A not too early start for me to get down to Dublin airport last wednesday. I met up with the girls and everything was going smoothly. We were hitting Holland on tour as we had done last year and it had been very beneficial, we were hoping for the same effect. We were going to play 5 matches as well as training a couple of times a day.
Training composed of some specific goalkeeping stuff with specialist coaches from both Argentina, Holland and our own Irish coach, and a lot of running penalty corners both defensive and attacking.
We got there and got some food (bread rolls and salad were the main things on the menu for the time there… we all thought we would turn into a bread roll!). As we had 4 keepers with us, I didn’t play all the games, I played 2 matches for the U18s and 1 game for the opposition side who had no keeper.
For the first match we were playing a regional side, I was training but we won 5-1. The second game we were playing the club (Almeerse HC) that were based at ladies 1sts, I played around 55 minutes then was switched (because that’s the way we were doing it) We won 4-2. The next game I was training again but caught the second half. To say the least we both scored and conceded a lot of goals, and won 5-4 but for some reason the SCHC coach thought we were too physical and stopped the game early. The next match we were playing the Almeerse U18s and i was playing for the Almeerse team. I think the girls were slightly complacent because we had beaten the ladies team, but I played very well and we drew 2-2.
The last game I was the Captain. We played Crayenhaut HC U18 and it was a very tight game with us scoring first then conceding 3 quick goals. By half time however we had brought it back to 3-3. We finished the game 5-4, I was taken off with 10 to go and they scored the winner then (4-4 when I came off).
Our coach was pleased with our performance but we have things to work on such as fitness, defensive penalty corners and a lot of defending in general. We have until July so here goes!