‘A’ squad dethrones five-time defending champs from Guelph
STRATHROY – On Tuesday, May 28th, in very wet and muddy conditions, the St. Marys DCVI ultimate frisbee teams competed here at the OFSAA West regional tournament. The tournament featured 24 teams, with 192 games played on 11 fields.
The DCVI ‘B’ team, comprised mostly of first-year Grade 9 and 10 students with a few veteran players sprinkled in, played very well in pool play–winning three of their five games which gave them an opportunity to compete for the ‘B’ championship.
In their quarter-final game, Salukis beat Resurrection from Waterloo 2-1. In their semi-final game against Cameron Heights from Waterloo, the team had one of its best defensive games against one of the best throwing teams in the tournament. With stifling defence and solid offence, the team advanced to the final with a convincing 4-1 win.
In the final, the DCVI team played against Preston from Cambridge and lost a heartbreaker by a narrow margin of 4-3.
Great job to all the members of the ‘B’ team, with special thanks to the veteran members for the exceptional leadership demonstrated all day.
The Salukis ‘A’ team, consisting of mostly Senior and veteran players, played very well in preliminary play and easily won their pool. This gave them the opportunity to play for the overall championship against all the other top teams.
Salukis defeated Glencoe in the quarter-finals and the host team, Strathroy, in the semi-finals. This earned St. Marys a berth in the championship game against the five-time defending champions, Woodland Christian from Guelph.
After three quick points, the team found themselves in a 3-0 hole, but didn’t give up. With hard defence, accurate passing and even a couple of long bombs, Salukis managed to battle back and claim a 7-6 victory!
For a program that has existed only three years at DCVI, these results from both teams are outstanding. Congratulations on another great ultimate frisbee season!
–Chris Marcou coached Ultimate Frisbee at DCVI this season. He had help from Ian Moore at the OFSAA West Regionals.
–OFSAA West was for all ultimate teams from WOSSAA, CWOSSAA and SWOSSAA (Western Ontario, Central Western Ontario, South Western Ontario). Teams came from schools in Sarnia, Orangeville, Kitchener-Waterloo, Listowel, Glencoe and Windsor to name a few. There were no divisions based on school size.
–There is no full OFSAA yet. Next year will be the first year for full OFSAA competition in the sport.