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Club News Story

A late rec-cap of the Feb 18th weekend

2017 / 02 / 23

Let's begin with the yoiungest of all, our first ever 12u team the Spurs who went down the 401 to Scarborough and showed they would be tough to deal with right from the start. Kicking their way to a 3-3 record in pool play they finished tied for second in the 4 team pool but were relegated to 3rd based on the points for and against tie-break procedure. In the quarter finals they faced the Titans Menace which proved to be true to their name and dominated the match in straight sets. From there the Spurs rebounded under coach Shaheen's guidance to win their two consolation matches and take 5th place in the 8 team event.

For the 14u boys we saw action in two locations both in the GTA. In Newmarket the premier level Bandits finished first in their pool fdropping only one set during the Round Robin only to face Pakmen Gold in the quarters where the growing rivalry was extended through a tight three set win by our guys. Into the final 4 the squad ran out of gas and finished 4th with a three set loss to Storm and then a straight set defeat at the hands of the KW Predators. Coach Rainville and the boys will be back at it again once more before OC's.

Meanwhile coach Simon Doyle's Renegades were also on court in Richmond Hill where their day was similar to their brothers but ended with a Bronze medal coating to make the road home a little smoother. Winning their pool over North Bay and Pegasus they went on to defeat the Kingston Cats in convincing fashion, only to drop their only match in the semis vs Barrie Elites. The kids were able to get off the mat and take the bronze convincingly from the Lakers once again.

Now getting down to business here at home for the First time in their entire club careers the 18u Mustangs were breaking in the newest venue in Ottawa- CC Mer Bleu in Orleans. The Mustangs put the fabulous facility to the test by packing the house for every match and the fans, parents, younger Mavs and Alumni were treated to a show to rival the best volleyball ever played in Ottawa.

The Mustangs made their journey a little bumpy by splitting the pool matches and finishing 2nd. This lead to a Quarter final match up with a tough KW Predators group where it took 3 to get it done and disaster averted. Then the big rematch of the last finals, Lakeside. Here the mustangs brought out their best and won in straight sets to put them up against Pakmen Gold in the finals. Home cooking and sleeping in your own bed is usually on the side of the Toronto area teams in these affars but now it was the Mustangs who had the upper hand. Coming out flying the 'Stangs lead by Coach Bruce Dunning crushed the team from Mississauge by a lopsided 25-13 result. Things were looking good however the huge crowd and home court were just what the Pakmen required to stir up the competitive juices and they won a convincing second set by 4. Now to the rubber set. What an up and down affair with both teams trading blows and in the end it took extra points for Pakemen to steal the Mustangs homecoming heroics by a 17-15 margin of victory.

The Gold Rush and BlackJacks both headed to Washington, DC, to test their metal against some of our neighbours to the south. A costly second match-third set- loss by the Goldrush relegated them on the first day to the second tier where they had their way with their opponents to open the day. They continued their winning ways althoguh the heat got tougher as the day went on, but thei 'Rush and Coach Monych would win the Bracket and settle in for a long ride home and preparation for the GP next weekend.

Meanwhile also in DC the Outlaws were proving to be the top level team they have been displaying lately in the OVA. These girls rocked and rolled through a semi-final loss with no Bronze medal game left the Outlaws feeling very satisfied with a T-3 finish in an astounding 224 team event. They are more than where they had hoped to be at this time of the year leaving coach Nguyen feeling very comfortable with the upcoming Grand-Prix now on the horizon. More fine-tuning before OC's, this is getting exciting.

Also of note the 17u Rangers ventured into the Quebec 18u circuit where they suffered the two set match tie breaker deffeat in pool and were limited to a best finish of 5th which they achieved with composure and strength to make the most of the weekend.

A great show and a solid weekend by all.

“ Strong convictions precede great actions. ”
– James Freeman Clarke