed!
So, I have now taken my first baby steps into competitive kayaking, now, just point me in the direction of the opposition….. ‘see yous, am gannae take this paddle und am gannae……….’