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NL has no apologies for playing hard

Holly McCalla New London

Publication: The Day

Published 10/05/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 10/04/2013 06:05 PM

Regarding the letter, "NL's aggressive play was not very sporting," (Sept. 27), people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. It was indicated that our players were "unnecessarily aggressive and violent," though the author understands that "competition may not play nice."

Ma'am, this is football, an aggressive sport, parents and players know going in that injury is a very real part of the game. On Sept. 29 the New London Micro C team (ages 7 and 8) traveled to East Lyme to face their Micro C team, made up of players ages 8 and 9.

Let's talk about playing nice. Their team dwarfed ours and we were fortunate our children were not hurt. Our coaches are passionate, I don't always agree with sideline displays, but I saw the same thing from the East Lyme coaches and parents on Sept. 29.

New London Football makes no apologies for playing hard and playing to win; I resent, however, the assertion that we are dirty and violent. Our kids practice every day to achieve our results. We don't play older kids versus younger ones to get a "W."

It must be nice to live in a town where residents don't litter; according to the writer, only the attendees from New London litter.


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