Tough Competition at the Bridgman Cup

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - By: alanna martin

From the beginning, Brentwood knew this was going to be a tough tournament. The team were in a pool including last year's AAA Provincial Champions and defending Bridgman Cup Champions West Van (this team had not lost a game in two years) and last year's AA Provincial Champions Little Flower Academy. Brentwood had a great start to the tournament and only lost 1-0 to Little Flower Academy.  The play was back and forth and the team had some great scoring chances, but were unable to capitalise.  The next game was against West Van, a very strong team.  Brentwood had a slow start, conceded an early goal, and did not recover.  Down 3-1 at the half, the team had some good moments, but inconsistency proved an impossible handicap whereas West Van was definitely on top of their game.  Brentwood finished pool play against Frances Kelsey School winning 5-0.  The single win meant that the team did not advance to the top 8 which was very frustrating, given that teams that Brentwood had previously beaten advanced in other pools. Without a doubt, Pools A and C were stronger and they crossed over against each other.

The next match was against Collingwood, who Brentwood defeated in the final of the ISA Championships, but the team did not have their best performance and lost a very physical game 0-1. The last game was against Mt. Doug and, although the result was a win (1-0), again Brentwood failed to find their form.

Although the team as a whole did not play to their potential in this tournament, the experience will undoubtedly make them better.  Playing the strong teams exposed a number of weaknesses that can be corrected in time for the Island Championships. Next game: away at Shawnigan Lake School on Saturday (18th October, at 3:30 p.m.).

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