Wow, what a deciding SM-semifinal between KAIS Mora and Täby. Not very well-played, not tactical but more go fast or hawaii – call it what you want. It was hard to see which play the coaches had imagined. But it doesn’t matter. The game had so many other things that us TV-viewers liked. Fight, will, black eyes, open play and a big match winner in Mora’s Therése ”Tess” Karlsson. The girl who is playing her twelfth season in the mother club and who scored a total of six points in the evening’s all-or-nothing-game. Wow I write again.
We’ll take it from the top. There were some surprising team lineups. In Mora Amanda Wall started with Anna Wijk and Tess Karlsson. Wall who has problems with her stomach/intestines and is trying medicine. She has a hard time recovering and she don’t have enough energy for an entire game. Hard with those problems in a playoffs. Johanna Holmbom was presented in the third chain but of course she also played in the first line with Wall. However Petra Weiss wasn’t ready to play after her eye injury that she got during the last practice before the arena game. She got a ball in her eye and that’s something that you have to be careful with. It was up until the last minute unsure if Petra was going to be able to play or not and it became the latter. Instead Michelle Wiki and Malin Andréason played as forwards next to Mira Wickman. Malin who had a child not too long ago had surprisingly much energy.
Täby’s coach Lars Jedheim chose to start on two fives, nothing unusual in itself, but that both Malin Eriksson and Sara Attermo got to start at the bench was really surprising. I absolutely think that Malin should play on four defenders, it isn’t like Täby has the semifinal’s strongest defender lineup really and her experience is needed. Sara hasn’t performed on top for a few games but I still think that her creativity and goal dangerousness should make it so that she plays on two fives. Instead Jedheim chose to play Erika Palmeby and Sofie Andersson.
Täby started the game the best, the joy for playing was on top and the pressure against the Mora-goal big. Mora woke up and the shots statistics was still even in the first period (also in the second and third). Täby lead with 1-0 after the first period and then Mora with 2-1 after the middle period. In summary there wasn’t really any beautiful play on the field. Individual performances were mixed with many mistakes. I barely even saw any defense play. I fon’t think this was any of the teams’ game plan.
Before the third period Malin Eriksson and Sara Attermo came in. It barely helped. Moa Tschöp is usually very offensive, but now she acted more forward than defender. It opened up for Mora’s counters and hey usually came two against one. At last the goals flowed in in a steady stream. Tess Karlsson started the goal shooting in her Mora and before the period was over, she had managed a hat trick and scored a total of six goals in the game! In many different ways too, Tess showed the entire register and her nice technique. Fantastic performances and what game winners! In the end she could afford a smile. It doesn’t happen often but I suppose that Tess was pretty happy with her performance.
The team captain Anna Wijk said before he game that she would lead her team and that it was thought that the first five was going to decide the game. She was correct. Here they pulverized Täby’s ditto who also got a lot of playing time. Louise ”Lollo” Wickström did a great job in front of Amanda Hill in Mora’s goal, a ungrateful task but she took it. However Lollo got a unusually tough opposition from the only 16 year old Moa Andersson. I have followed her closely during the season and for me Moa is Rookie of the Year. She plays secure, stable and smart as few – without experience from SSL or big games. Very cool!
Moa Tschöp and Jennifer Stålhult really tried, but the marginals wasn’t with them. All too often the shots went outside of the goal and the clinical play wasn’t there. Despite Täby only losing with 2-1 before the third period, it felt like Mora had a bigger advantage. In only about four minutes the home team scored three goals, completely game deciding. Maybe Täby should have taken their timeout there? To stop the flow. But no. They also had time to score 6-1 before Tschöp reduced. And the end results was written 8-2. The most beautiful goal of the entire evening was 5-1 when Mora offered up clap-clap-play with… drumroll…. Tess Karlsson as goal shooter.
Anna Wijk IS the best player in the world. The end.
Mora won completely deserving, in this fifth deciding game the Dala-team showed who’s the best when it matters. Congratulations to the final spot, KAIS Mora! Enjoy tonight, but tomorrow the energy collecting for Saturday’s final starts. As Tess Karlsson said after the game ”nothing is won yet”.
Täby has done a good season even if I understand the big disappointment right now. They have good players in all team parts, but losses such as Matilda Sjödin and Jenny Gustafsson are tough. Range Varli has been away all season. I have heard that several skilled players are on their way in and Täby is the only super league team in Stockholm now and therefore in the driver’s seat. If you don’t count in Telge of course, but it’s a bit to go there from the capitol. We’ll see what happens. In my book Moa Tschöp is defender of the year.
On Sunday I participated in Plastpodden, I talked for about an hour about tonight’s semifinal, but we also touched the finalteam IKSU. And lots more. Go in and listen to how Lars Lindberg and I discuss the final teams. It’s a lot easier to talk about floorball than to write. More nuances in the thinking, easier to explain what you mean, yes many advantages. Maybe this thing with podcasts is the thing for me. Anyway, there are so many good floorball podcasts at the moment. I listen to most of them and I am thankful for the opportunity.
I will return with a blog post about the SM-finals later in the week. Because now the best floorball week of the year starts!