Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Holiday Tournaments

SCHEDULE UPDATES: UVic will travel to Bellingham, WA on Dec 28-29 to play games against Green River Community College and Whatcom Community College. Both teams play in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (JUCOS)... In another tournament taking place in Halifax, Memorial and Cape Breton will participate in the Dyrick McDermott Memorial Tournament hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University from Jan 1-3, 2010. This is a six-team tournament that includes traditional OCAA power Humber College Hawks, King's College, Ste. Foy CEGEP Dynamiques and the host MSVU Mystics.


We are a couple of weeks into a well-deserved break for student/athletes as they complete their first term exams although for the harder-working coaches there is little time to rest as a slew of high school tournaments are being held across the country, making this period an important one in the recruiting cycle. We are just over two weeks away from the resumption of play for several CIS teams although a significant number of teams are travelling south for training camps and scrimmages against U.S. competition. Here is a summary of games involving CIS competition in the coming weeks prior to the regular season restarting in early January.

Alberta Golden Bears will take a trip into the state of Montana for three games against U.S. competition before a mini-training camp after Christmas. All 3 opponents are members of the NAIA Frontier Conference. Coach Greg Francis and team will play the following games beginning next weekend:
Saturday, December 19th: @ Montana Tech Orediggers (NAIA - Frontier Conference) in Butte, MT, 7 PM MT; The Orediggers are currently 4-8, having defeated Lethbridge Pronghorns in October by two at home and recently losing by 3 to NCAA D1 Weber State Wildcats. Follow Alberta at Montana State
Sunday, December 20th: @ University of Great Falls Argos (NAIA - Frontier Conference) in Great Falls, MT 7 PM; The Argos are 3-7 and were 22 point winners over Lethbridge in early October. The Pronghorns will meet Great Falls again on 30th December, this time in Lethbridge. Follow Alberta at Great Falls
Monday, December 21st: @ MSU - Northern Lights (NAIA - Frontier Conference), Havre, MT; 7 PM The Lights are 6-4 and will also meet Lethbridge in the new year. Follow Alberta at MSU-Northern

Alberta's Greg Francis interview on a local Edmonton radio station

POST-CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENTS: Three teams, Laurentian, Laurier and Acadia, will be busy as the Axemen will play six games (3 at UQAM tournament; 3 at Rod Shoveller tournament at Dalhousie) while the Voyageurs and Golden Hawks will tune up for the Shoveller with a pair of games against AUS foes in Sydney, N.S.

Laurentian, Laurier, UPEI visit Cape Breton, each playing a pair of games pitting OUA and AUS foes:
Tuesday, December 29th:
Laurier vs. UPEI
Laurentian at #5 Cape Breton
Wednesday, December 30th:
Laurentian vs. UPEI
Laurier at Cape Breton

UQAM Tournoi des fĂȘtes This unique six-team event in Montreal is set up to maximize the number of inter-conference games. Teams are divided into two, three-team pools and play 3 games against teams only in the other pool. In all, nine inter-conference games will be played as Brandon, Waterloo and Brock will meet McGill, Acadia and the host Citadins. Games will be played at various times over four days as UQAM is also hosting a six-team women's tournament staged in the same two-pool format.

Pool A - Hommes / Men
Pool B - Hommes / Men

Sunday, December 27th
8 PM McGill vs Brandon

Monday, December 28th
NOON Acadia vs Brock
4:30 McGill vs Waterloo
9 PM UQAM vs Brandon

Tuesday, December 29th
10 AM McGill vs Brock
2:30 Acadia vs Brandon
9 PM UQAM vs Waterloo

Wednesday, December 30th
NOON Acadia vs Waterloo
4:30 UQAM vs Brock

NOTE: the winner of the tournament will be determined by using FIBA rules (tie-break procedure)

Winnipeg tournament The 43rd annual Wesmen Classic, a holiday tradition at the University of Winnipeg, is set to kick off on Monday, Dec. 28th at the Duckworth Center, beginning at noon Central time. This season's tournament is highlighted by the pleasant-surprise story of the first half, #9 Lakehead Thunderwolves, leading the OUA West at 7-1 plus the leaders in the "Q", Laval Rouge et Or. There are also a pair of American teams: Minot State Beavers (10-4 including 100-76 victory over Regina), an NAIA school which is currently a candidate NCAA Division II program and Valley City State University Vikings (7-4 including a nine point loss to Lakehead and a 25 point loss at Minot State in NAIA Dakota Athletic Conference play). The Lakehead vs. Minot State game pits two of the better teams in this tournament in the first round with the winner meeting the winner of Laval vs. Thompson Rivers.

Monday, Dec. 28th
NOON #9 Lakehead - Minot State
2:00 Laval – Thompson Rivers
6:00 Winnipeg – Bishops
8:00 Manitoba – Valley City

Tueday, Dec 29th
NOON Consolation Round game
2:00 Consolation Round game
6:00 Semi - Final #1
8:00 Semi - Final #2

Wednesday, Dec. 30th
NOON 7th Place
2:00 Consolation Final
4:00 3rd Place
8:00 Wesmen Classic Championship Game

ROD SHOVELLER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AT DALHOUSIE Once again, this Holiday traditional at the Dalplex in Halifax has heavy AUS representation as 4 Atlantic Canada programs participate including #3 X. Acadia Axemen make an appearance for the first time in several years and play in their second tournament of the holidays. Acadia meets Ottawa Gee-Gees to kick off the tournament. Four of the teams participating played in last year’s CIS Final 8.

Fri. Jan. 1st
1 PM Acadia vs. Ottawa
3 PM #3 StFX vs. Laurier
6 PM Saint Mary's vs. Concordia
8 PM Laurentian at Dalhousie
Sat. Jan. 2nd
1 PM Loser Acadia/Ottawa vs. Loser X/Laurier
3 PM Loser SMU/Concordia vs. Loser Laurentian/Dal
6 PM Winner Acadia/Ottawa vs. Winner X/Laurier
8 PM Winner SMU/Concordia vs. Winner Laurentian/Dal
Sun. Jan. 3rd
9 AM Seventh Place game
11AM Fifth Place game
1 PM Bronze medal game
3 PM Championship Final

Canada West Pacific:

Victoria: Bellingham Dec 28-29 and play games against Green River Community College and Whatcom Community College. Both teams play in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. (JUCOS)
UBC: trip to Hawaii
TWU: nothing scheduled
SFU: Dec. 18th at Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans, Dec. 20th at Hawaii Pacific Sea Warriors (neither game listed on opponent's sites as official game); Dec. 29th host Pacific Lutheran Lutes (Northwest Conference, NCAA Division III)
UFV: training camp with scrimmages against colleges
TRU: at Winnipeg Tournament vs. Laval Dec. 28th

Canada West Prairie:
Calgary: in California; Dec. 28th at San Diego Christian College (Calif.) El Cajon, CA 8:00 PM; Dec. 29th at Biola (Calif.) La Mirada, CA 6:30 PM Live Stats ; Dec. 29th at Azuza Pacific Azuza, CA 8:30 PM
Alberta: 3 games vs. NAIA schools in Montana before Xmas then training camp after Xmas
Saskatchewan: BCC Holiday Classic in Florida, Dec. 29th and 30th
Lethbridge: Dec 30th at 7pm host University of Great Falls; Jan 1st/2nd- Ameritel Invitational Tournament at University of Montana-Northern.
Brandon: at UQAM tournament beginning Dec. 27th vs. McGill
Winnipeg: hosts Wesmen Classic vs. Bishop's Dec. 28th
Manitoba: at Wesmen Classic Winnipeg vs. Valley City Dec. 28th
Regina: at Williston State on Jan. 2nd

OUA West
Lakehead: at Winnipeg tournament vs. Minot State in first round Dec. 28th
Windsor: Northwood University Tournament, West Palm Beach, Florida; Dec 29th #4 Bethel College (In) vs. #8 Cedarville University (Ohio) 5:00PM; #3 Northwood University (FL) vs. University of Windsor (ON) 7:00PM; Dec 30th ; Consolation Game 5:00PM, Championship Game 7:00PM
Western: host Rochester Institute of Technology on Jan. 3rd
McMaster: trip to Florida
Waterloo: at UQAM tournament beginning Dec. 28th vs. McGill
Laurier: at Cape Breton & at Dalhousie tournaments
Guelph: training camp at home with scrimmage vs. Guelph Phoenix Sr. Men's team
Brock: at UQAM tournament beginning Dec. 28th vs. Acadia

OUA East
Carleton: trip to Florida
Ottawa: at Dalhousie tournament
Toronto: at Humber College on Dec. 22nd; Dec. 28th at Findlay College (rematch of thrilling October game won by the Blues) then Dec. 29th/30th at Notre Dame (Ohio) Falcons tournament (NAIA)
Ryerson: Tue Dec 29 host Sr. Men's team; Wed Dec 30 host Sheridan College (both games at 8 PM)
Queen's: nothing scheduled
Laurentian: at Cape Breton & at Dalhousie tournaments
York: nothing scheduled
RMC: nothing scheduled

Laval: at Wesmen Classic Winnipeg; Dec. 28th vs. Thompson Rivers
UQAM: hosts tournament beginning vs. Brandon Dec. 28th
Bishop's: at Wesmen Classic Winnipeg; Dec. 28th vs. Winnipeg
McGill: at UQAM tournament beginning Dec. 27th vs. Brandon
Concordia: at Dalhousie tournament; Jan. 1st vs. Saint Mary's

St. FX: at Dalhousie tournament; Jan. 1st vs. Laurier
Cape Breton: hosts Laurentian and Laurier Dec. 29th & 30th; Mt.St.Vincent tournament Jan.1-3 in Halifax.
Dalhousie: hosts Rod Shoveller tournament; Jan. 1st vs. Laurentian
Acadia: at UQAM tournament beginning Dec. 28th vs. Brock then at Dalhousie tournament
Saint Mary's: at Dalhousie tournament; Jan. 1st vs. Concordia
UPEI: at Cape Breton vs. Laurier and Laurentian beginning Dec. 29th
UNB: nothing scheduled
Memorial: Mt.St.Vincent tournament Jan.1-3 in Halifax

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