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2018 OVA opens with a bang

2018 / 01 / 15

 The new season Came in like a lion this past weekend and many Maverick teams roared to success across the province.

In Cassleman our 12u Spurs hosted the OVA's second event of the season, Wild and wacky weather meant only 6 teams were onsite for the event. Those who ventured eastt from the GTA were flowing with appreciation for the warm and efficient job by our youngest team's parent group. A few lessons learned on this front for the years to come as well.

On the court the girls had a successful day with the design on improving their overhand serving and attacking. While the attacking showed great progress according to guest head coach Lee Reath, the serving "is well... a work in progress."Parents were very pleased with the team progress and some great plays in just their second tournament.

14u Girls age group was also on the calendar Saturday and we had no fewer than 5 teams competing around the province. 

Up at 14u girls Trillium in Pembroke, the 13u Rattlers who entered the day seeded 5th battled their way to the finals where they eventually succumbed to the Fusion 14u team and a chance to place three teams in the next Championship event. Coach John Salem feels possibly 3 consecutive 3 set matches may have drained the tanks a little during the day, but is very pleased with the Silver Medal for the girls.

This event also featured the first competition for our newest team the 14u Banditas fresh out of the selects program. The girls quickly got to work facing more seasoned competition. They were able to win their  first playoff match over the Kingston Cats. However their party came to an end against the eventual champions in their next match. An opening set win in their consolation match was washed away with tight second and third set losses. Coach Andrew Postma was pleased with the new team’s competitiveness in all but one set and is keen to watch as these players grow in the coming years,

The Championship tournament was hosted by us at Mer Bleue and two teams certainly took advantage of the home court, however they each took a different route to the final 4. The Desperados of coach Rose Bergeron decided to charge from the back of the pack finishing last in pool play the commenced mowing teams down to the semi-finals where they lost to the eventual champs Durham Attack, The girls were able to rebound and win Bronze in the end.

Meanwhile the Raiders who were seeded second in the event dropped to second in their pool but used that position to advance straight through to the final. Again the Durham Attack team would have no part of this Maverick advance and coach Slutier’s group would settle for Silver and a return to Championship for next tournament.

Our final 14u team was the Outlaws who were in Whitby for their Select level tournament. The girls entered the event seeded second were targeting a move to Premiere, However the result may have been a distraction to the process, According to coach Tanguay a distracted team failed to play to their ability despite going 4-1 on the day and winning Bronze. Possibly a good lesson that you must focus on how to get where you are going more than the result itself. The veteran coach is optimistic that these lessons will serve the group well going forward.

On the boys side on Saturday in Vaughan both the 12u Lonestars and 13u Copperheads were both on hand for the first 13u event of the season. At this point we are waiting for for updates from the coaches.

Also in Thornhill the 15u Chargers were competing as the #2 seed of the first Premiere event. A slip in pool play to second forced the Chargers into a thrilling but ultimately terminal three set semifinal with eventual winner Pakmen. Coach Rainville is optimistic considering the reduce roster due to injury for the next event. The boys were also unsuccessful in the Bronze match vs Storm.

In Oshawa the 15u Cavalry were seeded first in their Championship event. The team had a clean slate with the exception of their semi final where they faced an unusual opponent for an east event in the Niagara Rapids. The Rapids would go on to win the gold. The Silver medal will serve as a motivator as coach Claude Ferland feels that a few tools need to be sharpened for them to reach their potential by Ontario championships.

Ok that's all for DAY 1..stay tuned for Sunday...

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