The Road Ahead
We have recently received the minutes from the ISBHF AGM and pleased to announce that the next ISBHF World Championships will be held in Kosice, Slovakia 2019. Dates are to be confirmed but we imagine that the worlds will be held around 1st-10th June as it appears this is the time they are usually held. Once we have further details members will be notified.
A presentation evening is being provided on 24th February, 6:00pm at 5 Mink Park for all male players over the age of 18 years that want to be considered for the Falkland Islands team to be sent to the 2019 Worlds. This presentation "The Road Ahead" will provide a brief insight into the ISBHF Worlds, what will be required, how we need to get their, costs, tactical information for Team Falklands and training schedule. This will be the first of many sessions as we look to combine these with future Team Falklands training. Please come along to this event where food will be provided and the host is happy to provide a taxi service back home if you feel like a drink :) Remember this could be your last if you want to go away as we look to undertake fitness training with the assistance of Rafa Sotomayor.
There will be lots of preparation required and much fundraising to be undertaken to be able to meet the target to get away so all hands to the deck so to speak. This is a great opportunity to showcase to the world of ball hockey how far the Falkland Islands have come in such a short time. With the recent development training provided by CBHA coaches Gary Slavin and Dave Weloy the foundations are in place nicely for the Falkland Islands to reach their ultimate goal of attending a World Championship. It would be a massive achievement for an Island with a population of 3000 people to be facing off against larger nations such as Great Britian, Bermuda, France and Lebanon to name but a few.
You will have noticed via our Facebook page that yet again our hockey shirt/equipment order has been hit with a delay. It appears we are cursed with hockey orders be it via strikes, planes delays, rotary winds or LATAM airline not taking packages. The hockey order is now on its way to Montevideo to be sent to the Falkland Islands via the MV Scout and should arrive here on 1st March. All we can do is apologise to our customers for these delays, it is simply out of our hands. Our suppliers LAGA Sports are assisting with any potential refunds from DHL due to these issues, we are not holding our breaths but its worth a shot. If you don't ask you simply don't know!
On a more positive note Falklands Xtreme Sports recently attended the Falklands Overseas Games Association (FIOGA) AGM where various items such as budget, treasurer report, Commonwealth Games, fundraising and new sports facility were discussed. It was a positive meeting and a particular highlight was the discussion on the new sports facility being developed in the Islands. This facility will be a multi-purpose facility but most importantly holding a new rink that will enable ball hockey players to play on a much larger surface with rounded corners, penalty and subs benches with all the correct markings. The size of the building will be 70mx40m with the rink looking to be around 30mx40m which not as large as the rinks the Falkland Islands team will face in overseas competitions but still a massive step up from the current space utlilised in the Stanley Leisure Centre. This new rink is going to propel ball hockey into a new level. Just check out the picture above to get an idea of what the rink will look like, okay it will not hold the seating area around it but you get the idea. It's a huge step forward for sport in the Islands and we for one cannot wait to see it in operation and all our members utilising it. With this rink there would be nothing preventing the Islands holding small ball hockey tournaments for other ISBHF nations, not a World Championships but possibly a South American club tournament.....watch this space as plans are afoot ;)
The Morrison Xtreme League has ended with the Port Howard Patriots taking top spot and now looking to complete the first ball hockey cup treble by taking the Dynasafe BACTEC Xtreme Cup that is currently being played out. They currently sit top of the table and heading in the right direction for the finals. Its also great to see new players coming on board this late on in the season and will give them the hunger to play in the 2018-19 season and also push for a spot in the Falkland Islands team. The Junior Morrison Xtreme League is going very well with the Camilla Creek Crusaders sitting top closely followed by the Spring Point Spartans. With a few games having to be postponed the junior league has run on by a further 2 months so we as a club had to make the call that we cannot continue to postpone games as we want to ensure our junior players get a well deserved break before the next season. Without doubt one of the areas we are working on is to get extra slots for the juniors so that they do not have to wait so long between games.
Falklands Xtreme Adventures is beavering away to ensure the Adventure Park is up and running at the tail end of this year with the inside of the old butchery close to completion with then the exterior land to be developed. Massive amounts of work and, at times with only one person working on the project it is taking longer than expected but this is not dampening spirits as with each new fort, wall or bunker it is a step closer to the finished article. The NERF gun test with my children, nephew and friends went down a hit and with a few tweaks here and there and further safety improvements will be even better. There are still some planning hurdles to over come and hopefully this can be solved with the right approach. Donations have been well received for materials and what may be your rubbish could, possibly be our gold! It pains us to see items dumped at the Eliza Cove Tip or Mary Hill Quarry that would be ideal for use in the Adventure Park. We do at times salvage what we can but just do not have the means to move the larger items to site so we plead with businesses and the general public if you have any items that you think would be useful then let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Facebook. We welcome your calls and will happily take what you would call 'rubbish' off your hands and help to do our bit to up-cycle and prevent further waste in the Islands.
Well this tube of Pringles and Pork Pies have been staring at me long enough and I just have a lack of will power when it comes to food, it is literally worse than quitting smoking! I lost 4 pounds the other day.....but then found it in the back of the sofa :)