On Tuesday 16th February I flew from Madrid to Stockholm to meet the 2016 New Zealand Ice Fernz. We have an 11 day training camp in a beautiful, little, snowy town called Norrtälje. Unfortunately this meant I couldn't complete the season in Spain with Aranda de Duero - we had one round left against Valladolid on Saturday 20th February. We are training in preparation for World Championships in Jaca, Spain from 29th February - 6th March.
I am currently laying in bed during two hours of rest time on day eight of training camp. In the past seven days we have had ten on ice practices, one practice game, one afternoon off to look around Norrtälje and one full day off to be tourists in Stockholm.
We played our practice game on Saturday night against a Division 1 Swedish Women's team. Unfortunately we took a little while to get into the game and the opposition came to play from the first puck drop. We took four early goals against in the first period. In my opinion, the second period was our best by far and we only conceded one goal. The third got away from us and the final score ended up being 9-0. My line finished on -1, which we were very happy about. We had a lot of offensive opportunities but could not manage to put the puck in the net.
Since the first training I have been playing along side two girls I played inline hockey with at my club (Hamilton Devils) in New Zealand. Gina Davis is my center - she has been playing in Canada the past couple of months and is a very quick, grinder type of player. Hannah Jensen is the left wing - she has the brains in our forward line. I think we have a big advantage because we have played inline together and know a lot about each other on the rink. I'm really looking forward to playing with these girls at worlds next week.
We were lucky enough to get a full day off to travel around Stockholm yesterday. We went on a team bus to a hockey shop first, then got dropped at the Vasa Museum. That ship is incredible! We walked from the museum to the old town and spent the afternoon wandering the little cobblestoned streets admiring the stunning architecture. It was a well needed break and we all had a great day.
We had one on ice practice this morning, and we have another this afternoon. We have our next practice game on Thursday night before we fly out to Jaca for World Championships on Saturday. I'll keep you posted on how our second practice game goes!