Archive for the 2011 Boys 16U Black Category

16U Boys Among the Provincial Elite

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Boys 16U Black on March 29, 2011 by durhamattackboysu16

March 26, 2011. At the Bugarski Cup, Premier Division, the 16U boys established themselves as a force to be reckoned with heading into provincials in a couple of weeks.

In pool play the boys started well and defeated Forest City in straight sets, 28 – 26 and 25 – 13 . All systems were go with the boys swinging hard. Next up was Pakmen 15U which was rated first in the tournament. Our boys played an exceptional all-around game…..great passing , setting, hitting, blocking and serving, including 12 points in a row to start the second set. Attack won the match 25 – 20 and 25 – 10, giving the team first in pool play.

After a two game layoff, next up was Predators Echelon, last year’s provincial champions and the second ranked team in the tournament.  Our team started off really well and looked invincible in taking the first set 25 – 10, led once again by some terrific net play. In the second set the Preds moved from a 15-15 tie to win the set, setting up a third and final set. Unfortunately our boys just didn’t push it over the top and lost 15 – 10.

In the last match of the day the Attack shook off some of the disappointment of not getting into the medal round and defeated X -Men, leaving the team in fifth place.

Overall this team had a very solid tournament and clearly established its position as one of the best in the province.

Great work team!



16U Boys Maintain Premier Status

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Boys 16U Black on February 25, 2011 by durhamattackboysu16

February 19, 2011.

In the Premier division at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus this past weekend, the 16U Boys team did not play up to its potential, but it certainly demonstrated that it belongs in Tier One.

In pool play, Attack had 1 win and 1 loss, with far too many unforced errors.

Although there were some positive signs throughout the quarterfinal and the 5th place game, the players just weren’t firing on all cylinders consistently and we dropped both matches in 3 sets.

The team is looking forward to a 17U tournament in Welland this weekend (the 26th of February) where it will regroup and then will no doubt come back very strong in the Premier division of 16U following the March Break.’

Good luck this weekend boys!  ( And remember, good luck tends to come to those who work hard!)

16U Boys Earn Silver at 17U Challenge Cup

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Boys 16U Black on January 31, 2011 by durhamattackboysu16

At the 17U Challenge Cup Championship  East in Barrie, the team once again demonstrated great skill, effort, and team play.  Opening pool play against Interclub the team started well and won in straight sets.  Next up was Ottawa Fusion which is a team used to playing Premier and they were big, strong, and skilled.  We played them close with everyone contributing on offence and defence, but came up a bit short in a two set loss. 

The quarter-finals saw the Attack take on Simcoe Slam and our boys were hitting their stride and won in straight sets to advance into the semi-finals against the 17U Attack who were first in their pool. 

This was a really great match to watch.  16U Attack took the first set 25-20, with some great digs, sets, net play, and laser-like hitting.  17U battled back and won the second set 25-23, so it was on to a third and deciding set.  This was truly exciting with 16U jumping out to a lead and into the break leading 8-6.   16U had the momentum and  moved ahead 13- 8, but then 17U stormed back to tie it up 13-13.  At that crucial time Ethan Baron let loose with another incredibly hard hit down the line and we were up 14-13.   Cole Palma finished it off with one of his many powerful kills, sending the team into the gold medal match. 

In the final match we faced Ottawa Fusion once again.  Having played one more match than Fusion, coming off an emotional win against 17U Attack, and with very little rest prior to the final, the boys were just a bit too fatigued to make this one interesting and they settled for silver medals.

This is definitely a team to be reckoned with as it advances to the Premier Division in 16U on February 19.

Boys’ 16U Bring Home the Gold! !

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Boys 16U Black on January 28, 2011 by durhamattackboysu16

At the McGregor Cup East, Championship Division, our boys brought home the gold medal with another great team effort!

In pool play the boys opened against the X-Men winning 25-19 and 25-23. Ethan Randall had some great hits, getting the team pumped up from the outset. Next up was Scarborough Titans, and it was 25-19 and 25-17 for another straight set victory. Wells had several great blocks, and Cole and Jeff were once again intimidating the opposition with really powerful hits.

In the quarters it was Sting 15U and the Attack handled them easily 25-12 and 25-13. The power was evident throughout with tremendous hits by Jeremy and by Mac both of whom also had great serving, as did Caelan. The power game was set up by solid setting and great passing. Ethan Baron was digging incredibly and swinging hard throughout. The semi-final saw the Attack win 25-11 and 25-20…Blake and Jon had some solid hits, set up by Kyle, with Aidan adding to the offence…….sending them to the gold medal match without having dropped a set.

Playing a Storm Fury 15U team with a lot of heart, the boys showed their conditioning and continued the all around great team play they’d shown throughout the day, and won 25-16 and 25-20.

Next stop: Barrie for a 17U tournament January29, then Tier One 16U in February.

16U Boys Black Earns Respect at 17U McGregor Cup Championship Division

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Boys 16U Black on January 16, 2011 by durhamattackboysu16

Jan 9, 2011.  At the January 8th 17U tournament in Kitchener, the 16U Black team did very well.   With an opening three set win (25-22, 15-25, 17-15) against Barrie Elites, the tone for the day was set.  Solid team play, with some great hits from both Ethan Baron and Ethan Randall, Jeff and Cole impressed the crowd.  Next up was Georgetown Impact, with our 16U boys winning solidly 25 -11 and 25 – 21.   With first place in the pool, the boys then faced a solid Scarborough Onyx squad in the quarters.   This was an exciting match with Mac having great hits, Jeremy and Kyle solid serving, Wells consistent setting, and Caelan, Blake, and Aydan showing solid work on both offence and defence.  Once again, Cole and Jeff pounded the ball, with Ethan Randall connecting nicely on a number of quick hits.   The team won this one 21-25, 26-24, 15-11.

 In the semi-finals, our 16U boys faced the now tier-one Chatham Ballhawks.  Our boys played very, very well, and lost an extremely narrow match in three sets.  ( 25-18, 23-25, 14-16)  This was a tremendous showing and the team went on to work hard but lost some momentum and dropped the bronze medal match in two sets.

A special thanks to our coaching staff of Chris, Jeff, and Matt……..the boys were well-prepared and displayed great effort and attitude throughout!

 Things are looking good for this team heading into the 16U McGregor Cup Championship division in Richmond Hill on January 22nd.

Volleyball From A Different Perspective

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Boys 16U Black, Madawaska Teambuilding on October 5, 2010 by DurhamAttack

On our team-building weekend up at Madawaska, the Durham Attack 16U-18U teams got an amazing opportunity. Our 16u boys and girls teams played volleyball with the Canadian National Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team.  It was an educational and unforgettable experience to play a game with such outstanding athletes.  The National Team coaches and players were very encouraging and friendly.  We really appreciated the time they took to explain the game to us, and we learned a lot during the game they played with us.


Sitting volleyball is a discipline of volleyball that is played while sitting on the floor.  The court measures 10m x 6m.  The net height is lower than that of standing volleyball; it is set at a height of 1.15m for men, and 1.05m for women.  The players use the same set of rules as the game we are all familiar with, but with a few minor changes.  Sitting volleyball is for athletes with a physical disability. Competitors can include athletes with cerebral palsy, athletes who are amputees, athletes with limb paralysis, athletes with joint restrictions, athletes with shortened limbs, and athletes with progressive illnesses such as muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis.  (

Sitting volleyball was MUCH harder than we expected, and much more strenuous as well. 

At camp, we also had the opportunity to rock climb, run a huge obstacle course, and do an “Inuit Blanket.” The Inuit Blanket was a huge success. Everyone had so much fun getting launched up into the air, and some even went blindfolded!  Crazy.

Every single player on our 16U boys team had an awesome time, and learned a lot about what being a team is really about.  We would all enjoy participating in more team-building activities next year.  After just one weekend, our teams have come together like none other, and this year Durham Attack is going to be an even stronger force, so watch out Canada!  Our athletes are ready to compete.

Wells Hick and Kyle O’Neill