So, first of all, sorry for missing a tournament recap for the MayDay tournament in Waterloo. Here’s a short one to make up for it. We played 5 games in one day and came 2nd in the tournament. Wins over Thunder, Wendigo, Quick and Dirty, and Hydra, and a loss (on universe again) to Tribe in the final. Great tournament, lots of good things to build on.
This past weekend, we drove out to Montreal for Comedy of Errors. We were a little short rostered for the weekend with only 16 players suiting up for the squad (8 guys and 8 ladies). Low numbers, but an awesome group. I’d like to give a special shout out to Jake Redekopp, who flew in direct from China for the tournament and played great despite maybe a little lingering jet lag. Thanks for making the journey in time and welcome back to Canada!
Due to the rain over the past few days, the tournament had to be moved from the original fields to a set of outdoor turf fields at a local school. The facilities were great, but it meant that each team had to play a game or two indoors. For us, that was our first game of the tournament against Bebop from Montreal in pool play. We didn’t really know what to expect from them, but it was clear from the outset that they were very used to the indoor game. They played a sagging poaching defense near the end zones and in the lanes that we struggled to beat and were very comfortable defending on the narrower indoor fields. We struggled to find space up the field and ended up losing the game 15-10.
For our second game, we moved outside for a match against MagnetX from Moncton. We hit our stride in this game with a much stronger play on both offense and defense, cutting down on mistakes and forcing turnovers with a stifling zone to take half 8-3. The second half was more of the same with the game ending 13-6 at the time cap. A nice bounce-back game after a frustrating loss.
For our final game of day one, we played against Glide from Ottawa with an important (especially for us with our short roster) bye into the quarterfinals at stake. It was a tight game all the way through with a few (well, many) contentious calls. Christa made a number of key catches right in the back corner of the end zone to get us enough breaks to take the lead, and we closed out the game on universe point for an 11-10 win. We headed back to our hotel for supper and went to the Rush-Royal game in the evening.
Sunday morning began with a game against Animales from Sherbrooke. They took half 8-7, after a bit of a lacklustre effort from us in the first half, but we stormed back with fury in the second half breaking 6 times in a row to take control of the game. An enormous effort to take the game. Also in this game, Animales completed the most phenomenal ‘greatest’ that I’ve ever seen in my (admittedly short) playing career. A full layout catch out the sideline followed by a beautiful floating throw behind the head back to the middle of the field. It was a thing of beauty. Fortunately, it wasn’t able to change the outcome of the game, but it was still awesome! Unfortunately, Jon Hines hurt his ankle during this game, further dropping the number of players we had available for the rest of the day.
Our semi-final game was against Local613, from Kingston, who got out to a quick start by throwing a nifty zone at us early in the game. We struggled to score and fell behind by a few breaks early in the game. We got a couple back later in the first half, but never managed to close the gap. A well-fought game, but in the end a 14-9 loss.
Losing that game did let us play one more new team in the tournament though as Undertow lost the other semi-final to Glide and we were set to play them for 3rd place. I felt like we controlled this game from the start with an early break and clean offense and we pulled it out with a 13-10 win by the end of the day. We played very well on tired legs and fought hard for every point. A great way to end the weekend.
Finally, we stretched, and some people gave us Nestea. It was weird, but it was also awesome!