After a strong OVA 14U season the 13U Durham Attack Black Nightmares entered the 2016 14U Provincials ranked third in Division 2 Tier 1. The team entered the tournament at less than full strength with Kyla Smith sidelined with a concussion and Jamie Routledge favouring a badly sprained ankle from an earlier tournament.
The team started off strong on Friday morning with a convincing win against Pegasus Thunder game #1 25-14 and game #2 25-15. Match 2 of the day against Forest City Oaks was a battle for the girls as they eventually lost in three (game #1 14-25, game #2 25-15 and game #3 10-15). However the match came at a cost as both Simona Galbiati and Briar Crerar were injured attempting to save match point. Both girls suffered concussions and were unable to compete for the remainder of the tournament. Now down to 9 girls the team dug deep and battled Niagara Rapids Black, however came up short losing the match; game #1 21-25, game #2 25-19 and game #3 11-15. Based on their determined play Durham Attack Nighmares finished second in the pool heading into Saturday.
Saturday was a very challenging day for the girls as we ended on the wrong side of the score sheet in all three matches and another injury scare. After regrouping with the coaches, a carefully thought out, nutritious team dinner at the hotel and a good night’s rest our girls were ready and determined for Sunday’s play. A slow start against PVB Black did not discourage the Nightmares as they came through with a strong win, game #1 12-25, game #2 25-22 and game #3 15-13. This set up a quarter final matchup against Forest City. The girls showed their determination and fight and pushed Forest City to the limit, however it wasn’t enough as we fell short, losing in 3 games.
This weekend was an experience for these young girls that they will never forget, from the size of the complex with 30+ courts (3 hockey ice pads being converted to 4 courts each and indoor soccer fields housing courts), to the irresistible merchandise available for purchase, from the hotel filled with only Durham Attack families and finally the realization of things to come as our girls watched 17U players competing for scholarships.
In the face of injuries, the team stepped up and played with intensity and determination and should be nothing but proud with their 5th place finish in the 14U Provincials. The 13U Durham Attack Black Nightmare team is a force to watch out for when they take the court in their own age group’s Provincials starting April 22.