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Club News Story

Golden Weekend at 18u x 2

2017 / 03 / 27

In Burlington the 18u Mustangs won the Ken Davies Grand Prix event for the second time in club history, however this was the first as a two day event. The Mustangs experienced a small road bump to the final on the first day with a loss to the Host Lakeside team placing them in second after scirubg wins over Aurora Storm Thunder and Ottawa Fusion. The guys found themselves up against their rival Pakmen in the semis and after dropping the opening set they came from behind to win it and a rematch with Lakeside. Here coach Dunnings herd followed a similar script dropping the opener but returning to sweep the next 3 in the best of 5 final format. These three games were filled with drama and surprise when setter Maxime St Denis seemed to be down with an ankle injury and came out of the match, super sub Greg Love stepped in as a replacement a 51 combintation with middle Jacob Nesbitt to score not only the point but tonnes of confidence for the team. Max would return but the buz was around the non-setter stepping up in a clutch role, something coach Dunning says he has been doing all season.

Over on the Girls side in Coburg our Broncos were not pleased that they were not at the ball in Burlington and they made their opponents pay. Coming off of a silver medal performance in Florida last week the Broncos had a near perfect run to the Gold posting a 5-0 and 10-1 record at this event. Let's hope their desire to prove themselves continues to burn until OC's where they will make some noise of their own.

Here in Ottawa the Rangers also participated in their first 18u OVA event. Their day was a little Jekyll and Hyde in results. After sweeping their pool the team faced a long lay off and while on the surface it didn't appear much rust had formed they squandered a 1-0 and 24-19 lead in the semis to lose to Onyx. In the bronze the result was similar but a little less dramatic letting a 13-10 lead vanish in the third set to finish a disappointing 4th.

The 15u girls season also came to a close this weekend and 7 teams were in action between Cassleman and Cornwall. Our Ambush, Stampede and 14u Outlaws were in Cassleman for the Championship level event and they made a lot of noise. The Stampede had the best result on the scoreboard with the above mentioned Gold medal performance. More than just the medal was on the line however as coach Walker points out, the point total that comes with it has put them into tier 1 Provincials. Great work ladies from 4th seed to Champions, get ready for the ride. The Outlaws had another great day in that they moved from the last seed in the event to the final 4, from 9th to fourth is an even better charge up the leader board, and at an age group above. Losing both the semi and the bronze is not a problem for coach Spack as he knows that the more the team plays in big games at the older age division the better it will be come 14u provincials. The 15u Ambush slipped in the wrong match having won their pool by defeating Fusion and taking a set off DA Red, in the playoffs they let the hardwork vanish in the Quarter finals in three sets to DA 14u Black. Kudos to coach Henderson for getting the team back on track and winning their next two to finish 5th.

Down in Cornwall the 4 Maverick entries were busy battling it out the 14u Raiders and 15u Scouts were first up in the "in house" battles with the Scouts pulling off the win and dropping the Raiders to third in the pool. After losing to a Montreal based Libellules the Scouts lined up against the Pumas from P-R and took that one in straight sets showing coach Gallerneault that these girls were getting the hang of competining by coming back in the second. Their semi was now against the #1  seed hosts Vikings. Here again evidence of compete level in that after a first set loss they cruised to a second set victory against a good team however in the end it was probably the big game experience that put the Vikings into the final with a 15-13 win. The Bronze was another in house affair and a first time meeting between the Scouts and the Trailblazers. Once again a see-saw affair with each team taking a decisive win each in the opening two sets only to have coach PAquette's Blazers take a nailbiteer in the third by the narrowest of margins 15-13.  Great showing Scouts and a Bronze for the 'Blazers now on to Waterloo. Also in this Cornwall event was coach Postma's 15u Pioneers a team that has been on the edge of sucess for the last two events and while 5th is not a medal performance Coach Andy points out that by winning their final two matches of the day they did post their best result of the season and it felt like a medal performance. 

At 14u boys there were three teams in the mix, the top seed of the three; the Bandits were playing in the newly created Premiere division. The guys had a long week with three days of the Franco Ontariens leading up to this event and a drive to Newmarket where 12 teams competed. Winnig their pool with victories over London and Leaside put them in a quarterfinal battle with Markham Wildcats, winning again in straight sets. But the guys ran out of gas in consecutive matches with Pakmen Gold and Black to finish 4th. All in all a fnatastic result at the first Premiere event for coach Rainville's boys. Looking forward to Waterloo. 

Also at 14u in Kingston the Renegades and the 13u Copperheads showed even more Maverick spunk. Coach Simon Doyle's group felt like the Broncos that they should have been at the big dance and took it out on their opponents crushing everyone in sight enroute to a Gold Medal. The Copperheads took their pool in straight wins but like the Rangers that brought with it a 4.5 hour wait for the semis and they couldn't get their mojo back falling to both DA 13u and KVC 14u in their last two. Once again a valliant effort like the Outlaws an age group up. 

Meanwhile at the University of Toronto Provincials tune-up the BlackJacks and the Wildcards got some need reps in along with a special treat of working with legendary U of T head coach Kristine Drakich. On Sunday the WildCards lost their first two matches in 3 sets and won the last two in straight sets, all against teams ranked higher at OC's than they are, that give coach Chico cause to be excited. The BlackJacks wer minue head coach John Nguyen and coach Emma Armstrong took her group back to her Alma Mater and posted a 3-1 record in the event.

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