Hey Tiger fans! This is Brooke Sullivan. I am a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student from Miramichi, New Brunswick. This is my fourth year on the team and it promises to be the best. We have a great combination of coaches, players, and support staff that will join forces in our quest for not only an AUS Championship, but also a CIS Championship! I am late in getting this blog entry out, but I’ll try my best to keep you all up to date with what’s been going on with my team.
After a couple weeks of tryouts and a tough training camp, the team went to sophomore forward Anna Von Maltzahn’s cottage in Trois Rivieres for a team retreat and to bond with returning and new players. The highlights of the trip included some intense cardio workouts, goal setting for the upcoming season, and a fun and competitive egg toss. I really feel that those two days spent helped build our unity and will make us a tough opponent in the country.
As for the players on the team this year, I feel that we have a good mix of veterans and fresh faces that will make us exciting to watch. We have 7 new players on our team who have a variety of basketball experience in the CIS, Canadian College League, and from high school. The returning players all worked really hard in the offseason in preparation for this year as everyone came to training camp ready to compete.
We hosted Guelph University and Wilfrid Laurier University the first weekend of October. Despite very slippery floor conditions due to the humidity, we beat a very tough and well-coached Guelph team. Unfortunately we suffered our first loss to Laurier, but we will use the loss as a learning opportunity and will come back with more focus and determination the next time we play. To end the weekend we participated in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure. We were all very happy to be able to contribute to such a good cause!
This past weekend, we travelled to Fredericton, New Brunswick for the Accreon Helen Campbell Tournament. We saw action against Calgary, Concordia, and host UNB. Although we played strong first halves in each of the games, we were unable to keep that focus and effort for the full forty minutes. Despite failing to bring back any W’s, we certainly made big improvements and can clearly see areas we need to work on. I have unfortunately added my name to the injured roster following an ankle sprain in the first game but hope to be back on the court soon. Congrats to Trish McNeil for earning all-star team status!
We are back in the gym this week preparing for our home Subway Centennial tournament this weekend. We host Carleton @ 6pm on Friday, Brock @ 6 pm on Saturday, and UQUAM @ 1 pm on Sunday. Be sure to come out and support your Lady tigers!