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Club News Story

Monday Report

2017 / 11 / 27

This was Grey Cup weekend and for many that party left the rails two weeks ago. But for us here at the Maverick club it meant a weekend where we would host no less than 3 tournaments across the city. A great savings and for me an even bigger chance to put on display the great people we have in this organization. Each event went off without a hitch and with the 17u girls, 16u boys and 17u boys providing all the support, many compliments rolled in about how well organized we were and many thanks for taking care of the officiating and scoring work "it makes it so much easier for us as parents to enjoy the games." That's doing things the Mavs way.

Up first are the 12u/13u boys who played their first event in the OVA here at CC Samuel Genest. The Copperheads and Lonestars were pleased to be at home, a rare happening for boys at this young age, as the next nearest team hailed from Oshawa.

The 13u Copperheads came in seeded 2nd in the event and were off to a great start until they ran in to the upstart Unity North team that would end up going undefeated. A tense win over Durham Nectar in the quarters gave our boys a medal round berth. In the end coach Cameron Milsap's young vipers finished 4th but it was a finish that was new for many of these returning 12u players.

The 12u Lonestars of coach Mohamed Shaheen were the youngest and smallest group in the event but that didn't stop them from fighting for every point. I had the pleasure of watching their final match and it was a nailbiter to the end, but alas the group was denied a win and finished tied for 7th.

Across the greenbelt at our new home CC Mer Bleue both the 15u Chargers and Cavalry would host 7 other teams from across eastern Ontario. Paul Rainville's Chargers remained true to their name and ran over the competition enroute to the Gold medal. The Cavalry of coach Claude Ferland came in to the event limping a little but none the less they fought through to the medal round and were rewarded with a Bronze medal for their efforts. Their only setback came at the hands of the Chargers, and now must wait to see if they join the Chargers in advancing to the premiere division for their next event.

The Final Ottawa event was held at the U of O for 16u girls Trillium, not a bad locale for their first tournament and at home to boot. New head Coach Victor Joly's girls, known as the Gamblers finished the day with a Silver medal performance with one of their biggest challenge coming against our 15u Stampede in the semi-finals. After their loss, Pat Henderson's Stampede went on to take the Bronze medal.

At this week's Championship event the 16u Wildcards and 15u Ambush travelled down the 417 to Cornwall and the Championship D event. The 16u Wildcards would give coach Aaron Wade a similar performance to the BlackJacks with a 5th place standing and holding their position at this level. However it was the 15u Ambush who stole the day and a Silver medal for veteran coach John Spack. We will have to wait and see where they are place next tournament. 

Last and certainly not least were the 16u Blackjacks who had to venture against the flow of traffic all the way to Scarborough for the Select level tournament. This extra division for some of the girls ages means their is one more event to succeed in before you move to the top of the heap. Coach Colin Walker was not too impressed with the early morning performance he received from his girls losing both pool matches but after a slow start in the first set they would end up winning the pre-quarters vs DRVC. A 12-15 defeat in the third set of the quarter finals against the number one seed was a more palatable loss, showing signs of some aspects of the game the veteran coach had been working on. To end the day on a positive note, always good for the drive home, they would respond in the survival 5/7 match with a strong showing; to remain at the Select level for their next event.

“ You're the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it. ”
– Earvin Magic Johnson