Friday, September 23, 2011

60 years of rugby

60 years of rugby. The local rugby team Civitavecchia Rugby Centumcellae (so called the Saracens) this year won the championship and was promoted in the second division. To celebrate the victory the President invited all the players from 1950 until now for a dinner. As you know the Black Knight was the wing in the 70s. It was a great emotion to meet the old friends and to remember who now plays in heaven. How many hugs, how many memories and yes, some drops. In the first 2 pictures the Black Knight is the first on the right, near the head coach and in the middle, the elder with glasses, the greatest and most charismatic player: the Pirate (Milvio Mondelli). When he came the journalists said: "Mondelli, Mondelli, please come here". He replied "Who is Mondelli? I am the Pirate"! My dear old friend Pirate, you were my best teacher on the rugby ground, my second father.


Here you can see the present and the first President of the Civitavecchia Rugby Centumcellae (the B.K. is hidden beyond the first President):
We are all the rugby players from 1950 until now. Avanti Saraceni means "Go Saracens". Click to enlarge.
Running. I beg your pardon but after the emotion of this event I prefer not to write about running. I can only say that despite the injury and the teeth pain I am following my scheduled plan for the marathon.

24 comments:

  1. What an amazing event! So awesome.

    And glad you are on track with the running =)

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  2. That is awesome!! I guess I didn't realize Rugby was so big in Italy...but I don't follow it that closely. My son (the runner) really loves it though. I love your pictures, what big smiles :).

    Yay for staying on the running schedule!!!

    Happy Weekend, Stefano!

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  3. This is better than a high school reunion, isn't it? Teams build very strong relationships.
    Glad to hear your training is progressing well. I don't think I could run with a tooth pain. I am a wimp. :)

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  4. congratulazioni! quindi prima che cavaliere sei stato pirata? :D

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  5. This is fantastic reunion! must have been fun to see everyone again!..tooth ache are no fun. I had that not long ago...waited too long to get it fixed and paid for it...

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  6. I can only imaging being a part of something so grand!

    Be well!

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  7. I have been watching quite a lot of rugby lately but I still don't understand the rules. If I ever get to Italy I'll have to get you to come to a match where you can explain them to me.

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  8. Great local event!
    We are ready for the Biohalfmarathon's battle:
    Glad to hear that the injury and the teeth pain didn't affect your marathon training :)
    See you tomorrow at 06:55!

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  9. What a great reunion! We have a friend who played for the Scottish national women's team a couple years ago (before a rough injury). I'd never known much about rugby until meeting her, but she made it sound so fun!

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  10. Sounds like a great event. Love it that they invited all the old players. Great reunion.

    Glad to hear your training is going according schedule.

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  11. Sounds like a fun event! Good job with your training.

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  12. I've never seen rugby played in person, but it looks like a pretty tough game! I bet it makes for some intense team bonding and that you enjoyed seeing your old friends. Looks like fun! Hope your running is going well and that your teeth are better!

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  13. I can understand your emotion Stefano. Congratulations to your team - may they inspire Italy in New Zealand!

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful reunion. Now we know where some of that toughness comes from.

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  15. That reunion is awesome. My BF and I were talking that we are looking forward to the 7's in February in Las Vegas, NV.

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  16. I'm a little behind in the posts and read on your last race you're injured. You'll be ok for the marathon. Trust in your training. You may not go as fast but you'll be ok. Take it from me who missed weeks training for my marathon and I still finished. Chin up!

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  17. Stefano (Sir Knight), thank you for your comment on my humble blog!! It's heartening that a veteran like you thought my marathon was great. I'm still working toward my big goal, though.

    Those are impressive pictures of your rugby reunion. It says a lot about your team that it evokes such powerful emotions for you. Congratulations to you all!

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  18. What a blessing that you all could reunite. I can imagine that the emotions and the stories were flowing! I especially like the photo of you peeking over. :)

    Sorry about the toothache, but glad that you are able to train through it.

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  19. Wow, this is really special Stefano! I really enjoyed the post and photos, thanks. Saracens is well known here in South Africa. We see lots of Italian rugby on our sport channels. (we see all rugby the world play I think)
    World cup: Nervously optimistic seems to be the term here in SA. I think we might end up with a tough quarter final match.
    All the best with the marathon training, hang in there, you'll do it.

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  20. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Stefano, I received your package today and I thank you so very much for your kindness and generosity.

    I wrote a post today to thank you I hope it is OK.
    I will wear my new shirt with pride!
    Merci Beaucoup!
    Mille Grazie!

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  22. This is a really lovely post. It's so nice to relive such sweet memories. And I'll excuse it's non-running-relatedness for that. :)

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  23. What a fun reunion! It looks like you all had a wonderful time!

    Sorry about the toothache, but good job for pushing through the pain. It sounds like your marathon training is going well.

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