Today’s big news: Karl-Johan Iraeus is ready for the national team! His new role is team- and player-manager. The national team boss Jocke Lindström says this: ”Karl-Johan Iraeus is Swedish national team floorball’s foundation personified. Winning culture, pride and a good representative in one. I am very happy that Kalle has said yes to once again contribute to Swedish floorball”. I can only agree. Serious and meticulous like few others, experienced and merited – it will be really great! It will be exciting to see who else’s name that is filled onto Micke Hill’s leadership staff.
The playoffs games are coming tightly. On Sunday I got up early to see the youngest star’s gang play nice soccer, chose to skip the last games in favor for two women’s games. And then on the evening see my eldest daughter play a soccer game. Sports weekend de luxe!
Endre-Täby. Really the most even quarterfinal series beforehand and that is exciting. After Endre won the first game away from home with a whole of 7-3, it was time for a revenge meeting in ICA Maxi Arena in front of a total of 1 047 people! Endre surprise opened, like in the last game, and had 2-0 after the starting period. It lasted until the half of the game when Täby scored their first goal and that was in powerplay. As so many times before, the point Jennifer Stålhult passed to Moa Tschöp on the right border and she put in her first goal for the day. It almost became one more, just minutes later – also that in pp. Täby’s advantage was really good, fast ball roll and shooters who shot often. It wasn’t so that Endre didn’t get any chances, but Täby’s defense was significantly better than in the first playoffs game between the teams. The shots statute was entirely even, but in Endre’s favor.
A open game, the play flowed and the chances were switched as if on a conveyor belt. Goal wise good and they had to decide via penalty shots. There the Täby-players were the safest and we can confirm that Endre need to practice penalty shots. Liisa Kokkonen started in the Endre-goal but was later switched to Sophia Lundmark who started with a save. Admittedly a very lame penalty by Louise Wickström, but still. Match winners for Täby was the national team defender Moa Tschöp who is the best when it matters. She scored two pp-goals and the deciding penalty. Moa likes playoffs. It’s just the way it is.
Then I also have to push for the goalie Alexandra Durling who replaced the national team goalie Emelie Frisk. Not because Frisk was injured but just because coach Jedheim chose Durling. She really took the chance, was really goos, especially in the penalty shots. Jedheim has had some problems around how he is going to form the chains. In this game Matilda Sjödin started, but she injured her knee early in the game and Stålhult, Wickström and Sara Attermo played together. Stålhult is a fantastic two way player and Täby’s sharpest threat in the front. Täby won away from home without two national team merited players (since Sjödin stepped out in the start) – strong. Evened out in the game series and new meeting in Tibblehallen on Tuesday. I won’t miss that.
Straight after I saw Rönnby-Pixbo via the web. A game series where Pixbo has gotten the leading position with 2-0 in games. At the start a rock hard fight, bit it was matted of the longer the game was played. Pixbo was a number better really throughout the game. They showed a very stable goalie play by Sara Hjorting and all defenders are incredibly ball safe. How’s the saying, a good defense gives… no, I don’t remember it now. But the sum of it all is ar least that through a good defense you can build up a strong attack play. Kind of. You get it. Pixbo got to play their counter play over big spaces sometimes and they liked it. Both teams scored goals according to the book of instructions, like Rönnby’s 3-4 and Pixbo’s 3-5. One touch and direct shots in the goal. Nice!
In Rönnby the young Izabell Rydell is a constant threat and the chain with her, Jonna Sjöberg and Sofia Olander was the best I think. The coaches Jimmy Gunnstedt and Karro Widar were active, in the third they moved around formations but the question is if not the star defender My Kippilä should have been moved up in the field? Her offense with her mark safe shot is a constant threat for the opponents and that should be used a bit better when needed.
Alicia Fylke is a welcome addition in Pixbo she was good in this game too. Also Eliska Krupnova – that playing mind! The whole teams would have praise for the defense. Even if the player turnover is bigger for this season, Jonas Eliasson has made safety in the playing system and it felt like there was never any danger. Pixbo’s evenness is impressive and it will be tough for Rönnby to turn this.
Quick home from work this Monday to have time for a run in a sunny and spring-like Stockholm. Home 10 minutes before game start in IKSU-Malmö. The home team had a chance to secure a semifinal place – which they in the end did. But not without fight from Malmö who did a heroic feat in tonight’s third clash. You can’r think about how the end result would have looked like, if Malmö would have been ready in the first period… Because after that the score was 4-1 and I probably thought that there would be a equally superior victory for IKSU like the former games. But no.
Malmö won the second period with 3-2 and suddenly the visiting team had hang. It was fun to see how Malmö geared up and fought for all they had. After 2,5 minutes in the third, Ellen Tillman evened out on pass from Ellen Rasmussen. Wild joy of course! Here IKSU were shaken, the game picture didn’t end up as they imagined. IKSU won the shots in every period, but Beverly Smedenäs played big (despite 10 goals in the end), and the defense fought on. Also fun that they scored a total of 6 goals – against a top team like IKSU. A situation that became game deciding occurred 12.53 into the third period. Then the score was 8-6 and Malmö’s national team player Ellen Rasmussen was expelled for five minutes for dangerous play. It’s hard to see what happens on the rerun, but possibly that Ellen had her club too high up near a IKSU-player’s head? During that penalty IKSU only scored one goal, nice boxplay by Malmö.
Maybe no comfort now when Malmö are expelled, but the girls from Skåne fell with the flag high. No one gave up but they gave IKSU a game into the last minute, even if IKSU have moved forward to a semifinal. Johanna Hultgren’s injury in the foot seems ok, at least she hides it well. Because four goals last time and three tonight. On fire! Unusually many goals in the back for IKSU, maybe the team relaxed a bit too much after a really good first period, at the same time as Malmö rose up. 610 people in place and spectators that were heard in the web broadcast. Fun! Congratulations IKSU, entirely according to play to the semifinal but strong to hold for the big favoritism. 26 goals in the front in three quarterfinals is floorball candy!
Parallell to the above game, KAIS Mora-Karlstad was playing, lucky that the games started with half an hour between them. What a game! It had most things, tough and tight, really playoffs feelings. Karlstad took the lead, but then Mora went away from it all 5-1. They controlled the game pretty much all the time, I was impressed by all team parts in Mora, it was a thorough job and nice pass play. Many different goal shooters and fun to see the pass genius Mira Wickman being on her way back for real after her injury. But the mvp was without a doubt Anna Wijk. 2 + 2 and big dominance in the play. See this SVT-coverage of Anna. Worth seeing!
Anyway. Karlstad has rosen higher game after game in this quarterfinal series, but inn the front the effectiveness shines with its absence. While Mora fed on chance after chance and were significantly hungrier in front of the goal, Karlstad didn’t manage to get out more than 13 shots tonight. Mora wins with 8-3 and showed nice shape for the semifinal play. Congratulations to Mora too!
IKSU and Kais Mora are ready for the semifinal, tomorrow Tuesday Täby-Endre is played which is shown on TV4Sport.
I also got a question about why I don’t write more about the men’s playoffs. Absolutely, I see many of the games there too. But for my coming mission during the SM-final, I want to prioritize the women. As soon as I get time I will do other things too.
I listened to the podcast Innebandysurrs new episode, always interesting. I especially liked the part where AIK’s Andreas Stefansson was praised. Profiles who stand up for their fans should have cred. More podcasts have shown up. Plastpodden with Lars Lindberg is also nice listening. Listen to the latest episode and you will hear Anna Wijk, Alexander Rudd and Måns Parsjö-Tegnér’s thoughts among others.
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