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Monday Report

2018 / 03 / 26

Let's start at the top with the 18 teams this week. The boys Mustangs were in Burlington for the Grand Prix while the Broncos were in Championship in Burlington,

The Mustangs had a near perfect weekend sweeping their 4 team pool on Friday including wins over arch rivals Durham Attack and KW Predators. The record put them in the semi-final vs Forest City who when they last met eliminated the 'Stangs from the B.A.N.E. final. Time for payback apparently as the Mustangs raced to a win and a rematch with the Preds in the finals. In the best of 5 final unfortunately the boys were not sharp at managing the ball according to head coach Frank St-Denis and opportunites got away that may have held the edge. In the end this was their second Silver Medal which along with a Gold will cement the #2 seed at OC's.

Coach Linda Melnick's  Broncos also entered their event as the #2 seed. The team was hot early and like the Mustangs took their hot streak into the finals where they played the host Leaside Lightning and were also forced to settle for a Silver as well. Still an outstanging result leading in to the Provinicals, looking forward to more excitment as these ladies wrap up their club careers with Waterloo and Edmonton to come.

At 16u again on the XY side, the Longhorns were in the GrandPrix two day event in Stratford. Like their older brothers these young studds ran the table including an amazing 10-21 comeback vs REACH in their final match to steal the first set which was crucial to winning the match and pool. On Sunday they showed up ready to play early and once again did not disappoint; defeating the same FC club as the Mustangs, in straight sets. This too set up a rematch for the boys in black with REACH defeating Noir et Or in a thrilling 3 set semi. After the lesson the day before the 'horns were ready, not allowing their adversaries to get a foot in the door this time. With great serving by the entire team and stellar reception, ball control gave coach MacLean's group the early 2-0 lead. A stumble on the reception side and loss of a key player in the third, seemed to set up a comeback for REACH but minor adjustments to the line-up and incredible contribution by the new P2 and RS positions reignited the boys for a 3-1 win and a second straight Gold. Pretty sure the math on this means a #1 seed for OC's.

On the girls side our BlackJacks competed in the Select division where Coach Walker's gals took home the Bronze medal.

At Championship the Ambush, Gamblers and Stampede all duked it out in Orleans at C.C. Mer Bleue. Results still not posted so I will revisit this one soon.

On the boys side at Championship three squads all paddled upstream to Pembroke to square off. In the end the Bulls were rounded up by the 15u Chargers in the Bronze medal game and the 15u Cavalry, while late in the show at 8th; provided coach Claude Ferland with some great evidence an age group up that his team is ready to do battle heading in to the OC's.

Finally on the girls side again the Aces went down the 416/401 to Kingston and fought hard every match giving coach Stephane Beaulieu their best in the 5th place match with a straight set win to end the day. Again showing more and more imporvement each event.

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Inspiration
 
“ It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference. ”
– Paul "Bear" Bryant
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