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Broncos take their training to the next level...I mean continent.

2016 / 03 / 29

Using the March Break for international training opportunities is not a new idea, however it rarely gets beyond the drawing board phase for most of us. This season now marks the historic first ever jump across the pond for a Maverick group and the 18u Bronco's made the most of it. 

Head Coach Colin Walker, who guided this team to a final 4 finish at Nationals last season wanted to kick start the playoff push this year with a training camp and life time adventure, he hopes this may just do the trick. While not all players were able to attend, the core of the group with some support from younger players travelled to Montpellier France along with a robust support crew.

This great opportunity was embraced completely by the girls and coaching staff. they spent 7 days taking advantage of great training facilities and outstanding hosts from 5 different clubs in the region.  

"We were able to see the top Junior players in France  and play a women’s Pro team." The  professional team had a Toronto born player, and former Maverick killer Lindsay McCabe. Lindsay also played in the OVA for Georgetown and then the NCAA at Syracuse. She is now enjoying life as a pro in Beziers, France. the presence of an OVA alum along with this elite exposure, was to say the least a great opportunity for the girls to see that it is possible to play beyond club!


For coach Walker the biggest take away from training with the elite was the arm swing of the Junior National Team girls. They were all fast, forceful and consistent! Giving the girls a perspective on the game they would not get elsewhere. Similar statements were made by now CIS champion coach Kristine Drakich, of her team's training session in Italy over the Christmas break. The benefits at Nationals proved to be unparalleled in the coach and players minds when called upon in big matches in Brandon.


Intense and varied training was the staple meal of the morning for these thoroughbreds, sessions where we worked on the basics plus a few secrets that of course can’t be divulged, "come see us play a Provincials and you will see!" smirks coach Walker. We were able to get a lot of quality reps and solidify our team philosophy on how we want  to play.


Of course this trip could not be all work and no play (ironic isn't it...when play is work) These Canuck Kids did find some time to explore Montpellier and the history of the town. Everyone got to spend some time together bonding, sightseeing and shopping, Now who wouldn't want to get some of that in... in France. I am sure the dining experience must have been a highlight as well.


"The 7 days flew by for everyone, but the experience will be a lifelong memory", states coach Walker who would "do it again in a heartbeat", Taking the time to thank three key boosters, Denis, Chuck and Judy. "The team and parents owe a big thank you to these three" they were chauffeurs, grocery shoppers, laundry doers, house mom, photographer, loud (sometimes too loud) fans extraordinaire, and acted as liaison with the local hosts. Roles that one person alone cannot fill and when a coach can focus on coaching while the "details" are taken care of, trust me, the experience is that much more rewarding.


Great work and let me express thanks from all of us back here at home to everyone involved. Trips like this and people who are this visionary  can only lend to improve and spread the Maverick brand, now even globally.  #mavsproud




“ My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. ”
– Hank Aaron