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Ladies and Gentlemen...Start Your engines!

2016 / 02 / 21

Let’s start of with the biggest bang of them all. GOLD for the 17u Rangers. Wow what a turnaround for this team. With the injury bug plaguing them at their first Premier event this season the Rangers had a very disappointing finish to say the least. Their relegation to Championship and missing the 3rd event of the season in order to play in the US meant that Coach Dunning was prepared to remove the last OVA event from his calendar if it meant playing in Championship again. Well some how the gods were smiling on this group and the final spot in the Grand Prix event held in Burlington was awarded to them. 

The event actually must have been a huge eye opener for many teams as the 7th and 8th seed met in the final. The competition was fierce as in our pool their was a three way tie for first. Wins over the Pakmen 16u team in three and our second straight win against the Ottawa Fusion 17’s in straight sets. However a three set loss to the Number one seeded Titans would eventually lead to a three way tie in the pool and for us a challenging third place finish on day 1. This brings about it a steep hill for a team to climb. Play more potential games than anyone else on Day 2 if you want to win. A Pre-quarter straight set win over the 4th place team (Niagara Rapids) from Pool B would get them a quarter final date with the Number 2 seeded Lakeside group that were hosting.  A decisive third set (15-11) win would see them come up against a well rested Pakmen 16u group that received a bye to the semis due to their 1st place standing on Saturday as a result of that 3 way tie I mentioned earlier. Well maybe the sleep wasn’t the best thing for these youngsters as a hungry and determined group of Rangers cruised through in straight sets to the final by very lopsided scores. Here they met the Aurora Storm group the caused so many problems last year for our troops. The Final of the Grand Prix are set to be best of 5 affairs unlike any other tournament. Coach Bruce Dunning’s Rangers decided they were going to keep the number to almost the minimum and came up with their most complete performance of the season winning 3-0 over the Storm and claim victory in the first Premier tournament at 17u boys ever for our club. Congratulations to each and every man on the roster as we are told it was a complete team effort required to get the job done. The coach knew there was a tough road to be had in this event if day one didn’t go our way. Well, his Rangers paved that road with hard work and great team play to be the Golden path. Lookig forward to OC’s with great anticipation.

On the women’s side of the Grand Prix schedule. The 17u Gold Rush were also the last team to earn a spot in the draw and it was actually their first Premier event of not only the season but in their careers for most of the girls. These prospectors were out to make the most of the chance. Saturday would turn out to be a horrendous weather day to say the least. Matches against the 17u Vortex (Storm) team that dominates this age group would be a straight set loss but respectable scores for a first time match-up (18-25 and 20-25) Getting that out of the way the girls proceeded to win against the 16u Typhoon (Storm) team in three blustery games only to find themselves smack in the middle of a Hurricane (Halton). This one proved to be a little to strong for our intrepid band and they succumbed in three sets. The third place finish set up Sunday just as it did for the boys. A 3rd vs B 4th cross over which our girls were successful over E381 Megga setting up a rematch with the 16u Storm girls which becomes a tough challenge mentally…beating a good team twice in the same event. But coach Judy Mousseau’s charges found a way and finished the tournament with a 5th place standing in their first ever Premier event. “Big steps for us, I really feel like we are making strides.” Said coach Judy as she reflected on the progress of the season. “Still more ahead” makes me feel we will hear more from this group in April.

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