Tuesday, August 16, 2011

US Nationals and a promo

We snapped up a local promotion letter that rather good described last weekends US Nationals in Floorball at the same time as it touch base on some local activities in Dallas Texas.
Instead of editing this and just present information on the US Nationals... we will run the piece in its full glory, enjoy;

Those who played floorball with us last Tuesday night had a little extra treat.  We set up a floorball rink in the First UMC gym.  The game tempo was certainly faster with players taking advantage of passes off the boards and the ball less likely to leave the playing surface.  In addition, the "Too Cool" boys made their grand entrance with music and smoke.  All in all, it was a fun evening.

If you didn't know about the U.S. National Floorball Championships at NYTEX this past Saturday, you must have been living under a rock because I've been talking about it for months.  San Francisco was the favorite to win the title while Team Colorado featured two of the top goaltenders in the country, one of whom plays on the U.S. National Team.  The winner was Austin Team 1 who emerged victorious with an exciting 3-2 overtime win over San Francisco in the Gold Medal Game.  Our local Dallas Fireballs, with sterling netminding, finished third, beating fourth place Colorado.  There were a total of 17 games played that day with each team playing five or six games.  The most exciting game was the NYTEX Brahmas versus San Francisco.  The NYTEX team was made up hockey players ranging in age from 14 to 50 and included two current and three former CHL Brahmas players.  While new to floorball, they more than held their own with their strong hockey skills and team play.  They drew powerhouse San Francisco as their fourth game opponent and I have never seen two floorball teams battle with as much determination and will to win.  Trailing in the final period, NYTEX tied the game with a minute and a half to go on a beautiful pass and tip in front of the net.  Not to be denied, San Francisco came back with the winning goal a minute later.  Really exciting stuff!

I also must mention the outstanding job done by our local youth hockey players.  Matt Lasky and Alex Gross played for Team Colorado while Lucas Mendes and Christophe Jobin played for the Dallas Fireballs.  These boys went toe to toe with some of the top adult floorball players in the country who were out to win the Championship.  Matt (DSEHC 97) led Team Colorado in scoring with five points.  Lucas (Alliance 97) tied for second in team scoring for Dallas, also with five points.  Even though they are ice hockey goalies, Alex (DSEHC 96) and Christophe (DSEHC 97) made significant contributions as field players.  The outstanding play of all of these boys was noticed by the leaders of the United States Floorball Association who are looking to field a National U19 team to compete at the World Floorball Championships next year.  Complete game results, standings, and statistics are posted at www.letsplayfloorball.com.  Select "Tournaments" at the top under "Choose Region" then select 2011 Nationals.  You can then choose Schedules, Standings, Latest Scores, or Scoring Leaders from the Main Menu.

For any players interested, we have new 2012 sticks available.  If you think it doesn't make any difference which floorball stick you play with, just ask Lucas.  He traded in his old floorball stick purchased in Sweden for a shiny new Platinum-Z and promptly scored two goals in his team's decisive win over Colorado!
With all the interest generated at NYTEX this past weekend, we have a lot of new names on our local floorball email list.  We are looking forward to seeing them at our next floorball night -- which is tonight!
First United Methodist Church Gym
5601 Pleasant Run Rd
Colleyville, TX 76034

When:  Tuesday, Aug 16, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

People are finally getting home from vacations and camps.  Some have started school and some will be starting in the next few weeks.  Hockey practices are begining this week for most organizations.  In addition to our Tuesday evenings in Colleyville, we can schedule floorball on other days and times so let us know your preferences.  We are going to continue our Mini League program of 4 on 4 floorball and everyone will get five games with their team with no fixed end date.  Register online or at the gym when you arrive.
For additional information and online registration for the league, please visit our web site at www.letsplayfloorball.comgive us a call at 817-560-0126, or send an email to info@letsplayfloorball.com.

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

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