Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Newest - New England Championship - on track


Past Sunday a 4-on-4 tournament was played at MIT in Cambridge, MA just outside of Boston continuing the tradition at the place that first brought floorball to the US in 1991. Three local teams showed up for these unofficial New England Championships with a diverse group of players from the US, Canada, Sweden, and Finland.

Round robin played featured the three teams playing each other two times with the blue team going undefeated and qualifying for a bye to the final while the yellow and red teams split their games and faced off in the semi-final. In that semi-final, the yellow team played a very solid defensive game and kept the red team scoreless while scoring two of their own to advance to the final.

In the final game, the yellow team came out very strong and took a 2-0 in the first period, but in the second period the blue team stormed back to tie it 2-2. With the championship hanging in the balance, the blue team executed a great passing play that was finished with a shot in the top corner without a chance for the goalie with 15 seconds left in regulation. The blue team hung on for the last few seconds and emerged as the unofficial New England Champions!

Starting next year in the summertime we plan to expand this tournament to a regular 5-on-5 tournament with additional teams in the first official New England Championships aka the Chowdah Cup.

By Eric Molin
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Caution

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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