Dear Junior hockey players & parents,
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. Teams are snatching chances to go around Hobart and see the area, but the focus is still on the pool and on the games.
Today started with the U19 ladies playing against Colombia. It was a good game, but the USA team was a bit unprepared for the Colombian style of play. They didn’t play their best game, but they will see Colombia again tomorrow and I think Colombia might be in for quite a surprise. The final score was 4 - 1 in Colombia’s favor. You can see the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebKCiV_ijuc
The next USA game was the U19 Men against Great Britain. This is coach Holland’s area to report, but you can see the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuNreXndpTs
After that, the ladies played their second round robin game against Australia, who, the first time they met up, beat the USA ladies in a close game with a score of 4-0. Despite the lack of scoring on USA’s part, it was a fierce battle and not an easy win for Australia. Today the girls came out fighting! “Go down. Stay down. Score! Score! Score!”. Wow, what a game! Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldHWmuxoNwQ If you watch only one of the games from this tournament, this would be an excellent choice! What a game! USA came out for a fast goal. Australia came back with a goal scored on a penalty shot. The shot actually hit Ianna in the chest and should not have counted, but the referee insists it hit her in the arm and that she moved her arm to do so. sigh... So it goes. Australia scores another, USA scores another, Australia yet again, and then, with only about 15 seconds left on the clock, two Australian players in the penalty box, and an advantage puck to USA in front of the goal, USA comes within inches of scoring but doesn’t quite make it. The play on both team’s part was really beautiful and I think this is the best I have seen this USA team play. Congratulations. TeamUSA U19W!!! Final score USA 2, Australia 3.
The final game for USA today was the U23 Men against France. France was a strong team and there were some kind of strange fouls called, but the U23 had some great moments. One thing I think they can be proud of is that they have been keeping heir cool pretty well in some pretty tough situations. They are currently the U23 Men’s team with the least number of minutes in the penalty box. With the energy and tension as high as it is, I think that is a cool distinction to have! The final score was 9 - 0 in France’s favor. You can see the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zSsim-S1Uw
Tomorrow The U19 ladies play Colombia again in game #116, and Canada again in game #128
The U19 men play Argentina in game #122
And the U23 men play New Zealand in game #108 and Colombia in game #123
The U19 ladies hosted the Great Britain U19 ladies team for dinner at the USA apartment. They were obviously having a grand time together. I peeked in on the dinner spread and boy oh boy were they spoiled! It looked absolutely fantastic! The U19 parents are spoiling them rotten! :)
Apparently last night would have been a good night to see the Aurora Australis, but we were thwarted by the cloud cover. Hopefully we’ll still get a chance in the next few days.
Tomorrow is Ianna’s 18th birthday! I don’t imagine she could think of a better place and a better way to spend her birthday than playing underwater hockey! Three cheers for Ianna!
Good night to all, and thanks again for the support! We appreciate it!
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.