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Friday, September 25, 2009

Dreams come true in BC

Japan are on tour in Canada at the moment, in preparation for the Asian World Cup qualifier in a few weeks time. As a gentle warm-up to the tour a small club team call Burnaby Lake were asked to give them a game - a bit like (in European terms) Hitchin being asked to give someone like Sweden a game*.

To say that the girls of Burnaby Lake rose to the challenge sounds like an understatement as, with only one player borrowed from another club, they managed to beat possibly Asia's second strongest team (with, if they had such things, a probable world ranking of around 15 or so) in the last seconds of what sounds a very exciting game.

If anything, though, the result may be a testament to preparation. Burnaby Lake got ready by playing against their men's team. All goes to show what effective training can achieve.

*Actually this is not so unlikely. About 10 years ago Hitchin Ladies did play against a national team - Japan in fact - but at cricket. And Hitchin won, bowling out Japan for 14!

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