Tournament 1 Review 06/10/19
The long summer finally came to an end and as the nights draw in and the days get colder that can only mean one thing….. Floorball season!!
Coventry faced local rivals in the first ever game of the newly formed England league. New players, Chris, Dans, David, Gregorz, Janis, Joni, Max, Megan and Sarita would all make their full debuts for the club in the first game and Max would get the start in goal after a vert impressive summer of training.
The game started as expected with UCM dominating possession and showing their patience and class, the first goal came at 3:33 in the first period with UCM taking the lead. The game turned on its head as Coventry showed some good play and put their new systems into use as they pressured UCM and stopped them from scoring, but just before the period break UCM would score again but this time on the power play after a penalty by number 85 Gregorz. The goal came at 14:57 which allowed Coventry to regroup in the period break.
After a strong team talk by Sarita, Coventry responded early in period 2 with Dans scoring on his debut against his former team, the goal came at 1:45 and fellow debutante Chris would get the assist before controversially being sent off for incorrect number on the team sheet. The goal by Coventry got UCM fired up and responded with 4 goals in the second period coming at 3:19, 7:30, 9:45 and 12:05 in the second period.
Coventry didn’t give up in the third and final period but it was too little too late as UCM struck early at 1:25 in the third and that goal buried Coventry’s hopes of a memorable win.
The game Ended 7-1 in favour of UCM
Dans Hofrats #8 1 goal
Cezary Gawrysiak (Chris) #2/22 1 assist
Coventry’s second game came against a strengthened Norwich side and looked as though we were in for a good game.
As has always been the case, Coventry came out flying and really put the pressure on Norwich, however Norwich scored 1 quick goal at 0:48 in the first period. Both teams played up and down the field but neither team would score again in the first period.
Norwich would come out for the second period firing on all cylinders and scored 2 quick goals at 1:05 and 2:20. Coventry answered back 27 seconds later through a deflected shot by Captain Joe Gilbert, again Chris would pick up the assist (but this time wasn’t sent off) The second period was the best period of floorball by both sides with Nowrich scoring 3 unanswered goals at 9:17, 10:44 and 12:42 which extended their lead. Coventry again didn’t give up and answered with a goal by Defence man Janis Vilders with the assist by newcomer Gregorz but 5 seconds later Norwich would answer and put an end to Coventry’s celebrations.
Coventry knew they could still salvage a point from this game and they looked like doing so when Gregorz scored his first ever goal in competitive floorball in England, the goal came at 2:06 in the third. Again Norwich answered quickly and scored 50 seconds later and then again at 3:05. Goalkeeper Maisie was pulled after the seventh goal and replaced by Max but that was too little too late for Coventry.
The game ended 9-3 in favour of Norwich and Coventry are still looking for their first win of the new season.
Joe Gilbert #16 1 goal
Janis Vilders #9 1 goal
Gregorz Olkiewicz 1 Goal and 1 assist
Cezary Gawrysiak (Chris) #22 1 assist
Tournament 1 Preview
After a long and hard summer, Coventry will get back into action on the 6/10/19 at The Fire College Moreton In Marsh. Coventry will face UCM and Norwich in our first 2 league games of the season.
Coventry lost both games to UCM last season but after Coventry strengthening their squad over the summer and UCM loosing some key players, this game could turn out to be an exciting encounter between the 2 sides. Coventry will want to start the season strong and show the rest of the league that they are not a team to be taken lightly.
Coventry’s second opponents are Norwich and last season brought us 2 good games with Norwich coming out on top in both meetings. With a better squad than last year, Coventry will be hoping to give Norwich a shock and take all 2 points from Norwich.
There will be a lot of debuts for new players at the first tournament and a lot of familiar faces will return.
So for the first time this season….. Go Lightning!!!!!!
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