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Weekend Round-up Feb 10th

2018 / 02 / 12

The 18u Mustangs were in Kitchener at RIM Park, no provincials didn't come early but the good news certainly did. The Mustangs took their pool with wins over Mac 17u and Storm 17. In the Quarter Finals they faced yet another 17u team in Pakmen where the 'Stangs took care of business in straight sets. When the dust settled they found themselves up against a surprise opponent as FCVC took down the #2 Predators. The guys were quick to take adantage of this with another straight set victory placing them in the second consecutive Gold Medal Match, this time vs Pakmen 18u. It was not to be this time however coach Frank St Denis' charges proved this was silver medal was a sign of their progress as they forced a third set only to lose by the closest of margins 13-15 in the third. A thrilling day for all involved and one that made the travel by dogsled on Friday worth the effort.

At 16u both the Longhorns and Bulls also travelled down the 401 to Welland and Oshawa respectively. Both teams had great showings, each making an appearance in the finals.

The Longhorns were out to show that their previous tournament in Barrie was not the team the OVA should expect to see all season long. A strong committment to defence and a serving game fit for the facilty at Niagara College gave the guys the edge over every opponent they faced. For the second tournament in a row the guys faced FCVC in pool play, a spunky group that bested the Longhorns twice in Barrie proved they were out for more blood here by the canal. FC won the first set and forced the 'Horns to do a little soul searching. The response was aherculean effort by LS's Ahamab Abdelaziz and Tristan Godmaire and the team started to click. Having already survived a scare from the Oakville Thunder the guys took care of Storm in the quarters and had a surprise opponnent in the semis in Les Noir et Or of Boucherville who had upset the mighty Pakmen in the quarters. Eith a score to settle of their own the Longhorns prevailed over "les Orse" and moved on to face FCVC in the Gold. Here it was obvious that coach Kerry MacLean was not going to allow his charges to take the boys in green for granted and pushed the swuad to a straight set gold medal victory and a return to the number one seed in Ontario heading to the GrandPrix in March.

Meanwhile in Oshawa the Bulls were out to make some noise in the PM portion of the schedule, fading in the palyoffs at the first two events the Bulls head coach Tyler Legault was able to get even more out of hid grop with a strong sweep of his pool vs Venom and OV Vikings. The energy continued after lunch and guide the team through quarterfinal wins over the Kawartha Krushers in straight sets and then rival KVC  in and exciting three set semi. This put them in the finals and yet again another battle of Ottawa vs the Fusion 16u squad. This match proved to be a little more that the team was ready for at this time but the silver medal will serve to motivate for their potential final match up in March.

 The 17u Eldorado had a short trip over the river to Gatineau to the Men’s National Team Training Centre for the prestigious QC v ON Challenge. This event featured top teams from each province.

Match one pitted the girls against the tournament hosts, the Griffons. Set 1 went according to plan. Big swings and strong defence pushed the Eldorado to the win. Set 2 and 3 were more of the same with a few hiccups here and there that were quickly remedied by the player of the game, Melanie Dormann. The 3-0 victory set up a match to move into a top 3 final pool against the Libellules from Joliette.

The first set looked like this match would be quick and easy as the Eldorado cruised without much resistance from the dragonflies, but that would change. Set 2 seemed to be in the bag when at 22-19 the Libellules woke up and pushed hard to win 30-32. That momentum continued in the third to put the Libellules ahead 1-2 headed to the fourth set. Here is where the Eldorado returned to form and went on to dominate the rest of the match and win the pool. This victory put the girls in thick for day two.

Sunday was a tough but valuable lesson for the girls, facing both the reigning Ontario champs Pakmen and Quebec #1  Sept Isles. A third place finish demonstrated that our squad is able to compete at the highest level, they need to maintain that focus and effort for the full match, something I know coach Matt Monych will get to work on right away.

“ It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference. ”
– Paul "Bear" Bryant