Monday, October 31, 2011

Scotland - alive and doing well!

Here is a great report from our Scottish friends...

Fife Floorball Club (FFC) play in the Scottish Floorball Federation (SFF) tournaments held in Scotland. Originally we started under the name of Balwearie Floorball Club and consisted mainly of Fife College staff and student's who played out of the college gym and then moved to Balwearie High School recreation centre where they took the name as the club name.

We struggled in our early years as the teams that we competed against at the time were highly experienced and much more up to speed with the game and how floorball should be played. Finishing bottom of the 4 team league in our 1st season was no shame, and as you will read, bigger and better was to come.

Eventually though we managed to grind out some results and our 1st win came at the British Nationals held in Milton Keynes. This was a 5-0 win, and our only win of the tourny, although it gave us confidence to move forward. More importantly it got our fine clubs name known throughout the UK and this helped us make a lot of new friends who helped us in the sport.

The 2004/05 season we got our 1st league wins. These were against Dundee Floorball Club who joined that season, and were going through what Balwearie had just done. The games against Dundee were and are always strong competitive matches, and normally quite close run games as well.

This season was ended in Chester at the British Nationals where some very strong performances where had and again the club did themselves proud running some of the bigger team very close and indeed took on the eventual winners of the tournament and for the most part the struggled to break us.

The following season after much debate there was a decision made to bring a new team to Scottish Floorball. The Balwearie Bees were born. The idea here was to have a team that was there for anyone who wanted to play floorball with no pressure and take their time to learn the sport, and our newly named Thunder team were there to play more competitive, and push for wins.

The Bees 1st game was an 8-4 defeat to Dundee who started the new season with some new players and had also learned a lot from the 1st season in the sport.

It was the Bees though that won the clubs 1st silver ware. The 1st ever Balwearie Cup was played and the Bees managed an excellent win against our 'senior' team. This was not the last trophy of the season though.

The Bees went down to play in the British Nationals and and brought back another. Winning the National Plate Final 1-0. The game winner being scored by 'Statman' Stevie Logie! This helped make the 8hr bus trip home much easier to take. In fact a lot of players who now play at other clubs still say that game was their best floorball moment as nothing was expected of us.

The Bees then became Balwearie Lightning the following year. The aim was still the same though. To bring floorball to anyone who wanted to play. They got the same final the follwoing year, but were beat in a very close game.

Since then, Balwearie Thunder have managed to come runners up in the league and also came very close to winning the Xmas Cup. After beating Chapel Floorball Club in the Semi's, we lost in the final to Hawick. This was to be Hawick only win against Balwearie all season.

Balwearie in 2009 becamse 1st ever Scottish team to play in a foreign tournament. It was the Amsterdamned tournament held in the city it is named after. Although only managing 1 win from 6, we made a lot of friends, and gained a lot of respect as a lot of the more developed floorball countries did not even know that floorball was played in Scotland!

We also came highest of the Brit sides there which we have been every year since.

Balwearie have now went their 3 years in a row and have managed to improved year on year. Having some great fun and meeting some amazing people along the way.

As a new season starts this month, we go into this season the way we do every season. To have fun, promote our great sport and welcome everyone to play, regardless of age, fitness or experience. This is something that we stand out for as we are by far the biggest club in Scotland, and do more for the sport and also charity than pretty much every other team in our league.

We have decided that with the amount of players that we have brought to the club last season, we shall run 2 teams and have them as evenly matched as possible. This decision was vindicated this weekend as Lightning registered the clubs 1st ever 9 point weekend beating former league winners Edinburgh, Dundee and also the new club to our league Tynesdale, who are the 1st English side to join our league.

In our time we have watched teams join, leave, break up, get back together and then break up again. We have coached and nurtured a lot of quality players which we have lost to the 'bigger' sides. We have dusted off, and started again each time, and quite simply, We are, and will continue to be the best floorball club in our Scotland.

The newly named Fife Floorball Club go into the 2011/12 season full of hope and optimism, and will continue to welcome all to our sport.

Should anyone wish more information on us then please get in touch!

You can follow us on Twitter @fifefloorball, Facebook, or our website!!

DO not forget guys that if you come to Scotland and want a game, get in touch and you will get a game!

Cheers for read folks!

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