On February 4 the Attack 15U Girls team hosted the 16U McGregor Cup at Maxwell Heights.
In pool play, Attack started off with their third game in two tournaments against the Pegasus 15U girls. They had split their games three weeks earlier in Kingston. This time, it was the Attack girls who came out on top after three sets of play.
Up next in pool play was the powerful 16U DRVC squad, who eventually went on to take gold in the tournament. They were able to get past Attack in straight sets.
The morning ended with the Red girls in second place in their pool. That set them up for a quarterfinal match against the 16U Clarington Grizzlies. The Durham girls fought hard against the strong Clarington squad and ultimately came out on top to advance to the semi-finals.
In the semis, they faced a familiar foe in the girls from Pegasus, their fourth encounter in three weeks. But it was Pegasus who took the game this time around. They took the semifinals to maintain a split between the two teams at two games each on the season.
That left the Attack girls in contention for bronze, but they had to get past the DRVC 15U girls, a squad that had beaten them in a 15U gold medal match just three weeks earlier. And this game was about as close as they get.
Both teams battled it out in the first set, but ultimately the girls from DRVC came out on top 25-22.
The Attack girls weren’t ready to give up, though. They turned the momentum in their favour in the second set and took a nail-biter 26-24.
That set up an all-deciding tie-breaker. It was a another neck-and-neck affair, but ultimately the Durham girls kept the momentum and came out on top 15-13.
After the tournament head coach Carol Hart was pleased with what she saw: “The girls pulled it together where it counted most. The girls showed grit. It is tough coming from a loss and then being able to bring it on in the bronze. They are showing as a true team, and know what it takes to win. Looking forward to our next tournament, to see what they will bring next. It can only get better.”