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Club News Story

Week three Round up

2015 / 11 / 29

The 15u Boys were off to on the road to Oshawa for their season opener and things went well for Head Coach Mike Spears and the rest of the Chargers. The team had a chance to test things out in Sherbrooke a few weeks back but this was the real thing.

Seeded second in their pool the Chargers got off to a good start by beating the Lakers from NorthBay. However the #1 seeded Storm Riptide would prove to be a tougher challenge. The Chargers battled well and had chance to score the upset but the RipTide just had too much undertow and pulled us down for the eventual win.


Going in to the playoffs the guys needed a quick rebound as they now faced the Revolution team from Scarborough that has retooled this off-season and is Revved up for a run at the title. The Chargers again went to the wall forcing their opponents into extra points but didn’t have the oomph to finish it once again.


Now on the Consolation side the team seemed to be able to regroup and put it all together to take down the Elites from Barrie in a close three setter. After all was said and done Coach Spears said “we got a lot out of this tournament, we know where we can tighten things up and how we can become more competitive.


On the 13u Girls side the Rattlers and the Sidewinders had the rare opportunity to stay and play. This first triple ball event for both of these teams was hosted by the Ottawa Fusion in the west end. Great initiation to the OVA parents, don’t get too comfortable. ;-)


The Rattlers and Sidewinders found out quick that things can spiral out of control at an OVA event if you are not quick out of the gate. Losing both pool matches the teams quickly found themselves on the bottom looking up. The Sidewinders entered a quarter final game against Durham Attack Red while the Rattlers played a qualifier to enter the top 8 against the host Fusion team.


The Sidewinders struggled with their serving for the most part against the experienced DA side, however during the majority of play the girls were point for point with Attack. Serving errors will cause any coach to lose their hair early but when you go an entire set almost without getting a serve over the net those points are tough to recover. A straight set loss put them on hold to see who would move to Confederation HS for the Consolation semi from the Maverick Fusion match-up.


We were trying to get a heads up from Rattlers coach John Salem but rather than a confirmation text we were pleased to see the Fusion squad roll into the gym. That meant our sister team the Rattlers were victorious and still in the hunt over at Merivale HS.


Coach Salem’s reward for the victory was a date with the number one seeded Durham Attack Nightmare. A dominant force at two age groups last season and likely to be so again. Trailing early the Rattlers clung close during play and even snuck their way to a 19-19 draw before Durham was forced to call a time-out. However coming out of the huddle it was obvious that the DA coaches had said the right things. The Attack won 6 of the next 8 points and switched sides with a 1-0 lead. Again the Rattlers battled for spurts against Durham brining the score to within 2 points at 18-16 but again the experience of the Attack side showed and they made our nightmare complete with a straight set win.


Back at Confederation coachSlutier and the Sidewinders we locked in their own battle for Ottawa bragging rights with the Fusion squad. The young group made up mostly of 12u age athletes rose to the challenge and served and spiked their way to a three set win over their cross town rivals and a shot at Kingston Pegasus for 5th place. A summit they would rise to just hours later.


Coach Salem’s team was forced after their loss to pack up from Merivale and head over to Confed for their 5th place battle against the Peterborough Thunder. The Thunder also travelled over after falling to Markham Revolution in the quarters. The Rattlers were buoyed by their strong play in the quarters against Durham and were bound to send the Thunder packing for a sad trip down Hwy 7. Coach Salem was able to stir up his vipers with their best bite for last. A finishing win and a 5th place standing tied the two squads at the end of the day and now we will see how that plays out for the next tournament.


Across the river in Gatineau both the 15u Scouts and 18u Colts joined in the griffons exhibition tournament and got some extra play in on the Quebec side. The Scouts were playing up an age group at 16u and struggled with the level of competition but did manage one match win to salvage some pride in their day. Coach Mant knows that his team of mostly newcomers has a lot of ground to make up before provincials but is determined to get the job done and days like this are important in the learning process. Still waiting on a report from the Colts.


“ The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. ”
– Michelangelo