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What Matters 2019 Shortlist

What Matters 2019 Shortlist

What Matters

What Matters

Oliver Adam

Year 9, Shore

To me what really matters is playing rugby with my mates. Rugby is something I can look forward to everyday. Every Tuesday and Wednesday I have training and there is no place I would rather be. One of the greatest feelings is game day. Running onto a rugby field with all your mates while you are tunneled on by another team filled with more mates that are all hyping you up getting ready for the game. The energy right before kickoff is amazing. The game begins and we are all in our element. We all chase after the ball, everyone is eager to make the first tackle, it's almost as if we are racing. The other team do a few forward hit ups and nothing is breaking through our line. They finally decide to pass it out to the backs, their wing receives the ball and is almost instantaneously tackled into touch. It's a lineout and I'm throwing it in. I call “589” and the forwards know exactly what to do. The back pod lift our 2nd jumper and he catches it perfectly and passes it to our half back. The wing takes it in and the halfback and number 10 start communicating between each other calling out the plays. We do a few forwards hit ups and than the halfback calls for a backs ball. I stand out of their way and get ready to support the ball carrier. The number 10 gives an inside ball to the inside center and he makes a break and I'm right there with him the fullback is able to grab a hold of him but he manages to fling a short ball to me while I'm running at full pace. Nothing can stop me now, I look around and I'm being chased. The song I was listening to in the car on the way there starts playing in my head. I'm nearly at the try line now but one of their players is catching up to me. I'm 5 metres out and he's right behind me now. I dive for the tryline and barely make it. Their player tumbles over me as the ref blows his whistle, it's a try. My teammates race towards me and give me high fives all round. The kick is successfully converted and we are now 7 points up. Everyone is fired up now, this game isn't even close to over. These moments are what really matter.