Dear Junior hockey players & parents,
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. USA actually came close a few times. That would have been an upset, but it didn’t quite happen. :) You can watch the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE4K_6JNfYU
The second game was the U19M against SA. That is Holland’s game to report :) You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iphahahaPos
The third game was again a U23M game. They also played South Africa to a final score of SA 7, USA 2. It was a good game and USA did a great job. When the team plays the plan, they have some beautiful plays. They have been improving a lot over the course of this tournament. You can see the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niqp30p1x20 Please appreciate Eggie’s goal. ;-)
The final game was the re-match of the USA U19W against NZL. Once again, a great game by USA. They were knocking on New Zealand’s door a lot of the time. They couldn’t get a goal in, but, boy, what a great game they played! Both teams were very impressive, but New Zealand’s depth and experience paid off for them once again. It was a lovely example of how UWH should be played. The final score was 10 - 0 in NZL favor. You can watch the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIZjOO0hiQs
I want to add - for the non-UWH players - I have been doing live commentary on the U19 ladies’ games, so hopefully the game will be a slightly bit less mysterious to you. The organizers have made a big effort to have commentary on all of the games and it has been going quite well. There are almost always two commentators for each game. Now you don’t have an excuse not to watch a game or two… :) It has been an interesting experience to do commentary, and I am enjoying it, even though it gets a little stressful because they really do not like it when no one is talking even for a short period of time. I am getting used to it though, and it’s kind of fun. It’s also a good way to meet people, since you get paired up with coaches or supporters form other teams.
The ladies’ team had some extra time today and went to an animal sanctuary to pet kangaroos and koala bears and several other exotic animals. They were all thrilled with the experience and are having a grand time. It’s hard to squeeze in leisure time between the games and team meetings and warm-ups and cool-downs, but it’s also an important part of the experience. It would be easy to spend all day every day looking around Tasmania, but we all need to choose what we have time for. You certainly can’t go to Australia without meeting kangaroos!
Chris arrived today. He needs to sleep off his jet lag, but he got here early enough to see all of Tristan, Ianna, and Elsa’s games. Tomorrow USA will have 4 games again. The ladies play in game #79 against Colombia and in game #91 against Australia. This will be their first game against Colombia and a re-match against Australia. Both of these games should be excellent games. By the looks of it, they are closely matched against Colombia, and the last game against Australia was close too. The U19m play game #82 against GBR, and the U23M have one game, #94, against France.
Good night from Tasmania!
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.