Tuesday, August 14, 2007

CUC 2007- Women's Analysis

Congratulations to Traffic!

As I said before, I will post the final seedings once they are officially posted on the tournament site. They should already be on there.

The women's division at CUC 2007 was a little anti climatic. It was expected that, outside of Team Alberta, no one would be able to challenge Traffic and Capitals. Thus, no surprises to see Vancouver and Ottawa/Toronto's best at University Stadium Sunday.

As mentioned in the women's preview, the Capitals have had a banner year. Boston Invite and No Borders champs, losing only to Riot and Fury all year, and building on several years of UPA success. Lead by a myriad of great players, this was going to be different from 2003. Going into the Finals, they flat out PUMPED their opponents, giving up 5 points or less in every one of their games. They won their quater final 15-0 and their semi 15-4.

2003 was the first Nationals that I ever watched. Drove to Montreal with the Polish Prince, the Pride of Praha and my Sister From Anotha Motha. I remember seeing the women's final and being impressed with the style of play, the level of strategy and even the warm ups being done by both female teams (In four years, the game has taken great steps in preparation outside of the top clubs). That game saw Vancouver (Prime) come back from a large deficit to take the title. They used their height to their advantage.

Reports in Upper Canada (Ontario) were that Vancouver had lost some great players this year and that might hurt them in their quest for another Worlds nod. Also undefeated heading into the final, Traffic had a much closer semi final, edging out Team Alberta 13-8.

The final score was 13-11 for Traffic, time capped. While both of these teams are remarkably skilled, the game was not as error free as either team had hoped. Points were traded until Traffic took half at 8-6. They never gave up the lead, and finals MVP (pictured) was a huge player whose height and ability could not be neutralized by the Capitals.

The feeling is that the Capitals let a great opportunity slip away. They were a truly great team that wasn't able to perform at a very important time. I am sure people will discuss specific player performances and key moments (The offside call, a key handler getting injured in the 1st half, the lack of Dee Roderique, the numerous pulls out of bounds and short, etc).

What do you think?

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