CEUCC – Western

Western Captain Mark Lloyd (one of two captains, I believe) has sent in a recap of their experience at CEUCC 2010.

They say the hardest thing to do in sports is repeat a championship. I think it is equally as hard to win a championship after being so close to one, but falling short just outside the finish line. How does a team rebound from such heartbreak? This is what we on the Western Sharks are looking to find out this season.

This years edition of the Sharks is our biggest ever with 21 players, but also maybe our most inexperienced with half the team being new on the A squad.

CEUCC 2009

With these factors in mind our goal at Eastern’s was a bit different than it was last year. Last year we wanted to make a statement and we did just that. This year we were looking to develop the athletic talent we have and give as many guys as many points as possible. We did just that. Day 1 saw us play some solid but outmatched teams in the morning. McGill B was impressive in their ability to cut up line, but once we neutralized that their inexperience playing showed. McMaster A was boasting a lot of new raw talent and they played hard but Westerns experienced players had a few crafty moves that made it hard for Mac to match. After our extended bye (Carleton B forfeiture of a game due to injuries and low numbers) we matched up with the second seed in our pool Ottawa. We had only played them once last year at Eastern’s, and seen them go toe-to-toe in a very impressive game with UBC in pool play at CUUC in Montreal. Ottawa was effective in using the up the line handler cut and then huck from the power position. This is how the majority of their points were scored. In the second half we adjusted to this and caused a few more turns and pulled away with a final of 13-7. This meant we had a bye the next day until noon. For anyone who knows the Sharks, this may have been bad news as it meant we could drink later on into the night/morning.

Day 2 started off against McGill. McGill started school two weeks earlier than any Ontario school, this meant they had been practicing two weeks longer than any Ontario school. Their familiarity with their systems and with each other was evident early on as they jumped all over our sloppy play and before we knew it our third o-line break had McGill up 6-3. After a time-out we brought the game back to 6-6. McGill scored their next o-point and our oline got broken again. 8-6 McGill at half. Western re-grouped and took the lead 10-9. at 10-10 a marathon point ensued and ended in a layout catch by a McGill player on a hammer. At this point one of the McGill players claimed that hard-cap had gone and the game was over. Seeing as Western’s Captain was being tended to by the St. John Ambulance people, western did not dispute this and the game was apparently over 11-10 McGill. After we moved fields a McGill player came to us and explained that we had been mislead about the hard-cap and that our time slot was still actually going. So we agreed that it was game to 12…11-10 for McGill, western receiving. Two passes in we turn it, but fight to get the disc back. We score to tie it at 11’s. Universe point. McGill turns it after a few throws, but we give it right back. They turn it again, a few breaks later we have two receivers on the break side but can’t connect. A McGill huck is hand blocked but still caught (third time this happened in the game) and a few passes later they score on yet another hammer. McGill wins 12-11.
We then beat U of T on universe, finishing tied for 5th.
This may not be the result that many expected from Western from Easterns, but as we learned last year, Easterns don’t mean a thing if you can’t get the Championship ring. We have started up practices with a new work ethic, a new hunger and a direction of how we are going to be able to be at our best come CUUC in Ottawa.

1 thought on “CEUCC – Western

  1. feeling your level getting higher is what have to make you try agan, and knowing that even the best players have some weeks while they don’t feel their talent also have to make you try again. So ’cause I know that nobody stays at its best level, an heartbreak can’t last for a long.I focus on my strengh.

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