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2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 10

It’s almost over… Bittersweet game for the U19 girls today. They did a beautiful job winning against Great Britain this morning with a score of 3 - 0, but I am sure they would have much rather been playing in the medal rounds. I am sure they would have had a solid chance to beat both South Africa and Australia, but they never got the chance to play them again. Their final standing is 5th place. The final USA game can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JRWXtzCgVg The pool is much clearer in the mornings, so video quality for this game is very good. Yori also got some excellent pictures.

Yesterday’s USA games - all 3 of them - ALL ended up in overtime. What a crazy day it was. The emotional toll on everyone was immense, and the physical toll on the athletes was also nuts. The U19 boys lost their game in a heartbreaker against Canada. The U23 boys won their game against Canada. A game that not only went through two extra overtime periods, but also into sudden death (or “golden goal”) time. It was a real nail-biter. The U19 ladies played against Colombia with no score on the board at all until about ½ way through the second overtime period, when Colombia put in one goal to win the game. It was quite a thrilling game, but darn it, it is SO hard to lose a game like that, that really could easily go either way.

Today all three USA teams got together for team pictures (sorry, I screwed up the exposure and Yori has to fix them before I can send them out… ) and then headed out around Hobart to relax and see some sights. Tomorrow morning, we’ll be doing more of that, and surely we’ll head to the pool to see the finals which are bound to be amazing. The quarterfinals and semi finals have had a lot of very close games and some surprise wins by the underdog teams. I am sure tomorrow will be insanely wild and crazy! It is also prime time for players in the stands to trade their gear. It’s a fun tradition and everyone comes home with great mementos of their time in Hobart. It’s often a hard choice whether to keep or trade your jacket, your swimsuit, or your T-shirt. Negotiations, often started after games played earlier, will be finalized tomorrow.

I wish I had the energy to go through pictures and send them around, but I don’t. However, I’ll add this picture of some of the local birds. This picture was taken right next to the pool. It’s not a great picture, but, wow, the local birds look fake! How can they be colored like that!?! Did Dr. Seuss color them?

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2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 10

It’s almost over… Bittersweet game for the U19 girls today.

Jul
20
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Holland, 11

The bug has spread. All ten of our boys share two suites and now six of them are sick.

Jul
20
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 9

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.

Jul
19
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 8

First game today was M19 against Colombia - a great game that I will let Holland do the report on.

Jul
18
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Holland, 9

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.

Jul
18
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 7

This will be a short report. I’m coming down with some sort of bug and I feel completely wiped out.

Jul
17
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Holland, 8

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.

Jul
17
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 6

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.

Jul
17
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Holland, 7

So many letters of encouragement from home. Thank you all. Only one game today.

USA vs South Africa.