Jymyn vahvistukset ovat lähteneet takaisin rapakon taakse, tässä Andie Malloyn tunnelmia kauden jälkeen Suomesta, Mestaruusliigasta sekä Jymyn toiminnasta.
Before I came to Finland the only things I knew about it were that the people are very friendly, coffee is a popular drink of choice, it is REALLY cold and the northern lights. I quickly discovered the White Tree Cafe in Seinäjoki and visited at least once a week – they have amazing cakes and coffee drinks. For me that reminded me of home because I go to cute little coffee shops like that one all the time at home. Since I’m from Texas this weather was (and still is) hard for me to get used to – so you could say I miss the Texas heat a little bit.
I was very impressed with the level of competition in the Finnish league. Coming from Germany last season I didn’t quite know what to expect since all countries have a very different style of play. I have loved playing volleyball at the professional level in both countries for many different reasons. Every game was always a test and I loved the challenge. We went through a lot of ups and downs as a team this season but I couldn’t have gotten through it with any other group of girls. The girls of all ages that I was surrounded by on a daily basis helped make the experience really great for me. These are friendships that I will have for a very long time. I’m also very grateful for the supportive fans, and the staff of the club that would always go above and beyond to make sure that I was taken care of and felt welcomed.
While I do wish that I had come in August so I could have started training with the team sooner, I’m so grateful that I was able to come at all. Teemu the strength coach helped us to maintain our strength throughout the whole season – he really knew what he was doing and helped me to play at my best come game day. I really appreciate all that he did for us and the awesome warm-ups that he would lead.
Kari and Eevis are two of the kindest people I have ever met. I appreciate all of the sacrifices they made for this team. They always approached each day with a smile and a positive spirit.
The people I have had the pleasure of meeting in Finland have become a second family to me and while this season didn’t end quite like we had hoped, I’m hanging on to the wonderful memories that were made here!
Miss you already!