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  2. Silly mistakes

    Easier said than done but you need to put the mistakes out your mind, try to think back to games when you haven't made a mistake and played well.
  3. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Two weeks and getting closure to the kick-off for the season. Wyatt continued on his his two a day schedule right up to school starting. Working with the skills coach in the mornings and then team practice or keeper training in the evenings. Only slow day he had was his 13 birthday, spent the Saturday morning doing running, speed, and endurance training as a group with the academy boys from his age (U14/04) up to the olderst group (U19/99). All his work paid off in that he was able to keep up with the older boys and then he went onto celebrate officially becoming a teenager by doing the most teenager of things, sleeping and trying to see how much was really "all he could it" at the neighborhood brazillian steak house. Team practices have focused a lot of re-enforcing the style of play the coach wants to use this season, basically everything on the ground with punts and goalkicks being a last case or their is a good chance for it to start a counter against the flow of play. Otherwise everything is rolled, thrown, or passed out of the back and play moves up from there. They also work on resetting when stalled and passing back to Wyatt to open the field of play up and spreading things out when the other side gets to packed up in their defensive third. So far he is liking it and the coach includes him in most of the field player drills. He does have to do some time with just the other keeper as the coach is trying to have Wyatt help him learn some things that have been missing from the other keepers training. They had their first full scrimmage last week agaisnt a U17 girls team from the top non-academy divison of the club. We've played agaisnt girls before, but usually not with such a large age gap between them in the boys. Most the girls were easiely much bigger and faster then Wyatt's team, with him, the attacking mid and central striker having any sort of size advantage. They they played the scrimmage in 4 20 minute quarters because of the heat, with Wyatt starting getting the 1st and 3rd quarters. Coach worked through a couple differient lineups, mostly trying to figure out the combinations for his mids and forwards. The starting defense seems pretty set and very solid, and all are boys Wyatt has played with for the last year or three. First two quarters the boys were still sorting themselves out and figuring out how to deal with the girls. The girls kept them pushed back in Wyatt's half for most of those the first two quarters giving Wyatt lots to do with back passes and goalkick dristributions. He had a few workman like saves to make, most agressive being going up to collect a high cross into the box and making contact with the receiving player. Thing he said was the hardest about the first half was trying to figure out how to push the girls away when they crowded him on corner kicks trying to mask the shot from him. At one point he shoved a girl away with a hand to her chest and a very akward social situation developed for a couple of seconds. Luckily him punching the ball away gave him a chance to get out of it with out to much heckling from his teammates. Second half the boys started to click and reversed the pressure. Typical run of play started with Wyatt receiving a ball either from a shot or pass back and then going wide to his corner backs or wingers, then advancing up the field providing support as they moved it up the sides, through the center and then into the box for shots on goal. They got it figured out and started finding the back of the net, but the girls keeper was pretty good and made them have to work to get the goal. Final score wound up 4-0 with three of the goals happening in about 5 minutes all starting from the back. Fourth goal was a weird fluke, where a turnover at the top of the opposing box when the girl tripped turning on the ball. Our right winger was right there and pounced on it before the goalie really had a chance to react. The coach was fairly happy with how Wyatt played, wants him to work on his keeper voice. He is pretty loud, but isn't yelling from his gut, so he tends to get horse after awhile as the game went on. Other keeper didn't fair so well, he made a few nice saves, but his touch on backpasses and decision making time for distributions were really not up to expectations. The field players picked up on that quick and went out of their ways to cut him out of plays as much as possible. The coach talked with them all about that, so hopefully everyone will work to make that go smoother. This week supposedly sees the start of the club keeper training for Wyatt as well as another scrimmage. The coaches older boys played the top team from the local top leage first divison. So hopefully we get matched up with something similar.
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  5. Getting a bit fed up at the moment because I keep making simple mistakes. In training I always play to my best standard i'd say and when it comes to games I just make silly judgements, things that I wouldn't dream of doing in training. For example in last 2 seasons I've: Gone out to head ball clear, hesitated and thought id let it run into the box to handle it...misjudged the bounce and its gone over me and striker got on it and had open goal, called safe only for shot to go in come out for a couple crosses I'm never gone reach saved a shot with my foot when really all it needed was a step and a scoop... rebound went in to strikers feet and goal dropped a collapsing dive at strikers feet spilt a shot and let a shot under me It's got to the point now that I fear I'm going to make a mistake in each match. I know a few keepers are kind of renowned for having a silly mistake in them and just wonder how to overcome this because I worry it's holding me back.
  6. Glovecare Guide credit of Oneglove Co

    Not sure what you mean but I have always just made sure they are dry and put them in their glove wallets making sure the palms are not touching, I always keep the piece of plastic wrap to re wrap them in to keep the palms apart.
  7. I know this sounds weird but I remember reading somewhere once about using a small bag like a fruit bag on the palms between each use to preserve them? Anyone know anymore on this?!
  8. With the end of his European summer adventures, Wyatt is off and running with his U14 year of soccer. He made the Developmental Academy again, only of the three keepers to advance with the group. The old first keeper quite after the coach explained to his parents that he would be moving to the reserve spot and the old third keeper got swapped out with the local top league divison 1 keeper. Not sure if that was actually a trade up or not for the team. The new second keeper is a mix between the old first and third keeper, so hopefully he will grow into the position as the season moves on. The squad got paired down from 26 to 20 with the move to 11v11 playing format with 13 of the other boys advancing with the team. Besides the new keeper we picked up two forwards from one of the other DA programs in town, and three mids (two from outside the club and one from a differeint divison of the club in the south part of the DFW metroplex). First game is a month away from today, but the team started training last week. The weather didn't help much so they had one practice last weekend, which was mostly scrimmaging and fun little games to get everyone getting to know each other. Wyatt got back from Europe and went right back to his private keeper lessons and skills/conditioning training when the club trainer got back. With the keeper trainer he has been doing double sessions 3 times a week, warming up and helping with the younger class, then putting it all together for the older class. The skills coach got back and instantly got him back onto the 2 hours a morning weekday schedule. Wyatt has also been working on his running and conditioning as well as feet and hands at home on his off or slow days. We've already gotten his schedule and his first game will be agaisnt the top club in the divison and their biggest rival FC Dallas. The coach has been focusing on passing and ball movement and less on the striking and finishing drills like the previous coach. Wyatt is enjoying that aspect a lot since the new coach also doesn't believe and pulling the keepers aside for those drills, which means Wyatt gets to hold his own (and quite well apparently according to the coach) with the field players. He is a little akward at the moment as the next growth spurt seems to have set in, but the trainer is working with his on a routine to help him adapt qucikly to the changes and make sure he isn't doing any harm to himself in the process. He has also been doing some conditioning training with some other older teams as he can to keep himself entertained. Overall it looks like it should be a good year for him with an big increase and playing time, and a switch to a less punty/kicky style of play.
  9. Behalt R.14 Review

    I do mate but haven't had the chance to set up a photobucket account yet and wouldn't let me upload them without it
  10. Pulse P1 Review

    Yeah mate we spoke about this when I originally done it and done an update before the forum lost all the content. I hadn't saved the updated version so thought I'd post this anyway.
  11. Transfer News

    Championship side Sheffield United have signed Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman on a season-long loan deal. Blackman, who has yet to make a senior appearance for Chelsea, has extended his contract at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2020-21 season. The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at League Two side Wycombe, making 52 appearances in all competitions. "Jamal has been our number one target right the way through the summer," said Blades boss Chris Wilder. Blackman is one of a number of Chelsea players to have moved away on season-long loan deals, including defenders Michael Hector to Hull and Tomas Kalas to Fulham. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40746218
  12. Transfer News

    Dundee United have taken the unusual step of declaring themselves open to offers for goalkeeper Cammy Bell - on Twitter. The Scotland cap and former Rangers No1 is wanted by Kilmarnock who are managed by his former Ibrox team-mate, Lee McCulloch. Talks between the two clubs have been ongoing. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/dundee-united-trawled-after-putting-10913515
  13. Transfer News

    Sunderland have signed goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter on a two-year deal following a trial spell. Ruiter, 30, joined up with the Black Cats following his departure from FC Utrecht at the end of last season and featured in the pre-season campaign. The Amsterdam-born custodian has made 234 career appearances in all competitions for Volendam and Utrecht. Sunderland boss Simon Grayson says Ruiter is not expected to feature in Friday's season opener against Derby. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40805120
  14. Kaliaaer Flashframe Veloz TF Review Glove Make & Model : Kaliaaer Flashframe Veloz TF Review Cut : Hybrid half rolled expanse fingers, rolled thumb Latex : 4.2mm AERFUSION | NitroGRIP Internal Latex : No Wrist Strap : TRULock Fastening. Latex strap with elastic for secure fastening. Wrist Entry : 9cm Hi>Dri elastic bandage Glove Body : HI>DRI ANTI BACTERIAL FABRIC with Flash Frame Aerodynamic technology Finger Protection : None Price : £55 plus postage & packaging Where from : http://www.kaliaaer.com/ Description from Kaliaaer Site THE FLASHFRAME VELOZ TOUCHFEEL SERIES IS NOT ONLY STRIKING IN IT'S PRESENTATION, IT DELIVERS CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION FLASHFRAME TECHNOLOGY | ATTACK WITH SPEED FLASHFRAME IS DESIGNED TO DECREASE LIFT THROUGH AIR VENTS ON THE OUTER CASE BY DRAWING AIR INTO THE GLOVE THROUGH THE INNER AIR CHAMBER. STRATEGICALLY PLACED VARIOUS AERODYNAMIC ARROWS ARE ENGINEERED ON THE OUTER CASE, INCREASE REACTION AND SPEED OF ATTACK THE RESULT- FLASHFRAME TECHNOLOGY WHICH PROVIDES GO ALKEEPERS WITH A FEELING OF SPEED & SECURITY 3DXi CUT | HYBRID PERFORMANCE CREADTED BY KALIAAER HALF ROLLED EXPANSE FOREFINGER & LITTLE FINGER WITH CLASSIC CUT MIDDLE FINGERS PROVIDING A MORE EXPANSED - CATCH READY FEEL TOUCHFEEL TECHNOLOGY | TOUCH, FEEL, CONTROL DEVELOPED TO ENHANCE THE GOALKEEPER'S TOUCH, FEEL & CONTROL. TOUCHFEEL TECHNOLOGY IS A SPECIALLY FORMULATED HEAT IMPRESSION GEL INJECTED WITHIN THE INNER GLOVE PALM WHICH MOULDS WITH HEAT FROM THE HAND TO PROVIDE GOALKEEPERS WITH A UNIQUE FEEL, ENHANCE HAND STABILIZATION & GRIP AERFUSION NITRO | NITRO REACTION GRIP NITRO REACTION GRIPS (NRG) CONSTRUCTED THROUGHOUT THE 4.2mm aerFUSION | NITROgrip REACT & EXPAND ON IMPACT, INCREASING SURFACE TRACTION & GRIP. ***EXCLUSIVELY DEVELOPED BY KALIAAER*** aerGRIP PHASE CHANGING SOLUTION ADDED TO THE aerFUSION | NITROgrip LATEX BODY - TRANSFORMING GRIP PERFORMANCE & REASURING GOALKEEPERS OPTIMUM GRIP IN ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. 3.0mm HI>DRI LAMINATED “REFLEX" FOAM WITH ANTI BACTERIAL MICROFIBRE STRUCTURE ENABLES THE GLOVE TO ABSORB & RELEASE SWEAT THROUGH PALM SURFACE AIDING COMFORT, MAXIMUM IMPACT & SHAPE RETENTION HI>DRI ANTI BACTERIAL FABRIC | BE FRESH-AER HI>DRI LET'S YOUR HANDS BREATH, ELIMINATES ODOR & BACTERIA PROVIDING GOALKEEPERS WITH GREATER COMFORT & RETAINING LESS WATER DUE TO IT'S HYDROPHOBIC PROPERTIES. HI.DRI ANTI BACTERIAL FABRIC HELPS PREVENT THE GROWTH OF BACTERIA WITHIN GLOVES WHICH MULTIPLY IN THE PRESENCE OF DIRT, MOISTURE & HEAT - CAUSING INFECTIONS, ODOR & ALLERGIES. SOFT & LIGHTWEIGHT. First Impressions Well what can you say except another stunner from Kaliaaer, they feel great on the hand and you can tell they have been made with the best of materials, fit wise they are spot on true to size in my normal 10, the only thing I noticed was the wrist strap was slightly short for me. Out the bag these felt like they could have been dampened and used straight away but never the less I gave them my usual run through the machine for a pre wash. Use These have been used around 10 times now, all on astro but in a mix of games, training and 7’s in both wet & dry conditions. The biggest thing that jumped out on me with these was that the grip was there from the pre wash where as the previous version of these I tried took a good couple of uses and washes for the grip to come alive on them. When I mentioned this to Greg & Kenny they said they were glad I noticed it as they changed the latex formula slightly based on my (among others) previous feedback and it was a nightmare. These gloves really do inspire confidence when using them and there is no real noticeable difference in grip from wet to dry. The 4.2 mm latex gives the correct balance between feel and shock absorption in my opinion. Durability has been great on these with barely a mark on them, the only visible signs of wear are some slight rubber crumb rash and very slight fading to the colored part of the backhand which will be due to being machine washed. I mentioned earlier that the wrist strap felt a bit on the short side, it has loosened up slightly and stretched a little with use but I feel it stills needs to be a little longer, I have fed this back as have others and it is something that they will look to sort on future releases. Ratings (out of 10) Looks - 10 as they are stunning Fit – 8.5 due to the wrist strap being slightly short Build Quality – 8 couple marks off just due to the color fade on the backhand Dry Grip – 8.5 Wet Grip - 8 Durability - 9 Overall 8.66 Conclusion Overall another winner from Kaliaaer, a true high level match glove with some of the best designs and features available just now. Highly recommend these Pictures Link to my photobucket album for these http://s194.photobucket.com/user/superstar_tradesmanp100/library/Kaliaaer 2
  15. Glove review of the tuto maximus elite: Glove Make & Model : Tuto maximus elite fs Cut : Flat Latex : 4mm Contact (invictis foam) Internal Latex : no Wrist Strap : latex Wrist Entry : Neoprene Glove Body : mesh Finger Protection :Yes removable Price : RRP £100 (I picked up for free) Where from : Facebook giveaway First Impressions: when first out of the packet the gloves felt extremely tacky before a pre wash, and even more after. The fit however was not up to the branded bio-fit removing excess room within the glove. I found the neoprene wrist entry extremely difficult to put on, but the glove itself felt very baggy, as a 9.5 where ever possible otherwise 9 or 10 depending on the cut this was disappointing and I would recommend dropping half a size on this model. The looks were striking combining simple colours of red, white and black to be very classic but bold. Use I have used these 6/7 times overall. 2 match experiences both on grass one in the very dry and one in heavy rain, and in training 5 times all on grass mostly in the dry with one session in the rain. The comfort was actually very good once I started playing even after a poor fit. The shock absorption is very good if your a fan of a very padded glove they are 4mm Palm but felt more like a 5mm feeling more padded than a pair of 4.5mm edge pair I have. Ratings (out of 10) Looks 8.5 Fit 6 Build quality 7.5 Dry Grip 9 Wet Grip 6 Durability 7 Overall: 7.3 Conclusion: Overall I found the gloves to be disappointing compared to the price tag given to them, for a £100 retail price glove I expected far better when comparing to indie brands I have used such as calma or edge all for around the 30-40 pound mark. The dry grip credit was very good but the fit and wet grip significantly lets this glove down. In terms of durability for the few times I have used them with a decent wash after each use they have had no latex tears but the grip has decreased after each use. NB: disclaimer! I was sent these gloves for free but this has not given a biased review at all, I was never contacted directly by the brand or asked to review the gloves by anyone.
  16. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Game vs. Zaba FC (Malayasia) After gettign the bye for the first knock out round, this was the teams first knock game. Zaba FC had done pretty good in their bracket and had a convincing 9-0 win in the first knockout round so was expecting it to be a close game. The coach opted to bench Wyatt for the start of the match and go with the older keeper in the first half. Zaba played possession in the back, then would make fast breaks up the sides and cut in to create 1v1 or 2v3 with the keeper. For the first half things were pretty tight with Wyatt's team's getting a chance to take the lead off a PK, but they missed it. Zaba responded by going 2v3 against the flow of play on a bad punt by the keeper and forced him to commit and then beat him to make it 0-1. With them down going into the half the coach decided to keep the older keeper in for the second half. The team rallied some and starting getting looks, and finally managed to get it 1-1, then missed a second PK for the go ahead. They followed it up though quickly with a second goal to make it 2-1. As the game wound down, Zaba FC started frantically attacking and managed to generate another 2 v 3 wit hthe keeper. Keeper came out like the time before, blocked the shot sending the ball towards the back side where a Zaba player had made the run and finished it off to make it 2-2. With minutes to go they broke away again and one of the denfenders fouled in the box to give a PK that saw it go 2-3 for the final. Wyatt was in a wee bit of a foul mood, he felt like he could have made one if not both the saves other then the PK. And he commented that the PK could have been avoided by the keeper coming out, but after getting bear twice on pseudo break aways he hesitated and stuck to his line focing the defneder to try and make the tackle. They've got a couple days left over there so he is doing the tourist thing and hanging out with players he has met while he has been there. He definitely has gotten a taste of playing soccer in where it is "the sport of sports" and absolutely wants to do it more. I think it has fired him up to work even harder now so he can get more chances to play outside the US.
  17. Fantasy Football League Have a crack and managing your team and join the GKT league. https://fantasy.premierleague.com/ League Code: 751388-180042 A few rules before we get started: You must identify yourself and team name either on this post or via the FB group post. Failure to do so will mean you will get booted from the league and you will not be eligible for any prizes should there be any. We have has some wonderful brand owners in the past donate some prizes. Will this happen this year? Maybe.
  18. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Game 3 vs. Upsala (Sweden) Last group game, and they had already clinched 1st, so playing more just to keep the sweep. Wyatt got the start and whole first half. The other team played possession in the back and then long balls over the mids for the forwards to run onto, so lots of sweeping and very little keeping for him today. He did nicely collect one ball that went long and bounced into the box, but the rest of his time was spent playing keep away and back passing with the back line. He got pressured a few times and did well with the ball at his feet, a little better then I think the attacking forwards were expecting. He had one back pass distribution that the coach didn't like where he cleared it up the field into traffic, but the man he was looking for wasn't moving nad had cover on him, so Wyatt went with the safer bet. Turned it over at the half 3-0. The older keeper took over and had a few back passes, but by then the coach was playing the reserves so they were pushing up high all trying to get a goal. Game ended 6-0, to see then sweep the group and get a bye in the first round of the winners' bracket knockout rounds. They will know later this afternoon who they are facing in round 2, but looks like it may be a squad from Malaysia who where pretty dominate in their group. Depending on how they do, they could have up to 3 games tomorrow as they hopefully work their way through the knock-our rounds.
  19. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Game 2 vs the European Football Academy (England) Older keeper was healthly and back in the line-up, but Wyatt got the start and whole first half. His team dominated most the game so he focused more on communications and constantly yelling at his left back to keep marking the right winger for the other side who kept finding space on the flank to receive balls. Nothing really came out of it thoug. He had to collect one ball that was played long and bounced into the box. The right winger charged in after it and Wyatt had to get u over him to collect it. He transitioned forward quickly, almost too quickly not letting things settle down and rolled the ball out short to his centerback. He forgot to keep an eye on the winger and the kid came in from behind and pressured the roll, but the centerback got it out and forward before anything else could happen. He turned things over 3-0 at the half, and the older keeper had less to do to see it out 5-0. Win keeps that at top of the group and the gaol differential will most likely keep them even with a lose tomorrow. So they have clinched a birth in the winner's brackets for the round of 64 that starts Thursday. A win tomorrow will solidifiy that and get then a bye in the round of 64, and most likely a game versus a club from Malaysia in the round of 32.
  20. Behalt R.14 Review

    Great review mate, any pics?
  21. Pulse P1 Review

    Good review but as a rule you can't really do a full until you've used them atleast 5 times ideally in a mix of conditions and surfaces so you can give a full balanced opinion of them. Too many folk after one or two uses profess gloves to be the best things since sliced bread(not saying that's what you've done mate)
  22. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Well, first week of Watt's European adventure is over in Spain and the team is in Sweden now. The IberCup Barcelona had 14 teams including Wyatt's in the B14 age group (he is playing up with the squad as the reserver keeper). Game 1 vs. CF Os Belenenses (Portugal) Wyatt did get to go in for this game as his team lost 0-2. First goal was off a PK when the centerback pushed the opposing striker down in the box. Was a well placed kick from the striker on the PK. The keeper guessed right side but went low and under the shot. Second goal was of a loose ball in the box, shot came in hit the crossbar and came down in the box to an unmarked player on the back post after get hacked around a bit. Nice easy touch to put it away and get the 0-2 result. Game 2 vs. Escola Sao Poala FC (Brazil) Wyatt got the start in this game and held it to 0-0 through the first half. Had to collect a few rollers and some back passess but nothing to major as the other team was trying to play the long ball over the back line and run onto it. Second half the older keeper came in and had to deal with a high bouncing long ball. He hesitated on moving to collect it and called it wrong, with it almost bouncing over him. He managed to get a hand to it, but slapped it down to the foot of the chasing striker for a goal to make it 0-1. The team rallied though and put the pressure on to finish it out 2-1. Game 3 vs. Brommapojkarna Red (Sweden) Wyatt started again and liek the last game was mostly just picking off through balls and sweeping. Turned it over at the half up 4-0 to the other keeper who saw it out to 6-0 with not much more to do. The team was physical more dominated and did a better job of controling the ball. Game 4 vs. Manchester 62 FC (Gibralter) Another start for Wyatt. Really had nothing to do and got relaxed. Finally the other team got a free kick off a bad call outside the box. Wyatt got a little nervous and overreacted to the shot, missing the ball in the air when he got to it a little to early. Loose ball bounced in the box and the right back tried to clear it off the line, but tapped it in for an own-goal. The coached pulled Wyatt out right after that and put in the older keeper. He didn't really get to mad at Wyatt, just said he couldn't have either keeper making mistakes since the squad was having trouble finishing and scoring. By the end of the second half though the boys had got it together and were up 3-1, so Wyatt went back in and finished the game out. Game 5 vs/ Michigan SA (USA) Wyatt got the start depsite expecting to be benched after the last game. He madea couple light saves and the usual sweeping to turn it over 1-0 at the half. Second half the the boys put away two more to end it 3-0. The win had them at third in group, with the last game agsinst the team in second, winner of that game would advance to the winner's bracket semi-final (top 2 teams from each of the 2 groups). Game 6 vs. FC PSF (USA) No time in this one for Wyatt as the coach went with his starters since it was a win to advance to the winner's group game. Final score was 3-1 with the goal coming over a bad decision by the keeper. Win saw them take second in group and more on to the winner's group semi-finals. Game 7 vs. Oakleigh Cannons (Australia) Wyatt sat this one out as well, again with the coach going with his starters. The final score was 2-1, with it being fairly close right up to the end. The coach was going to put Wyatt in but tournament rules didn't allow keeper subs on the fly and the coach didn't want to break the moment on the field after the boys pulled ahead. Game 8 vs. CF Os Belenenses (Portugal) Rematch of the first game. Wyatt was pretty sure he wasn't going to get the start, or any field time right up until the 4th minute when the older keeper tripped a striker after getting beat. Player came in and the keeper tried to slide tackle him and got skilled. Lashed out with his hand and brought the striker down. So Wyatt went in to face a PK right away. The coach also pulled the right back and put in another attacker to try and keep pressure up high with the team a man down. The PK was well placed, Wyatt made a try but got beat. Not a minute later after the restart the team lost possession and in a very confused manner due to the loss of the man and the follow-up change let an unmarked player get a back post shot in. Wyatt made the dive and almost had it, but it found the net to make it 0-2. Wyatt buckled down and started getting onto the defense and coordinating them more to hold that score well into the second half. Finally though the left back messed up on an offsides trap and wound up chasing a winger back to goal. Wyatt set up and cut the angle, but the kid played a beautiful shot to beat Wyatt to make it 0-3. The boys finally started to rally near the end and got some looks, but only netted one to end it 1-3 and take second over all in the tournament. Wyatt played well though in the game and did a marvealous job of keeping the team in it and giving them time to try and recover. The boys and parents realized that and had lots of kind words for him after the game and the next day. Sunday they moved on to Sweden and played their first game this morning in the Gothia Cup. Game 1 vs. Staffanstorps GIF (Sweden) Wyatt again was expecting to not start and maybe get not time in, but luck is weird at times. The older keeper got sick and had to go to the hospital to get checked out, at first they thought it was his appendix, but looks like it was the results of dehdration and exhaustion from not taking care of himself the previous week. So Wyatt found himself owning the net for the whole game. They stream them live so I was able to watch it. He played well, made some really good saves, and was very agressive at sweeping, charging down and clearing a few balls, one right at the top of the box right before the striker got to it. He faced a cluister of corners and free kicks well in the second half to hold the shut out and see his team to the 4-0. That puts them at the top of group where they play the second place team tomorrow. This tournament should be very interesting, in Wyatt's age group there are 213 teams in 53 groups. After groups playout the top 2 teams go into the winners bracket and the rest into the loser bracket. From there it;s straight knockouts until only one team is left, which means up to 7 more game starting Thursday with finals on Sturday. Last year the team went deep into the knockstages and wound up playing 3 games in a day at one point. So more oppuritunities for him to get time on the pitch.
  23. Behalt R.14 Review

    Glove Make & Model : Behalt R.14 Green/Blue Cut : Roll finger Latex : 4mm Elite Quartz Internal Latex : No Wrist Strap : 3mm Embossed Latex Wrist Entry : Bandage Glove Body : Embossed Latex with some micromesh Finger Protection : None Price : £42 plus postage & packaging Where from : www.behaltgoalkeeping.com First Impressions Nice simplistic glove with nice detailing to the backhand and a few flashes of colour which complements them nicely. They are a true to size fitting and are extremely comfortable on the hand. Straight out of the bag they were very tacky but I gave them a prewash anyway just to be sure. Use I have used these gloves between 15-20 times now on and off for 2 seasons in various conditions on both grass and artificial surfaces in games and towards the end of their use in training, Right away these were extremely grippy. The 4mm palm gives the perfect balance between shock absorption and feel. In the dry these are one of the best gloves I have used to date. In the wet of course the grip isn’t as good, but still more than useable in wet conditions. I had complete confidence in them every time I’ve worn them in all conditions. The only negative thing I could say about these is the durability of them. I could see signs of wear after about 5 or 6 wears. Now this may have been down to poor technique and poor surfaces as its mostly the finger tips which have worn, the palm is still in excellent condition. Ratings (out of 10) Looks: 8.5 Fit: 9 Build Quality: 8.5 Dry Grip: 9 Wet Grip: 8 Durability: 7 Overall 8.3 Conclusion I thoroughly enjoyed using these gloves and still do so in training to date. The grip and feel is excellent on these. As I mentioned the wear on I have experienced could be poor technique. I would certainly buy this model again but more recently have opted for the Double B model to give them a go as I was so impressed with the performance of these. I would say they are priced slightly higher in the “Indy” brand market, but definitely out perform some of the “big” brand gloves I have used in the past. If buying these I would suggest using them as a match glove only due to the wear I found and the price. It would make sense to only use them in games to maximise use. I have had these 2 years now and although the fingertips are worn, the grip is still excellent. If it wasn’t for the wear I would still have the confidence to wear these in game.
  24. Pulse P1 Review

    The glove has a 4mm contact latex in negative cut with a single wrist strap and come either with or without finger protection. They come in at £25 plus £5 shipping. The gloves come with the usual plastic film on the palm as with most contact latex gloves. I found the film extremely easy to remove compared with some other brands I have used that come with the film attached. Out of the bag (and with the film removed) the gloves are very tacky. I opted for one pre-wash using only warm water and gently rubbing the palms. Fit & feel: I’d say the gloves are true to size. I opted for my usual size 10 and they feel nice and snug on my hand with no bagginess on the backhand. The gloves feel very natural on the hand. Being my first pair of negative cut gloves, initially I thought the negative stitching inside the fingers would irritate me, but this was not the case at all. The gloves are very comfortable with no movement when on the hand. Although the wrist strap is only a single, it provides a nice, secure fit around the wrist without having to overtighten or constantly adjust it during use and there is no excess strap hanging around once tightened. Looks: These gloves keep it plain and simple. Full white palm and backhand with the Pulse logo in black and a black personalisation strip on the wrist strap. Although I am a fan of gloves which come in different colours, I really liked the simple approach to these. Performance: So far I have used the gloves in one 11 a side game (which was in dry conditions on 4g) and I was impressed. The grip right away was extremely good with no time needed to wear them in. As normal, I dampened the palms with some water pre match and topped up as required throughout the game as it was quite a warm day. I found the grip was spot on throughout the match whether it was coming to claim crosses or dealing with shots I had complete confidence in the gloves. The 4mm latex provides good shock absorption for the more powerful shots, without taking away any of the feel of the ball. I have also used these for one training session, which was in slightly wet conditions and again I have been impressed. The grip was great again and no movement on the hands when the gloves got wet and muddy. Again I found that the shock absorption was very good and I felt like I was getting good contact on the ball. Durability: As I have only used the gloves a couple of times, I cant provide much informaton on the durability. There are some slight marks around the fingertips, which is consistent with most gloves used when playing or training on astro. I will provide a further update on the durability once I have had more use out of them. Value for money: These gloves come in at £25 plus £5 shipping. Although it is a simple colourway/design, there has been a lot of work put in to making these gloves right. The grip, fit and comfort of these gloves are all very good, which in my opinion, is essential when buying a glove. My initial thoughts are that I think these gloves will compete well with some of the top brands and for £30 all in these are an absolute steal. Looks: 4.5/5 Fit & Feel 4.5/5 Performance: 4.5/5 Durability: N/A – Will update when I have had more use from the gloves. Value for money: 5/5 Overall: 4.75/5
  25. Great piece on glove care by the Oneglove Co which can be seen HERE GOALKEEPER GLOVE CARE 1) CARING FOR YOUR GOALKEEPER GLOVES To get the maximum grip and life from your goalkeeper gloves you should take the following steps: Before using your new gloves for the first time pre-wash them and dry naturally in accordance with the washing instructions below. This will ensure you get the maximum grip when in use. During use damp the palms of the gloves with water in order to get the best possible grip and durability from the latex palm. After use, before doing anything ensure you wash them and leave to dry naturally - leaving latex to dry out will make it brittle, affecting durability and grip. 2) WASHING INSTRUCTIONS To get the most from your goalkeeper gloves wash immediately after use in warm water (maximum of 30 degrees C) before allowing to dry naturally, do not use a washing machine. We would advise simply washing them by hand and not using any form of "scrubber". Do not dry the gloves... on a radiator in front of a fire in a tumble dryer using a hair dryer using an iron using an airing cupboard in direct sunlight by "wringing" them out All of the above can cause the gloves to lose natural moisture turning them dry and brittle. 3) GLOVE CARE TIPS When picking yourself up from the ground in training or non-competitive environments, try not to use your palms. Instead use your fists to push yourself back up, this ensures minimal palm/latex contact with the ground and helps avoid any unnecessary abrasion - particularly on dry or 3G turf. Using your palm will help you spring back up quicker, but you can minimise wear during non-game situations using the fist method above. Wash your gloves after every game as soon as you can. When drying try rolling up a newspaper and placing this inside the glove. This will help keep the glove "open" and absorb any excess water. You could also help dry them by applying pressure with a towel before leaving to air naturally. Pick the right latex for your requirements: if you are playing on artificial or very dry surface then you may want to opt for a glove that uses a latex with more durability such as "Giga Grip" or "Quartz" latex. If you are playing in wet conditions then you may prefer a latex that is specifically made for such weather such as our "Aqua" latex. Do not leave the palms touching each other when stored away. Store your gloves properly; store them in a cool and reasonably moist environment. You do not want the area or your gloves to be wet however as this can cause bacteria and mold to grow which can damage the gloves. Allowing a glove to completely dry out and be left for long periods will cause latex to become dry and brittle. We recommend allowing them to dry overnight naturally before being placed in a glove wallet. Do not store your gloves for any length of time without having washed them first. 4) LATEX DEGRADATION The One Glove Company only use high quality latex sourced from Germany in the manufacture of our goalkeeper gloves to provide the best possible grip in all conditions. Latex is a very soft natural product and as such is subject to wear and abrasion over time which we cannot be held accountable for. Any latex can begin to show forms of wear from the first use with many variables at play (age of keeper, technique, playing surface, how they were prepared, were the care instructions followed). As with all latex and gloves the better you care for them the more life you will get - sometimes it really can be as simple as taking an unlucky knick off the playing surface. If your latex starts to show signs of wear, don't panic! Glove wear is normal, that's just what latex does due to it's natural properties which provide the grip we keepers are so grateful for - however all our gloves come with 4mm of material and will perform until there is physically no latex left on the palm. Negative Cut Gloves Due to the type of fit and stitching method used please note that gloves featuring a "Negative Cut" palm will show wear on the fingers and thumbs quicker than others. This type of cut provides a much tighter and more natural feel on your fingers, but as a result comes under more stress. Playing Surface Goalkeeper gloves are predominantly designed for use on natural surfaces like grass unless specified (e.g. a specialist 3G/astro turf latex which sacrifices grip for durability). Please note that if using a goalkeeper glove on an artificial surface such as 3G or astro turf you will be placing a higher level of stress on the latex, therefore it will wear much quicker. How Many Pairs a Season? Typically your average goalkeeper can see themselves go through 5-15 pairs of gloves a season, depending on the many variables at play. How many times do they train a week? How many games do they play? How old is the keeper? What is the quality of the surface and/or the keeper's technique? Have they been properly cared for? Higher levels of goalkeepers such as those within the professional bracket can see themselves using anywhere between 20-40 pairs a season due to the increased level and regularity of training, games and overall requirements.
  26. Transfer News

    Preston North End have re-signed goalkeeper Declan Rudd from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old, who had two previous loan spells at Deepdale, has agreed a three-year contract. Rudd, who made 34 appearances for Norwich after his debut in 2009, played 40 times on loan at League One side Charlton Athletic last season. "It should be an easy process for him to settle in," Preston boss Simon Grayson told the club website. "He knows how we all work and it could be as if he has not been away. We are looking forward to working with him and looking forward to challenge he will provide." http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40341769
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