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Weekend #4 brings AU result

2018 / 04 / 26

So in the second half of the Back to Back weekend put on by the OVA the 16u boys, 12 qnd 13u boys and 13u girls all played in Waterloo and while there were many highs and some lows again depending on how you measure it. To me I saw a lot of familiar faces having a great time and a group of teams supporting each other from courtside to hallways.

The 12u Boys played in the very first ever 12u boys only division, A two day 6 team affair saw the Lonestars a win away from going undefeated in pool play.That included a win over our arch nemisis Pakmen. The 2nd place finish earned them a bye to the semi finals where they faced that same Pakmen team. It wasn't to be on Monday and coach Shaheen's boys came away 4th.

At 13u new head coach Cameron Milsap earned a shot at the top 8 with an perfect opening pool record. However his Copperheads were unsuccesful in the play in round and would settle for a Bronze in Div 2.

Meanwhile two entries in separate Divsions took the court at 13u girls. The Rattlers came in seeded 13th of Div 1 but a string of tight losses mounted and the girls left Waterloo searching for a win. This for me is a moment to begin the goal setting for next season and some off season training. I am sure Coach Salem will encourage the ladies to get to work.

In Div 2 the Sidewinders opened the event with a win but it would take 4 more tries before they strund a pair of wins together. Tuesday am was promising with an early win but the celebration was cut short in round two for coach Plowes young start-ups.

On the 16u boys side the tournament opened with an all-Maverick affair in the first match. The Bulls and Longhorns would play their first official match of the season with the 'Horns coming out on top. Coach Legault's Bulls would move to a better day 2 with a 2-1 record winning their pool but they were rounded up in the first playoff match Tuesday morning to end their season.

The Longhorns would springboard off that opening win with a 5 match win streask only to be rudely grounded by the rarely seen in '18; Pakmen. In the last match Monday night it was a nasty affair with the Mississauga side coming out on top in the third set. From the loss many wounds from the past two seasons were opened, and coaches MacLean and Krawchuk worked very hard that evening creating a safe rebound environment for day 3. The was a day where every player made huge contributions up and down the roster. The quarter final could have easily been the final as our #1 and the #2 seeded Forest City squared off for the 6th time this season. The 'horns opened the day with another blow out in set one and a great comeback in set two, to sweep the blue and green team. That led them to face-off with Niagara in the Semis. The script was the same for this one except game 2 seemed to always be in control for the boys. With all of that behind us it was time for the second Pakmen Maverick final of the long weekend. Something every athlete should dream about.

Boistered with the most amazing display of positive support and sportsmanship we have to give a huge shout out to the loudest vocal parents group ever. Following tennis protocol and World cup enthusiasm the parents negated the influence of the evil black and gold empire's chanting. The boys took care of the rest; a swing away from posting a 25-5 in the first they were able to hold on for 25-10 and then come back again in the second from 10-17 to have three swings to win at 24-20 only to make it look good for their opponents with a 25-23 straigth set sweep and the first D1T1 Gold medal of the season.

Sorry to all the teams in this wave for my falling asleep at the wheel in reporting on your weekend.

“ Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off of your goal. ”
– Henry Ford