Third day of practice: Colombian U23 women
We arrange a morning scrimmage with the U23 Colombian women and by coincidence, arrive at the pool at the same time. A group picture is taken. We like scrimmaging with women. They play a clean game and allows us to work on our play sequence. But they still demand a high level game from us and command our respect. We have Justin Lee back with us but we are still short handed as Ben Zeigler is still out with the stomach bug that we fear is going around.
Second day of practice: Argentina, Colombia and Australia
We arrive at the pool for our scrimmage with Argentina. We have the ten o'clock slot and our U19 girls are finishing up their 9:00 am scrimmage against the Colombian women. It's clear that our U.S. Girls are holding their own and even taking it to Colombia. I speak with Kendall and as usual, he speaks modestly of their performance. I ask him what the score was and he replies "oh, 3 to 2 or something like that".
Arrival and first day of practice
The USA delegation all arrived safely yesterday in Hobart, Tasmania. We are staying at the Old Woolstore hotel. A historic renovated building with charm and character. It's centrally located near the beautiful Hobart harbor and walking distance to shops, the waterfront and the Aquatic center.
Three teams: the Under 19 Men, Under 23 Men and the Under 19 Women. I write about the U19 Men that Tom Brown and I coach, but will share what I can about the women coached by Kendall and Sue Banks, and the U23 men coached by Iain Curtain.
We are excited to have 3 teams going to the Hobart 2017 Underwater Hockey Championships in July. The U19 Men and Women and U23 Men played together at nationals where they put up many fierce and exciting battles against experienced and determined adults. See some pictures from the event on the juniors' website, http://usauwhjuniors.weebly.com/.