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Club News Story

Monday Report

2017 / 12 / 18

Lots of action on the girls side of the ledger and three teams in action for the boys in Kingston.

The 18u Broncos were out to fix a slip from their first event this season and they wasted no time meeting coach Melnick's expectations both on and off the court. The loss in the finals of the their first event might be chalked up to learning new players, systems and coaching techniques. But this weekend there was no mistake in what the girls were there to accomplish. Going through the tournament without a set loss was a big bonus for the rookie Mavs coach but her greatest sense of pride came from the way the team came together and met all challenges united. Gold medals often have many sub plots to the story line, let's see if this one holds future sucess in Premier next time around.

The 17u Rangers were joined in Kingston at the Championship event by both 16u boys teams. However it was the Rangers who completely stole the show. Mirroring the result of the 18u girls Coach Bruce Dunning's squad also did not drop a set winning Gold and now move on to the Premier level for their next tournament, matching their Premier standing at 18u as well. 

The Bulls and Longhorns finished up on the consolation side of the draw with both teams meeting the expectations of coaches Legault and MacLean in developing systems and strategies that will be put to use upon return to play at 16u.

The 14u girls division was all over the map on a hazardous travelling weeked. Thankfully all returned home safe and satisfied with results. The Outlaws were in Stoufville for the newly formed Select division and while they did not advance to the upcoming premiere division creation they will remain at Select for their third event. Coach Chico Tanguay felt the lessons learned were well worth it and knows where they need to get to work. "Our eyes are wide open now."

At the Championship level both the Raiders and the Desperados had a successful day under different circumstances. For us a great result was that two teams met in the bronze medal game with the Raiders sneaking our the win. For coach Rose Bergeron the Desperados rebounded for a poor start in pool play to suddenly get everything in order in the quarter finals, and while it would turn out to be the only full match win of the day it was enough to secure 4th, timing is everything. Coach Andy Slutier was please with the teams growth as a unit and while the semi-final loss hurt it was easily soothed with the all Maverick medal game for the Bronze.

At trillium here in Ottawa the 13u Rattlers worked hard for coach John Salem and with 4 set wins out of 6 they moved to 2nd in their pool. A great showing, however the reward was a quarter final vs Vikings red where the girls were overwhelmed. Their consolation games were a characterized with a lot of spunk and fight. A straight set win over Noir et Or and then vs Pegasus 14u a tough loss that went in 2 straight by the narrowest of margins, two points in each loss.

Last the 12u Spurs were in Markham for their Fall challenge. Coach Mohammed Shaheen's newest Mavericks split their match with the Galaxy Comets and then swept the DRVC rebels for their first full win at 12u. This division does not have a playoff format but rather all teams play the same number of matches on the day, with 10 teams competiting the Spurs posted the 6th best record.

Well after a fun stop at the Mavs4Fun event yesterday and a warm get together with the coaches last night I think it is time for a Team Christmas party and then a break to relax, recover and breath. It won't be long til the new year and everyone rampinng it back up again.

On behalf of my fellow exec members I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas season and a Happy and Safe New Year. See you in 2018.

“ Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ”
– W.W. Ziege