Sunday in Ukraine, and probably the hottest day yet. My game wasn't until 4.45pm but as usual I was down at the stadium for the first game of the day, before wandering off in search of something that resembled British food for lunch. Found some pasta....close enough! Also attempted to order some proper coffee in my best Ukranian...10 minutes and 3 staff members later I eventually got one. More practice needed I think.
Penarth had the second game today, and another loss meant they would play at 8.30am on the final day in the relegation game...bad news for them, good news for me as I would definitely avoid the game nobody wants! I had the hosts in the final game, which meant a sizeable crowd and a great atmosphere. They recorded the biggest victory of the tournament 17-0...a good test for me of staying focussed! 2 yellow cards later and it was back to the hotel for dinner and a UM briefing on shoot-outs should one of the games get that far tomorrow. There is no pool C or D here, so all 4 games tomorrow are winner takes all - the winners of the first 2 games will retain their status in this division, and the winners of the last 2 games will be promoted to the trophy division next year. 2 reserve appointments for tomorrow on games 2 and 4, looking forward to what should be a great day of hockey!