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Girls 13U Smash Epic Silver Medal Win at Provincials!

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on May 1, 2013 by lmbeech

April 29, 2013 13U Girls Epic Silver Medal Win at Provincials!

After a fantastic weekend together at the 14U Provincials the week before, 13U Smash arrived in Waterloo ready to play their very best ever in the 13U Provincials Apr 27th & 28th. Smash entered Provincials strongly ranked in 7th, placed in Division 1 Tier 1.

The team fought three close games on Saturday, finishing the day victoriously with three straight wins, against Storm Blizzard U12 (21-25, 25-22, 15-7) (a very strong team for U12, who ended up winning Gold in Tier 2), then against Etobicoke Titans 12U Atlas (25-12, 25-12), and Markham Stingers 13U (26-24, 25-23).

Sunday morning brought a strong victory against Etobicoke Titans 13U Oceanus (25-23, 25-15), and then a hard-fought, awesome win in the quarter-finals vs. MVC 13 Black, who was ranked #1 going into Provincials (25-23, 22-25, 15-6).


And then… in the semi-finals, Smash found themselves facing their nemesis STVC Tektonics (who robbed them narrowly of 3 Gold medals during the tournament season). Coming off the rush of a triumphant win the game immediately before, Smash showed Tektonics power like they’d never seen from Smash before, and after an epic battle …Smash emerged victorious (25-16, 18-25, 15-12), putting them into the Gold medal match!!! No win ever felt so good!!

The Gold medal match was against Aurora’s very strong Storm Typhoon who was ranked #2 going into the Provincials. Smash conceded the first match 18-25, but did not get discouraged and maintained their intense effort, fighting their way point by point through the 2nd game, almost getting a chance to take it to a third game and a shot at the Gold Medal, but lost in the second by just a hair (24-26). A tough loss, but quickly forgotten in the thrill of winning the Silver Medal!!! An experience of a lifetime – what a way to top off an incredible season that none of the girls want to see come to an end.

Big thanks to Coach Joel Banbury and Assistant Coaches Kristy Moore and Brook Luchka for leading the team to such tremendous success and making it such a happy and fun journey along the way! Way to go SMASH!!!



Girls 13U Smash Has a Proud Showing at 14U OVA Provincials!

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on April 30, 2013 by lmbeech

April 22, 2013 13U Smash Has a Proud Showing at 14U OVA Provincials
In most of the team’s first experience at Provincials, 13U Smash played up in 14U Girls in Waterloo April 19th-21st, positioned strongly in Division 1 Tier 1.
The team had a great start to the tournament with a commanding victory in their first game against South County Bandits (25-13, 25-14), but then took two close losses against Barrie Elites 14U Black (24-26, 12-25) and Georgian Cubs (23-25, 23-25).
Saturday morning was a strong start again, pulling out a win against Pegasus U14 Partay Blockers (25-23, 5-25, 15-9), but then the day brought two more tough defeats against Forest City 14U Blue (25-13, 13-25, 11-15), and Etobicoke Titans 14U Prometheus (15-25, 18-25). The girls ended the day with a super fun night of team spirit, going bowling (with Coaches “Twinkle Toes” Joel and “Fancy Shoes” Kristy), putting on a fun talent show for the parents, and pitting sets of twins against each other in the “Twin Game”.
They started the day on Sunday refreshed and with renewed determination to show the power of their awesome team spirit, and fought a breathtakingly close battle against Scorpions 14U from Cambridge, taking the first match (25-23), losing the second (22-25), hoping to get the win in the third, but couldn’t quite make it happen, narrowly losing 11-15. The team was disappointed to head home, but ended the tournament in a respectable 9th place in Division 1 Tier 2, tied with 7 other teams, and proud that no other 13U team finished higher in the 14U Provincials. A weekend to feel great about all around, with some terrific playing experience and team spirit building to set the stage for the next weekend’s 13U Provincials! Go Smash!!

13U Girls Smash on a Silver Streak!

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on April 12, 2013 by lmbeech

April 12, 2013.    13U Girls Smash on a Silver Streak!

Way to “Shine” your way to the end of the tournament season, 13U Girls Smash!

In their last 3 tournaments of the regular season, 13U Girls Smash “shone” with 3 consecutive Silver medal performances, in the 13U McGregor Cup in Cobourg on March 2nd, the 14U Hawkins Cup in Peterborough on March 23, and the 13U Bugarski Cup in King City on April 6, 2013.   In all three tournaments, the Gold was at their fingertips, but the team was edged out of the win in nail-biting, point-by-point battles ALL 3 times in a row by the team which has become their toughest rival and nemesis this season – STVC 13U Tektonics.

Smash finishes their first regular Competitive season together with an impressive collection of 2 Gold medals (one in 14U which earned them a spot in the Championship East division of the 14U McGregor cup in Newmarket on Feb 16th, where they came a respectable 7th – even without their head coach!), and 3 Silver medals – impressively finishing the tournament season ranked 28th out of 98 teams in14U, and 7th out of 52 teams in 13U!

Every single player has become stronger over the season and has made a solid contribution to the team’s excellent performance.  It is a joy to see how much they all love the game and enjoy playing together as a team no matter what the combination of players on a line at any time!  All they need to do is find their groove, be consistent and “play like they can” and they will be fierce competition for anyone.  Here we come Provincials!

Durham Attack 13U Girls Reign the Medal Podium in Ottawa!

Posted in 2013 Girls 13U Smash on February 2, 2013 by lmbeech

January 31, 2013   Durham Attack 13U Girls Reign the Medal Podium in Ottawa!

All three 13U Girls teams travelled to Ottawa for the 13U Girls Challenge Cup, Trillium Zone F, on January 26, 2013. The scary drive through the snowstorm Friday afternoon was worth it!  The teams did the Club proud with their excellent play and great teamwork and attitude!  After very successful Pool games, Attack Smash met Attack Fire in the Semi Finals, and played hard-fought games that were by far their most exciting competition of the day. Smash won the semi-final, and then dominated the Gold medal game against Ottawa’s Mavericks Rattlers in two straight games 25-7 and 25-9, meanwhile Fire dominated the Bronze medal game against Ottawa Fusion Black 25-9 and 25-13. The two Attack teams met again in the Medal ceremony and celebrated their success with a triumphant combined “Olé Olé Olé” cheer!

A fun time was had by all at their first overnight trip together, including skating on the Rideau Canal at night!

Girls 13U Smash Win First Gold!!

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on January 22, 2013 by lmbeech

January 21, 2013  Girls 13U Smash Win First Gold!!

After two very respectable 5th place finishes in their first two tournaments together as a team in the fall, the Girls 13U Smash declared “It’s GO TIME!” in the New Year, and “Smashed” their way to their first Gold Medal, playing up in the 14U Challenge Cup Trillium E division held at Markham District H.S. this past Saturday January 19th.

Despite a slow match at the start that challenged their rhythm, they gained momentum after early success and were undefeated against all of their opponents, including Markham Stingers Gold, VC Troyka, Leaside Lightning, Queen B, and won the gold medal match in two straight sets against Markham Stingers Black.  Every single player made a solid contribution to the team’s success, and the excitement and cheering of all the players, coaches and parents made for a thrilling first medal experience for everyone!

Thanks to Coach Joel Banbury for his amazing coaching that brings out the best in everyone, and to Assistant Coaches Kristy Moore and Brook Luchka, who all led the team to their first big success.

Congratulations to all the players: Christina Antoine, Jade Butterworth, Victoria Chambers, Tara Hawley, Sydni Kelly, Kansas MacKay, Rebecca Partridge, Allison Prinzen, Megan Reddon, Kate VanCamp, Georgi Williams, and Annissa Sebastien (who was with the team in spirit even though she was sick & unable to play!).

U-13 Girls Smash Shows Team Spirit to Help the Community

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on November 13, 2012 by lmbeech

November 12, 2012   U-13 Girls Smash Shows Team Spirit to Help the Community

The Durham Attack U-13 Girls Smash team recently took on a challenge together to help the community they play in.

The team took up a collection of clothing for the Durham School Winter Food for Clothing Drive, which was held Saturday November 3 at Village Union P.S. in Oshawa.   Twelve big bags of clothing were collected and delivered to the school to a very appreciative response.  The girls’ “Smash” team spirit came through and showed how big an impact they can make when they work as a team!

Photo:  Members of the U-13 Girls Smash team showing their collection of bags of clothing for donation to the Durham School Winter Food for Clothing Exchange (L-R:  Sydni, Georgi, Kansas, Allison, Megan, Jade, Tara, Rebecca, Christina.  Absent:  Victoria, Annisa, Kate, Coach Joel Banbury, Assistant Coaches Brook and Kristy)

A news story about this annual event can be read at this link.  According to the article, while there was an increase in the number of people seeking clothing, there was a drop in donations this year, so keep this clothing drive in mind when cleaning out our closets next year!

Girls 13U Smash

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on November 13, 2012 by DurhamAttack


Christina Antoine, Jade Butterworth, Victoria Chambers, Tara Hawley, Sydni Kelly, Kansas MacKay, Rebecca Partridge, Allison Prinzen,  Megan Reddon, Kate VanCamp, Georgi Williams


Joel Banbury, Kristy Moore, Brooklyn Luchka


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