Fresh from some much improved performances in recent weeks, the York Floorball team made the short trip down to Wakefield for an exciting inter-regional tournament. York faced Scotland’s Under-21 national team, Hawick Hawks, the highest ranked Scottish club team, and Wakefield Wolves, who defeated York in November. The York team were missing some key players and lacked a full squad, so were unsure of what they were about to face and anticipated a tough day. However, they looked forward to the challenge and to learn as much as possible from strong opponents, to help improve their future performances in future matched teams. Each game would be forty minutes with a five minute halftime break.
York vs Scotland Under-21
York played the first game of the day against a youthful and skilful Scottish team. The Scots showed physicality and some neat passing to take the lead, but Piotrek Przyborowski equalised soon after. York matched the tempo of their opponents, despite having to defend hard for most of the first half. Francis Overton-Eccles scored York’s second equaliser, but Scotland regained their lead and finished the half in front. York’s depleted squad couldn’t hold on in the second half against a huge Scottish squad, and despite a second goal for Overton-Eccles from a direct free hit and a sweeping finish from Sharoz Randhawa, York lost the game 6-4. York felt happy with their performance overall, working hard to help each other out and scoring some good goals.
York vs Hawick Hawks
York had only a brief break before facing Hawick, the team currently top of the Scottish Floorball League. Tired from playing back-to-back, York struggled against a smooth and strong side, and within a minute were 3-0 down. Randhawa scored his second of the tournament with a low finish into the bottom corner of the net, but Hawick took complete control of the game deservedly won 14-1, as they scored some excellent goals and showed off their powerful range of passing and shooting skills. York particularly struggled with Hawick’s first-time diagonal passes across the rink, and so identified this as an area to practice on in future training.
York vs Wakefield
Following a controversial match between Wakefield and Hawick, York faced the hosts for the second time this season. The game was the least physical of the three, which meant that Wakefield’s superb skill shone through and York had to chase the ball all game. After playing nearly two hours of intense floorball, the exhausted York team valiantly followed passes and blocked shots but succumbed to the quality of the Wakefield team. York had a couple of close attempts on goal but ultimately fell 10-0.
The tournament was a great experience for the York team, who had fun despite some stressful moments and certainly learned how tough tournament matches are. The team put in a great shift and were proud of how they performed overall. York consider themselves to be getting stronger every match and look forward to future fixtures.
The players voted for their Player of the Tournament, which was awarded to both Conor O'Hearn and Francis Overton-Eccles