FROM VICTORIA WITH LOVINS

By Lonny Lovins 

As we head toward the twilight of this tournament here in Victoria, the competition has heated up.  Each game is becoming more competitive than the last.  The kids brought it early in the day with their close games, and the adults have been finishing it strongly by showcasing their skills and drive.  Each division has tested my ability as a tournament director to calculate all of the goals against, head to head, and goals for to insure that everyone is where they should be.  It is nice to have so many close games and divisions.

Keeping along with that theme…

 

When you have a team that feels they are destined to play in the Platinum final, playing for a Gold championship instead, you often times see a team “dog” it a little.  Luckily there has been no such issue with this, during this tournament.  It doesn’t matter if a player is trying to earn an inch or mile, space is hard to come by in any increment.  Every player out here wants to win at all costs.

 

This goes for coaches too…

 

Nowhere was this more apparent, than earlier today when a coach had the opportunity to take a tie and go for a chance at the Gold Bantam championship game, but instead elected to pull his goalie and go for win that would have put his team in the Bantam Platinum championship.  As it turned out, his team ended up surrendering a game losing, and tournament ending goal.  While the result was not what everyone would have liked, the drive to push his kids to the highest goal was a fantastic sight to see.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson…

 

I feel this also taught the kids an important lesson as well.  If you are going to play in an age group, you might as well push to be the best you can possibly be.  Every one of those kids, while upset they didn’t win the game, were excited to have a coach put that much trust in them.  They got a taste of what its like to hold your own destiny in your hands, and go for it.  While it didn’t pan out this time, I am sure that it will work to their benefit in the future.

 

Until next week in Mississauga…