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Weekend RoundUp

2018 / 01 / 21

Three age groups this weekend actually does make for light fare, but when it comes to results there are plenty to talk about.

14u boys lead the charge this weekend with a result that leaves us all smiling from ear to ear. While Coach Mike Spears and his Bandits may have felt that a 5th place finish at Premiere was a little behind where they would like to be, it means they remain in Premiere for the next round and for the club it means two 14u boys teams at Premiere; As the Renegades will move up the ladder with a huge Gold medal win for Coach Misha Nefedov in Markham. The Renegades lost their opeing match and then turned the corner to sweep the cpmpetition including a gritty three set semis final win over Breakers and a stragiht set win vs 13u Thundercats to clinch the Gold Medal. For those who have been keeping score this make three straight seasons the club has placed two teams at premiere in boys 14u. It was not long ago that having two boys teams at 14u was unthinkable, now excellence is also a habit.

Finishing at the top of the heap was also a Maverick thing this weekend at 16u Championship where coach Aaron Wade's Wildcards gritted out another Gold Medal win over the Gamblers in a final for the second consecutive weekend. This one means they will advance to the Select Division. The Gamblers have been oh so close to coming through on Coach Victor Joly's challenge of taking down one of the HP teams that they can taste it, If that path is going to happen at the next 16u it will have to be the BlackJacks who will be joining the Gamblers at Championship next go round as they lost a gut wrenching 5/7 match at Selects on a weekend that has coach Colin Walker directing the 'Jacks to inward reflection on their situation. A leap forward will be mandatory at the next event to be where they should be at OC's. Rounding out the 16u teams this weekend were coach Stephane Beaulieu's newly minted Aces, formed out of the new "Selects" program and competed at Trilium this weekend in Cornwall. The girls got in to it right away surprising the eventual champs in the opening set with a 24-26 nail biter. After a tough quarter final loss in three they rebounded immediately to take the 5th place match over EOVC for their first full match win. A good opener for the girls now let's see where this takes them.

Also at 16u were both the Ambush and Stampede , 15u HP teams playing up. The Ambush were up alright, playing in Select Division and while they were able to demonstrate their ability to compete at that level, they fell short on closing two important third sets at the end of the day and as a result will return to Championship for the next event. Coach John Spack feels that the boost in taking the #1 seed to 3 sets may give his charges the confidence they need as they head off to 15u Premiere this weekend.. Meanwhile the Stampede were on the hunt in Trillium, where they came within a whisker of putting a fourth team in Championship for the club taking Silver in a tough loss to the host Vikings 16u. Coach Pat Henderson feels the tight loss will only help the girls when they take to the court in their age division this coming weekend as well, 

On the 13u girls front we had three teams in action. At the Trillium division the Sidewinders and 12u Spurs were on court. The big news here for coach Mohammed Shaheen was a relegation match win by the Spurs over the Titanium Edge 13u team, evidence that last week's report of progress was as promised. The Sidewinders of coach Sally Plowes had a hiccup in pool play when they dropped a tough three set loss resulting in finishing 2nd in their pool. That loss set them up with a cross over vs Fusion that they were just not able to get things going in. The girls rebounded with a win over the Spurs in the 5/7 match.

At Championship the Rattlers results are still attached to that carrier pidgeon on their way to my house, will update you when I get word.

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