Sunday, May 4, 2014

Quick report from Advanced 2014 Midwest Floorball Championship

OK Chicago did it again...
They won the advanced division in Tomah. But we observed a few things..

First the Winners legend:
2011 Innebandy Chicago
2012 Chicago Wild Hawks
2013 Innebandy Chicago
2014 Innebandy Chicago

So this is a tourney fully dominated by Chicago - no doubt. Let us first make one thing clear - this is not hillbilly Floorball. This is advanced Floorball.
If you sport players with WFC experience on the team it can impossibly not be hillbilly Floorball... and we do think one player on the Chicago team earlier has represented Germany at a WFC.
So was Chicago as good as previous years? Well we think they looked a bit faster then before. But also maybe they missed a few players? Then we think they used a wider register of many different gears - meaning - they actively used the tempo in their own game to control the action in a beautiful way - both lightning fast and saucy slow.
Good work Chicago - many many player look up to your incredible skills.
U do put on a great show!

The Tomah team "All nuts" went through the first round with a loss to Minneapolis and many thought this yet again would be a MN-IL affair for the Final. But the semifinals wanted something else. All nuts was able to stun Minneapolis Floorball with an upset.

Time for the final.. All nuts took the lead and held it all the way past due halftime until a fatal penalty invited Chicago back into the game - and doubtless Chicago at times played under pressure and many thought a new upset was in the making. But the Tomah, WI team crumbled probably both in physical and psychological term as Chicago made 2-1. Final score 5-1 to Chicago.

What was good to see though - is when the fastest hand in the Midwest from Chicago moves faster than lightning (now we think about a gun duel out on the prairie) - a few young Tomah players is fully capable to keep up with the speed.
And we do not think we have seen that before...
It is also great to see the Tomah "alderman" keeping up with the tempo

2015 looks promising - but wow we need to grow this with many more teams and try to be a bit better organized,,, Hallo Canada! This is the IKEA of Floorball tourneys! Come here and beat us if you dare to!

Photos? Well they are still in the camera and the card reader is dead so we will be back with pictures soon.
Bambuser? Na the WIFI was not very co-operative... and Video - we do not know why Hagen did not show - as it was said they would come - as many others did too.... Part of life I guess.

No, to not kill this tourney we need to grow with a bunch of more and new teams for 2015! Call in the posse!
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