Week 3 – Getting Game Ready

The festive period is over and it’s time to get down to work. Both Varx and Falcons are pre season so we are preparing hard to form the teams and plays for the matches.

Since New Year the Varx training has been working on setting up plays, breakouts and positions within the offensive zone. The drills have required a bit more thought and timing to them. There is a definite improvement in a lot of the players, the drills are giving us a better sense of positioning and passing in scrimmage.
It was a real fast pace on the Falcons tonight. The drills are always game sensitive, as in you can apply them directly to the games, but the pace was cranked up a notch. There is a real sense of moving towards the matches and a strong desire to win from the players. We have started to play in lines and work on plays that we will use in matches. I was happy that I kept pace and I even had my first check that came out 50/50. As I hit the ice I looked across and the other guy slid along the ice too I thought, that will do. I have noticed apprehension in myself rejoining the Falcons with regards to hitting. I have survived a few hits now and I am pleased to say it’s given me confidence to take and give them. It is so important when going into the boards or any challenges that that you don’t fear the check. Such an improvement I’m very proud of. 
There has been talks of who is an isn’t signing for the new season. I will have to discuss this with them in the week to come, it could be my chance to join the team officially or if not get a real sense of where I am.
This week sees the return of Sawyers skating lessons. He wants to play Ice Hockey like his Dad. Unlike his Dad he has started early enough to get on some youth teams and play under the age of 16. This could be an excellent opportunity for him but it does require him to pass gradings and obtain a certain level before he’s allowed to play with a puck. Early days but he is progressing well through the basics and he has a friend there so he is having fun and socialising as well which is important at his age.


Finally I have had the Go Pro on my helmet during training. I was able to get on ice footage that I then use to produce photos and short videos. I can get some nice clips which I publish on the channel go watch them at 

https://youtu.be/pqQVtgjfRR0

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