Warriors Basketball, U14 Girls and U16 Boys hosted games this past weekend at SMCHS, both teams played some great basketball and did the club proud! A really big thank you to all the parents and families for all your efforts in making the day a great success. For those of you who stepped up and worked the scorers table; on behalf of the Warriors and the visiting teams, thank you, great job! To the “Warriors Cafe” canteen team, the coordinators, all of you that donated some great food and worked behind the counter, a big thank you!! Your efforts are very much appreciated, the proceeds from your efforts will go a long way to paying for the players new practice reversibles that I am hoping will be in soon, (we’re waiting on stock). And last but not least a big thank you to Brewed Awakenings in the Creekside Mall for their generous donation of that great coffee! If anyone has some game pictures please send them to me so I can post them. Again, thanks so much to all of you for making Saturday a great success for Warriors Basketball. (submitted by Dennis Brookson)
This Weekend’s Games:
U14 Warriors Girls, in the first game the team started slowly. It wasn’t until the 4th quarter they picked it up and got back to playing more to their usual form. With some awesome defense and a few crucial baskets we secured the lead and came up with the win.
Second game of the day proved to be equally as difficult. Although we were more prepared this time, it was a fight til the end. Unfortunately, throughout the day injuries took their toll and as the game wound down another player was injured and in the end the team fell short by one point. Overall the girls had a great day and the coaches are very proud of them and all their hard work! (submitted by Alana McDonald)
U-12 Warriors Boys, Team Kelsey, played a double header away in Stittsville on Saturday, facing Upper Valley and Goulbourn 1. After the first weekend of games the focus on the team was to improve on their rebounding, and they showed a drastic improvement from the start of Saturdays games. Strong rebounding, and aggressive perimeter defense led to some fast break points that got the scores up quickly. It seemed like every rebound was being grabbed by the Warriors on the offensive and defensive end. In the end the Warriors aggressive offence and strong rebounding came out on top with a 56 to 32 victory over Upper Valley. The second game was a similar effort of rebounding and in this game a greater need for strong defence. On the offensive end of the floor Warriors were faced with a more aggressive defensive stops from the Goulbourn team. In the end the Warriors pulled off a 35 to 19 victory. Overall, it was a great effort by the Warriors! (submitted by Keith Kelsey)
U16 Warriors Boys, started the day with one player injured sitting out and a couple more questionable for the day. The team took a little while to get into the pace of the game, but kept it close with sound defence. By the 3rd quarter they had picked it up in the front court and pulled ahead, maintaining a 10 point lead. The Nepean Blue Devils, however, were not about to give up and put the pressure on with a full court press in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. To their credit the Warriors rallied from the initial onslaught of the press, fortunately coming up with some key foul shots down the stretch and managing to hold on for a 42 to 40 win. Starting our second game down two players the team lagged behind for most of the first half. It was lower scoring game with Naismith sticking to a zone defence, keeping the Warriors scoring to a minimum. By the second half the team started to find the seams in the zone and started to control the boards on both end of floor. Unfortunately during the 4th quarter we had a player go down with a sprained ankle, leaving us down to 8 players to finish the game. Naismith put on a full court press as well in the second half, but not to great effect. The Gaels were able to keep close but with steady team play the Warriors’ shortened bench were able to control the final quarter and come out on top 35 to 30. The U16 boys are now 4 and 0 to start the season. Keep up the hard work team! (submitted by Dennis Brookson)