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2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 2

Short update today- bed sounds awfully inviting…

Last day of practice for all of the teams. The U23 boys played against the Turkish U23 boys and also the NZ U19 boys. Great practices, but both of those teams are quite strong and USA U23 couldn’t keep up. USA made some strong drives towards the goal, but never managed to go all the way. Both other teams were very disciplined, which is something the USA U23 still need work on. There are clearly teams here who will beat the USA U23 easily, but there will also be teams that will be very good competition. None will be easy!

The U19 girls took an easy day and didn’t scrimmage in their allotted pool time, but did more to get used to the pool and sharpen up their game. They had to rest for their hardest day tomorrow, with three games. The first game being against the reigning World Champions, the South Africans.

The U19 boys played two U23 women’s teams, but I’ll let Holland report on that… :)

In the evening we went to the opening ceremony. It was a fun ceremony, complete with native dance and didgeridoo. The players oath was read by our U19 player from San Francisco, Justin Lee, with great aplomb. I don’t think I could have stood in front of such a crowd at age 13 and done that! Great job, Justin!

After the ceremony the U19 boys and the U23 boys all walked to dinner and then back to the hotel. Time to rest up! Tomorrow is going to be a big day. Unfortunately, the U23 guys lost their duck. It seems it is being held for ransom. Their apartment was ransacked as well. Food packages were removed from the kitchen and distributed everywhere in the apartment. It was terrifying. And I thought Hobart was a pretty safe town. ;-) I am glad the U19 girls didn’t get vandalized as well, but they seemed unharmed. [Editors note: turns out the U19 girls were the pranksters!] Hopefully we will find the culprits tomorrow.

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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.

Jul
16
2017 Age Group Worlds, from Agnes, 5

USA had only 4 games today. First game was USA U23M against Turkey. We were expecting a blowout, but USA did well, keeping the score to 7-0. Turkey had not been scored on yet.

Jul
15