Germany's Under 17 goes back to camp

Mon, Jul 12, 2010 1:02 PM

The Under-17 Germany team have spent a very worthwhile four days of cricket at their training camp in Monchengladbach, their medic Dr. Christa Wirkner-Thiel has written a diary of the camp and the thoughts looking forward to the European U17 Division 2 tournament in Isle of Man.

Dr. Christa Wirkner-Thiel

For the 2nd time the U17 Team followed the invitation of their sport manager Sai Cholleti and met for a training Camp in Monchengladbach for intense training and to select the team for the ICC European tournament U17 Division 2 at the end of July on the Isle of Man.

The sport facilities at this British Army location are extremeley good with 14 extremely motivated young players between 14 and 17 years of age enjoyed 4 days of cricket accompanied and supported by Sai Cholleti and their coach Dave and myself, Dr. Christa Wirkner- Thiel. Everybody was excited to meet again after the last training some a few months ago. We had a lot of fun with the professional instructions and team exercises of Silvia Doberenz. All the players showed a considerable self discipline, joy and commitment and expressed their passion and drive to perform. What a team spirit and what an increase of the cricket skills since the last meeting and during these 4 days!

Having hardly unpacked their luggage the players met on the cricket field for the first training session. Team training alternating with individual instructions, cricket matches and competitions continued every following day and offered rich possibilities to master the player´s qualities.

The Coach Dave told of his experience: "You never reach the ideal, there is always something to improve", the boys played, trained, fought with enthusiasm. Even in spite of tension and muscle aching matches and training went on from morning to evening, interrupted only by a short breakfast, sweet imbiss or pizza. The enthusiasm of Dave and Sai seemed to be infectious. All the boys not only showed a brilliant performance, but they helped and supported each other in an exemplary way.

Everybody congratulated Krishna Cholleti when he scored a century! On Sunday evening the U 17 Team left already looking forward with great confidence to achieve one of the first places in the competition of the European Tournament 2 weeks later. All Cricket friends: keep your fingers crossed for our U 17 team.

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