Having left Canada on January 7th, we are completing the first week of training camp in Hungary. We spent the first few days getting to know Coach Porzio and taking advantage of his experience and knowledge to make adaptations to our game. The athletes are very enthusiastically adapting to the methods brought forward, as you would expect coming from a technical leader of his calibre.
We have trained mostly against FTC initially, with lots of half court and extra man work. Our focus at this point is not necessarily results-driven but more about learning and adapting. But that is not to say things aren’t competitive! We have also had 2 full scrimmages with FTC and FTC refs but no scoreboard and only a shot clock. All we will say is that we are pleased with the results.
We spent Friday (January 15) training on our own. FTC is easing back in as they come off their Christmas break but we have no time to rest, so will press on alone!
On Saturday, we do 2 sessions with Hungarian Junior team, the second may be of an official game.
Sunday is a free day, followed by a trip to Miskolc (about 200 kms) away, where we will train in the morning and play a game at night.
Tuesday we train with BVSC for 2 sessions and then home on Wednesday!
Even though we are definitely not done with this camp, major objectives have already been accomplished:
Obviously, our entire group is also eagerly watching the European championships, waiting to see who will get the last spot and who we will face after the draw.
- Get the team back together since we haven’t been able to get everyone together since the last game at Worlds in August, due to club commitments. 5 months is a long time to be apart…
- To bring in Coach Porzio and see how we will all work together. Adaptation is still in the early stages but it’s probably fair to say that both sides are looking forward to the next few days and then, more importantly, the final preparation period immediately prior to the big event in April!
Thanks for the support to everyone back in Canada!