Nationals was an important building experience for Storm’s junior open team.
Although they came away without a win, head coach Craig Stoyles says he was impressed with the squad’s performance at the Canadian Ultimate Championships’ Junior Division in Edmonton.
“They were nervous on day one but after day one, they all settled and really allowed themselves to play the game I knew they could with great cuts, smart disc movement, strong defence and taking their shots,” he said.
With a high number of experienced players moving on from the junior program after the 2018 season, Stoyles says it was a rebuilding year for the team with a focus on developing strong foundational skills.
“As the year progressed, they became a team and pushed each other on the field,” he said. “For those playing nationals for the first time, they really impressed me with how they handled the high pressure moments. Gaining experience at a young age will be so beneficial for the future.
“I think an individual achievement for them all was their belief in their own abilities. I was proud that after day one, they could have put their heads down and called it quits but they came back on day two and three and fought harder each game, never giving up.”
Eighteen players participated at nationals.
Kyle Hedderson was the top offensive player for Storm, scoring eight points and providing two assists in the tournament.
Congratulations on representing Newfoundland and Labrador well in Edmonton!
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