Name: Shaggy McCartney
Grad year: 2014
Q&A session with Webmaster and Shaggy McCartney.
WM: What attracted you to play rugby at GMU? How long have you been playing? SM: "I had lived in Australia before coming to Mason and had gotten into rugby while I was there, so when I arrived at Mason I was looking for a sport to play, and I saw that we had a rugby team, and I decided it would be fun to join. I have been playing for two years now and it's the best sport I've ever played."
WM: What is your favorite part of GMU rugby? SM: "My favorite part is probably the family atmosphere and great friendships I've made with my teammates. As for the game aspect, I love the hand-eye coordination and ball handling required to play."
WM: What would you say was the highlight of your rugby career so far? SM: "I think the highlight of my career so far is playing at Ruggerfest this year and getting third place after playing against some good teams and playing 5 games in two days. We played so well together as a cohesive unit, it was fantastic to see our team achieve such a thing."
WM: What advise would you give to new players interested in learning the sport? And how can they find us on campus or on Facebook? SM: "Rugby is a really great sport full of physicality, contact, unity, power, and speed. There is always a place for everyone on the pitch. It's easy to pick up as a newcomer and once you get the hang of it, it becomes so much fun. Don't worry if you've never played before, I had never played before I started college, but within the first few games I became a starter and a player that the team depended on. You can find us on Facebook if you'd like, and once you join the team, we can add you to our Facebook group."
WM: How was your spring season? Was it successful? Any injuries?
SM: "I think our spring season this year was absolutely brilliant. We changed our game plan, worked really hard, and ended up only losing one game during the season and only two at Ruggerfest. Everyone on the team improved and the level of play was definitely upped. It was for sure a success and luckily no injuries occurred."
WM:What have you noticed that sets the GMU rugby program apart from any other of our opponents program? SM: "First thing that sets us apart is that we practice three times a week for two hours at a time. This allows us to really work on what we need to and develop and hone our skills. Second thing is that we do a lot of things outside of rugby together, such as dinners, playing other sports like basketball for fun, and just hang out."
WM: Do you think rugby has taught you anything? What? SM: "Rugby has taught me more about being part of a team, as well as being a leader. It's also helped me with my vision on the field and my communication as a player."
WM: How pumped are you for the fall 2012 season? Any personal goals? SM: "Fall season: I am really pumped for this fall. We finished 5th in our division last fall season so hopefully we'll have a good bracket and be able to advance far into the playoffs. Each of the returning players has gotten so much better and I'm excited to see us come back and show the other teams in the PRU what we are made of."