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  1. Yesterday
  2. Bucks Returns

    No game Sunday just gone and no game the next two weeks. Really frustrating as I was starting to get into a good rhythm.
  3. Last week
  4. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Game 5 for the season Saturday. Coach is still tweeking the starting lineup for the field players and trying to even out playing time for the reserves prior to the show case coming up this next weekend. Coach split up his primary group of mids and forwards, and mixed/matched up a new lineup holding Wyatt and the main forward/striker in reserve with a couple of the better mids. Seemed to work on the front in as the boys passing and ball movement was significantly improved. Boys were pretty domnant early on and made some nice trys and had a few good looks at goal. First goal came on a PK earned when our attacking mid ran onto a nicely weighted through ball and forced the opposing centerback to take him out with a pretty vicious tackle. They converte the attempt and went on to keep pushing. The reserve keeper had some issues with the opposition though. He still sticks to his line and seldom comes out of the 6 on anything which gave the opposition more chances to try and make something happen on crosses and long balls. He made a few workman like collections and two saves. but was giving up most the aerial stuff to bad timing and got caught chasing a cross over his head more then once. First opposing goal came off a cross he didn't get to and a defender cleared short. Ball was picked up by an opposing player snad slotted into the lower left on the out of position keeper. Second on came off another mischallenged cross that bounced into the box adn pinballed a bit before getting tapped in by the otherside. Wyatt went in at the half to a 1-2 game with the main forward and two wingers and a mid. They got the momentum back and started keeping things pshed into the other attacking third. The mids still struggled at times and Wyatt had to come out and collect a through ball in front of a charging forward. After one of the mids played a nice chip shot over the opposite keeper who had been playing a little to high at times and caught him out enough to make it 2-2. With it at a tie the other team the other team rallied again and took advatange on a bad pass in the mids to chase a through ball back into the box towards Wyatt. One of the backs was coming back with it and for some reason tried to shepard it to Wyatt right at the top of the 18 with a opposing player right on his back. Wyatt kept calling for it to be cleared, but the defender wound up playing it short practiceally right back into Wyatt's feet. Wyatt pushed it out ot the side with a foot, then without anywahere to go cleared it out wide for a throw in. Wyatt's team went up 3-2 after a nice run of play saw the main forward slot a beautiful shot low into the far post at a really flat angle across the face of goal. With the clock winding the the coach told the boys to slow things down and burn the clock. Wyatt tried pretty hard but the opposing team parents and bench did a good job of feeding balls back in whenever they went out for goalkicks or throws. As the clock ran down they managed to win a free kick that let to a cross into the box far post. Wyatt moved with it across the face of the goal and was positioned well when the ball was headed down. It hit right to his right and he dropped flat and caught it right on the line almost to hold the 3-2 lead. The team turtled up even more after that and saw out extra time to secure the win. Practice for the week was pretty much like the week before. Went indoors first night and worked on passing and the short game, followed up by two outdoor sessions at the local community college focusing on large passing drills, conditioning, and running. Club keeper training was canceled again, but he did get in a private season Friday night which focused on low saves and clearances. Sunday he also did a double session with the club skills trainer. First one focused mainly on foot skills and speed, while the second one was all about goalkicks and punts. This week our fields are back open for business so it will be the regular outdoor practices and keeper training starts back up as well, all of which is good as the boys get ready for a 3 game showcase this coming weekend.
  5. Earlier
  6. OneGlove GEO ZEUS

    My pair of these arrived this morning. I have to say these are one of the best looking pair of gloves I have ever bought. Stunning!
  7. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Partial highlights from Wyatt's game versus San Antonio FC, apparently their video guy has as much trouble as I do. I have pretty much given up on trying to figure out the editor. U14 DA Game 4

    I do have to say though. I am really impressed with the latex on these. I was a little dubious about trying them because I found the Contact Latex on The Nova Type 1s I had awful. Maybe I just got unlucky with a dodgy pair as the latex on these gloves is phenomenal. I have been holding some real screamers and even a few I have gone for one handed I have managed to claw out of the air / stop going towards goal because the latex is so good. Still find them a little bit big for size and have to wear tubi grip on my wrists otherwise they wouldn't fit properly but really impressed with the grip, shock absorption and durability of the latex on them so far. Think I will try the GEO Zeus as my regular glove.
  9. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Game 4 this weekend vs the newest club in the divison, San Antonio FC. This is their first year in the DA and their ownership is trying to get an MLS team so they are setting up a good development program. Game was interesting from the get go, for starters the coach had to give the reserves ther 25% starts per the league rules, so 6 of the starters including Wyatt had to start on the bench. Wyatt wasn't to happy about that, especially playing a team that is currently one of the best in the division. He worked hard with the reserve keeper getting him warmuped for the start, but the reserve keeper definitely felt the pressure. SAFC started off pushing hard and getting several looks on goal and figured out fast the reserve keeper wasn't controling the 6 yard box and had a hard time dealing with high balls. He did okay at first, but as things wore on he started making some errors. They finally capitalized off a high shot in the box that he didn't go for, it bounced off the cross bar and then back into the box were it was tapped in to make it 0-1. He buckled down and kept at it, but still wasn't controlling the box. After the coach got on him about not defending a cross, he tried to punch a ball out, but sent it to one of the opposing forwards who took a slow poke at the corner which got by him after a bad dive to clear it ot make it 0-2. Half time the coached made a wholesale sub and put in the 5 other starters and Wyatt. The other team was preparing subs as well, but waited to see what impact the changes made. First was a positive change with the boys going more offensive and getting a look at goal pretty fast and almost getting a goal. The other team counterfast and Wyatt played agressive and collected the cross into the box pretty quick. Then he handled several high shots to keepr the 0-2 while the team generated more looks, but still wasn't able to put anything into the back of the net. At that point the opposing coach decided not to make and subs and had his starters start playing delay with quick counters which Wyatt continued to hold off with some nice collections and at one point playing chicken with a forward until he lost his cool and put the ball out rather then go toe to toe with Wyatt. Wyatt managed to hold the score line at 0-2 as the game wound down and his team became more dominant, but still couldn't get any goals to end with the 0-2 loss. The other team showed Wyatt a lot of respect with their coach and then the players shaking Wyatt's hand before any one else on his team. Added bonus was there was a national team scout there evaluating the players and Wyatt showed extremely well. He handled everthing well, with a variety of distributions. Rest of the week was a little scattered, the fields are closed for reseeding with winter grass mix, so the boys practice one day indoors and then two days at the local community college. The indoor was mostly scrimmaging and Wyatt did well with the coach allowing the keepers to handle the ball behind the first line and not just the goal arc. Wyatt had fun getting out of the arc and playing with his feet. He commanded the defenses he worked with pretty well and didn't get beat to often. The other two days they worked primarily on conditioning and passing. Wyatt liked those sessions a lot more because his team was training at the same time as the U18/19 boys so he got to warmup and train with those keepers. They focused alot of helping him and the reserve keeper work on their warmup routines as well as crosses and punts. There were no club keeper session but he did get one in today working with the private keeper coach. Focus of the class was low dives, he did pretty well with those, with the coach focusing on his dives to the left which have been a little sketchy lately. Aftewards he did an hour and the half with the club skills coach working on his footwork with the ball and some striking and finishing. This coming week team practice looks to be the same with another out of team game on Saturday. Hopefully the boys who have started playing better as a team will get out of their slump and get a win to help boost them heading into the showcase weekend after. We got the match list and Wyatt's team will be facing two teams from Florida and one from Indiana. Don't know to much about the teams over all, but atleast one is from the club that used to operate the National youth teams residency program so would expect there to be some good competition there for sure.
  10. Bucks Returns

    Another battling performance with yet another make shift team. We had 8 as of Friday and ended up with 6 again. Played the team who beat us 12-7 in my first game back and lost 6-4. I can feel my sharpness coming back, second half especially where I only conceded once. A couple of early raspers I was a bit slow to react to and we gave away 3 goals in little over a minute (again!) otherwise we could have pulled off an upset. Still... Happy I am getting my game together again. Distribution still needs a bit of work though. Kit: All Red Crystal Palace 2017/18 Keeper kit. Gloves: The One Glove Geo McG's. Boots: Adidas Copa Mundials.
  11. Bucks Returns

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1431912360210702&id=156233944445223 Me in Illuminous Yellow. A few goals and saves from Sunday.
  12. Oneglove Geo Blade Review

    Fraser will you be reviewing the new McG gloves anytime? I am intrigued to find out how the new Cyclone latex holds up.
  13. any tips on knee protection?

    I would suggest these: http://www.asics.com/gb/en-gb/gel-knee-pad/p/0010241567.0001 Only £12 for a pair. I used to wear these when I used to break dance by in the day... You won't get decent 3/4 GK pants for £15 with decent padding. Plus 3/4 pants won't protect your knees that much.

    I am a little surprised I must say. Wore them for the first time last night. Got my usual size 7. I have to say I find them SLIGHTLY big. If they made a 6.5 they would probably be more ideal. I found my fingers moved around a bit and the silicon strips didn't really help as they were damp from wetting the gloves so actually my fingers felt like they moved around more than normal.
  15. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Had a bye weekened so no game to report. Wyatt was pretty worked up after the last game for a while and took a lot of that into practice Monday night. He worked his back line pretty hard and had some choice words for them when they wouldn't clear balls correctly in the drills. I was wandering around some of the more "interesting" parts of Chicago Tuessday and Wednesday so his mom took him to practice. Team seemed to be starting to get the idea about playing together and Wyatt came away feeling alot better about things in general. Said he had a good session and made some really nice saves that got some recognition from the coach. Third practice fields were closed so the team practiced at the local junior college and worked on conditioning and then some passing. He had one club keeper session which focused on distributions (throws, rolls, punts, goal kicks, etc.). Coach through a wrench into the works by having them take punts and goal kicks with their off foot. Wyatt does that alot with the club skills trainer so he looked fairly good, the rest of the group spent lots of time chasing balls through other teams practices. Outside of team and club practices, Wyatt did a double keeper session yesterday. First session worked on clearing balls from the corners, high and low and general skills. Second one focused more on goal kicks and back passes. The provate keeper coach likes them to stick to their dominate foot for these things, but he is getting to trust that Wyatt really does play with both feet well. So he left him to his own devices and wyatt played things with whatever foot ws convenient for the ball he received and where he needed to send it. After that he headed over and did a session with the skills trainer, then stuck around for another hour or so of keeper work with a U17 player. Mostly they work on punts and goal kicks, but they ended with PKs and a little diving. The trainer and the keeper coach are working on his dives to his left, where he seems to favor draggin a foot instead of taking a big step. The trainer also went over the game footage with him and they talk about things he could have done better or flaws in his form that he needs to hammer out. This week the fields are closed to get the winter grass seeded in, so they will be training at various locations to get ready for the game Saturday. It will be the first time they meet this team in leage play, so should be pretty exciting.
  16. Oneglove Geo Blade Review

    Glove Make & Model : Oneglove Geo Blade Cut : NEW "Total Flare" Hybrid Cut (flat middle with flared roll finger outer fingers) Latex : 4mm Giga Internal Latex : No but they do have non slip silicone at the finger tips Wrist Strap : Latex with an elastic infused mid split section with window for personalization Wrist Entry : Bandage Glove Body : Neoprene 3D embossed backhand Finger Protection : Removeable Price : £37.99 plus postage & packaging Where from : https://www.theoneglove.com/goalkeeper-gloves-c3/geo-blade-goalkeeper-gloves-p137 Description from the Oneglove Site The GEO Blade is a truly feature packed all-rounder with an absolutely killer urban "shatter camo" design. Our superb Giga Grip latex ensures you have a reliable latex known for it's all-weather grip and durability (make sure you follow our care guide to extend the life of all your gloves!), while the removable finger save spines and internal non-slip silicone help keep your fingers locked and secure. Not a finger save kind of keeper? Simply slip out the spines in seconds through a hidden easy-access pouch. All the trademark GEO features are here including stunning 3D embossing, a double wrapped thumb and the popular MidSplit™ strap that provides the best of both worlds, whether you're a fan of latex or elasticated straps. The Blade also sees the debut of our brand new "Total Flare" hybrid cut which combines flat and flared outer roll fingers - this achieves a more true and higher latex coverage on key touch points in middle of the ball, while the flared outer fingers give that larger spread where there is naturally less of the ball to grip. First Impressions Another stunner from Oneglove with the awesome 3D embossing on the backhand which I would say is firmly a Oneglove trademark despite others now attempting to copy it, it is clearly another glove that they have put a lot of time and effort into. The dark shatter Camo design is a winner on these for me. They are a true to size fitting glove with spines in, even with them out I would say they are true too size, obviously a tad roomier but nothing major. It is another extremely comfortable glove that oozes quality. The mid split strap again a feature that oneglove use gives a great secure fit on the wrist without the need for constant re adjustment. The giga latex did feel slightly powdery so they were given the usual pre wash before using them for the first time. Use I have used these around 10 times now, they have been used in both wet and dry on grass and astro. Using these I felt very confident in them in the dry but the grip did fade slightly in the extreme wet which you would expect still good but not as confidence inspiring as in the dry, they were fine in the damp. The 4mm foam gives excellent shock absorption without sacrificing feel when catching. Durabilty has been very good as I was expecting based on my previous experiences with the other gloves in the range, barely a mark on them. I am amazed that as a brand they sell enough gloves as they are extremely durable lol. Ratings (out of 10) Looks = 8 Fit – 8 Build Quality - 9 Dry Grip - 8 Wet Grip - 7 Durability – 8.5 Overall - 8 Conclusion Another really good glove from the Oneglove Co which gives good grip, great durability, great comfort and along with great looks, I’d definitely recommend them Pictures Link to my photobucket album of the pictures of these http://s194.photobucket.com/user/superstar_tradesmanp100/library/oneglove geo blade

    Strange, I don't know of anyone thats had any issues with that
  18. Bucks Returns

    First game after my first game back. A whole month apart. Still feeling a bit slow to react and not quite got the bravery back yet but still made a few decent saves and generally we done ok considering we played one of the best teams at GOALS and only had 5 players. Lost 14-4 in the end. Kit: Fluo Yellow / Black 2014 Spain Goalkeeper kit. Gloves: One Glove Geo McG's. Boots: Adidas Copa Mundials.
  19. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Third game of the season, and as always sort of choppy thanks to the editor.. U14DA Game 3

    Wont be doing that again. Washed them 30c in a mesh bag on a light wash. And now they aren't waterproof. :-(
  21. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Wyatt had Game 3 in his U14 DA season today with the team playing Lonestar FC, a club that usually gives them a tight game. As usually it was pretty chippy with Lonestar's bigger lineup starting off by keeping Wyatt's team pinned in their half for a bit at the start. Wyatt started off by coming out on a chip over the back lines and forcing the shot wide, then seeing off the short corner that resulted. He then collected a through ball right under the nose of the charging forward. He then rolled the save out to his rightback, switching up his distributions between short and long stuff. He saved a low shot a little later, then had some punts and goalkicks before saving an own goal from his centerback whose attempt to clear a ball out with his head went up and back towards the goal (seems his team really likes to try and score on him). More distributions and another collection of a long ball followed by a save on a low hard shot from outside the 18. Then a foul out to his left got a freekick that came into the box and was headed into the upper 90 to his left. Wyatt made a truelly impressive dive and cleared it out for a corner. Some more distributions and then the defense let a player slip in around the right and put a low shot at the far post. Wyatt saw it late and tried to clear it but missed it to go down 0-1 right before the half. Second half he started off with a couple saves and a collection of several low shots. His team tied it up with a header off a corner to make it 1-1. The moment shifted there way for a bit then back the other way. He saved a second own goal when his right back stepped in the way and tried to play a low cross through the box and wound up cutting off Wyatt and then trying to deflect the ball into the goal. Wyatt managed to save it and prevented his team from adding to the opposing score for a third game in a row. He called keeper on a high ball and the mid came back and didn't clear out, slamming into Wyatt at the same time as an attacker as Wyatt grabbed the ball. Ball popped out to his left, but was cleared out though by his defenders. Soon after that his centerback got a second yellow and gave up a freekick at the top of the 18. Wyatt set a 5 man wall and was lining up well, then the coach pulled on of his players and told him to center up in the goal. The shot came in low around the now shortened wall and he missed his dive to clear it. if the wall had been wider or he had started where he wanted he would have cleared it, but wound up going down 1-2. After that his team started pushing harder even with the man down, and Wyatt spent the rest of the game taking freekicks and goal kicks long to try and get a counter started. Game ended though without anyone finding the net again. Post game speech featured a lot of issues being pointed out by the coach, including some blame on Wyatt for the two goals, and for not positioning his defense to stop the upper 90 that he cleared out. Wyatt wasn't to cool with that, but he worked through it afterwards over chicken wings and ribs. We will see what practice holds for the next two weeks (we have a bye next weekend) before we head down to San Antonio to play the new team in the division. Outside of the game, Wyatt practice three times with his team, then followed it up with the older team (U15) subbing in for the injured starting keeper. He really enjoyed that alot and got some good feedback from the coach and the assistant. Best part for him was the last U15 practice where the assitant coach made the reserve U15 keeper watch wyatt play and try and learn how to cut angles and get big. Some of it seemed to take for their game today, but judging by the coaches comments to the older reserve keeper during the game, not enough. The older started is back on Monday, so Wyatt will be back to just his team practices. He also had 2 club keeper training sessions. Wyatt likes them, but says they are some what remedial skills stuff, but doesn't mind because it helps him focus on his form. They did do some keeper wars, where he did fairly well. No private training this week do to schedule conflicts and tomorrow he is working with the club skills trainer. The trainer saw the game today and has a few items he wants to go over with Wyatt in addition to there usual skills and conditioning work. So looks like it may be a rough season until the coach figures out the player mix and the boys start jelling as a team.
  22. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Got the video for the second game of the season. Still having issues with the editor. U14 DA Game 2
  23. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Got the video for Wyatt's first game. It's a little disjointed and jumps around out of seque 've thanks to the new editor software. U14 DA Game 1
  24. Uhlsport Eliminator Supergrip

    I used the aquasoft fangmaschine I think 2 seasons ago and they were superb in the wet and dry and were very tacky and surprisingly durable but I wouldn't pay full price for them as they were 70 euro at the time but its worth a try if you can get a cheap pair.
  25. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Second game played and went better then the first game. This week they squared off against their sister club Texans SC Houston. Despite his cocerns over the game last week, Wyatt remained first keeper and starter for the game this week. Other team started off strong with a fast blitz up the field putting immediate pressure on the mids and defense of Wyatt's team. Wyatt had a early goalkick to make after the shot went wide from the starting run. The coach switched from long ball to build from the back this week, so Wyatt sent the ball out to his left corner. They moved it up the field, making a run for the goal, before the forwards lost possession and the qucik counter came back. The opposing forward made a strong run and Wyatt called keeper and came off his line, cutting the angle and getting big. His right back however tried to run the kid down and clear the ball with a good solid strike that turned it into a bullet past Wyatt to score an own goal to go 0-1. Wyatt made a good try to block it, but the definitely wasn't expecting that. After some choice words with the right back, they got on with things. He continued on with goalkicks out to his backs , then had to clear a backpass under pressure up the field which started a counter that petered out with a shot off the crossbar at the other end of the field. The main center back was still out and the reserve still having trouble slotting in which resulted in Wyatt coming out on a cross calling keeper and the center back slamming into him right as he reached the ball. The pileup though cut off the runner and the other centerback cleared it out. Team finally scored to tie it up 1-1 on a nice header from a corner kick. Wyatt then got to take a free kick outside the box from a hard foul on his right back. They got the go ahead goal off a PK when the opposing defender foot ball tackled our player from behind in the box to go 2-1. Shortly after though Wyatt's other centerback made a beautiful header off a ball Wyatt had called away on from a freekick into the box, boucning it off the ground and into the goal to Wyatt's right. Once again he made a try for it, but definitely wasn't expecting a second own goal to tie it up 2-2. That goal got the other team fired up and they made some more nice runs. Wyatt had to come out on a 1v1, doing a good job of stalking the player as he came in, forcing the shot early and then getting a peice of it to send it out for a corner. His team scored 1 more time before the half to make in 3-2, with Wyatt collecting a ball chipped over the back line to see the end of the half out. Second half Wyatt continued in the net. Mostly this half he was aggressively collecting through balls of various types. He did make a really nice touch and jump to push a ball over the bar and a somewhat violent collison/save on a 50/50 ball in the box that was played through the backline. He kept the goal for the whole game and did a good job of keeping his communication and command of the back line going for the whole game. The coach rotated through the bench as the half wore down trying to minimize injuries and heat stress. Unfortunately the second keeper was the only boy not to go in, which I think was a big shock to him and his parents. The coach however had been pretty honest with them that he probably wouldn't see much time and that he doesn't like subbing the keeper in games where they are close on the score line, which with the team still coming together may take a little while to not be the case. We got to the fields earlier and caught part of the 03 teams game. They were playing the same club, but the game was really tight, barely ending in a 2-1 win, but that win saw a player on the other team get a broken arm, and then the starting keeper for Wyatt's club go out with a bad concussion after making a diving save on a 1v1. He made the save, but his form wasn't good and he rolled after getting the ball putting his back to the striker who was trying to hack the ball and instead got him really good in the back of the head. Initial word is he will probably be out at least 4 weeks if not longer. That means Wyatt may get called up to the older team to help out at practices and games. Will be a tough call for the coach, as that would leave our reserve keeper in the net and Wyatt playing back up to the older reserve keeper. Other then game, Wyatt had the full training schedule this week. Team practice 3 nights where they went over alot of defensive positioning and tactics and working on clearing crosses into the box as a team then transitioning into a counter attack. The two club keeper session focused on clearning corners and crosses as well, but also worked on distributions and goalkicks. Wyatt did 2 sessions with the private keeper coach focusing on general skills, but also a big dose of backpasses and distributions in the double on Friday. Today its another private keeper session and skills/conditioning with the club trainer. With the potential for helping out with the the 03s Wyatt is excited about what this coming week is going to hold.
  26. Uhlsport Eliminator Supergrip

    I love Uhlsport gloves but have often found them superb in the dry but average in the wet on all latex including Supersoft and Absolutgrip. Never tried Away latex so can't comment on that. Did have some Uhlsport Aqua gloves in about 2004 but pretty sure they weren't Aqua Latex though. Francesco Toldo used to wear them for Inter in about 2004 I think. :D
  27. Bucks Returns

    No game again tonight. Can't get enough players again.
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