To hang out with the team is the best thing
FBC Kalmarsund is an experienced club in Gothia Innebandy Cup. This was not least noticeable in their B14 team, where there were both players and coaches who have participated before. They are especially attracted by everything that surrounds the games.
Samuel Axflo, 14, plays in FBC Kalmarsund. This year he played the Gothia Innebandy Cup for the third time. A tournament he associates with hanging out in classrooms.
”The most fun thing about playing Gothia is hanging out with the team. This year we brought a TV to the classroom so we could play Fifa”, he says.
The first time he played the tournament was 2018. But his best memory is from 2019, when they advanced to the quarterfinals.
”The match was decided on penalties. In the final penalty, the opponent’s goalkeeper sat down on the ball and thought he had saved. He got up quickly and started celebrating, but then the ball rolled into the goal and we won the match”, he recalls.
FBC Kalmarsund has their base both in Färjestaden on Öland and in Kalmar. The club has participated in the Gothia Innebandy Cup many times. FBC Kalmarsund started as a collaboration between various clubs in and around Kalmar. One who started play before it became FBC Kalmarsund is Viktor Johansson, 21. He is the coach of the B14 team that participated this year and has been with them for all the three tournaments that the team participated in. When he was twelve years old he himself played Gothia with, of that time, Färjestaden IBK.
”This year we stayed at Katrinelundsskolan, in the same corridor that I stayed in when I was here and played”, he says.
For him, the Gothia Innebandy Cup is much more than just floor ball.
”It’s a special feeling, both me and the guys love the cup. Here we get to meet many teams that we don’t meet otherwise, for example teams from the Czech Republic”, Viktor says.
During this year’s tournament it was obvious that it wasn’t only the players who now are experienced. The team had great support on the stands and the crowd brought with them both pats and drums.
”We hear them well, it’s a better feeling to play here than at home”, Viktor Johansson says.
So in 2019 they reached the quarterfinals in playoff A. Unfortunately this year’s tournament ended in the first game in playoff A. They lost to Partille IBS, a team that went on to win the whole tournament.
But who knows, maybe FBC Kalmarsund will get their revenge next year.
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