Canton Cup 2010
written by TSHA
The TSHA was supposed to go in force to the Canton Cup to be played in Hong Kong on May 29th, 2010. As it turned out, in the end, only three of your intrepid TSHAers were man enough to take up the challenge: Paul "2.0" Kates, Richard Fogarty, and Paul "The Chairman" Robertson. With only three TSHAers the boys had to take up the kind offer of a local HK team, Mess Amis Habs, to add to their ranks.
The TSHAers therefore switched out of their usual whites and into the red colors of the local HK team, Mess Amis Habs, they had come to support. Not having practiced together, or in many cases, even having met before, Mess Amis were out of position and out of sorts and had a very rough time in there first game getting blown away by a committed, well organized and practiced Korea Team.
Next up were the Hong Kong White Team. A little better organized, and by now getting used to each others positioning and play styles, Mess Amis were still not up to scratch and spent a lot of time chasing the puck and their own tails in yet another loss, although not as heavy as the first. Things were looking up Mess Amis though, as the guys were finally getting used to each other and a new goalie had joined the team for the next game who looked every inch of padding and mask to be the real deal.
With their new goalie between the pipes, and the Mes Amis players growing in comfort with each other, they came flying out from the first face off. Their opponents, the The Hong Kong Blues, eventual tournament champions, were banking on Mes Amis putting in a less than solid performance and getting a chance to rest for the up coming play-offs. But Mes Amis had other ideas and came flying of the bench, and, after a couple of stellar saves, and leadership from the Les Amis goalie between the pipes, jumped out to an early lead on the strength of hustle down low and some goals on hard drives from the point.
Building on their lead Mess Amis continued to press Hong Kong Blue with some success. Mid way through the game however, Hong Kong Blue realized that they wouldn't be able to just drift through so they drew on their reserves, got better effort and movement, and slowly began to exert their dominance again over the still hustling Amis. Finally, though, the superior youth, conditioning and skill of the Hong Kong Blues prevailed to give them a solid lead, and finally, the win. Hong Kong Blues then went on into the playoffs and to win the tournament overall.