On May 11-17, Nook Academy players Brooke DeBerdine and Jillian Wolgemuth had the opportunity to play in Germany with the USA U19 national team. Last year was the first time that the duo represented the national team where they toured Belgium as members of the U17 National Team.
After landing in Frankfurt, the team took a bus to Bad Kreuznach, the town where they stayed and played their games. Since Germany is six hours behind the United States, the first two days were strictly for practicing and resting due to the time change.
The first game for the team was against the U18 German National Team. Germany scored in the first minute of game play of the first game in the series. The German style of game play was a bit different than USA’s style of play. Germany beat the USA 8-1 in the first game, 4-1 in the second game, and 5-0 in the third. Although not the result that USA was looking for, the team watched film and practiced to improve. The main goal was to improve each game, which USA did. According to DeBerdine, “Each player was able to take away something that we learned from the Germans and implement it into or improve our personal skills.”
DeBerdine notes, “The Germans were very nice hosts. Some of our players even got to trade some of our USA gear for their Germany gear. The field hockey club that we played at felt like a community. There were restaurants, walking paths, and rivers around. The area we stayed in was beautiful and very different than the facilities where we train in the USA. My family was also fortunate enough to travel on the trip as well. Overall, my best experience was getting the chance to wear USA on my jersey and represent my country. This trip is something I will never forget. Without my coaches at The Nook’s field hockey club, I would not have been able to get to Germany.”