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Posted by BOB TWIDLE at May 9, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Firstly a special thank you to Doreen MacSween for the endless hours of prep to organize our trouble-free weekend.

We accomplished our primary goal for the weekend  - bringing our team closer together in a fun social/soccer environment.

A reminder to all that our team relationships require continuous attention, patience, compromise, trust and unconditional love.

The ongoing state of our relationships requires hard work at both the parent and player level and will have EVERYTHING to do with our season success.

I am counting on everyone to keep each of us on a “high” through thick and thin.

A special thank you to our players and parents who served as excellent ambassadors with a quality, classy example at the hotel and on the fields.

We played three games on the grass in preparation for the “show”.

Our opening game against an academy team based in Oakville was a very slow start and a good lesson in what happens if we don’t start to play until the last 5 minutes.

We were fortunate to scrape out of this game down 0-1 and unfortunate that we didn’t rescue a tie in the dying minutes.

This was a quality team and reasonably representative of what you will see in our league this summer.

The loss here cost us our opportunity to play a higher quality semi-final and earn a chance in a final fourth game.

The second game brought the U16 (young end) of the U16/U17 Lady Lynx Jr. academy team to the field.

A hapless “premier div equivalent” team, now coached by the past provincial coach for our age group for the past two years.

We won the game 7-1 quite easily but our team soccer skill display was terrible.

We must stay disciplined in our focus for good soccer and a possession game.

The Lynx are in for a very long, and unrewarding season.

Our final game in this punitive tournament format brought the Rochester Jr. Rhinos academy team to the field.

This is the “B” team for the academy and probably best suited to play against the Lynx.

We ended our tournament play on a positive note with much improved discipline on the field and secured a 7-0 win while playing “good soccer” for the most part.

As far as the tournament format/organization was concerned I wasn’t particularly impressed.

Far too many Canadian local teams in the field and far too few local quality teams in the competition.

We need to find out where the premier events are that draw the top teams in the area. This event is not one of them obviously.

The event was played on the facility’s secondary fields while the better fields sat unused.

I can still taste the blowing ball diamond dirt.

The tournament format was strange and only catered to perfect performance and a fortunate draw.

If there were any scouts at this event (during our play) they were invisible and in the form of field mice.

Photos – please forward your photos from the weekend via CD or email)   we have lots I’m sure. I’ll bundle everything up and distribute a CD with all of them to everyone.

I have a pair of small track pants in my car left behind at the field.

Our league schedule will be out on Friday night and we’ll distribute copies on Saturday at training.

Because of the Sat rain forecast I will look for an indoor option, but regardless we will go ahead with the session from 9-12.


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Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Apr 20, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
School soccer training is well under way and competitive games have begun. It is no secret that school soccer is not high on my recommended list but I recognize the reality that your skills are in demand and you want to participate in school athletics. I encourage you to be extremely cautious in the school soccer program. We have a long and challenging season ahead of us and we need everyone healthy and performing at peak levels. Make every effort to avoid unnecessary hard tackles. Don't hold the ball too long....keep the ball moving on the field and don't invite someone to take your ankles out. Play "smart". Many players in school soccer are less skilled and only know the physical approach to get the job done. Many school games are played on less than desirable fields, so walk the field ahead of time and know where the danger spots are. Lastly, school soccer is your choice and I expect everyone to respect your Rep team priorities. Do not use school soccer as an excuse to miss your team training sessions. Good luck to all. BT
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Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jan 13, 2006 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Eagles, The following details the team's ADP program to the best of my knowledge from now until April 1.06 Our mandatory team practice continues on Thursday's at Fallingbrook School from 8:30 to 10:00 pm (may start a bit earlier pending confirmation) This training session to the end of March carries a base registration fee of $100 per player payable to the Club. Those training for the March Break ADP Tour of America are required to train at the clubhouse every Monday from 8 pm - 10 pm. This represents a $50 add - on to your base ADP fee. Friday nights at Thomas Street is available for those who want more time on the ball from 8 pm -10 pm. This is an additional $50 add-on to your base fee. There is training time at the Erindale College gym on Saturdays from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm. This is an added $50 again to your base ADP fee. Players should approach this session with caution on days where we have scheduled games, and should focus on light training if you participate on game days. Add up your planned ADP participation and register/pay at the Club this week please. The team will continue to train at Mind to Muscle every Tuesday from 8 pm - 9 pm for strength and agility development. This bears a cost of $100 per player plus tax payable to M to M directly by next week. I will only post the Thursday, M to M and Tour training dates on the team web site. All other schedules are available at the Club web site There are lots of opportunities to develop your personal skills and each player needs to balance their personal schedules in such a way that academic loads are manageable. The most dedicated and successful elite athletes that have passed through the Club focus on school, soccer training and go light on the "social" distractions. Life is full of choices. BT