I think about Mora’s formations. Earlier Amanda Wall played in the first with Wijk and Karlsson, but during her absence because of injury, Johanna Holmium took that spot – with the honor. Today she painted twice through her sharp direct shot. At the same time as Wall had a pretty anonymous existence in the second formation with Mira Wickman and Petra Weiss. Imagine how Wijk makes her team players so much better, it has to be a delight to play with her! Also cool that the young Moa Gustafsson gets playing time, if she continues developing in this pace she will soon be national team material.
Now Karlstad need to lick their wounds quickly and leave this game behind. I still think that I saw tendencies that are good to bring with them. The team never gave up, there was more ignition on the bench in the third than in the two other periods put together. They have to get that in from the start. Zone defense with too much ball stare easily punishes yourself, the coaches have to find a cure there. Elin Reinestrad could relatively unmarked sneak in many times from her defining position and take clinical passes that the teammates (read often Wijk) got to push in from the corners or behind the goal. No one went on or took the mark. Do over, do right. Soon game again. I suspect a much better Karlstad in the next game. They have to be.
At the same time I saw Malmö-IKSU via the web. That commentator can’t have had the team lineups in front of them in the first half of the game. Two names were repeated all the time: Wibron and Rasmussen. I’m sorry, but it became extremely nagging. It might be time to have a commentator and a expert in all playoffs games, right Sportsground? That would raise the bar a lot. More interesting when two people reason and it creates more nuances in the opinions. I also missed more re-runs. Many situations were never repeated which I don’t understand why. Shame.
Anyway, the game. Well, it went exactly like everyone said it would. IKSU are a few numbers too big for Malmö. There was a class difference in the play and in the individual performances. It’s almost a bit of a shame that the playoffs newcomers Malmö got the machine IKSU straight in the quarter. Malmö were really pushed back when the IKSU-players showed a blinding pass play. But it was Malmö who took the lead- Again – because they did the same last time the teams met. Already after 24 seconds the home team’s fixing star Ellen Rasmussen scored 1-0. But the fun ended there for Malmö. Eight straight goals later, the end result was written a crushing 8-1 and that isn’t even misleading. The shots statistics 8-42 says a bit about the game picture.
Malmö’s defenders had a really hard time making the drives and when the ball came up into the attack zone the forwards were too alone against a well collected IKSU-defense. The Malmö-defender Therese Linde was her team’s best, tough and wise in play. Rasmussen and Johanna Nilsson tried, but were too alone in the front. More players need to get up to level if you are going to play more even with IKSU.
IKSU played on three chains and two defender pairs. Sofie Andersson was back, but didn’t play in the last period. She and the other defenders Iza Rydfjäll, Cornelia Fjellstedt and Malgorzata Pazio were pretty much flawless thought the game. The chain with Emelie Wibron, Josefina Eiremo and Sofia Joelsson was the best. There Johanna Hultgren stepped in, she was also back from a injury absence. Alice Granstedt, Julia Nordin and Nina Bärtschi also worked well together, fun to see that Granstedt’s shape gets better and better. I expect more of the chain with Amanda Delgado Johansson, Corin Rüttimann and Frida Norström. It really didn’t work out for them in this game. But what did that matter when the others performed. 8-1 in a quarterfinal. That says the most about how big favorites IKSU are in this quarterfinal series.
Tomorrow Friday Endre-Räby as well as Rönnby-Pixbo is shown. These first quarterfinals will be hyper interesting to see. Endre and Rönnby needs to win on the home field and bring over the pressure on their opponents. Rönnby has released two news lately, one really sad one since the national team star Adina Augustsson won’t play more this season. But a bit more fun that Karro Widar continues in the leader staff next season too. A important puzzle piece for Rönnby.
As usual I listened on playoffs talk in Norrortspodden. There they interviewed Täby’s Emelie Frisk and Louise Wickström. Here’s what Frisk said:
”We did a ranking list on the teams we most wanted and when the choice stood between Endre and Rönnby we chose Endre. We have had a tougher time against Rönnby during the season. And also Endre is a fun team to meet. On their home field they have a lot of people and everyone were hyped at meeting them.”
Exactly, expect a boiling Ica Maxi Arena tomorrow. A game I will follow via the web and a game series I hopefully will see live on Sunday in Tibblehallen. Nah I have to change this. Be so sure that the best placed team in the series starts at the home field, but I also thought about IKSU taking on Malmö for the first playoffs game. So I turned around and thought that Endre starts at home today Friday. But no. It should be the opposite. My planning went awry, I will have to use the web instead. Not too bad that either.
I also had time to see Pixbo-Växjö and it was strong by Växjö to win that game series in four straight. Big congratulations! Heavy for Pixbo of course. If I know the people in Gothenburg correctly, they’ll analyze this failure big time. Change will happen. With all right. Something wasn’t right during the season. But fun for Växjö to qualify for the union’s first semifinal! So worth it.
Storvreta and Falun have gotten their grip in their respective game series. I hope those teams moves further. Fun floorball simply.