Wednesday, February 27, 2008

First Training

All the team gear arrived from Lisbon around 3:30 p.m., but the team rallied to leave for training at around 4:15 p.m., mostly thanks to the efficient efforts of the athletic training staff and equipment manager Andrew “A.D.” Dessert, who got the gear out and to the players post-haste. You might think that A.D. stands for Andrew Dessert, but it actually stands for “All-Day” as in, "the dude gets it done all day long." Anyway, the players got geared up and had a wonderful training in beautiful weather. The fields, which are five minutes away and owned by the hotel, were in excellent condition and the players' legs didn’t seem too impacted by jet lag. Flight-delayed Stephanie Cox and Natasha Kai arrived this afternoon in plenty of time for training, but as they were just off the plane, they only jogged and did some light ball work. (Although we did see Kai jump into a shoot drill near the end of training…she couldn’t resist. Forwards like to shoot).

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