PeeWee B Provincial Team exceeds expectations
After only a couple of practices together the PeeWee Provincial B squad (Rep team) had their first game as a team against Merritt which the Kodiaks dropped 9 to 2. The PeeWee Kodiaks then went down to both the Peewee ‘B’ Wayne Goss and Wayne Patrick tournaments which they placed second in both, showing considerable heart and grit! They started to believe in themselves; this brought the team to the TOMBLC Provincial playoffs against Merritt, where our Kodiaks prevailed in a thrilling best of 3 series! In the third game of the series, the Kodiaks were down 2 going into the third period and dug deep to win by 1 in the end. This was hugely thrilling for the players, their coaches and the parents.
At PeeWee B Provincials – the team found themselves in a tough pool with three of the teams finishing 1 and 2 in the end. The Kodiaks lost out by goals for and against by 2 to continue on the semi’s. The Kodiaks beat Port Coquitlam, and had losses to Peninsula and New West.
The players can hold their heads high on what took place this season. All were adapting to the return to the house/rep model, one that dramatically increased the ‘intensity’ of lacrosse for rep players. Lower mainland teams, who are able to tier their teams AND play in properly tiered leagues (because they have sufficient registrations) are able to play together all year, which is a considerable advantage. One thing was proven, the Kelowna Kodiaks PeeWee players belonged with these teams!
Head Coach Rod Charlton was rightly proud: “I can’t say enough on how these bunch of lacrosse players continued to raise our expectations – a real nice surprise!”