WEEK #1 IS IN THE RECORD BOOKS

The excitement was palpable at Kinsmen last night as the world waited for the start of the 2015 LMLHL 2015 season. Would Team Juniors be able to defend their championship? Would Team Joe, decimated by retirements, under new ownership and rebranded as Team Bill be able to incorporate their new players into a coherent force? Would Team Russ be able to field a team when only 4 runners were in the dressing room 5 minutes to game time? Would Team Blair be able to rebound from their soul crushing last place finish (even though they did receive very nice Participant-Thank You For Attending! certificates) last year? The only way to find out would be on the battlefield/floor!

The first game – TEAM BILL vs. TEAM RUSS. Goalscoring looked to be hard to come by early on. Uncharacteristically, both goalies stopped the first few shots and the play was back and forth with lots of ball movement and lots of shots off the posts. First period ended with TEAM RUSS ahead 3-2. After some titanic faceoff struggles between the JKOW and Kyle Fairweather, TEAM RUSS was able to outscore TEAM BILL 4-2 in the 2nd, and the period ended with a 7-4 score. In the 3rd TEAM BILL  pressed hard but (surprisingly) strong goaltending at both ends kept the score low with time running out on a TEAM RUSS 8 – TEAM BILL 6 final score. Pretty sure that once the runners scrape the rust off of their games, scoring will return to normal levels.

In the 2nd game (TEAM JUNIORS vs. TEAM BLAIR) goals were few and far between as well.  Team Juniors, with a full bench and looking very strong and Team Blair with a short bench and missing a couple of their key players battled hard with the first period ending with the teams tied at 2. In the 2nd, TEAM JUNIORS were able to get 2 goals past Gord and Trevor was able to shut down Team Blair’s shooters completely. In the 3rd, Ian Gordon finally solved the Team Junior defense and forced a bunch of goals past Trevor. Final score Team Blair 9 – Team Juniors 6.

Good fast games, no penalties in the 1st game, only a couple in the 2nd. None of the teams look to be overwhelmingly strong but we will wait for a couple more weeks before considering any roster adjustments.

On to Week #2, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Kinsmen Arena

 

TEAM JUNIORS  vs. TEAM BILL     8:00pm – 9:00pm

TEAM BLAIR  vs. TEAM RUSS     9:00pm – 10:00pm

London Senior Masters are in Midland for a tournament this weekend looking for their 2nd win of the 2015 season. See some of you on the weekend and the rest next Wednesday.

For the sizing and numbering of the new pinnies, I will try and post a list of what I have so far today or tomorrow – anyone not on the list please email me to pick an appropriate size (based on what other, similar size teammates have chosen) and favorite number. We are trying to finalize the order next week to get the pinnies before we get too far into the season.

G2

ROSTERS RELEASED, SCHEDULE POSTED

After long deliberation, entry draft considerations ( mostly pleading from Team Blair to get all the best new players), team balancing compared with no trade clauses, salary cap limitations and projections on who will actually show up, the 2015 TEAM LMLA Masters rosters are now posted. Be aware that the Commissioner will take suggestions, threats, gifts/bribes to make further adjustments as deemed necessary to maintain team parity – the goal is for all 4 team to be 7-7-1 at the end of the season so that MATH will be required to determine final standings….so we can give 1st place AND Participation ribbons to everyone.

Schedule is also posted – it has been sanity checked and balanced for early and late games as much as possible. Note that there will be no games on Wednesday July 1, 2015 due to the Canada Day Stat holiday. We will stay with 1hr games until we can judge average turnout, if numbers warrant we will switch to 1 1/4hr games, possibly in July. Again, if demand warrants we MAY move game start times ahead 1hr after July 1.

So … Week #1, Wednesday,  April 29, 2015 Kinsmen Arena

TEAM BILL     vs.     TEAM RUSS     8:00pm – 9:00pm

TEAM BLAIR     vs.     TEAM JUNIORS     9:00pm – 10:00pm

And so it begins ……the long quest for the 2015 LMHLL MemorialBraggingRightsUsedBallofTape Trophy – its why we play the game!

See you all on Wednesday.

G2

TRAINING CAMP FINISHED – FIRST GAMES NEXT WEDNESDAY

Well, training camp is over, and….everyone made the team(s) – we are a high-self-esteem operation!

The entry draft and subsequent roster negotiations were carried on at the Alibi after Wednesday’s floor time. Team Juniors were not represented so they are basically….F^%$#% this year.

Should be able to post final rosters and the initial schedule on Tuesday but, regardless, if you are signed up, you will be playing at either 8:00 or 9:00. Plan to be there for the season opening ceremonies, the hoisting of the championship banners and other feel good stuff…or not.

Check back Tuesday for …the rest of the story.

G2

LONDON WEREWOLVES – 1ST 2015 TOURNAMENT – 1ST 2015 TOURNAMENT WIN!

On Saturday, the London Werewolves Senior Masters team headed up to Erin for the 1st tournament of the 2015 season. A quick one day event, 2 games, loose eligibility rules…a chance to get on the floor to get the 2015 season underway. Overall a pretty good day.

First game was against Niagara who had bulked up with a number of younger players for the day. When there are a couple of 21 yr olds playing on the same team as their fathers plus a current JrB(?) player plus a couple of other <35 yr olds, pretty well assured that nothing good will come of playing. London started the game with 6(!) runners ….sigh…. but Niagara  lent us 3 (young) players to balance things out and with Brick (our Orangeville ringer) showing up in the middle of the 2nd period we were ready to rumble … and the game was afoot. After a close 1st period Niagara pulled away but London kept clawing back – end result Niagara 11 – London 7. An enjoyable game and a fun time for all.

After some food and beverages at the Legion next door, we were back for game #2. As usual, Halton had a full bench but London had some mid afternoon recruits to start the game with a full 10 runners – BONUS! Halton scored on their first shot but London came back with 2 quick ones and the 1st period ended with London up 3-2. London added 1 in the 2nd and the titanic defensive struggle continued (either that or all of the scorers were still _VERY_ rusty after a long winter). In the 3rd London added a couple more before Halton popped 2 quick ones to start their comeback – as usual, the Werewolves were on track to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory….but…but….NO! with the Goats pushing hard, a couple of lucky saves (or poor Halton shooting) the ball was pushed down to Russ at the far end with less than a minute to go. As usual our bench is screaming at full volume that there is an empty net and Russ (probably) remembers the years of telling his players that, near the end of a close game with a small lead, it is more important to run out the clock than try to score a meaningless goal ….RIIIIGHT!…. he turns and bounces in an easy shot to put a nail in Halton’s comeback attempt. Final score London 8 – Halton 5. Funny how winning a game makes for a much more cheerful dressing room afterwards – also nice to win in the first weekend as opposed to the last game of the season – much more opportunity to get a 2nd win (or more) sometime in 2015! Lots of positives and stuff to build on for the rest of the summer.

Next games are in Midland in 2 weeks (May 1-3, 2015)

G2

 

L + 12 HRS – NO ONE DIED!

Not a bad turnout for the first night on the floor. Benches were a bit full for the first half hour  but no one seemed to be complaining. Ball movement was good, if not exactly precise, and there was a fair bit of back and forth. I’m sure things will tighten up a the weeks go by. As the clock moved past the 30 and 45 minute marks, a few bodies started to wander off the floor to be replaced by additional late comers. Benches never seemed to be overflowing and game speed was impressively fast until half way through the 2nd hour. Around 9:30 the speed and intensity dropped off dramatically. A slow but continuous stream of bodies exited the floor until there were no spares on either of the benches and the game shut down pretty close to 10:00pm. A good first effort.

Some new faces were seen on the floor – Justin Phelps re-created himself as a potent scoring threat, ready to terrorize opposing goaltenders and Trevor Morrell staked his claim as the new (young) franchise goaltender. The old targets….well, at least we survived!

Next week, same time, same location, same game plan. We will try to meet afterwards (at the Alibi) to put together some teams for 2015 – it looks like some key players have yet to sign up this year so some substantial changes may have to be implemented – hard to have Team Joe without Joe, or Team Juniors with 40% of their Junior Masters player missing. If you are planning to play this summer and haven’t signed up yet, make sure you let us know what is happening so we can plan accordingly.

See you all next week.

G2

L-48 HRS 10 MINUTES AND COUNTING!

Two days to first floor time for London Masters Lacrosse 2015.

We have the floor time:

Wednesday April 15, 2015
8:00-10:00 at Kinsmen

The plan is to play some informal pickup for the first two weeks (no refs), to get warmed up and see who survived the winter. So far, approx 30 players signed up at the first 2 registrations – these 30 players should plan to play the first hour – 8:00 – 9:00. Everyone else, please come to the arena, 8:00-8:30 to sign up, pay and register for insurance coverage online and then play either 9:00-10:00 or when the first hour’s contingent start to stagger from the floor. Again, the online signup can be done easier from home – just email me, gglinavs at sprynet.com to get detailed instructions along with the login and password.

I can feel the excitement building – Will the teams remain intact? Can Team Juniors maintain their championship roster with salary cap issues and contract renegotiations? Will Team Blair follow along the lines of the Leafs and fire everybody after their dismal showing last year? Who has retired? Did anyone die? Who should be forcibly retired? Which team will get the incoming franchise players? All questions to be answered over the next 20 weeks or so!

Let the running begin in 48 hrs!

 

G2

REGISTRATION #2 TONIGHT – 7:00-10:00 @ THE ALIBI ROADHOUSE

Signup #2 is tonight, Wednesday April 8, 2015 7:00- 10:00 at the Alibi Roadhouse on Oxford St.  Sample of the proposed new reversible, single layer pinnie to be available for review and discussion.

You can also sign up/pay at the first scheduled floor time but please let us know that you are planning to play this year and do the Insurance Waiver thing ahead of time.

Insurance Waiver can be filled out ahead of time at:

http://www.ontariomasterslacrosse.com/index.html

Login on the right hand side of the page:

OMLA Members Login      xxx
Password        xxxxxx

(email me at gglinavs at sprynet.com and I will forward the login/password)

You have to click on the “CheckIn” button and then the “OK” button on the popup (…sigh…stupid user interface)
Then Online Registration Insurance Waiver on the second row of the menu
Then …”click here to begin”….
Fill in everything including the Postal Code, pick Team: London Masters House League
Scroll down to the bottom and check off the “I have read and agree…” button and “Submit”.

Hope to see more returning faces tonight.

 

G2