Christoffer Lindgren, Degerfors, Division 6 Östra Varmland, forest clearing, Hedvallen, Henrik Skallare, Immetorps, Jack Rojo, Javad Allpour, Johan Karlsson, John Haniel Polintan, Magnus Moberg, Nordmarks, Robin Lywe, Stefan Olsson
Friday 25th May 2012 ko 19.00
Division 6 Östra Varmland
NORDMARKS I.F 3 (Skallare 10 Rojo 43 Allpour 77)
IMMETORPS BK II 1 (Karlsson 75)
Coffee (Kaffe) 10sek
Pennant FREE (Gratis)
From Borås we started the long drove back towards Stockholm. There was plenty to do on the way though with a trip to Degerfors to buy the tickets for the imminent Swedish hop game and a trip to Immetorp to meet up with Dennis Gustafsson who’s organising the hop’s visit to his club. That will be superb, but he was rather worried about raising a side for his reserve side’s game that evening at Nordmark. He was worried enough to name himself on the bench, and was just a touch more worried when Kim and I admitted to him that we were going!
We drove on to Karlstad, and dumped our bags at the hotel before heading north-east for around 80km through the most exquisite forests and lakes. Just when I though we couldn’t get any further into the middle of nowhere, Kim turned left into a forest clearing and there was the ground that Kim calls his own, Hedvallen (His surname is Hedwall).
Is this the perfect ground for a hopper? If not, its close with its trees, wooden stand, and pretty clubhouse in one corner. I should point out that I haven’t had to alter any of the pictures for this piece. It was simply a case of point and shoot for the perfect photo.
Dennis was correct to be nervous, as his team were second best on a quite appalling pitch, that cut up further during a Wagner-esque thunderstorm during the second half. Nordmarks took the lead when Henrik Skallare headed home powerfully from a free kick from the left. It was more or less continuous home pressure with a young-looking Immetorp team having to work hard to keep the score down. Their defence was breached once more before half-time, and once again it was due to a cross from the left, and there was Jack Rojo to blast home from a full 8 yards out.
The second half saw Immetorps come into the game a little more, at least managing to attack on the counter. Christoffer Lindgren tripped on a divot when clean through, and before Stefan Olsson saw his shot beaten away by Nordmark keeper Magnus Moberg. Nordmark responded with pace and the duo of John Haniel Polintan and Javad Allpour causing the visting defence real problems. Polintan missed a brace of gilt-edged chances before Immetorp gained their consolation, with Johan Karlsson lifting a through ball over Moberg from 8 yards out.
That produced a quick reaction from Nordmark, with Robin Lywe’s cross finding Allpour at the back post. He still had plenty to do, but managed to dance round his marker before firing home.
We had a chat to Dennis at the end of the proceedings. He seemed happy to have got the game played without any problems, and was clearly looking forward to the groundhop game. As are we Dennis!
There was a lovely touch from Nordmarks as Kim and I were about to leave. The chairman dashed out and presented us with a pennant each. Now all we’ve got to do is work out how to get a coach load of hoppers to this valhalla.