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Club News Story

Long weekend round-up

2018 / 02 / 18

The GoldRush travelled to Chicago for one of the major events in North America where 48 top level teams from 5 Nations compete for honours. On the first day John Nguyen's group got a wake up call with a 1-2 record which put them in to the bottom half of the top 16 bracket for day two. Day two opened with 2 straight wins and a move towrd the top of the bracket, still waiting for final call in.

At 16u no fewer than 6 Maverick Squads travelled to such exotic destinations as Brooklin, Oshawa and Coburg. Competitng at Select, Championship and Trillium divisions. While the 16u BlackJacks regained their position in the Select level for coach Colin Walker with a Gold Medal performance at Championship, the Wildcards would find them selves at the other end of the scale in Select finishing in a 7th place spot relegating them back to championship where head coach Aaron Wade will go back to work. The Gamblers who also earned a spot at Select last tournament pulled the weekend upset by defeatijg the WildCards and placing Coach Victor Joly's girls back in Select for the final event on March 24th; I am sure they will be trying to repeat the feat vs the BlackJacks and coach Colin Walker. Also for our 16u teams the newly minted Aces had a great start to their day where coach Steph Beaulieu tells us everything came together with a 4-1 record, however the first round of the playoffs would be their undoing when a boisterous KVC came from the bottom of their pool to defeat the girsl in the Quarter final. The Aces rebounded to win their 5/7 match demonstrating that they have made great progress and are definitely going to be ready for the 24th.

Two 15u teams the Ambush under coach John Spack made it to the final 4 of the Championship event where they fell in the semis to the BlackJacks and then rebounded to win Bronze. The 15u Scouts played "Up" in 16u at the trillium event in Coburg. Coach Jo Faucher reports that the team showed great progress in their second event, a "work in progress" that will yield dividends at the next 15u tournament.

At 14u the Outlaws and coach Chico were in Scarborough for the Select tournament their final age division event. An injury plagued roster led to a depleted energy reserve when needed the most. During the afternoon 1v4 quarter finals a 14-16 thrid set loss was difficult to rebound from and the girls finished 7th. The good news is the next event and this result should not affect their "best two" average.

Also 14u at Championship in Kingston the Raiders held up their #1 seed with wins over les Noir et Or and Fusion however that led to a quarter final match up. The Raiders prevailed and went on to win over host Pegasus in 3 but were unable to match on of the top 13u tems in Ontario and settled for a hard fought Silver medal for coach Slutier. The Desperados then went on to....(still waiting for update from Coach Rose)

Meanwhile at the Trillium event in Cornwall our Banditas entered their second OVA event this season. They were able to manage a split result with a loss vs the Cornwall Vikings and a win over the Pembroke Vikings, With a loss in the Quarter Finals coach Andrew Postma was pleqsed that that the girls finished on another winning note placing 5th.

Our 12u Spurs travelled to Scarborough and suffered from the travel and the lack of head Coach Mo Shaheen (with the Algonquin Thunder men). Team chemistry and dynamic will be the main focus leading up to their Ontario Championships. The word from parents is that the placement is not indicative to the level of the team and the progress being made is clearly evident. That is something that brings a smile to this guy's face for our youngest players who have a long road ahead of them.

“ I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is: Try to please everybody. ”
– Herbert Bayard Swope