National Junior Team
|Nat'l Team Info
A beginning. Thats the best way to
describe 1997 for the national junior team. It had been two years since Norway last
fielded a national team, this team was expected to be something different. But the way the
project was decided to be conducted left parts of the Norwegian football scene with a bad
taste in their mouths. The national team at first worked more like a team on its own,
recruiting players with no previous experience and practising three times a week.
Practising this often meant that only players from a certain area (you guessed it: Oslo)
could be part of the team. So technically, this was no national team. But things changed,
and hectic activity the last couple of months before the Nordic championship led to a
change in nature of the team and in the coaching staff. Dr. Bob O'Connor left the Head
Coaching job and Val Gunn entered it.
The national juniors played several
practise games, most notably beating Hamar Ruins 22-21. In September the team travelled to
the Nordic junior championship where they first met Sweden, losing by a whopping 55-0 in a
game where the Norwegians only gained two first downs; both by penalties...