Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Daily Wrap Report - March 8

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Alpine summary
Alpine racked up three ulus in slalom today at SIS. The morning races were delayed due to very windy whiteout conditions, which completely subsided by the afternoon and turned into 4cm of fresh snow on the course.

Katie Vowk had the fastest combined time of the day for the women and took home a gold ulu. Charlie Hawes also brings home a gold ulu and Shane Orban is grinning with a very close Silver ulu finish in the men's.

Tomorrow Alpine will continue to try and rack up ulus in the Giant Slalom. Our own head coach, Yves Titley will be setting the morning course, so our racers should have an advantage.

The team had a great day and supported one another with hugs, smiles, cheers and lots of energy!

Arctic Sports
Arctic Sports had a full day of competition with the Kneel Jump followed by the One Arm Reach and then the Two Foot High Kick. Competition went late into the evening and resulted in Robin Poulter taking home a gold ulu in the Kneel Jump and Matt Jacobson tied an AWG record with a gold in the One Arm Reach.

Arctic Sports has a full schedule on Wednesday with Triple Jump at 9:00am, Alaskan High Kick at 12:30pm and Arm Pull at 6:00pm.

Badminton
The badminton team had a second successful day at the Arctics with some spectacular showings from all of our teams.

Prism Saswirsky partnered with Nora Vinent-Braun and while they did not manage to win a game, they gave Alaska and NWT a good run for their money and put in solid performances against Greenland, both players noting this as their personal highlight of the day.

Our Juvenile team consisting of Abbie Cuenza and KC Mooney who played two riveting games against Inuvik and NWT with the latter taking three close sets to decide the winner! Throughout the day both Abbie and KC showed true grit and determination as evidenced against the number of close matches they played.

On the boys side, Marek Boulerice and Lukas Kobler partnered and pushed into the top four qualifying for the semi-finals against a tough Greenland. For the day, Marek and Lukas put in a fine performance winning three of their six games and putting the fright into Nunavut almost adding to their win column!
Our boys Juvenile team consisting of Carl Knickle and Micheal Betts joined our other boys team in the semi-finals in their age class by putting in great performances NWT and Nunavik with two fine wins. Both Micheal and Carl count the NWT match as their highlight of the day!

Tomorrow the team will continue to move forward with games in our mixed category as well as playing the semis for the remaining doubles teams. As it's an early day, the teams are looking forward to exploring the beautiful city of Nuuk and taking in some of the other sports.

Basketball
The basketball girls beat Nunavut, with a fourth quarter turnaround. Playing each quarter with determination and grit, their hard work paid off and they won with a final score of 64-59. Each and every player hit the court and contributed to the team success. The bench was incredible at all times, supporting their teammates and acknowledging their relentless play. The girls are looking forward to their next game tomorrow, NWT at 6:00pm.

The Yukon boy’s basketball played Nunavut in their second game at the tournament.  
The boys used their press to create a frenetic second quarter and raced out to a 12 point half-time lead.  Nunavut used some hot shooting to pull within six points, before Yukon’s shooters responded, finishing the game on a 19-7 run to win 85-67. Ian New had a strong game scoring 19.  Dave Mindanao came off the bench to score 15 and RJ Siosan scored 13 points. Boys are happy to win their second physical game of the tournament and look forward to their next game tomorrow at 10:00am versus NWT.

Biathlon Ski
1 gold ulu--Liam Adel junior males
3 silver ulus- Romeo Champagne juvenile male, Dana Sellars juvenile female, Maria Peters junior female
2 bronze ulus.  Bronwyn Goodwin-Williams, Juvenile female; Micah Hildes. Junior female

Biathlon Snowshoe
3 bronze ulus:  Aidan Adel juvenile male; Marika Kitchen - juvenile female;  Bruce Wilson - junior male

The day saw gale force winds that delayed the race.  Ski biathletes spent this time pretending they were circled muskox protecting themselves from the wind.  And huskies.  And flying squirrels.  Daniel got blown off the mountain.

Tomorrow Ski Biathlon is scheduled to start at 10:00am for the sprint race and Snowshoe Biathlon will start at 2:00pm for the sprint race.

Happy moments:  Yukon senior ski biathletes high fiving preschool groups who giggled and waved. Snowshoe biathletes high fiving each other as they passed on the run.

Cross Country Ski
The team started the day in a blizzard at the cross country ski venue.  The junior boys and girls faced the challenging weather head on and finished the 5km classic races with 2 gold ulus (Simon Cash and Hannah Deuling) and 1 silver ulu (Natalie Hynes).

The races were stopped after the juniors to wait for the wind to stop. Luckily the weather improved significantly by 12:00pm and the races resumed.  The team took 1 more silver ulu in the Juvenile girls race (Hannah Jirousek) and another gold ulu (Derek Deuling) in the Midget boys.

A great start for our first day of races!

Interesting fact:
Brother and sister Derek and Hannah Deuling both brought gold home in a single day!!

Tomorrow's schedule:
Freestyle Technique (Mass Start) starting at 2:00pm
Junior male & female : 10km
Juvenile male & female: 7.5km
Midget male & female: 3.75 km


Culture Contingent
Culture had two dress rehearsals and participated in an Inuit dance workshop. They rocked their performance

Dene Games
The Stick Pull at USK centre was full of energy today as all the participants cheered and supported. Jedrek Dendres won a gold ulu, Maureen McGinty won a silver and Tyler O'Brien got a bronze ulu. Tomorrow, Dene moves to GUX for Handgames at 9:00am.

Futsal
Monday action:
Intermediate girls vs Greenland 3-6
Intermediate girls vs Alaska 2-0

Tuesday action:
Juvenile girls vs NWT 2-1.  Cassidy cairns scored both goals
Juv girls vs Alberta 0-1.
Junior girls vs NWT 4-2. Goals by Lara, Tyra, Charlotte and Bryn.
Junior boys vs Nunavut 7-0.
Juv boys vs Alaska 1-2. Goal by Ben kishchuk.
Juv boys play Greenland later this evening.

Great goaltending by all of the goalies! They have done an amazing job stopping the bullets being shot at them.

Yukon futsal teams have a total of 8 games tomorrow. The first one at 8:54am where the Intermediate girls will take on NWT followed by Junior girls taking on Alberta North.

Hockey
Today was a long day for the players as Iqaluit was shut down due to a blizzard. Games were postponed until the weather settled later in the evening.  The players were able to hang around, watch movies and go out in the wind to experience 67 km winds.

When play resumed, both the male and female teams were defeated.  The men lost to Alberta North and the women to NWT.

Snowboarding
The ulus are racking up at SIS!  Tim Schirmer started the day off with a bronze ulu in slalom with some great results from the entire team.

The afternoon Rail Jam was a huge success with one of the best set-ups coach Gabe had ever seen. Racheal MacIntosh was stellar on the rails and so proud of her performance. Riley Boland showed focus and strength as she powered through the long day.

Sammy Mather is bringing home a bronze ulu from the rail jam along with a bronze ulu to Tim Schirmer as well.

Ethan Davy and Asher Brault both placed in the top six in their divisions.

Snowshoe
  • Juvenile girls 2.5km Breda McIntyre gold by two one hundredths of a second, Maya Cairns-Locke came 4th
  • Juvenile boys 2.5km Jack Amos gold, Napier Dempsey came 4th
  • Junior girls 5 km Maggie o'connor-brook came 4th, Kate ponderous finished
  • Junior boys 5 km Joe Parker 3rd and Brahm Hyde had a tight battle for 5th


Tomorrow are the sprints 100, 400, 800, 1500m and 4x400m relay.

The highlight of the day was watching the two Greenland athletes finish side by side after never having run on snowshoes before.

Table Tennis
The team had a great start to the competition.  The team of 8 played a total of 20 matches.  The day started at 9:00am and continued until about 4:00pm.  Throughout the singles matches 4 of our 8 competitors made it to the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday.  Juveniles Emily Gaw and Arcel Siosan and Juniors Grace-Anne Janssen and Sam Crocker are in the final group of 4.  This was a big day for Gaw and Crocker,the two rookies from Dawson City, in their first ever competition.  Competition resumes Wednesday at 9:00 am with the doubles matches running through the day.

Volleyball
Yukon Female Volleyball played NWT this morning. The girls played four sets ( 15-25, 25-12, 17-25 & 19-25). The team had some nice plays with Alice Frost having several great hits and blocks along with  taking advantage of some "party balls" to score some points! Hannah Milner had a serving rally of 5 points in the second set. Jiela Tobias, the Libero, had several great digs including one from out of the stands! Tayla McNally also had a great match getting several digs in the back court and some nice hits through the block in her Power position.

The girls play Nunavut at 11:15 am tomorrow morning in a must win situation if they want to make the Semi-Finals on Thursday!

The Yukon Male Volleyball Team played Greenland this morning. As host country, Greenland decided to field a team.  The Yukon boys dominated the play with nice hits by Luka Van Randen, Robert Smallwood and Parker Olson. Jordan Runions fed the boys nice sets including some great ones to his Setter partner, Daniel Moses, who had some hits from Offside!!

Greenland showed why they are so dominant in Futsal by playing some of the second hits off their feet successfully setting up for the third hit! The gutsy Greenland team never gave up against the powerful hits of Peter Jacobs and Zackery Bartholomeus .
The Yukon Team took the match 3-0 (25-10, 25-24 & 25-8).

Finally the Yukon Male Volleyball Team played Alaska.
The boys had a great match taking it 3-1 with scores of 25-12, 25-22, 23-25 & 25-15.
There were some great blocks and hits by the threesome of Anshil Kumar, Zack Bartholomeus and Parker Olson!! Robert Smallwood and Morgan Schmidt had the back line covered with several runs and dodges off court to retrieve the ball!

Young Adrian Robinson was also causing chaos for the Alaska's front line by slamming
and slipping hits between their blocks!

Daniel Moses kept the boys loaded up on hits with his "signature  soft hand " passes that kept the Alaska defence busy!!

The team now prepares for tomorrow's final round robin game against Nunavut which will decide their placing for the semi finals!

During the final game Alaska Setter, Sang Ngyun, went up to the referee to argue a call made against the Yukon Team. He was arguing that Alaska should lose the point as he had touched the ball. The referee awarded the point to the Yukon. After the game Coach D'Arcy Hill awarded Sang the "Fair Play " pin for his honesty! Hats off to Sang!

Wrestling
Today matches saw wrestling freestyle team duel meets. The team started the day off well winning 2 of the 5 matches against Alberta North. This is the first time in over a decade that Yukon has won any matches against Alberta north. Duels continued throughout the day with a clean sweep against NWT then they lost all matches against Alaska.

The highlight of the day was winning 5 out of 6 matches against Nunavut to win that duel, clinching the Bronze team medal.  This was feat originally thought all but impossible due to our small team size of 6 leaving 6 empty slots meaning the team takes automatic loses for each category where they didn't have a Wrestler and their opponents did.

Tomorrow the team returns to the mats at the KA gym at 9:00am for the individual freestyle competitions.