July 26, 2021: THE FINAL DAY OF POOL PLAY!
Today, we’ve got a job to finish. After a tough loss to Japan the day before we’ve had a short turn around to put that behind us and step up to the new challenge, beating Italy. Starting off the day with spitting in my Covid Tube and heading over to the breakfast hall. It’s been busier and busier each day with more and more athletes arriving to the village.
After breakfast, we head for the bus. With some clouds in the sky we have some cooler temperatures which is a nice break from this humid and hot Tokyo heat. There is word that a typhoon is going to hit tonight. Which means strictly business when we get to the field for warms ups. Get in and get out. Playing on the turf when it’s raining is very difficult. Luckily, no rain right now but some clouds in the sky.
We are at the field for warms ups! Getting after today with my favorite team on the planet!
Until after the game… GO CANADA!
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What a great team WIN! Those are my forte games when everyone does something to help the team win. That’s what is so special about this team, we have so many great players that it takes pressure of your personal performance and the team performance is what matters at the end of the day. A win is a win and no one can take that away from the TEAM!
After the game there were some doping control agents. Luckily, I snake away and didn’t get called! The hardest thing to do after a game is focus on peeing in a cup!
As we got on the bus the energy and vibes were so good. Everyone knew what tomorrow entailed and although we just played a great game we quickly forgot about that and we’re ready to move on to finish our mission: Coming home with some new hardware!
When we got back to the village we had to do our 72 hour departure PCR test, also known as the brain tickle. For some of you readers who know me better than others you can believe when I say I am a little dramatic when it comes getting that thing shoved up my nose. I know what you are thinking, “KJ.. dramatic?? NEVER!”
I did survive the brain tickle, a couple tears and a couple sneezes and I was onto the ice bath station!
Capped the night off with some delicious Japanese cuisine from the dining hall. As we head back to the dorm, we notice the most beautiful sunset! As we gather and group on the balcony to watch the sunset you can feel the love in the air. Tomorrow is our final game to suit up with these 15 girls. If you haven’t heard me say it enough THIS TEAM IS SPECIAL, I CHOOSE THEM & I LOVE THEM TO THE MOON AND BACK!
We’re doing something special tomorrow, it’s a shame if you miss it!