Ball Hockey Fever!
We are currently taking in all the coverage being provided by the ISBHF at the latest World Championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Our Facebook site has been getting regular posts on how teams are doing in the tournament, with particular interest in relation to teams Great Britain, Canada and Lebanon. Lebanon as mentioned in our previous blog post were attending their first World Champs and the perfect inspiration that a Falkland Islands team needed. They may not have won a game yet but they are showing the heart and desire and have come close so far losing narrowly to both GB and Bermuda. GB themselves managed to finish second in the B Pool to progress further, however losses to Haiti and Cayman Islands means they are unable to progress into the playoffs.
Canada won their first game against Greece in overtime in a tightly fought contest to then go on and hammer Finland 7-1 and then India 8-0! These enabled them to progress to the next phase only to suffer a 3-0 defeat to defending champs Slovakia. They may be down but they are not out with games still to play to enable progression.
The coverage has been fantastic and would be even better if our internet service was not still in the stone ages! Games are streamed live but after ten minutes of watching a little circle spinning around it gets tiresome! We do however have instant online live text messages, something is better than nothing I guess. The 60" TV was all prepped and ready to showcase the latest World Champs in the living room only to be let down at the final hurdle, shame on you Sure! Its bad enough we cannot get live Premier League games in the Islands on digital TV but to not also get live streaming is just terrible. So much for being a modern society....but I digress.
You will also notice on our Facebook site we are currently advertising the chance to purchase replica adult shirts of your favourite teams. Orders are coming in fast so make sure you are on the list by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the Facebook site. LAGA Sports are more than welcome to accommodate purchase of single orders, however to keep shipping costs down we will look to undertake bulk ordering. We must also thank LAGA Sports for assisting in the purchase of hockey items from The Hockey Shop in British Columbia. Without the help and support of LAGA Sports and Brigitte Gerwin this would not have been possible.
Keep an eye out for the chance to purchase a replica junior shirt once they have been launched.
The team is beavering away getting ready for the new season with recruitment of Juniors for the new Junior league underway. The adult league now has 31 players ready and raring to go in the new season! If the numbers continue then we may have to look at introducing a 5th team into the league! This is only good news, a small headache when it comes to rearranging the fixtures, but nothing that cannot be overcome. Invoices for the new season will be going out at the end of July as it is hoped members can get their membership paid up well in advance.
So if you haven't checked out the World Champs then click on the following link http://pardubice2017.com to get all the info you need. Failing that dont panic as our Facebook Page will keep you updated at every turn.
And to end on a positive note the website has now started obtaining over 500 visits per month! This is fantastic news as the higher the visits the more likely it will be we can obtain internet advertising and sponsorship which will help bring extra revenue to the club.
So one final thing to say before leaving.............................