The match

A couple of weeks ago I went to watch a rugby match. The home team of Montpellier ladies were up against the Northerners, Lille. You might think – well, it’s not a proper match but I can assure you these ladies played their hearts out in front of few hundred of supporters.

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I haven’t posted anything of this genre yet, and I didn’t really go there to be a sport correspondent, there were plenty photographers with their super zoom lenses, not that I’m against zoom lenses, but for the past year or so I’ve been shooting with a 24mm. So to keep myself creatively constrained I stuck to it.

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In France rugby is probably as popular as football. As my oldest son attends his second year in Junior team, I got into watching rugby quite often and followed the last year’s World Cup. And as I’ve never seen women team in action I was curious to experience it.

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Yes, I had to heavily crop this shot, maybe if I had a zoom I would have noticed what I saw on my screen while editing. I love the position and the directions of the players here.

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As I made my way around the stadium, I reached the “young fan zone”. By the end of the match they would have lost their voices. These boys screamed their hearts out for the most part of the encounter.

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Women’s rugby union is a sport identical to the men’s game with the same rules, same sized pitch, and same equipment. However, it has a history which is significantly different, due to various social pressures, and the self-image of rugby union in general. As a result, this history has been largely hidden until comparatively recently, although the game is gaining a higher profile thanks to international tournaments and financial investment.

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The home side won the match.

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Thank you for reading,

Yuri

 

 

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