Written by: Martin Durkin
Its Sunday morning and day five of the Under 19 Women’s World Floorball Championship 2016. While half the city of Belleville is preparing to go head to Sunday morning church, the rest of the Quinte region is preparing to spend their day here inside the Yardmen arena at the Wellness Centre.
It’s just a little over an hour before the United States and Hungary meet to battle it out for 11th place. Both teams lost their semifinal match ups on Saturday, and now have to make the early morning trek to the floorball.
The table is currently being set, as the Deejay sets his station up, preparing to fill the building with music for the next 12hours. Volunteers which consist of many mothers and grandmothers, are tending to their posts instead of sleeping in, on what should be their Mother’s Day off.
While committee members set up their table for the time clock and score keeping duties, Hungary begins their warm up on the floor as the home team, for their final game of this tournament, awaiting the arrival of the U.S.A team.
Head coach for Hungary Zsuzsanna Varsanyi, says the staff is very proud of the team, and whether they finish 11th or 12th, it’s still an accomplishment to be that high up on the world stage amongst the overall competition.
“It is the final game for us,” said Varsanyi, “but I believe we can win this as a team.”
For team U.SA, the tournament has been more about discovery and learning to play at a high calibre. Head coach Tobias Hellqvist, agrees it has been a bit of learning curve.
“Some of these girls have been only playing for two and half of months,” said Hellqvist knowing the match was going to be an uphill battle. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work with a good goalie effort”.
With their star forward, Adelia Pennisi out with a fever, the team will need to step up offensively. No matter the outcome though, Hellqvist says he very proud his team.
Hungary opened the scoring in the first period with a goal by Dora Nyerges, just 28 seconds into the game. For the next 14 minutes, it would be all Hungary as American goaltender Anna Van Hercke, made edge of your seat stops; time and time again. At 14:53 of the first, Hungary managed to get one more through the heavy traffic in front of the net; ending the period 2-0.
During the second period Hungary waltzed over the U.S scoring six unanswered goals including a short hand by Aniko Kelemen at 12:38. At the end of 40 minutes of play, it was clear that the Hungarian team was on their way to an 11th place win.
At the end of three periods of play, the game would end 13-0 for Hungary. Hungary would quietly celebrate at their end of the floor while, the U.S quietly waited to shake hands and congratulate the winners.
Hungary – Marcella Toth
USA – Grace Stoll