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Titans SponsorsWe finally got things going in Game 3 as we opened up our home schedule with a strong 8 – 1 win over the Miners.  Behind solid goaltending and a stingy defensive effort the team was able to muster some offense to get the win.  With some minor adjustments in the practices prior to the game, we were able to implement some changes in our game to offset what the Miners were doing in our first matchup.  Playing a team six times in a season leads to tendencies on both sides.  Film review is a huge part of preparing for the games.  To be effective a team needs to keep the other team off balance and show them different looks.  This is the back and forth you would expect when you battle each other so many times in a season.  A team also needs to be able to execute and improvise.  If a set play is not working can a player make the proper read to find the open man?  This is the part of the game that we need to get better at as well as improve our power play, which struggled in the win.

It was great to see Mike DeGirolamo play a solid 60 minute game.  He has shown glimpses of good play, but this was the Mike we expect on a daily basis.  His angles were solid, he wasn’t chasing the ball and he had a great read on the shooters.  The defense was also strong, really pushing shots from the outside and finishing checks on the inside.   The team was able to feed off the defensive effort and generate offense on the other end of the floor.

This was our first home game and having a good crowd on a Wednesday night was a great sign.  Sherwood Park has the potential to be a hot bed of lacrosse for the future and with such great support from sponsors the Junior A Titans will be a strong club for many years.  A big Thank You to our Silver Sponsors:  Lime Green Realty, Sheppard Insurance and Sherwood Ford and our Bronze Sponsors:  Bold Athletics, Burgett Financial, Sherwood Park Famoso Pizzeria, Ricky’s All Day Grill and Vimy Lacrosse.  Looking forward to more great home games in Sherwood Park.

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The Clarington Green Gaels’ record is 7 – 0 so far this season and they have scored 115 goals and given up only 35 during that stretch.  They are definitely the class of the Junior B loop in Ontario so far this year.  The league tightens up dramatically when the playoffs start, but so far they Green Gaels are hammering the opposition.  The Green Gaels did have a close one against Akwesasne winning 13-10 so expect some challenges.  I think this points directly at the disparity of Junior B lacrosse in Ontario.  With 25 teams in the league you definitely are going to have some strong and weak teams, but I would hate to be on the team that loses by 20 each night.

Video of the Green Gaels in their latest victories.

The Clarington Green Gaels take on the Halton Hills Bulldogs in their second game of the season.  Green Gaels take the game 12 -5.  The Ontario Junior B season is now well into the start of its season and the Green Gaels are looking good.  The Alberta Junior B season starts this weekend with the Sherwood Park Titans traveling to Red Deer for its season opener.

The Clarington Green Gaels, one of Ontario’s top Junior B teams, started their season with a huge 19-4 win over Orillia.  The Green Gaels have traditionally been one of the strongest team in the Ontario Junior B loop and the lopsided win shows they will definitely have some strength again this year.  Local teams, such as the Sherwood Park Titans and Edmonton Warriors, will be fighting for the provincial title and the chance to meet a team such as the Green Gaels in the National Championships.  Watch some Green Gael highlights from their first game.

I caught a couple of periods of the Edmonton Outlaws Senior B team taking on the Edmonton Warriors Junior B team in an exhibition game on Sunday night.  The Warriors had about 27 players dressed and in typical Outlaws fashion there was almost a full roster.  Dave Pym, Head Coach of the Calgary Roughnecks, was behind the bench for the Outlaws.  He has assumed head coaching duties for the Outlaws this season.  Let’s hope he brings them back to respectability.

Not a highly skilled game with an average tempo.  I have never been a big fan of the Seniors playing the Juniors.  It just does not make sense having young kids playing against men.  I have played as an Outlaw for several years and the games can degenerate into chaos.  The Outlaws are expected to win and when things start going bad for them then the games gets out of hand.  The young kids are trying to prove they can play with the men, which leads to altercations.  Even in this game, with nothing at stake there was some rough play and a fight in just the two periods that I watched.

The Warriors should end up with a solid team this year again with some good returning players.  The Outlaws have some work to do, but I know several players were not in the lineup on Sunday.  The biggest challenge for the Outlaws is getting into game shape.  If they can get their legs under them quickly it should make a difference during the season.  If Pym has them playing pressure defense then they will have to get in shape fast.

Some highlights of the game are here.

The Edmonton Eclipse and the Edmonton Miners met yesterday in an exhibition game in St. Albert.  There were lots of rookies in the lineup and the game was sloppy at times.  There were some good young players that stood out including Ryan Davidge and Davis Reykdal, who were dressed for the Eclipse.  There were several veterans on both teams that were out of the lineup, but that is expected in the first exhibition game of the season.  That did not mean there was no intensity as both teams were well prepared to slash and hack.  When you have a game that is full of dropped balls and miscues, it tends to lead to a game of scrums.  That in itself leads to more dirty play.  I feel as the skill level picks up the game ends up being a lot cleaner.  Let’s hope the season brings some high tempo, highly skilled play at the Junior A level.  Here is a few minutes of action from the game.

The Alberta Junior A lacrosse season is just over a month away and teams are on the floor running through tryouts for their teams.  Edmonton has two Junior A teams; the Eclipse and the Miners.  Calgary also has two teams; the Raiders and the Mountaineers, although the Raiders play out of Okotoks.  This time of year is always a time of uncertainty as teams determine who will be back for the upcoming season.  Some players are away at school playing lacrosse in the NCAA, others are working and others are making a decision if playing summer lacrosse is in their plans this year.  Yesterday I watched the Eclipse during their second round of tryouts.  I was able to catch a few minutes of video of their session.  It appeared to me that they were short several players and I do know of a few that are still away at school, including Kirby Zdrill who is at Yale.