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Brits Abroad - the official blog of the GB Men

18 February 2011

In this update, GB men’s player Adam Scholefield reports on his progress with Pecs in the Hungarian National League.

After an enjoyable but far too short Christmas break in England, I headed back to Hungary on Boxing Day. The Hungarian league has a four week Christmas break and our coach decided this was the perfect time to have another mini pre-season.

The first week was very tough for everyone – horrible high rep gym sets followed by two pool sessions of swimming and legs every day.

After a tough week I was then able to sample the Hungarian New Year with my team mates and I met an old friend on New Year’s Day who is now living in Vienna.

The following week was very similar but with a bit more ball work and strength-based gym sets so not as bad. It was then one week to our next game against ASI so things were back to business as usual, training still tough but much more tactical and skills-based.

We also had a mid-week trip to Budapest to play some practice games to get our match sharpness back.

The preparation paid off as we opened up a 4-0 lead against ASI in the first quarter and continued to a comfortable 12-4 victory.

Everybody was very pleased with the performance although slightly disappointed that we lost our concentration a bit in the second half.

Our next game was against Eger, arguably the best team in Hungary this year. Our preparation time was shorter than normal as the game was played on a Thursday instead of Saturday.

We again started the match very strongly taking 5-4 and 6-5 leads however Eger scored a crucial goal just before half time to level at 6-6.

In the second half Eger's class showed and they pulled away to a 13-9 victory but overall we were pleased with our performance against one of the world’s top teams.

The following weekend we had another two games – first a crucial home game against Debrecen followed by a tough trip to Ferencváros.

Our performance on Saturday was poor and we lost to Debrecen, a game we should have won. We then had to pick ourselves up and head to Budapest the next day.

Our performance was much better and I believe we deserved at least a point however we left with none. It had been a tough weekend losing two games by a goal, 8-7 and 10-9 respectively.

We had some crucial meetings to discuss where we were going wrong - our form had dipped.

After a very disappointing weekend we had to face up to the challenge of Honved a week later. Disappointingly we didn't perform and were on the wrong side of a heavy defeat.

The following week we had some crucial meetings to discuss where we were going wrong. Our form had dipped and we had to recover quickly as we were now set to play BVSC, a team who had progressed to just one point behind us.

We didn't start as we would have liked and trailed 4-3 after the first period but managed to take a 6-5 lead into half time.

We eventually won the game 10-9, the performance wasn't perfect but we had improved on previous weeks and re-established a four point cushion on the teams below us in the league.

We're now preparing for a midweek trip to Kosice in Slovakia for an Inter-League game. It’s a 14 hour round trip and going to be played just three days after the BVSC game so it’s a tough schedule but should provide excellent preparation for our league game next week.

 

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