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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. They drag themselves out of bed looking in sad shape but they tell me they will be there for this morning game against Canada. If we win, we continue to play and if we lose, our tournament is over.

I cut the warm up swim down to 400 yards. We spend a few last minutes reviewing our game plan and I tell the boys we have a new cheer. We circle up, our arms around each other's shoulders and I tell them to repeat after me. "San Francisco! L.A.!, Sebastopol!, Roger Bacon, Cincinnati!" "Who are we?!!" USA!! USA!!! USA!!!! Team Manager Scott Zeigler and coach Tom Brown are smiling. World Referee John Kulsa who is standing nearby gives us the thumbs up. I wanted to recognize the home towns of our boys. The place where they play their local hockey.

Buzzer, strike, a repeat of our earlier round robin game. Tough and brutal hockey. In the corners, where it is dark and the refs cannot see, elbows are thrown and Ryan who caught one earlier, square in the cheek, holds his ground against players almost twice his size. Our boys are game and play on after Canada scores the first goal. They fight, we fight. We push up the wall, turn right, and with a hard drive, we score! The game is tied and we go into overtime. But we are spent and Canada scores in the overtime for their win.

We circle up and I tell them how proud I am of them. I tell them, "let's give Canada a good cheer to show them our class. We cheer a loud emphatic hip hip hooray and line up for handshakes. I join the end of the line as most coaches do but Moses, the Canadian coach is not in line. As I get out of the water, he finds me, taps my shoulder, apologizes and hugs me. It's sincere. Moses is a big man and I feel his strength in the embrace. Our team has history. Our core team has beaten him three times in world games and Moses now has his win against the USA. He is beaming and I'm happy for him.

We shower and return to cheer our USA U23 men in their game, also against the Canadians. It also goes to overtime and the USA wins. Much later, I see U23M Omar Mendoza standing alone above the stands. Omar is our oldest San Francisco junior sea Lion player and in 2019, he will no longer be eligible for age group worlds. He tells me he was happy to be at worlds. I tell him that he is a skilled player and a good coach. That his work with the younger players is effective and to continue in that direction. Omar tells me "I'll be there".

Tomorrow, we go to cheer our U19 girls who have been challenging for a medal.

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

USA vs South Africa.