For shure: Latest from Ralphy

My coach Bart wanted the team back training as a team on the 20th January and the only people not to be in holland this early after Christmas were 2 of my Australian teammates who are Kiel Brown and Grant Schubert who at this point are both involved in games against Holland and Belgium in Australia. So as i was over so early in january i thought it would be fun to play some indoor for them and see how it compared to the competition in Scotland. Indoor over here is very much one v one freestyle in attack thus making the defenders having to be very good and hard to beat.

Before Christmas Bart had spoken to us as a team and told us that we would be going to Rome for a week before the 2nd half of the season. At first it was meant to be Santiago in Chile and the club would be paying for us!!! Although at this team we only had 2 points in the league so the committee told us no. They said if we wanted to go anywhere then because if the credit crisis we would have to fund it ourselves. So we ended up in Rome. As players we had to pay 400 euros per person to cover the costs. To cover these costs after we came home we ran coaching clinics and had an auction in the club which we managed to raise 8500 euros.

After Rome we had a few weeks for fine tuning before the season starts with us playing Amsterdam at home live on tv followed by a mid week game against Rotterdam at home which was re arranged due to bad weather in december. So there was still work to be done!!! Especially as Kiel brown had picked up an injury in Australia and would not be coming over until after easter and due to the credit crunch the club had said that we could not afford Grant Schubert so some people in the club got together and were able to make the deal happen and he came over 2 days before the 1st game which we lost 4-3 to Amsterdam. We played very well and felt hard done by to loose in the last 20 seconds of the game!!! Now for Rotterdam which we were able to record our first victory in the league this season with a 4-3 win!!! This meant that we were now joint bottom with Pinoke and we had a tough game against Kampong which we aimed to win on sunday. We started this game well and went 2 nil up before half time only to sit back in the 2nd half and let them back into the game and finish with the game tied at 2 each which now moved us off the bottom as Pinoke lost!!!

We play Pinoke next friday night in a re arranged game which is a huge game that we must win!!! Before that we must travel to Tilburg on sunday and try and get some points from a team who are hard to beat and have very good forwards.

I will keep you up to date with how things unfold!!!

Ralphy

P.S. Good luck to all the teams in the league and cup competitions!!!! Come on the ?burne?