Friday, April 20, 2012

Tomah Open Advanced 2012, and more

St Paul Players is my fav team in the advanced division of Tomah Open 2012. This since we asked them to move up and play in the advanced group, just to even out the groups. They played well and did not end up last. That is good and they also showed some nice examples on how you play advanced Floorball.
Team International Flash had some problems with players that could not make it or was gone by other reasons. The had some help by late replacements, including a player from California - I am sure they will do better next time because there is so much skill in this team.

Before the tourney I assumed that the Tomah teams "Two Oaks and a bunch of nuts" and "Honey Bearz" would be fighting in the toilet bowl game. But no, both these teams was able to advance to the semi-finals and Honey Bearz became an outstanding surprise as they were able to lose only 4-2 against last years winners "Innebandy Chicago". (rumors say that the Honey Bearz have had secret training sessions).

The final became a pure Chicago battle with Chicago Wild Hawks playing Innebandy Chicago.  Chicago Wild Hawks started with two fast, almost surprising goals, early on and Innebandy Chicago tried to catch the other team. I do not know how many posts or odd things that came in the way for Innebandy Chicago - it sure looked like they would turn the game a round and win with some comfort. But it never happened. So Chicago Wild Hawks won this time.

In general I think we dare to say that Chicago is dominating the Floorball scene in the Midwest US right now.
Perhaps we missed a few players from Minnesota - but irrespective of this it seems like Tomah and Wisconsin is not out of the game - and perhaps Tomah may catch up to the very best one day, soon?
With this same general reflection one might also note that Chicago or Illinois probably could use a base of more recreational players to secure a more long term development.

For the growth of this tourney I think there is mainly 3 directions to grow in: The first one is to get each place to bring on more teams - that means local growth and this year we saw parts of this with Wausau close to bring two teams, Chicago added one team and another fifth possible Tomah team was in fact this year at a wedding.
The second direction would be to get some other groups to travel a bit further - and we have had interest from several places - so maybe this will happen too. The third direction would be to find new local places that just now today picks up Floorball. And I happen to know that we have a few new schools that just recently added Floorball to their activities here in WI. I also know that the first Hockey Club in Wisconsin just added some Floorball sticks to their equipment. If all these three things would come together as in a perfect storm we easily would have over 20 teams for next years Tomah Open. But yes, Floorball in the Midwest is taking its first baby steps - so we may still fall on our nose too.

The aim for next year is most likely a new pair of real certified nets - and we are still dreaming about boards, of course. Let's see how things play out....

Next big tourney in Wisconsin is the Midwest Classic, August 18th in Wausau.

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