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15U Boys Attack Black Near the Top Once Again at the Premier Division Challenge Cup!

Posted in 2010 Boys 15U Black on February 25, 2010 by sbkhoury

Heading into this tournament ranked second in the province, the boys came ready to play.  In pool play the team handled Ottawa Mavericks and Onyx in straight sets, while splitting 25-16 and 24-26 with the Kitchener Predators.  This put us first in our pool and made for a long delay for the quarter-final match.  That ended up being against Forest City Green, and the Attack team shook off the wait and won 25-18 and 25-22.

In the semi-final the boys worked hard but just did not play as well as they could have and ended up losing a close match 25-23 and 25-22.

This put us into a bronze match against a very strong MAC team…….the same team we defeated in our last tournament.  It was a well-fought match with fatigue setting in on both sides.  MAC ended up with the medals, winning 25-23 and 25-23.

All of the boys are to be commended for their positive attitudes, great effort throughout the day, and for playing through injuries and trying new positions and systems.  Our coaches are great, working on the developmental side at all times and most concerned about developing our skills as individuals as well as our cohesion as a team.  This is definitely a team to be reckoned with!  We look forward to the Bugarski Cup on the 27th of February in Barrie where we will once again face the top teams in the province.

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Attack Black Boys 15U Bring Home Tier 1 Silver at McGregor Cup!

Posted in 2010 Boys 15U Black on January 25, 2010 by sbkhoury

At the McGregor Cup in Bradford on January 16, Attack Black headed into the first Tier One tournament of the season ranked fifth, and left the tournament with silver medals despite significant injuries!  This is definitely a team with heart and character, not to mention loads of talent!

Opening pool play against Ottawa Fusion Purple, the boys played well, focusing on fundamentals and alternated positions throughout.   25–17 and 21–25 was the outcome.

Next up were the Niagara Rapids, last year’s Tier One Gold medalists, and so this was a rematch of that Provincial Championship.   Attack Black took control early and went on to down the Rapids in straight sets.  Mac Coleman’s serving and strong net play led the way.

In the third match of pool play, Attack took on the highly rated Pakmen.  The Pakmen team was very strong, and with Cole down with a sore knee and with Jeremy hurting, the team played well but fell in two sets.  

Attack Black came out of pool play in second place and next up was Riverside Rage in the quarter-finals.  This is where the boys really stepped up, and the dedication and strong coaching from Glenn, Chris and Dave was highly evident.    The team’s passing was ‘the best ever’ and hits were coming from everywhere.  Michael was hammering the ball, and Aydan and Caelan were fabulous on serves as well as net play.  The scores were close at 25–23 and 27–25, but Attack was in control throughout.

A very well-coached Mac team was Attack Black’s opposition in the semi-finals.  (*To get to the finals Mac defeated a strong Ottawa Maverick team and a great lesson in sportsmanship was displayed by the Mac coach.    In the first set and with a score of 25–26, the linesman and ref did not see a close call.  The Mac coach is to be hugely commended for indicating the ball was in, which meant his team lost that set.  The match went to a tie-breaker and despite being down 11–2, and 14–9, Mac came back and won to move on to face the Durham Attack Black team.  That was another lesson for all in never giving up.)    In facing Mac with our depleted line-up (only six players), our team rose to the challenge, with great passing, setting, hitting, blocking, and serving.   Wells was getting to balls and giving our heavy hitters opportunities for kills, which they took advantage of!  Mac, Blake, Aydan, Caelan, and Mike all had strong arms.

The score was 25-20, 23–25, 15–9.

A very tired team went into the gold medal match against Pakmen looking to see what could be done with both middle hitters out of action.  Our coaches were great and kept the boys focused and upbeat.  It was an exciting match and we pulled it close in both sets, but fell 19–25, 21–25.

It was a great day and a huge success for the Durham Attack Black Boys 15U team!

 W. R. (Rusty) Hick

Boys 15U Durham Attack Black Brings Home The Bronze

Posted in 2010 Boys 15U Black on January 14, 2010 by sbkhoury

At the opening tournament of the year in Rockland (Ottawa), the Durham Attack Black shook off a sluggish start to take home the bronze medal. 
 
Opening the day after a long drive and a bit of social time the night before, the opening match was with Ottawa Fusion.   Despite superior hitting, the boys missed too many serves and lost that match narrowly: 21-25, 22-25, 25-23 .
 
Next up was the Barrie Elites. With just eight boys on our team, all boys rotated through the starting line-up, which included some position changes, and that meant a few rotation violations!  Despite that and still with a few missed opportunities, the boys prevailed and finished second in the 3 team pool, winning 25-10, 20-25, 25-22. Mac, Jeremy, and Blake led the team in this match. 
 
On to the quarter-finals after a long wait. Here is where the team showed its promise and why it won a Provincial Tier One Silver medal last Spring.  Black Attack looked like giants against the Scarborough Titans, 25-7, 25-21.  The team put it all together and had overpowering hitting, great serving, passing, and setting. Cole was smacking the ball, Mike’s serves were super and Wells was setting things up nicely. 
 
In the semi-final against eventual gold winner, Northumberland Breakers, the team couldn’t quite pull together and work around the dominant middle hitter. We ended up dropping this one 21-25, 23-25. 
 
In the Bronze medal match against club rivals, Durham Attack Red, it was a spirited, well-played match with great sportsmanship all around.  Eventually Black prevailed: 20-25, 25-22, 15-12.  Caelan and Aydan looked solid in this one and despite being very tired (like all the parents!) kept the energy level up for our squad. 
 
The boys demonstrated positive team spirit and strong skills throughout the day.  This team has lots of promise and we look forward to a great season ahead!