The 2018 Season Has Begun

Decked out appropriately in tour sweatshirts they head to baggage claim in Capetown

It may not be August and it may not be at Rappolt Field but the 2018 edition of Lafayette Field Hockey is in full swing. The Leopards arrived at Capetown airport after a 29 hour commute to begin their South African Tour. It is without a doubt an adventure that will have it’s benefits in team bonding, but it also has all the hallmarks of preparation for the 2018 campaign.

Our Leopards surround Virginia during a spring tournament.

The team did not just hop on a plane unprepared for the trip but they had spirited practices for the past week that was described by some as vigorous as any preseason preparation. The Leopards will play 3 games and have practice sessions as well. The spring has  been fruitful as the team had several tournaments which saw great progress in individual skill but more importantly we began to see the team work as a unit. By the time fall arrives this team will know where they and their teammates are on the field. The games in South Africa will solidify what has already been learned, and can be put into practice against international competition.


They should be on the cable car as I write this

But the next week will also be a time to bond as they experience new cultures and historical sights. After landing today they will go to Table Mountain on the cable car and they later have a clinic from one of the top club coaches.Tomorrow will be their first game and no doubt they will be anxious to shake off their jet lag and get down to business.

It’s smiles all around and they greet their fans at home via social media. Have a great time ladies we are all watching you albeit from thousands of miles away.

Addendum: I have heard the team’s sticks were left in London. Hopefully, they will be returned tomorrow in time for the game!! In the meantime they have borrowed sticks from a local club!!


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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am currently Chairman of that Board. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 30 year fan of Division one field hockey

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