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Week #6 - Bring on the holidays… the medal parade continues. 3-2-1

2014 / 12 / 15

Let’s start at home where the 13U Sidewinders and Rattlers were hosting at what I like to call the snake pit (aka Samuel Genest). These are the newcomers to the club and had to travel to Oshawa to their first OVA event so this time around they had the luxury of staying at home in their comfy beds.

The Rattlers had an exciting morning in pool play with a win and an exciting and close loss putting them in second. This gave them a chance to play in the quarterfinals. A tough loss there put them into the consolation round where they were able to wrestle out a win for a fifth place standing away from their sisters the Sidewinders. They found the going tough with a few games on the line. Unable to get over the hump they did have moments of greatness that kept a distracted Coach Sweet smiling through the day.

A big shout out to the parents and coaches of this group for stepping up and hosting and filled in as tournament convenor at the last minute with a family situation for the Sweet family. All the girls are wishing their best to coach Mitch for a speedy recovery.

Also here in Ottawa at a rare 12 team event between two schools; where 1 third of the teams wore the Maverick colours and the fire and fury came out fast. The 16U Trailblazers were looking to move up to join the Outlaws in the Championship Tier; a tall order to fill on any given Saturday. Taking care of pool play easily the girls faced off against their own 15U HP sisters under coach Chico in the quarterfinals. The Trailblazers made sure they kept the young ones in their place and raced on the semis with a solid win over the 16U Fusion team to earn a berth in the finals. Waiting there was a pesky Kingston crew who was trying to rebound from their first tournament of the year. The Pegasus girls had found their wings and held off our Mav girls and won an exciting finals. This result puts Pegasus up in Championship and Coach Shaheen’s silver medalist in a holding pattern to see who  will draw the wildcard berth will be to move up. Stay tuned to learn their fate.

After the loss to the Trailblazers Coach Chico finished the event with a win and a 5th place finish a good showing in an age group up. However also playing up were the 15U HP Stampede who managed to win their way into the medal round. A tough loss to the aforementioned Pegasus group put Coach Krawchuk’s team into the bronze where they were able to compound the troubles for the Fusion crew with a big win and a bronze.

The 16U Derringers won their pool and had a quarter final match up against the 16U Fusion. They lost a tight three set match againt the 16U Fusion but bounced back to claim 5th beating the 15U Fusion.

On the road this weekend, the Outlaws were off to Oshawa for the Championship level tournament with their eyes squarely on the big prize of a trip to the Premier division. Stumbling a bit in pool play with consecutive losses in 3 sets was not what Coach Nguyen had in mind but his girls proved they had the strength to rebound and started the long road back. Playing in the pre-quarter against their cross town rival 16u Ottawa Fusion Explosion the girls came setting the pace hot and took care of business in straight sets to get their momentum moving forward. Their reward for a great showing- a quarter-final match-up against the #1 seed DRVC Rebels; a match the coaches would have rather played at the end of the day. That fate would have been perfect as the Mavs girls laid down the law getting a little orange crushed to earn a berth in the semi-finals against an the Leaside Lightening group. The lightening struck hard and early taking advantage of a worn out crew. That loss sent us to the bronze a tired lot. Again showing resilience the HP girls got off the mat and bounced back to take down the Phoenix Flare team under the tutelage of the legendary Keith Wasyliuk who had beat the girls in 3 sets earlier. Make that 2 bronzes on the day so far.

Back down the highway and around the corner from the 16U girls event in Oshawa the 15U Wildcards were playing in the Championship division. Again we find that any team under the guidance of coach Yuri will find a way to make noise when the playoffs come around. Off to a good start in pool play or was that playing in the pool? Either way the result was a trip to the semi-finals and a great showing. After finding themselves in the deep end against the home town Durham our team was unable to finish a tight match and found them self in the bronze. Once again the boys found a way to regroup after a loss and take the prize home making it a trifecta of bronze medal.

That brings back east towards Ottawa for the final event of the day 17U Boys Championship tournament in Coburg. Due to lack of participation in the first event (Boys attending OFSAA or wrapping up their HS season) of the season the schedule showed three Maverick boys teams at the bottom of each of their respective pools at the start of the day.

That position didn’t hold for long as the 16U Longhorns fresh off their golden performance at their own age group made quick work of both Durham Red and the Markham Wildcats to take the top position of their pool. Continuing with a win over the host Northumberland Breakers the young guns would find themselves in the medal round.

The 17U Chargers stumbled out of the gate against Durham Black but rebounded to win over the Markham Jaguars and move up a rung on the ladder to second in the pool. They would also continue with a win over the second Markham Wildcat group the Panthers. This win would make it two Maverick boys teams in the medal round.

Mean while seeded 7th the 17U HP Desperados were on a mission of their own. A top 5 Premier level team all season last year the group was on an urgent quest to get back to the premier level asap. The host Northumberland Breakers were first on the path of destruction falling 12 and 15 to the fired up Desperados. Up next the 16u Fusion group put up a valiant effort but also lost in straight sets. That provided the team with a healthy 2.5 hr break between matches. But when they took their place back on court 1, they now had a 3 consecutive match string that would see them rolling over the DA red team into the semis vs their 17U brothers the Chargers so that makes 3 of 4 medal round combatants Maverick teams..

A one sided first set for the HP group was enough to get the Chargers pride in to gear and they did everything they could to upset the big boys taking the 2nd set to extra points. A punishing kill and subsequent block ended the game with a bang 26-24 for the Desperados.

Over on the other semi-final court the 16U Longhorns, who were short benched this weekend, but in the finals an age group up none the less.  The ‘horns had just come off an emotional roller coaster loss which soon became a win when the referee noticed an illegal substitution in the third set by Durham and ordered a replay from 15-15 in the third set. Losing the first point after the replay the young guns under the guidance of head coach Frank St Denis stayed the course and took the next three exciting rallies to grab a victory and punch their ticket to the finals.

That final round had a proud Maverick founder dreaming of a podium sweep not unlike that of the 14U and 15U girls variety. After a good battle with their older brothers the Longhorns streak of wins came to a conclusion when the gold medal went to the Desperados. Those medals were guaranteed to belong to Mavericks, it was up to the Chargers to complete the hat-trick in the bronze game.

Coach MacLean Jr. guided his team against Durham Black into the third set after losing the first. Recovering from an early deficit to squeak within one at the change. The team stalled for 4 straight points and although they made some noise with their back to the wall in the end they fell for the second time to Durham and had to settle for fourth. It is to be noted that all three teams pushed each other and supported each other at the same time.

Today’s show of club solidarity left us all very proud when the day was done. A big thanks to these teams and their families for their hearty version of happy birthday and the ice cream cake for Coach MacLean’s 56th truly a happy birthday indeed.

3 Bronze- 2 Silver- 1 Gold. Now time for a break and some 4fun activities, if youhaven't signed up yet get your team together and go online now for next Sunday's action.

Merry Christmas to all and have a very Happy 2015.

“ Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach. ”
– John W. Gardner