An excellent weekend of play at the NAV Centre hosted by the Cornwall Vikings Crusaders, where four Durham Attack teams also met up with Scarborough Titans Synergy, Noir et Or, and PTBO Thunder.
INVASION ranked fourth coming into this tournament, battled against three teams in pool play -including DA’s own 13U Red Flare who was the first opponent. Pool play was two sets only, and in true DA style, Flare fought hard against INVASION to pull out the win in first set 25-18. A little startled at the loss, INVASION sharpened their focus and dominated in the next set 25-5. Good work DA on both sides!
Next up – Noir et Or. INVASION handily beat in them in the first set 25-17, but had to work a little smarter for a second set win of 25-23.
Final game of pool play was against Titans Synergy. A strong team centered around a phenom player, Titans came to the tournament ranked first. Despite powerful hits from front and back court, the Titans fell to INVASION in the first 25-21. Second set proved a little more challenging as the Titans turned up the heat; INVASION was defeated 25-14.
Finishing second in the pool, the athletes enjoyed a long break to re-energize and prepare for the quarter rounds. First match was with the DA Black 13U Nightmares. INVASION started with a large point spread in the first set, but the Nightmares worked hard to close the gap. What fighters – they are a team to watch! The set finished with a win for INVASION 25-20. Second set was another good one but INVASION beat their compadres 25-21 to move into the semi-finals.
Next up, another DA competitor in the semis, the Her-I-Canes 14U. Always an exciting and high energy match when the two 14U reds meet, this game was no exception. Her-I-Canes eeked out a 26-24 victory in the first set. But after the loss, INVASION dug in, elevated their game, and relying on their teammates, INVASION decidedly pulled out strong wins in the next two sets – 25-16 and 15-10 respectfully – moving onto the finals.
Here INVASION faced the Titans once more to fight for the gold. The only team to take a set from Titans, INVASION’s spirits were high, but lost the first set by just 4 points. Determined to push the game to a third set, INVASION battled hard with huge support from the other DA teams. Despite the raucous cheering on the sidelines from the Her-I-Canes, INVASION was unable to pull out the win, losing gold to the Titans 16-25, but taking SILVER!
INVASION was so moved and was truly appreciative of all the support from our sister teams – when all the DA teams support each other, we really can’t lose! Congrats to the Her-I-Canes on their bronze medal win!
Overall a great day for INVASION and the Durham Attack Club. Well done everyone!
Go DA! Go INVASION!