Great learn­ing curve for State side against elite

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORKPLACE -

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.

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