Greetings from Amsterdam!
Today kicked off the first full day of the 2013 Euro Tour! The Cardinals got an early start at a local hockey club in their morning skills session with some premier Netherland coaches. After a brief typical Dutch lunch, the team head off to a local hockey shop where they were impressed by the selection of gear. Rising junior, Lilah Fones, was particularly struck by the store’s mini hockey stick!
Next, the Cardinals squeezed onto a city bus and head towards downtown Amsterdam. After a few minutes walking down historic cobblestone pathways and avoiding hurried bikers, the team arrived at the Anne Frank house. The girls enjoyed a tour of the house, which included original copies of Anne Frank’s diary, authentic furniture from the Secret Annex, and several informative videos about Anne’s life story. Shortly after, the team walked along the canal towards a famous chocolate shop, Unlimited Delicious. In this sweet afternoon treat, the girls got a tour of the shop and were able to make their very own chocolates. While many truffles were eaten before they hardened, the girls agreed that they were hard work, yet delicious.
Their stomachs full of chocolate, the team boarded a coach bus and headed to face off against a local club team. Playing against a very disciplined squad, the Cardinals maintained the lead for the majority of the game. The precision of the Dutch passing and use of the field forced the team to make smart decisions and play at a high intensity. Following the game, both teams came together and shared pizza in the clubhouse. Although they were tired from the long day, the girls enjoyed the experience.