Day 5: HVFC U10 in Italy

A more-than-full day of double sessions in training was enjoyed yesterday, plus watching the Champions League game where Real Madrid won over Bayern Munich late into the night at 11pm, meant the little guys were all worn out. A few overslept past the breakfast meeting wake up call to be awoken by their teammates.

5 adults took off at 7am, bound for a tour in Rome to return later in the night. As we know, our last set of supporters, including a player and family members, departed Jamaica and England respectively today to swell our numbers to 41.

At breakfast, everyone was behaved as expected. There was a light drizzle outside, which meant cooler conditions inside each room. Rest was planned for this morning, and the 10am technical meeting reviewed the Real Madrid game victory.

Parents were free to schedule alternative activities as kids relaxed through lunch, ahead of 3:30pm training up the hill. After the afternoon session completed, we descended the hillside to enjoy our 7pm dinner.

We played a team guessing game in the lobby to predict who will win and what would be the exact score in the UEFA Champions League semifinal return match between Roma hosting Liverpool FC, in Rome, Italy. All the squad members registered there preferred scoreline with Mummy Nadria in writing as the game began at a brisk pace. Like last night, an early goal kick-started the contest as Liverpool’s Mane notched one in in the fifth minute. Two more first half goals were converted to really warm up the proceedings, as LFC led 2-1 at halftime. The jubilant squad were more than satisfied as Roma equalised early in the second half, but most players were losing out with their guesses. Nainggolan’s 86th minute Roma stunner virtually ended the contest as all guesses were deemed null and void. The boys argued amongst themselves while rejoicing in the Liverpool victory. Still, a later penalty was awarded in the 90th plus 3 minutes to be slammed home; Roma 4-2, but not enough to force extra time as it ended in favour of Liverpool 7-6.

Game concluded, bedtime called. Tomorrow is another day.