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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.