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Weekend round-up March 3rd

2018 / 03 / 05

Whenever 15u girls are on the court my head spins with who and where we are, with 4 teams and all 4 14u teams playing up we could run a tournament of our own.

Let's start with the Ambush who coach Spack tells me have proven to themselves that they can compete with the best once they rid themselves of those late match gremlins. A top 4 was the goal at Premier however those gremlins; aka unforced errors- lead to the girls once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on several occassions none more evident than in the 3rd set against the #2 ranked Synergy. A 9-6 lead in the third quickly vanished as the more experienced girls from Scarborough were able to force our hand and that pressure along with injuries resulted in the 9th place standing and a wait and see for Provincials which is next on the radar.

At the Select tier level coach Pat Henderson played a similar tune with a slightly less of putting note at the end. A three way tie in their pool left the Stampede in 2nd position. A solid but never fully threatening effort in the quarters left them up against a solid Leaside team. Its what the coach refers to as a "bounce back match" the girls regained their swaggar and took the 5th place spot heading home to OC's.

With no teams at Championnship tier level, we saw a lot of home town or nearby play at two different Trillium level events.

In Cornwall, the 14u Outlaws were able to run the table with the only set getting coach Tanguay's heart racing being the final a 31-29 barn burner resulting in a gold medal.

The 15u Scouts came out on fire winning both pool matches over the Vikings and Pumas. Possibly a little over the top with joy the Scouts let a great quarter final opportunity slip through their hands losing a thrilling 13-15 third set to Cornwall. Undaunted coach Joanne Faucher's girls returned to form in the placement match defeating Titanium White handily for a 5th place finish. 3-1 on the day has to have these girls believing they are ready for the journey to Waterloo.

Closer to home no fewer than 4 teams were on court at Mer Bleue. The first happening of note was a sudden turn around for coach Rose Bergeron and the Desperados. After losing every match in their last event they came out blazing winning both pool matches including a stunner over the 15u Trailblazers to win the pool. However the playoffs treated the young upstart a little rougher losing back to back against Fusion 14u and 15u to finish 7th. Coach Andrew Postma's 14u Banditas had a rough morning but when I was courtside I was encouraged by the style of play and the take no prisoners attitude of these girls. While this was their final 15U OVA I know a return to the 14u group with this conviction will make for some happy girls in Waterloo. The 14u Raiders were the victims of the Desperados success, while they modestly went through pool play maintaining their #1 seed they were rudely met by the 15u Trailblazer who finished second to the Desperados. A mighty battle ensued on court 2 to start each team's playoff run. It was the older more composed Trailblazers who prevailed and moved as the only Maverick representative to the final 4. The Raiders would rebound to finish 5th however the Trailblazers again stumbled in both the semi final to Kingston and the Bronze to that pesky 14u Fusion group for a 4th place finish.

The 17u Rangers were at the two GrandPrix the Rangers got off the mat after going Oh-fer in the their first day pool but still were unable to overcome les Geants from Quebec in the consolation semis but with a reduced line-up were able to pull off their final match with a win over the hometown Rapids.

 Okay returning to 15u we now turn to the boys division where both the 15u PHP teams were on the court along with our 14u Bandits trying to iron out the bugs for provincials.

At 15u boys Premier the revolving door of champions continued with Storm pulling this one out of their hat and our #2 Ranked Chargers falling hard to 5th. Things seemed to be moving along fine for Coach Rainville's guy winning their pool by big scores, maybe too big. Lurking behind quarter-final door #1 was the only other 15u team to win at Premier coming in. So the two previous champs battled it out in the quarters, not what either one hoped for, well maybe in the finals but not this early. The Missasauga boys had been stunned by their Black squad in pool and had to play a pre-quarter. Maybe this extra match along with a long rest for the Chargers resulted in a very one sided affair with PAkmen having their way with our guys. A good sign was the rebound performance to finish 5th but still an opportunity lost to guarantee a top two at OC's.

At Championship, our Cavalry was a bit late to the afternoon charge and despite having a perfect pool performance. Winning their quarters vs DRVC they fell hard and early to Fusion losing 25-9 in the first set. Battling to force a third they were unable to pull it off and came up short in the bronze as well with a straight set loss to their 14u brothers the Bandits. Those same Bandits are a team who coach Mike Spears tells me was "on fire". These youngsters came to the show not initimidated by any of the older teams. Winning their pool with an exciting pair of 25-23 victories over eventual champs Ottawa Fusion they knocked off Durham Attack in the quarters. Suffering their only loss  to the Thundercats in the semis. A rebound win against the Cavalry was bronze icing on the cake for our new rising stars.

Looking a little younger down the boys side our 13u guys were down to only 7 players as they slugged it out in Markham. A quick look at pool play shows an early 12-15 loss in the third to Niagara putting the boys down to second in their pool. However young coach Cameron Milsap gathered his guys and mounted a charge. The Copperheads dominated Phoenix Flare in straight sets and were also able to prevail against a stubborn Pakmen 12u. The dream came crashing down when it looks like injury may have caused the team to default the second set of their semis and the entire bronze medal game. We hope that whomever is hurt is able to recover soon.

The 12u Spurs were also in Markham and geared up for the first ever 12u Ontario Championships by finishing 2nd in pool and winning their prequarter over host Markham to get to the top 8. A tough quarter final loss to Oakville 13u coach Mohammed's troops got back to it defeating the 12u group also from Oakville to finish t-5 at this the final 13u event.

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