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Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019
Slowly working their way up the rankings
by Randy Pascal

Northern Chill 14U – Blue head coach Glenn Murray has no issue whatsoever with his team slowly working their way up the ladder. Unranked heading into the 2018-2019 season, the 14U Blue crew climbed up to 72 (of 140) after their first tournament, moving up another five spots after a day of battles in Newmarket a few weeks later.

Seeded ninth (of nine) entering the Challenge Cup – Championship C showdown, the locals stayed right with the #3 seed Barrie Elites – Black in a 21-25, 18-25 loss, dropping to 0-2 thanks to a tougher 14-25, 2-25 setback at the hands of the Scarborough Titans – Rogue.

The lopsided affair sparked the northern squad, bouncing back to sweep aside the Markham Revolution – Inferno, 25-18, 26-24. “Our next game was a very tough game against our very own Northern Chill 14U – Black (ranked first),” noted coach Murray. “It was by far the most exciting game of the day, with bragging rights on the line.”

Rankings would stay true to form as Black beat Blue 25-16, 25-17 in an all Northern Chill quarter-final. Emotionally drained, Murray and company proved no match for a second encounter with the Titans – Rogue, the one team that seemed to present the toughest match-ups, dropping a 15-25, 9-25 decision.

“We finished seventh, which for us, was a really good result,” said Murray. On an individual basis, the head coach stressed the solid defensive effort of Emily Audette, the “big game” abilities of Ava Lamothe, always rising to the occasion, as well as a “monster block” courtesy of Gabby Comeau, a throw-down that brought the crowd wildly to their feet.

Also adding to the day long excitement were 14U Blue teammates Emma Harris, Shana Lessard, Danyka Cholette, Danika Chenier, Elliana Blackwell, Hannah Crane, Kaja Beljo, Kayla Bouffard and Lindsay Murray.

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