Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Team Debut & First Goals

Things have been very busy since the end of the summer break, I’ve been playing lots of games. I made my debut for the first team in a game against FK Mjølner a few weeks ago. It was a nice feeling for me to play my first game for the first team and it was also a great weekend with the team. The game was way up North in a town called Narvik, it was pretty cool to see another town in the North of Norway, it's very beautiful up there. By the way, we won the game 3-1!

I also scored my first two goals for the club in a reserve game right after the summer break, in a game against Korsvoll IL. I was thrilled when my first goal went into the back of the net. My second goal in the same game was a very special goal for me. I can’t remember scoring a better goal in the past couple of years, it was probably the best goal I’ve scored in my time in Europe so far. The other team cleared the ball from near their left-corner flag and it came straight out to me and I hit it first time, from at least 25 yards. The ball couldn’t have been hit better; it flew into the far right hand corner. I’m happy with how things are going at the moment. I’m playing 90 minutes every week and feel like I’m developing as a player.

I've also started doing a lot of coaching for the club. I’m the head coach of the club’s U17 team, which is a good challenge for me. I’m not much older than the players on the team, but it’s a great experience for me to work with a good group of young players. They had their first game last night and we won 3-2. The club also held some summer camps last week. I worked with the U14 girls all week and they were a fantastic group, I really enjoyed coaching them. They also taught me some Norwegian, which was great. I believe the club has a few other youth programs which I’ll be involved with on the coaching side, so I’m getting a lot of good experiences all around.

It was also nice for me to have a visit from my mom. She came for a few weeks and was able to see me play a few games. I was sad to see her go home, but we had a really good time in Oslo together. I think things will calm down a bit now over the next couple weeks and hopefully I’ll have a chance to update the blog a bit more often. I will post some game pictures soon.


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