Canadian Western Championship 2019,
Burnaby, British Columbia.
Alberta’s U16 and U18 squads received a warm welcome at Fortius Sport & Health, Burnaby. The squads participated in a team bonding scavenger hunting seeking out objects to photograph in the nearby parks. On Saturday morning the opening ceremony got off to a fine starts with the teams being escorted into the playing arena accompanied by a bag piper.
Game play started with the U16 division and Alberta got off to a flying start, taking the first quarter 13-2. As predicted, BC came back strong and at the end of the second quarter Alberta was still in front, 17-12. The third and fourth quarters were closely contested Alberta remained strong and were the victors in the first round of a three game test, final score 34-32.
The U18’s were ready to play and right from the whistle took the game to BC, they dominated the first quarter 11-4. Alberta remained strong for the entire game, utilising set plays and shutting down the BC centre pass, the final score reflects their dominance, 52-31.
At the start of the afternoons game play the young Alberta U16 team came out refreshed. The first quarter was a close contest, 11-9 to Alberta. Throughout the out the second quarter Alberta managed to keep the lead by a narrow margin, 18-15, with everything to play for. BC came strong for the second half of the game, the final score saw BC the victors taking the game 33-37, the series tied 1-1.
The final game of the day on Day one saw the Alberta U18’s buoyed by their earlier victory, they started confidently with the score 16-8 at the end of the first quarter. The team continued to dominate the game, the final score 53-36, the hard work in training had paid off, and by the end of day one the U18 division squad had won the three game series 2-0, they were jubilant.
Day two - Sunday morning saw the deciding round for the U16’s, they were trailing by two goals at the end of the first quarter. The young team fought to get in front but by the end of the second quarter they were still trailing by just two goals, they were still within reach and everything to play for in the second half. Unfortunately our Alberta team could not get ahead and BC took the game 30-36 and the series 1- 2. The entire team were mentally and physically fatigued having put out a heartfelt performance; the future looks promising for our U16 division.
The final game of the tournament was a solidifier for the U18 division, and they continued to dominate BC, first quarter score 19-9. The team continued to work hard throughout the game not allowing BC any room for error. The final score 53-41, Alberta took the series 3-0 and the Gold medal.
Many thanks to all of the players, they worked hard to prepare for the tournament, and it showed on the day. Thanks also to Emma Streeter and Lucy Park, who attended the tournament as Alberta Umpires, Sharon Mascher (Team Manager), Kajal Patel(Team Physio). Thank you to Michelle Le, for continuing to support the U16 and U18 squads as Coach and Co-Coach. And finally to the Netball Alberta Community for your continued support for our Provincial Teams.