England Under 16’s Girls
Game Day 1 EKS Finland v England U16 Girls
Woke up to blue skies and sunshine. As our first full day began, breakfast was followed by off ice warm up before being on the ice at 10. The first half of the training session involved skating control and technique and the second based around contact and positioning. The players without their kit worked outside with Nicole, good sessions even without sticks. The day improved somewhat with the news that the naughty bags had arrived at Helsinki and would be with the teams by lunchtime.
Lunch was followed by all the girls favourite…. off ice testing, the usual mixture of inspiration and pain, although not necessarily in that order. Pre game dinner/tea/supper dependant on what you call you evening meal was followed by rest and sleep before tonight’s first game.
At the rink there were some emotional moments when players were reunited with sticks, leg pads and equipment. The girls warmed up, got kitted and were ready to play at 18.00. First period was a bit of an eye opener for most of the team that were playing their first England game, typical women’s international game quick, relentless and hard hitting with no let-up of intensity. But the team grew into the game and started to generate good offence and were rewarded at 12.34 with a goal from newby Ellie Wakeling.
The second period saw the team improving, defensively being strong with some nice offence again rewarded on19.26 with a team goal scored Louise Beresford assisted Ellie Wakeling. Third period showed the team’s strength in depth and the girls dominated the period for long periods doubling their score with two goals. Ellie Wakeling with her second at 35.26 with the assist to Casey Traill and our fourth at 42.20 with a first for Chloe Riley the assist to Ameliah Such.
Lizzie Saunders was the coach’s man of the match. The girls responded really well to their first challenge and came away with a well-deserved victory. Everyone played and the hard work put in over the weekend showed in the improvement over the game.
After a relaxed warm down an evening meal before bed. The girls have had long discussions today about the importance of eating and drinking properly and having at least 8 hours sleep, because if players don’t their performance levels will drop as the week progresses and the games become harder.
Good first full day and our first win