Titans Junior A Games 8 and 9

Posted: June 17, 2013 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Junior A Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse

A trip to Calgary for games 8 and 9 of the season brought us back to earth in a hurry.  Even though on Saturday we came back from a 7 – 1 deficit against the Mounties to close the gap 8 – 7 before falling 12 – 8, the moral victory was shallow.  The next day we played a ready and focused team in the Raiders and were pounded 17 – 4.  Let’s say that we knew as a rebuilding team there would be days like this.  We have weathered the storm well to date, but this past weekend proved to us that there is a level of play that we have not quite hit.  Our youth and inexperience hurt us this weekend and when you throw in tired legs the pain compounds.  One thing that must be a priority is keeping the team together.  As coaches we can come down hard on players, but that should never filter down to the players riding each other.  They need to band together to support each other as the coaches demand perfection.

We have now completed half the season and we are at .500.  Not bad for a team that people expected nothing from.  It is now time to re energize the troops and move into the second half with renewed confidence.  The weekend is over.  Short memories are important now as we begin to drive forward for the playoffs.  No one said this was going to be easy.  I think some of our young players are finding that it is a little harder than initially anticipated.  I will give them credit, they have battled, even when down big they still kept their focus and the game did not degenerate into a gong show.  That is all we can do, keep playing for each other to the last whistle.  We will do that, guaranteed.




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