Great learning curve for State side against elite
THE THUNDERSTICKS went down 2-0 when Great Britain came to play at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley this month.
This left the two game series drawn one all.
Thundersticks head coach Jason Butcher said his team had put in a fantastic effort.
“We were pretty happy with our first quarter. We thought they would try and open the game up, so we discussed a number of potential challenges that would be thrown,” Butcher said.
“In the second quarter we got beaten up a bit though and it was a bit of a lesson for a number of our boys about the reality of hockey at this level.”
He said despite the loss, he was proud of the team’s courage.
“Tonight we started to get our offence into gear. We did a great job of containing that and also being a more consistent threat ourselves,” Butcher said.
“It’s been an amazing week for us and we can’t thank Great Britain enough for the opportunity.”
This week the Thundersticks will name an updated squad and begin a development training phase before naming a final squad on July 1, in preparation for the AHL in Perth from September 29 to October 8.
Great Britain will now head to Narrogin to take on the Kookaburras for the first game of their three game series.
Thundersticks player Tom Wickham.