Titans’ Season Ends

Posted: August 6, 2012 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, Junior B Lacrosse, RMLL, Vimy Lacrosse
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It was a great season that ended a little too early.  The Titans Junior B team had a good run, winning the North Division before meeting a very strong and physical Calgary Mounties team.  The youth of the Titans showed as the team did not maintain the composure and discipline required to win a championship.  The energy and desire was clearly evident, but the pressure the Mounties put on the Titans was too much.  The result should not lessen the accomplishments of the Titans team.  The strides the team made this year was remarkable and was a testament to the plan that was put forward a few years ago by Russ Sheppard.  It would have been unbelievable to have the opportunity to travel to Six Nations for the National Championships, but it was not to be.

As one of the coaches of the team, I am extremely proud of the players and how hard they worked this year.  Box lacrosse is one of the toughest sports to play.  It is a sport that pushes a person physically and mentally.  There is a fine line between a legal and illegal play, making the game almost controlled chaos.  There is no place to hide in the game, as you need to go to the tough areas inside to penetrate the defence.  The game is played in stifling heat and when I looked at the players at the end of the game yesterday, I saw exhaustion and pain.  You need to be a true warrior to play the game and the Titans players are warriors.  They battled, they played their hearts out and they cared.  You cannot ask for more.

It was a tough ending, not just because the team lost, but because for a few that was their last game of junior lacrosse.  I could see the disappointment and tears in their faces.  For others, other things in life will pull them from the game.   And there will be others that move on to other lacrosse teams.  For me, it was emotionally difficult.  The ups and downs of the game are difficult to handle at times and even though I have coached for many years, I get attached to the players.  I wanted the kids to be successful and not reaching our target is heart breaking.

Thank you to all the players, the parents, the fans, the team staff and all those in the Titans organization that made this season successful.  There are a lot of people around the team that do so much to help the kids have a great season and your quiet work is deeply appreciated by the entire team.  Thank you for allowing me to work with your sons, it is always a treat to work with good lacrosse players and quality young men.

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