Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Rod Shoveller Memorial Notes

The Halifax weather unfortunately played a role in delaying several CIS teams from getting home in good time after this past weekend's Shoveller tournament. Icy conditions brought airport traffic to a standstill for a period of time early Monday morning, delaying some flights and completely cancelling others. Concordia, Laurier and Laurentian were able to find their way home, albeit with delays and in some cases on multiple flights. However, the uOttawa Gee-Gees, who scheduled their flight as one of the first out on Monday morning, were unable to get out at all and stayed an extra night in Halifax before taking the train home to Ottawa this morning... Dalhousie Head Coach John Campbell was reasonably pleased with how his troops played all weekend, especially on the final day of the tournament in the battle for third place against nationally-ranked Concordia. "We competed hard on virtually every possession against a very strong, physical team that makes you pay when you don't play hard", Campbell commented. Uncharacteristically, however, the Tigers turned the ball over 18 times, well above their average for the season, and also missed 14 free throws, including six misses by 6'1" Andrew Sullivan, who normally shoots over 90% from the line and is the two-time defending AUS free throw champion. Campbell cited "missed opportunities against a very good team" as contributing factors to the close loss but feels if his team can translate their effort from the Stingers game through the rest of the season, Dal can compete for the AUS championship. Campbell was particularly pleased with the play of 6'4" freshman wing Josh Beattie from Bedford, NS, who is becoming a confident scorer and active defensively and on the glass. "Josh is starting show that he will be a very good player in this league and probably worthy of more time as a young player". The Tigers re-start their AUS regular season this coming weekend, hosting Memorial on Friday night before travelling to Wolfville to face Acadia Axemen.

1 comment:

WheatCitysFinest said...

Gee, having to spend New Years in Halifax? That's a rough one! In all seriousness, glad everyone found their way back safely.