Dear Junior hockey players & parents,
I know I promised to send regular updates of our progress in Taz, but life at a world championship is pretty chaotic. I keep hoping things will calm down a bit, but that’s unlikely. Opening ceremonies will be tomorrow night, and after that, all we have to worry about is competing and eating. Should be easy, right?
Anyway, the trip over was long for everyone, but no one had any serious delays or lost luggage. Yay! The Old Woolstore Hotel and Apartments where we are staying have nice large rooms and good kitchens. Lots of parent help cooking meals and catering to the athletes - it’s great. Lots of fun for everyone! The Woolstore is also a short walk from the pool, which is awesome.
The weather in Hobart is definitely cool, but for Colorado standards, it is pretty much like the weather up in the mountains this time of year, but with more humidity, so no huge deal. The players all have their team track suits, and in addition, CanAm donated awesome swim parkas, so everyone is staying pretty warm.
On Monday all three US teams had a 2 hour pool session to get used to the pool and get the travel kinks out. The USA U19 boys played the USA U23 boys. I didn’t watch the game, but the U19s won. Uh oh. Time to get those U23s playing together a bit better… There was certainly frustration about that game, but the boys discussed it and were willing to learn from their mistakes. On Tuesday the U23s played Colombia and Australia in practice games. They were beaten by both teams, but there was some good team play going on, and the USA U23s learned a lot from those games. There were definitely promising plays developing. Today the U23s played Canada twice. Again, both games were practice games but this time the official refs were also practicing, so it was more like “real” games. USA played much better and more cohesively and I believe the score was tied for the first game, and USA won the second game. The final game for our U23 team was against Argentina. There were some great plays and some stupid mistakes, but overall the U23 seem to be getting their game together. I believe Argentina won that game, but it was a good match. Tomorrow they will play Turkey, and then for their final practice game they’ll play the NZ U19 boys. Then we all race off to the opening ceremonies…
The U 19 girls have been scrimmaging well and I think they have had a lot of good games. Unfortunately, I don’t see all too much of Ianna and Elsa because I am usually busy with the U23s or some other random player or other. They reported that they had a very close game against the British U19 team (I believe the score was tied 1 - 1 at the end) and said they really enjoyed talking to the girls after the game. They have plans to meet up sometime outside of the pool. It’s really great to see them enjoying the tournament at all levels. I can’t wait to see the medals that these girls are sure to bring home, but the memories they will bring home with them are sure to be the “real” win. Obviously, they played other games too, but I lost track of scores. I’m such a slacker…
Alright, that’s all for now. There’s obviously a lot more I would like to write about, but it’s time for bed. I’ll try to keep the updates more regular from now on…
Meanwhile, don’t forget that you can watch the games on YouTube. They will be live-streaming the games and then leaving them on YouTube to be watched at any time at a later date. The menu for those games is here.
Dear Junior hockey players & parents,
It’s almost over… Bittersweet game for the U19 girls today.
The bug has spread. All ten of our boys share two suites and now six of them are sick.
I am not sure I can make it through this report. It is SOOOO stressful. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone - I can do that tomorrow.
First game today was M19 against Colombia - a great game that I will let Holland do the report on.
Our game with Argentina is not until 5:10 pm so we take the boys on an optional cruise around the Bay of Hobart. It's bitter cold and we're the only people on the boat.
This will be a short report. I’m coming down with some sort of bug and I feel completely wiped out.
Our 10:40 am game is with the Brits. They beat New Zealand 5 - 2. I consider this an upset and know that our boys will have their hands full.
It’s a cloudy day in Hobart, but spirits are high. Games are going well, and we are all getting into a good routine for our games.