Monday, February 4, 2013

A Re-post from true Irish Pioneers

It's happening too fast, the Opening Ceremony and Floorball competition are over but the fun and laughter is ongoing and the memories we will have forever!

Floorball is a demonstration sport at this years Special Olympics World Winter Games and there were only 8 teams in the competition. We were placed in the 2nd division with Switzerland, Austria and the host country South Korea. 

We lost by only one goal in the semi final against Austria and played our socks off to beat Korea for the bronze medal. The boys were outstanding, their sportsmanship is a credit to Special Olympics Ireland

Here is more that also develop an earlier post we had up - we have now the permission to re-post:


  Team Ireland today won a bronze medal in the floorball event at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang in South Korea.
This was the first time for Ireland to be represented in floorball at a World level competition event and it was clear from their performances that they were well prepared and ready to take on the World.
 Earlier today, the team overcame Austria by 11-7 in the last of their pool matches. However, they were then drawn against the same opposition at the semi-final stage. This was a closely fought game in which Austria just got the upper hand with a score line of 6 - 5. Ireland had trailed by 5 goals to 1 at half time but fought back bravely to score 4 goals in the second half and almost steal victory. 
Team Ireland quickly put any disappointment aside in the playoff game for the bronze medal against the host nation South Korea. Ireland proved themselves to be deserved bronze medal winners clocking up a convincing score line of 11 goals to South Korea’s 1.

Reacting to Team Ireland’s success Head floorball coach, Paul O’ Callaghan said “I am delighted for the Team. Since they got here they have put everything they have trained for into practice. They’ve shown courage, determination and above all pride and honour while representing Ireland at these World Games. On a personal level I am delighted and incredibly proud to be part of the first Irish floorball team at a World level Games”.

Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said: “This is such a fantastic achievement for Team Ireland and I want to pay tribute to every one of the athletes and their coaches. They came here as a team prepared and ready to take on the World and that’s just what they did. They have been fantastic ambassadors not only for Ireland but for the sport of floorball and hopefully their success will inspire others to get involved in this exciting team sport”.

Full coverage from Team Ireland here

Credits to Team Ireland - we love you!
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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.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!