Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Ton up

Welcome to the 100th post on Total Flanker - another little milestone deserving of a small celebratory drink (although it's a little early in the day, I'll admit).

Back to training down at Chesham last night for the first time in nearly a month and, despite me doing plenty of running on holiday and a fair bit of gym work either side of my break (including a tough session on Monday), I feared the worst.

As things turned out it wasn't too bad. Evidently the club had taken part in a trial match against Watford at the weekend which had highlighted the need to work on ball retention, so last night's session was mainly dedicated to that, with a full contact practice match thrown in for the last 20 minutes or so. I felt I coped ok, certainly better than expected, and was able to contribute reasonably even towards the end.

I'd even go as far to say that I came perilously close to enjoying myself - the only real downside being the irritating presence of seemingly thousands of mosquitoes (as the nights are now beginning to draw in). I managed to slap a dozen or so before they could bite but, having had two weeks on holiday with barely a nibble, I'm pretty sure that a few of the blighters made it through my defences last night for a late feast. I'll know soon enough when the tell-tale itching starts over the next 24 hours...

As to my long-awaited playing comeback, at the moment it doesn't appear that the Vets team has a fixture until next month so plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the World Cup...

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