15th May 2012
Konichiwa from Chiba, Japan. We have had the World League preliminaries here against the Japanese and the Chinese. The Chinese are the current World Championship silver medallists, hence can boast the title of second best in the world…not to us J We played them with a less than full team – our Captain sat out with illness, and one of our other players sat out due to injury. So we only had three substitutes, and it was tough. The Chinese launched their attack early and stormed out to a 6-2 lead. We changed gears in the second half and nawed away at them until we were 1 goal up in the last quarter, and didn’t relinquish. Beating the Chinese with a less than a full team was very pleasing, and a real boost to our confidence! Next up was the Japanese team. They are a much smaller team, but can be quite nifty and tricky, so we had to watch out for this. We managed an 18-2 victory, so a very comfortable win.
It was a whirlwind trip to Japan – just 4 days. We were able to taste some local delicacies…tepanyako, Japanese pancake, and of course sushi.
We are now all looking forward to a relaxing three days off in Singapore.
Sayonara until next time.