The japanese team charmed the audience
The B12 team Toyosato HC charmed everyone at Valhalla today.
The offensive japanese side played such nice handball that they quickly got a swedish cheering section.
The twelve-year-olds in Toyosato HC have traveled all the way from the city of Tsukuba on the island of Honshu in Japan. They have acclimatized quickly in Gothenburg. At lunch time on Tuesday they played their first match in the Partille Cup. The estonian team HC Viimsi couldn’t stop the small, quick and smart japanese players when they attacked over and over again. When the match was over, Toyosato HC had won with 28 goals against 18.
Each player has his name on the shirt. Names like Keisuke, Kenshin, Sora, Kotaro, Keiya and Rihito played excellent handball. Many people outside the pitch thought that Toyosato HC played beautiful handball. In fact, their group opponent HK Ankaret from south Sweden cheered loudly for the blue dressed japanese side and repeatedly screamed “Arigatou”, which means thank you in japanese. The players were happy after their first win in the world’s largest handball tournament.
– We played good today. The lads shoot well. We want to make Japan proud, says Toyosato HC:s head coach Kei Hotta.
This is the first time the japanese team visits Gothenburg and the Partille Cup.
– We like Gothenburg. It is a great city and we think that it is very clean, says Kei Hotta.