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  4. Now the thumb (injury)

    Thankfully the thimb seems to have healed up now. Although if it takes a particularly hard hit sometimes it still feels a bit numb afterwards. Played a game recently where both thumbs seemed to be an issue. That was interesting!
  5. Glove Make & Model : Edge Goalkeeping AW3 Neo Supreme Contact Cut : T-Rex Cut (Like a flat with rolled fingertips) and a double wrap thumb Latex : e.g 4.5mm Supreme contact latex Internal Latex : Nope Wrist Strap : Double wrap stretch strap with rubber logo. Wrist Entry : Neoprene with side split with material insert for extra give for XL wrists Glove Body : Sublimated Neoprene Finger Protection : e.g Yes removeable protection, accessable via a zipper in the backhand. Black block style spines, very flexible and offer suitable support to those who would use it. Price : $70 Canadian Dollars plus postage & packaging – Approx £40 Sterling Where from : https://edgegk.ecwid.com First Impressions This is my first pair of gloves from Martin over at Edge, he asked me if I would take a look at these gloves for him and pass on my thoughts on them which was very kind and something I took great pleasure in doing. The gloves come neatly packaged in a nice glove bag/wallet with the standard plastic bags with each. The neoprene body feels a tiny bit stiff out of the bag. I tried these on with the plastic still on the latex and the spines in the gloves and they were very tight for me. I wouldn’t wear spines anyway but if I did I’d be tempted to go up a size as the fit was very snug with them in. Once the plastic was removed from the latex, my word was it tacky! It was possibly the tackiest latex that I’ve felt right out the bag from an ‘indie’ brand. I gave the gloves a good pre-wash and even when they were soaking wet the latex would stick to itself and make the familiar tacky sounds that we all enjoy. These feature a rubber punch zone on the backhand of the glove. It’s stitched onto the neoprene so no danger of it peeling off (like some other brands). The punch zone is pretty large and thick so offers ample protection when punching and is a good surface for the ball to connect with. Could maybe have been scaled down a little bit in size or thickness but it’s still very flexible and easy to manoeuvre with it there. The initial wrist entry is quite roomy and makes it very easy to slip the glove on and off. It is paired with a double wrist strap that took some getting used to, to find my ideal fit but after a couple of uses in training I felt like I was there with these (as with most gloves, I try to wear them in training before games just so I can break them in and get used to them). Use So far these have been worn in 3 training sessions on 3G rubbercrumb and 3 games on grass. Each of these wears have been in damp to wet conditions. The latex is what I’ve enjoyed the most about these gloves. It has massively impressed me with its continued tackiness and adhesion to a ball and even in the damp/wet it has continued to grip the ball very well. I’d expect there to have been fairly drastic drop off in tackiness terms from these but that hasn’t materialised much just yet. With it being such a soft latex, I’d be weary of durability issues for those with abrasive technique (in-experienced keepers and young keepers are most prone to durability issues). For me, the latex has held up well and I’d fully expect these to continue for a good few weeks without me worrying about their durability. The fit is one of the next highest positives. It is pretty much spot on when the glove is on hand, there isn’t any negative space in the fingertips and the backhand hugs nicely to your hand. The cut isn’t what I’d typically go for in a glove but I’ve got on well with it and haven’t had any issues. The double wrap thumb is a very nice feature that finishes the thumb off very well. Other than a wrap over and negative thumb, a double wrap thumb is the next best way to finish a thumb imo. After several uses I’ve picked the logo off each wrist strap. I don’t massively dislike it, nor did I really notice it during games. I just felt that I would get a little more flexibility out of the last inch of wrist strap without it. If I was to make a suggestion to improve the glove – my top one would be to change the aesthetics of it. The backhand is obviously very individual and unlike many other gloves but due to the backhand material being neoprene, it has blurred the image somewhat and it lacks a crisp finish with bold lines that would really make this glove ‘pop’. A simpler design would really benefit the aesthetics of this glove and possibly appeal to a wider clientele. Ratings (out of 10) Looks – Due to the lack of clarity in the backhand design I have to reduce my score for these 5/10 – Commendable effort for originality though, Martin has some very imaginative ideas. Fit – Pretty much spot on in my usual size 10 although wrist entry is quite loose – 7/10 Build Quality – No rips or tears so far – 10/10 Dry Grip – Grips like a proper contact – 9/10 Wet Grip – Not much drop off – 8.5/10 Durability – Nothing major yet – 9/10 Overall - 8/10 Conclusion Real solid pair of gloves. I will continue to use them for the next few weeks and then they will become a training pair. For someone who isn’t usually a huge fan of this type of cut it has worked very well for me and I can see why people prefer it. The blurry backhand design is the only thing that I’d really look to improve in the future if I was Martin. The glove holds up well otherwise, especially for the price you are likely to pay. Pictures https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fphotos.app.goo.gl%2FAM42CzdiV1X58fqc9%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2wQ7Zm9EJGoIKllfw8TxqylYvpycONQiIFaBki2YD-spytHoZhg3I1QBc&h=AT2KwoBfi3694wg7caJkyKgn9EwxegPhWQBqlK7bcqtxukyVS1eNASNyMbKfADKLQIKh1Y_kMR1-qfrqQxZKNZBjutQT9d9J4DNgzdqZ75s0A4sNq5kN7ov2j3aIeq9mo_5BEdVB Pictures are from first opening to most recent use (mid November)
  6. Now the thumb (injury)

    I broke my thumb a couple of seasons ago, hit it backwards with my other forearm and ripped the tendons and bone, was a nightmare. I was back playing way too soon but the thumb tape video that I used and found most helpful was this one - From time to time I still tape my thumb like this if I've had a particularly hard few days in work (heavy lifting or using heavy machinery is the worst) and my thumb is aching. Hope this helps!
  7. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Well another rough game for the team and Wyatt. Not sure if he will make it to the Winter break if this keeps up. He was very frustrated going into Saturday's game vs. San Antonio FC, a USL (think Divison 2/3 pro team) club. Last year these guys worked Wyatt's team hard, but they managed to hold their own and take them down when it mattered in the Dallas Cup. This weekend it was a total dumpster fire, pretty close to the one last year that saw the coaching change happen. Things started off really poorly with the coach telling the team at Thursday night practie they were going to loose this weekend. Not sure if it was a comment on the practice, the fact they were missing there stud forward, or he just wanted to set the expectations low to avoid disappointment. Wyatt took it pretty hard and was talking about maybe quiting the team at lunch before the game. He is frustrated with the lack of effort and commitment from some of his team mates and the coach seems to be working on just checking out of the team at the moment. He introduced a defensive formation for the game this weekend that featured 3 defensive mids, a left and right back, a central defense mid with a left and right defensive mid, a holding/attacking mid and one forward. Granted the right and left guys were playing long up the sides, but against a team that moves the ball well and likes to take long shots, turtling up with a new formation that was practiced for 20 minutes on an indoor field Thursday night before the game probably ranks up some really bad lifepath decisions. Get to the fields and they have the games scheduled so tight the coach can't warm-up the boys, so the director of the club DA program does it. Boys loved this, had lots of energy, looked really impressive like they did last season, and Wyatt was in an excellent mood. Director turns them over to the coach for last minute stuff and the life goes out of the squad and they look flat getting ready to play. Wyatt got the start settle in with the new formation. He did a good job of trying to coordinate them and work with the cornerbacks to understand the shift in what was going on. The extra left mid had issues and kept drifting in and out of position. Wyatt's first touch was a goalkick that he sent out to the left back about 1/3 up the field, but didn't connected as folks weren't sure were they were supposed to be for distributions from him. After that he settle down on those and did a good job with getting them out and into the mix. He tried to play things as short as possible though to maintain possession so alot of the balls from his catches were rolled out with only a couple of long punts when the coach started wanting them to play boot and run. On the save front he had a few workman like catches on chest to face high balls, SAFC liked to play short or ourswingers on the corners so not much challenging stuff in the box for him this game. He did have to clear a short back pass under pressure up the field, but got it cleared out. Had a close one with a through ball that was being chased, his central back got a touch on it and wyatt dove on it to shutdown a shot. The otherteam wanted it ruled a back pass, but the ref sided with the fact Wyatt was already going down to collect it when his player touched it trying to deflect it. He did havea few rough spots. First one came off a move that beat the ight back and was played across the ground in the 6 yard box, he went for it, but got blocked out and moved sideways to track it. As he went for it, the left center back touched it away allowing the oncoming right wing to get a touch and put it away near post. Wyatt thought on that one he probably should have just steam rolled his way to the ball on the first chance after he thought about it some. A few minutes later, they got another low pass near the top of the box and an unmarked center forward got onto it and tried to tap it in from about 3-4 yards out. Wyatt gota foot in the way, but his centerback was ball watching and let the kid get the rebound. He went for a chip and Wyatt recovered and got a hand to it, but not strong enough to push it over. Third one was a counter and the kid pretty much ran straight through the whole team with the defensive mid chasing him all the way back straight on to the center of the goal. Wyatt came out and tried to get big, but the kid got the shot off to make it 0-3. Wyatt was pretty gutted after that. He stayed in it until the half, then the coach made subs including the keepers since it was a travel game and wanted to get everyone a chance to feel the pain. Second half started off pretty dismal, reserve keeper's first real touch was a easy low bouncing ball. He bent over to scope it, let it through his hands and then his feet and turned to see where it went, touching it in to the goal with his left foot. That got the opposing parents and other team laughing pretty hard. At that point the other coach starting subbing players in while the fresh feet on our side started picking up the energy level. we managed to catch their keeper playing with the ball at his feet two much and made it 1-4. They countered and maanaged to get out keeper to slide tackle into a ball, but dodged him and got around him. He got lucky and didn't get a card for grabbing the kid which messed up his shot and let one of the defenders clear it out. After that they started holding the ball in the back and would press forward when our boys would push up and commit. Didn't really get much more in the way of shots on goal, until almost the end. They got the keeper to commit to dive to his right with a fake and the centerback tried to head the ball away from the open goal for an own goal to make it 1-5. The boys did manage to get one more back off a nice free kick on their reserve keeper, who appeared to have just started playing keeper this year due to his height and not really any real skill for the position. Game ended 2-5 and the boys barely wanted to talk to anyone, several even ignored the coaches post game talk with one just walking off. Definitely some team building and moral issues going on there. Wyatt was in a really foul mood, but his mom talked to him a bit and talked him off the ledge about quiting. He seemed more resolved to work harder and they talked a bit about the fact that he seesm to be playing more reactive, then proactive like he did last year. Him and his mom watched some highlights from last year to see and talk about the difference while I took his sister to the hotel pool for awhile. Then we took him out to his facorite restraunt there in town and let him drown his sorrows in a seafood platter. Sunday he had us head right home so he could get in a skills session with the club trainer. Asked to worked on his distributions and some work in the goal while the rest of the class worked on striking nad finishing. He wasn't quite in it though and think it just caused him to beat himself up a little more, before he snapped out of it for the scrimmage. Afterwards the club trainer talekd with him for about 30 minutes about what was going on in his head and with his team. Seemed to make some positive energy for him, but not expecting it to just change over night. Luckily this week will be fairly light despite a double header coming up, so he can have some time mentally recover away from the team. Outside of the skills session, the last week of club practice was a mixed bag thanks to weather again. Monday he did an hour private work with the trainer, then did conditioning with another team since his team was off that night. Tuesday he did club keeper training, which was good again. They focused on first step movement, down and away and into oncoming shots. It was indoor, so no long stuff, but they did get in lots of touches on dives and did some shooting at the end. Wednesday was his team conditioning evening and they actually got some running in around the fields. Wyatt stepped it up in that and made a point out of challenging the field players to beat him on distance and speed. Thursday we were indoors again. They worked on the new formation, but without the keepers which irritated Wyatt since they have to understand how they fit in and what the expectation is for them and field guys. After that they did some striking and finishing work, and then scrimmaged a bit. Wyatt picked up the pace on his descision making and distributions, which caught several of the players on his squad off guard who were just sort of there and not really playing well or opening up good. He got some compliments from the coach on that. So this week looks like the fields will still be closed for the first half of the week. Practice is already canceled tonight, so he can decompress and re-charge althoug he did ask about hitting the local field to run and maybe punt a little. May hook up with a couple of the U14s, but I think we may just make him rest. This coming weekend is a doouble header versus two teams they haven't played before in previous seasons, Rio Grand Valley Torrros from south Texas and Kansas City, an MLS team academy. If the coach keeps the every other game rotation Wyatt should get the harder of the two starts, but after the hollower the other keeper let in Saturday, he may get benched for starting on both games.
  8. TJGOALKEEPING Traditional Negative Cut Glove Make & Model: TJGOALKEEPING Black and White Negative. Cut: Negative Cut, with mesh gussets in between fingers. Latex: Internal Latex: No Wrist Strap: Double Elastic Wrist Strap. Wrist Entry: Neoprene Glove Body: Mesh & Latex Finger Protection: No. Price: $60 AUD or £33 or $43USD Where From: www.tjgoalkeeping.com.au BUT you currently have to order through their Instagram, Facebook or via email. First Impressions Being my third pair from TJGoalkeeping, I should've learnt by now that their gloves fit extremely small. I went with my usual size 10, instead of going a size up and I immediately regretted it. Thankfully that's one of the only negative opinions I have towards these gloves. The gloves are of a extremely simplistic design, with an all black back-hand with white accents and a white palm. The latex is quite powdery straight out of the packet, and after two thorough pre-washes, they come alive. One aspect of the glove that I really enjoyed was the thickness of the double wrap elastic wrist strap, which is a lot wider than any other wrist strap that I've ever tried. Use I initially bought these gloves for the convenience of two-day shipping in Australia, as I needed a pair for the final 4 games of the season. The gloves were worn for those 4 games, along with a few goalkeeping sessions during the offseason. The gloves are quite odd, with the latex not being the tackiest in hand, but they somehow have the tendency to stick to every ball, irrelevant of how wet or dry the latex is. Every use has been in dry conditions. Durability wise the latex at the tips of all the fingers have begun to rapidly deteriorate, due to the small size and all uses being on astroturf fields. The wrist strap has also begun to tear and fray. All in all the gloves hold up extremely well, and whilst they don't have any fancy features or technology, they're a traditional glove that just gets the job done. One change I'd love TJ to make is to add latex in between the fingers, instead of the mesh that is currently there, and to fix their sizing issues. Other than that they're onto a winner here. Ratings (out of 10) Looks - 7.5 Fit - 6 (Fit really small, go up one size) Build Quality - 7 Dry Grip - 9 (Will remain the same until the latex is completely worn through) Wet Grip - N/A due to the dry Australian weather. Durability - 8 Overall - 7.5 Conclusion The gloves from TJGoalkeeping, are an extremely solid option for a training, or match glove for a Goalkeeper who is looking for a glove that just gets the job done well. Customer service is extremely good, and they will not hesitate to answer any questions or queries that you might have about the gloves. They will give you the same quality grip and confidence until the latex is completely worn through. I wouldn't hesitate in buying a pair from TJ, just remember to go a full size up to get the best fit! Pictures - Coming soon.
  9. Bucks Returns

    We have proper gone to crap now... Lost 2-3. Both our goals were down to fortune rather than good play. First goal player got in behind CB who chose not to give away the foul, I came out to close him down and he squared it. Imagine my horror when their *ONE* player somehow scored when surrounded by *FOUR* of our players. Second goal guy played a low cross, I tried to cut it out but the glare of the sun blinded me a bit, CB cleared but not well, I got up and ran across my goal as their RM was about to shoot and set myself and two of my defenders ran right in front of me. I literally saw the ball as it was going over my head. I'd have saved it if they hadn't blocked my view. Third Goal was a penalty that I almost saved. Needlessly given away. Kit: All Green Nike kit. Boots: Black Adidas Predator 18.1 SG's. Gloves: Adidas Predator Hybrid's.
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  11. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Quick turn on the video this time, not as busy of a game coming off the bench for Wyatt. U15 DA Game 5 vs Texans SC
  12. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Rain tried to cause trouble again this week, but the club lined up some turf fields for game day, so Wyatt got some more time between the sticks. This weekend they played the Texans SC from Houston. Keeper rotation saw the reserve start which was expected since these guys are usually the weakest team in the divison, but that wasn't the case. They are currently 4 places higher then us going into the game, with 2 games in hand for them. Coach tinkered with the roster since we were missing one of the starting mids (the captain out of a stupid red picked up for dissention in right as the ref blew the whistle last game). Also with it being an expected easier game, was time to give the reerves some chances to play as well. You could tell things were going to be off when the reserve keeper didn't really warm-up that well, which showed in the first few minutes of the game when he picked up a ball outside the box to give a free kick super early. He made the follow-up save though, which spared him getting pulled out earlier then planned. That seemed to get the other team fired up and they kept of the pressure with our boys playing lots of kick ball with little movement of the ball of the ground. Luckily they could manage to get anything solid on frame and the reserve just had to handle some through balls and some crosses that weren't contested. For out part the boys did managed to get a few looks at the goal, mostly coming from set pieces with the defensive mid almost netting a header 3 or 4 times. The half rolled around though with neither team scoring. The coach opted to leave the reserve in a little longer while making a few subs up front and in the mids to try and get some attack going more consistantly. Nothing really panned out as the keeper only connected once the entire first half and into the second with anyone on our team, basically turning any distribution other then short back passes into turnovers. A bad goalkick turned into a fast counter 5v3 that turned into a breakaway to the keepers left. He came out and went into a slide tackle type of save about 5 yards out and had the ball shot inside him on the ground to make it 0-1. Wyatt had been up warming up since the half, so the coach had him get his jersey on and subbed him in right after the restart. He spent a lot of time keeping the mids and back line pushed up which limited the work he had to do in the back. The coach also had subbed in most of the starters which made it easier for him to direct and play. He did a good job with his distributions and easiely handled the few balls that came into the box, with his real two saves being easy catches on the near post when the the other team tried the same play that scored the first goal. The boys got back into the game as well and started racking up the looks at goal, but the other coach had swapped his keepers out as well and their starter was in and made some nice saves to keep them 0-1 until about the last 5 minutes. At that point the defensive mid finally connected and put one in to make it 1-1. Our parents went crazy as did the boys, while their parents tried to rally their team. Our star forward though got really amped up and added a second yellow for unsportmans like behavior to get sent off with a few minutes left. Wyatt made one of his two saves after that and with the clock ticking down made a long punt to one of the forwards to run onto unoppsed in the back, but the ref whistled the game before it went much further. So not the ending the team wanted, but considering the fact that the boys didn't really start playing and fighting for the win until the last 20 minutes or so, alot better then they probably deserved against a team they should easiely have beaten. Rest of the week was a mixed up schedule. Fields were still closed due to flooding, so Monday was mostly conditioing at the local community college. It was more like punishment work though Wyatt said as the coach kept thumping them about the lazy performance that weekend. Tuesday the team did conditioning training with the club trainer, but the keepers had an indoor session which was the first club keeper session Wyatt has been to in over a month. He had a good time with that one, and the since they were indoors the coach worked more on fixing starting positions and low dives and parrys. Was good for Wyatt too as the dad of a older teammate was there. Guy was a keeper as well and had worked with Wyatt a few years back, but hadn't seen him since, so Wyatt got some good feedback on how well he was developing as well as some good pointers on a couple of things to work on from him. Thursday they were indoor for team training, where they focused on pressing and moving the ball out of pressure, but with the small indoor space it didn't seem to translate well to outdoor when the coach called a Saturday practice as well to get ready for the Sunday game. Saturday practice was lots of ball movement and working on connecting the lines together while avoiding playing into pressure. Since the goals were up due to the fields having flooded, Wyatt got to spend most of the practice playing with the ball at his feet in the passing and movement drills. No club stuff was Friday night private keeper training, with a focus on distributions based on notes the coach took after watching Wyatt and some of the other keepers play over the previous weekend. He built the drills on making a certain style of save and then playing to friendlies while opposing players moved around so the keeper had to be thinking when he came up to distribute. Sunday after the game Wyatt did his regular training with the skills trainer, but had a special treat when a U18 keeper came out to work on his short game, so him and Wyatt worked on distributions to the defense and mids in vairous forms. Wyatt has worked with this keeper before and likes seeing how he has progressed versus the older kid and was pleasantly surprised to be able to match him pretty much step for step in the drills. So this week we are hoping the fields dry out enough to get some outdoor practice before we head down to San Antonio to play a USL club team. Historically they give us a good game and the boys only really figured them out and near the end of the season. With the start forward out things could get interesting, becuase they always look for him and swamp him with defenders, him missing may case them to have to rethink that plan as other then him we really don't have a focused attacker thay is easy to identify and mark.
  13. Bucks Returns

    Lost 5-3 today against a team who only had ten men from the start. Fair to say we played awful, before they took the lead we should have scored about six. As it was we went in at half time 3-0 down. The team lacks discipline and players every week seem to have an excuse not to play. Only once in 8 games or so so far have I had the same back four in consecutive games. First goal they got in behind our LB and played it across the six yard box, we should have cleared it but our RB made a hash of it. I've gone from front to back post and he fooled me a bit as I thought he was going to smash it back from where I was coming and he rolled it in at my near post. Second goal they broke our offside trap, the whole backline stopped claiming offside, I've come out thinking I had to do something and ended up with the guy lifting it over me. Third goal from a free kick their tall CB got a powerful header, not really too sure what happened but I dived across to it somehow missed it with my hands and it hit my chest. It was a save of sorts, only trouble is no one picked up on the loose ball and their player reacted first to tap into the empty net. Fourth goal again they got in round behind our LB and a square ball to an unmarked player 8 yards out, he had practically the whole goal to aim at. And finally... Fifth goal. A break when we were pushing to get back into the game I narrowed the angle down, player hit a shot but my RB had slid in to block and as I dived to my left the ball flicked up off of his boot and over my despairing right foot that I was trying to adjust to get something on it. All in all not a great day at the office. Really frustrating especially when you consider 3-4 weeks ago we drew with top of the league and beat second, to turn out a performance like that was absolute garbage. And now the manager is thinking of jacking it in as he's had enough of being let down by players both on and off the pitch. Kit: All Black Nike kit (different shorts and socks to usual though). Boots: Black Adidas Predator 18.1 SG's. Gloves: Adidas Predator Hybrid's.
  14. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Longer one, had lots of touches in the last game, editor was giving me some fits again. U15 DA Game 4 vs FC Dallas
  15. I feel like I might have been a little harsh after last week. Sunday just gone I ended up wearing these mainly due to not being happy with my Popes after the warm up where I dropped practically everything into the goal. I think maybe these needed a bit of wearing in as they didn't feel as annoying Sunday. I do still feel like they need some tweaks but after last week I'd have probably rated them 4 out of 10 after this week I'd say a solid 7.5 going on an 8. I hope Adidas keep the hybrid for future colourways now. Or again at least resize the Fingertips. I've noticed a few pros in the Fingertip model, Ter Stegen, Trapp and Soria and they all look a lot more tailored.
  16. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Ugh, after a few weeks of limited indoor practice the team pretty much took a beating Saturday. They played the local MLS team FC Dallas, a good side, but one that historically the boys fare well against. Last season they won 2, tied, and lost one, and started this season with a 1-2 loss against them that surprised FCD. This game was a totally differient story. Apparently the bulk of the starters decided that they didn't reall need to keep up on their conditioning or skills training, so after about 20 minutes into the first half FCD's pressure wore down our mids and forwards and most the game was played in our half of the field. Wyatt had a few issues, starting with new shoes. He went up a size during the last week or so, but hadn't gotten used to them (same brand and type, just half a size larger) and whenever he does that it takes a few weeks of outdoor work to get his kicks back where they were. So his goalkicks where not spot on, but weren't bad, just not up to his usual standard. The coach decided to keep the right wing as the right back despite having no clue how to play defense and he basically held the door open on that side for every attack FCD ran through him. The mids got tired really fast and one of the centerbacks appeared more interested in the girls game a field over then the game he was playing in. The other centerback was more worried about looking good for a US team scout there to look at him (coach told him and the whole team so they could help him look good), so he spent a lot of the time trying to show off his former skills as a holding mid, which left the left back and two defensive mids trying to keep the other team from pelting Wyatt with shots. Wyatt did fairly well with his saves, picking off several crosses and higher balls into the box. He also made 4 saves back to back in a scrum in the box with half the playesr on the field in there with him. His distributions were sporadic in hitting their targets our got picked off when the targets didn't check in like they are supposed to. He got beat twice in the first half. First goal came off a turnover and the mid that went in against the right back who didn't get inside the player and basically chased him into the 18 where he bent a nice ball around a cluster of boys and off the far post. Wyatt said he didn't see the shot until late and didn't react, but later said he probably could have gotten to it if he had reacted. Second goal was like the one from last week, left back got overwhlemed and beat, pass across the box to two runners. Wyatt came out, but the kid beat him to it near post for the shot in close. After that the team turtled up for a bit through the half and into the second half. Wyatt played out about half the second, before the coach got tired of the grl watching centerback and subbed him out, and used that moment to sub out Wyatt as well. The other coach saw them sub out Wyatt and noted the subbing out at half of the good defensive mid and left back, and to the chance to sub out his starters for his bench warmers at the same time. Reserve keeper was in a couple of minutes when they went up 0-3 on a soft goal. He got caught centered in the goal when the attack came in from the fight (again) and started moving that way and they passed to his left and he sort of fell over/dived or something to his left thinking it was a shot and opened up the near post for a shot and the goal. After that the mids and forards were able to deal with the easier pressure from the reserve players to see the game out to the 0-3 loss. Cherry on top was the captain getting a red card for dissention (second yelllow) in the last second of the game for mouthing off at the ref. So next weekend he will be getting some time off. Afterwards the coach talked to them a bit about lack of effort. His one dig at Wyatt was not catching a ball in the 4 save run/scrum. I'm sure there will be more discussion of the performance tonight at practice, but Wyatt was pretty disgsted with the team. He private keeper coach came out to watch and other then a few minor techniical points on his distribution was happy with how Wyatt played, but was totally underwhelmed by the team as a whole. He commented on the fact in Brazil where he grew up and played pro that the coaches would have some serious discussions with players about continuing on with the team if they had acted and played that way in game. Outside of the game, the weather kept them off the fields for training and cancled the conditioning training. The did get 2 indoor sessions in. Coach tried to working on pressing on attack and defense, transitions, and passing out of presure into space, but the 5v5 field didn't help they drills transition well to the full field on game day. The coach also was on a lot of the boys about standing around and ball watching until it got close to them which resulted in line sprints several times. Wyatt did get in a good private keeper session Friday night before he game that focused on closing angles and clearing corners. Then Sunday he did a back to back keeper session and skills training session. The keeper session focused on some of the stuff the coach noted when he watched Wyatt's game as well as a couple of the other keepers. Skills session was mostly bringing down balls, turning and striking with your back to the goal, then lots of 1v1 and 2v2 drills. This week weather looks to be better and we should be back on the fields for training atleast a couple of days. The team faces off against the Houston Texans (former sister club) on Sunday. Typically a team that they can handle really easiely, but also one that is quick to capitalize on mistakes. Wyatt figures that based on the rotation that the reserve keeper will get the start, but really wants it for himself since as an easier game he can take time to work on trying to build up some confidence between him and the defense again.
  17. Bucks Returns

    And back down to Earth with a resounding bump. We lost 3-4 after extra time... 3-2 up in injury time and our players tried to go for goal... Conceded with the last kick of the game to go to extra time and then our team were just gone. Most of extra time the opposition were all over us and in the end with 5 minutes to go they scored the winner. I made a few decent saves today including tipping over a pile driver of a free kick I initially went the wrong way for. Although I seem to find one on one I'm not doing as well as I should. First goal we failed to clear a corner properly and their CB swept it bottom corner from the edge of the box through a crowd of players. Second goal we lost possession, quick break found their striker in the box 12 yards out and he hit it past me, I can still feel the ball whistling under my hand, so annoying. The equaliser we failed to deal with a long throw and their striker hit it on the turn and volley. One of those I was full stretch and as I was diving in the air I could just see the ball getting further and further away from my outstretched hands. The winner the ball was played through the middle of our defence, Centre Back didn't chase as he was trying to play offside. I came out ut the guy slotted it low to my left. I got a hand to it but it slithered under and in. Definitely think I could have got a stronger hand to it at least. Gutting really as we were our own undoing and the team we played we should be beating, I guess on the bright side being out of the cup means it's less likely we will have to play double headers as we are still in two other cups yet anyway. Kit: All Green Nike kit. Boots: Adidas Predator 18.1 SG's. Gloves: Adidas Predator Hybrid's.
  18. The BIG goalkeeping glove brand list

    There's also Rectrix Sports https://rectrixsport.com/ Own The Box https://www.ownthebox.co.uk/ (Bought a couple of their gloves - excellent value for £15)
  19. The BIG goalkeeping glove brand list

    Yeah think I’ve heard that as well, they’re still doing their keepersport range as well
  20. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Wacky week with no game due to the continued monsoon season. Wyatt had 2 team practices, both indoors this week. They focused on passing and ball movement from the keeper through to the forwards. First session ended with striking and finishing since the reserve keeper was absent, second session they ended with a scrimmage since the reserve was there. Wyatt said the coach was pleased with his foot skills progression, flipping the criticism onto the reserve keeper for some lack of effort and general touch, as well as poor ball handling. I didn't see the practices as I was out of town on business so not sure what was happening with that. There was no club keeper training, and the team conditioing session was canceled due to a small river deciding to flow through the training area for a day or two. He did manage to get in one private keeper session and a skills session on Sunday. The keeper session focused on coming off the line and closing the angle on 1v1s with a sequence on follow-up saves should you not control the save or clear it out safely. It was rather muddy so enjoyed the sliding aspect and also got another chance to use his softground cleats which he is really liking. Standard cleats are good for most the field conditions locally, but lately with the rain and last year a few times SG cleats would have been nice to have, so his mom has added a pair to his gear bag recently. They are pretty hard to find good ones locally (he wears Tiempos) so we had to order them from europe. Of course everyone is freaking out about them because they aren't used to seeing cleats with the metal core studs. But after watching him move and cut without slipping they have starting looking into some of their own. For the skills session it was the regular routine of first touch and control, with a lot of core exercises to work on the mid strength. Not much else for the last week. Going into this coming week the weather seems to be clearing up and sunny, so maybe we will be back out on the fields so they can get ready for their re-match versus FC Dallas this coming weekend. After the close game last time and what appears to be a struggling FCD team, they are feeling pretty good about their odds this coming weekend.
  21. The BIG goalkeeping glove brand list

    90% certain that 'Rehab' is just a line/model of Gloves made by Keepersport.
  22. The BIG goalkeeping glove brand list

    There’s a company called Rehab on keepersport as well now
  23. Finally got to wear these today. I've got to be honest though I'm really not sold on them right now. The latex at the ends of the fingers really isn't as well done as on the actual fingertip models and kind of makes the stitching dig into my fingers. The palm also isn't very wide at all so it feels like there's not a lot of latex to ball contact. And I haven't been THAT impressed with the wrist bandage on any of the new Predator gloves. Used to get a decent right fit on the wrist. Even if I tighten these as much as I can before I run out of velcro they aren't that tight and then you end up with a massive flappy bit of wrist strap. I think the idea is good but Adidas need to iron out some of the flaws... OR, Make the Fingertip model properly like they used to rather than massively over sizing them.
  24. Bucks Returns

    A fine result today in what was an even affair for the most part we found ourselves 2-0 down to SCR Reserves with 20 minutes to play and came back to win 2-3. In a game I didn't have a lot to do really just clearing up balls. 0-0 at half time. A few tip overs but as I say no major saves, first goal swung across from our left, Centre Mid should have hooked it clear but to mine and my RBs despair he left the ball and it went straight to their Right Mid who took a touch and drilled it low. It was one of those where I got an arm to it but not sure if I should have done better, or was just a bit unlucky. Second goal the ball was switched across the pitch, our LB was caught out of position, he got back but the man back heeled it to a team mate unmarked who took a touch and again drilled it low past my dive. Still as I say we got the win due to our set pieces. To be fair I claim part of it as I purposely told the captain to go Down hill and with the sun behind us second half. I'd like to think both played a part. Hip is still got great and kicks from the ground are really suffering at the moment. Kit: All Black Nike Kit Boots: White Adidas Predator 18.1 SGs. Gloves: Adidas Predator Hybrid's.
  25. Bucks Returns

    Played indoors last night. Wish I hadn't, was really average and we have a big game this Sunday.
  26. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Highlights for the last game. Unfortunately the camera operator seemed to have decided to not record the first 20 minuts of the second half, so alot of the good things that Wyatt didn't make the reel. U15 Game 3 vs Dynamo Youth
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