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Monday Report 15u girls

2018 / 01 / 29

Not to mention the number of team but also the club hosted two events this weekend in our usual expert fashion.

At the Premiere level the University of Ottawa served as the venue and the 18u Boys hosted. Both our 15u HP teams were in the event and as fate would have their last match was against each other for the right to remain at Premiere. While the first set was a very competitive game the second set was a runaway for the Ambush of Coach John Spack as they punched their ticket to the next Premiere date. Coach Pat Henderson will use the experience to add to his Stampede's repetoire of skills to make a return after the Select event next time where he will be the only Maverick team competiting.

At Championship the trend continued as both the Trailblazers and 14u Outlaws were in Coburg at the Championship level and there we had mixed reviews to similar results, both teams will be moving to Trillium for the next tournament as they ran into problems at key times in the schedule. As fate has it you can move in the wrong direction if the timing is all wrong. That being said coach Lee Reath and the Trailblazers actually raised their ranking by tournament end, however after an afternoon opening playoff win over the Outlaws the reward was the #1 seed DA Blackout where a thrilling 3rd set lost had the favourites flustered. An emotional roller coaster ensued as the resulting opponet was also a Durham Attack squad and the 3rd set was just too much for the girls and 7th wass the result. On the other hand coach Chico Tanguay used the 15u event to introduce his Outlaws to a new offensive system, and while not blaming that exercise, I have witnessed too many dips when this type of move is followed. Always there is a corresponding bump when the change becomes permanent. Good time to take one on the chin, now it is time to fine tune before the next 14u tournament.

The trillium event was also here in Ottawa at CC Mer Bleue where the 14u Raiders also used the day for adjusting and introducing new concepts. Coach Andy Slutier was also about making adjustments for his next 14u tournament. A pair of playoff matches against two Cornwall Vikings teams had opposite results losing to the finalists and defeating their 14u Aesir to finish 5th.

That bring me to our last combatants the 15u Scouts of head Coach Joanne Faucher, returning to the big chair after a couple of seasons with the 2002 crew. Her new Selects group and their parents were thrilled and nervous to be in their first OVA event of the year and it kinds showed with losses in thei first three matches. Undaunted the girls settled in to their groove and a pair fo wins to end the day moved them into a tie for 5th with the Raiders and I am sure a desire to get back in the gym and prepare for their next one.

“ Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ”
– Confucius