Rollers: Tough 'Friendly' Win + Player Diary
Another busy day for the Rollers with final preparations for the tournament.
With all players getting a decent sleep, Coach Ettridge pushed the technical points in our training sessions. Some of these were new to the team but were quickly assimilated, and in tonight’s game it certainly paid off.
Our first International was a hit out against the German team in a 'friendly'.
This term quickly became redundant as the locals made their presence felt with a lot of contact and aggression. Great outside shooting also served them well and they were hard to shake for the slow starting Rollers.
The match became an arm wrestle, with each team trying to outmuscle and out push the other. The Rollers were down by as much as 17 points at one stage but never gave up.
In the end the Rollers fighting spirit was too much for the home side and we inched back into the game, finally taking the lead with minutes to go and closing out well with a 7 point win.
The celebrations will be short lived however, with tomorrow being arguably the Rollers toughest day, backing up a game against Canada with one against Great Britain.
Both games will be challenging but will give the Rollers a good indication of where we are at.
Special mention given to Kelvin Browner, who was struck early in the day with quite a severe illness, but in true Rollers form, toughed it out to make it to our game and fulfill his role as both manager and assistant coach.
Mike Hartnett and Jace Clare.