Life as a Devil.…is pretty good!
We’re now in Day 5 of what has been an amazing journey so far for the “Aussie Devils”. For those of you wondering where we adopted the name Aussie Devils, there is a bit of history. In Australia, our sporting teams are named after animals or symbols that are unique to being Australian. The Socceroos are named after our native animal the Kangaroo, we’ve got the wallabies, the Matildas, the Gliders and now we have the Aussie Devils, named after the Tasmanian Devil. The Tasmanian Devil is quite a rare species and relatively small by nature, but is known for being feisty. They are found in the southern most part of Australia, Tasmania, which is the hometown of one of our players, Katherine Reed.
The Devils’ residence floor here at Brock University is a great place to be. It’s not only where we rest between games, but a place of much activity. There is always our tournament cd playing, basketball clips on the big screen being shown, fresh fruit from our amazing fan base being eaten and the screams from recovery ice baths being heard. We’ve settled in well at Brock.
We’ve had three games already in this tournament and for the Devils we have experienced a huge range of game situations in that time. We had a strong start on Day 1 leading against Great Britain to secure our first ‘W’. The next game proved to challenge us and we fought tough but went down to the US. Our game against Mexico was another tough battle and we were able to secure another win in the end. We are learning more and more with every game about what our strengths are and after a rest day we face Japan tomorrow at 1.15pm in the quarter finals.
Its amazing to have been receiving so much support from home! Although the time difference in Australia means that our game times are shown in the middle of the night much of the time, our friends and family at home have been able to access our games online through the U25 website… as well as hear the commentary from one of our very own Gliders, Shelley Chaplin! We’ve all had lots of support from our friends and family who have been able to follow us online!