A big congratulations to theAAA13U Pee Wee Oil Dome team as they have really pulled together and ae ready to take on the rest of Canada at Western Canadians which is being hosted in Brandon August 16-19 with opening ceremonies being held August 15. All events will be at the Simplot Millennium Park.
This team consists of: Foxx McColl, Kurt Rookes and Coach Travis McColl of Elkhorn; Lucas Maddess, Declan VanMackelbergh and Coach Shawn Maddess of Deloraine; Ryan Lewis of Virden, Brett Laing, Griffin Albrecht, Tyler Robertson and Josh Fluker of Boissevain; Reagan Anderson of Souris; Connor Martin of Wawanesa, and Dawson Andries and Mason De Ruyck of Killarney.
The team started out their season at the Triple Crown Showdown the Canada Day weekend in Portage and ended up with four wins and one loss. They showed up very strong and played aggressive throughout the weekend.
Lots of practice and a couple exhibition games led them to a successful weekend at the Provincial Qualifiers held in Minnedosa. Unfortunately, rain shortened up the tournament but, the deciding games as to who went on to provincial were able to. be played. The outcome of the weekend games played put the Oil Dome boys right where they wanted to be and with two wins and one loss hey earned their ticket to provincials.
The Manitoba AAA Provincials were held in West St. Paul, Winnipeg. The Oil Dome team started off strong and had no sign of backing down. They closed up the tournament with four wins and two losses.
A 9-7 loss to Brandon in a tough gold medal game earned them the silver medal and at the same time earned their spot at Western Canadians to represent Manitoba. Teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be battling it out to become the 2018 Western Canadian Champions.
The first game at Westerns for these local athletes will be at 12:30 p.m. August 16 at Simplot Millennium Park in Brandon on Diamond 5.
“The team has so many multi-position players that it makes some of the coaching decisions a bit easier when it comes to the tough battles on the field”. The energy on and off the diamond that these players displayed at provincials resonated and that is what got them to where they are today. They all stepped up their games to the level that they needed to compete and we look forward to that going into Westerns, states coach McColl. Coach Maddess and myself are extremely proud of the efforts put in and it goes to show that hard work is definitely paying great dividends for these guys.