As the (probably) biggest sporting in East Anglia draws near, Kristin Kvalvik tells us why Essex loves Derby Day.
Derby Day is the most exciting day of the year. You get to spend an entire day drinking, playing or watching sports, and celebrate the victories with the entire university until sunrise. On this day you will witness the creation of friendships you never thought were possible. It is the one day you’ll see a guy from Ultimate Frisbee sharing a bottle of vodka with one of the rugby lads. It is the day you can find netball girls being instructed how to pole dance on the squares. It is the most genius way of unifying the best university of the region – in ways that only alcohol and sports can do.
“If you’re a supporter, you’re expected to be pissed by 11am.”
The plan is, according to tradition:
Find your team mates and get on the bus. We all know it’s early, but sleep is for the weak, aka. UEA. You’ll arrive Norwich and UEA in a heartbeat. Take a walk around the university, enjoy the squares (that, for the record, are not decorated with colourful human rights), and wait for the games to begin.
If you’re a supporter, you’re expected to be pissed by 11am. If you’re a player, get mentally ready to play the most important match of your life. Beating UEA will bring fame and glory to your club and the university for probably another 14 years.
When you play you’re allowed to take one of two routes:
1) If you’re looking to win by halftime, prepare to either die or win that match.
2) If you’re likely to bring shame to our university because of your lack of skills, you should prove yourself a better drunk than the UEA team, so spend halftime taking tequila shots and make sure to start at least one fight during the last half of the match.
“… make friends for life (or at least for the night), and get on the bus back to Essex to receive a welcome worthy of the hero that you are”
After your match you are expected to run around and cheer on the rest of your Essex family, make friends for life (or at least for a night), and get on the bus back to Essex to receive a welcome worthy of the hero that you are.