I can’t believe it, but it is true…today is the 5 Year Anniversary of Your Scrumhalf Connection. This of course brings me a time of reflection and I think of the humble beginnings of this blog. Originally the blog started to highlight women’s rugby in the West Rugby Union. I was going to cover all the games in this area and just be a small operation. About 6 months down the road teams from outside the West started asking me to cover their games and I realized the potential that was out there. Fast forward 5 years down the road and the YSC team is bigger and better than ever!
I would like to take a moment to thank The Girl for her continued support of this endeavor. The late nights, last minute updates, missed parties, events etc due to our commitment to rugby and YSC…she has so patient, understanding and supportive. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May our continued partnership in life and with YSC bring rugby love to all!
I would also like to thank two new members of the YSC team, my brother Jeff who has taped almost all 300 of the videos on our YSC Vimeo site. Standing for 8-10 hours a day filming is incredibly difficult and Jeff never complains. All he requires is a ride, a bed and some good vegetarian vittles! Thank you so much for coming on all the adventures and we have grown so much closer because your help. Jeff will be leaving Texas soon to build his dream Hippie home in NC, but he will continue to be a part of the YSC team when he can.
The second new member of the YSC team is Nichole Lopes from Penn State. Nichole and I had talked many years ago about her UStream site. At the time I had no idea how invaluable Nichole’s expertise would become! We are looking at expanding YSC and we have several projects in the pipe that I couldn’t have even imagined without her influence. Thank you and welcome to the team!
Of course there are countless other supporters of the YSC blog and I can’t thank all of you enough! Keep sending me emails about what you want to see, what you dislike and what you love. I read everything and reply as quickly as I can! Without your support we wouldn’t exist and I can’t thank the rugby community enough for that.
Now to the good part, during all of this time YSC has always tried to give back to the rugby community. Through our many FREE raffles, free match reporting, free videos etc…we have always been happy to bring rugby to all. This giving spirit will continue at YSC and today we will have another YSC FREE RAFFLE! This time it is for a Rugby Athletic YSC Shirt and a limited edition YSC Trucker Hat package. We are giving away 5 packages, enter now to win!
If you would like to enter yourself into the raffle, comment in the comments section of this post, comment on the YSC Facebook Fan Page, or RT on Twitter (make sure to include @scrumhalfblog)!All raffle entries must be received by April 2, 2011.