Thursday, October 11, 2007

CUUC 2007- Women's Preview

Nation,

Here's a quick rundown of the women's section of the Canadian University nationals, taking place this weekend.

Tournament site is here

Schedule is here

Teams are discussed below in order of seed.
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UBC A- Here's the question- Are they glad that last years champions (Ottawa) are not attending? It's a tough call. On one hand, they greatly increase the chance of a national title. On the other hand, they lose a very valuable experience. The fact is that the Gee Gees stacked lineup is not at this tourney, and UBC A becomes the front runner. All that matters is winning the title and fending off Toronto.

Toronto- I am reluctant to say this, but from what I saw at CEUUC 2007, it will be a two team race for the national crown. Toronto might be missing some handlers that are going to play in Florida for the Capitals ( "Show Dawg" Hadiya Roderique, Lexi Marsh, etc). If they don't have replacements to make the throws, the move back into the rest of the pack.

MUT- I've seen this team over the last two years, and there is a lot to like. The one thing I don't like is- How do they play in the wind? Although they do have experience in the backfield with people like Kirsten Niles (Just a wicked person, and an alum of co-ed team TOYS, one of the most spirited teams ever that has been defunct for years sadly... "Yeah TOYS!"), they do need some more to make a serious run for #1.

Alberta-Is there any Team Alberta players on the squad? Who is running the show? Are the better than McGill or Queens? Darkhorse/sleeper pick material. Purely speculation.

Queens- Kingston-I would not expect Capitals player Jenna McBride to be present given her impending trip to Sarasota. That hurts them this year, more than it normally does. She's a great talent/leader, and they are depth-thin this year in terms of experience.

Saskatchewan- I don't think they will match the results of their male counterparts. I just hope the tourney shirts have the name Saskatchewan spelled properly this time around. Call me a jerk for saying that, it's just bad business.

Simon Fraser- Does the clam play a clam defense against the vertical stack? Cheesy. They've lost 14 straight games in 2007. This will be the tourney they secure their first win.

Victoria- Barring total disorganization and meltdown, this team will beat seed and challenge for the 4-6 range.

British Columbia B- If the women's program is as strong as the men, would it stand to reason that this team could expect/hope to upset Victoria, SFU, USASK, and Alberta? They might be a B team in name only.

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4 comments:

Mike said...

Do you know if they are going to be posting the results anywhere?

Sport Management Steven said...

Mike,

Our best bet is the UPA reporter site.

Cheers,

Steven

Anonymous said...

"UBC A- Here's the question- Are they glad that last years champions (Ottawa) are not attending? It's a tough call. On one hand, they greatly increase the chance of a national title. On the other hand, they lose a very valuable experience. The fact is that the Gee Gees stacked lineup is not at this tourney, and UBC A becomes the front runner."

How good are these teams exactly? Looking at UBC's last season (3rd at UPAs), there must be some big talent. How many club players do these teams have? Who do you think would have won had Ottawa gone to CUUC?

Sport Management Steven said...

Dear Anonymous

-That's a fair question.

-I believe the Gee Gees have 12 eligible club players, including Anne Mercier.

-Given last year's UPA finish for UBC, I think a battle between the two teams would be a toss up. I certainly can speak to Ottawa's chance, as they have some great club throwers and they have a rotation of cutters/strikers that cause major match-up problems.

This debate underlines the importance for all teams to make an effort to play CDN nationals.