CCB at Nationals 2019

Will CCB Medal?

  • yes

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • no

    Votes: 5 71.4%

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BC defending champs (finally, well done Sapperton & @robj !)

First match scheduled for October 9th at 2PM Newfie time vs Manitoba
Second match October 10th at 6PM Newfie time vs the hosts

Rest of the schedule here:


Go CCB Go!
 
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Play set to begin tomorrow at 9:30 am our time. CCB are definitely on the more "experienced" side of the draw as all four teams in the A Pool were at the tournament last year and have been at most of the National Championships in recent seasons:

  • New Brunswick - Fredericton Picaroons have been in the tournament five years in a row and have been New Brunswick's reps every season, since 2007, with the exception of 2013. That being said, their best finish was seventh in 2014 and they are perennially second bottom in their group, so count on them just to be here to make up the numbers.
  • Newfoundland - Holy Cross are another side who are just about perennials at this tournament as they have been the Newfoundland reps in all but two years since 2009. They are a decent side, they even played for a medal back in 2011, though they lost and finished fourth that season. They usually wind up third in their pool, though one result either way could move them up or down. They should definitely not be overlooked, especially given that they are the host team.
  • Manitoba - FC Winnipeg Lions are the top dogs in that Province and another that has been at this tournament in all but two years since 2011. They are a wild card and have medaled, including in Surrey in 2017 when they played in the final, but have also been woeful, like last season in Saskatchewan. No idea what kind of form they are in this season, but CCB will find out right away as they play them in the opener.
  • Alberta - Edmonton Scottish are another vastly experienced side at this tournament and have been the Alberta reps five of the last seven years, were champions in 2016 and runners up in 2012 and 2015. These guys generally mean business at this competition and are likely the favourites to top the group coming into this tournament given CCB's up and down form to start the season.
The schedule has CCB playing all four games in a row before they get their off day ahead of the placing games. The will need to be at their best right from the off as well as they play Manitoba and Newfoundland on Days One and Two and any dropped points their will likely be fatal to their chances. Their final game is against Alberta, who will come into that matches rested after their off day, in what could potentially wind up being a pseudo semi final. If CCB can take care of business all the way through then they can rest on Day Five knowing they will be in the final, but, short of that, they likely face a nervy wait on the sidelines while their fate is in the hands of others. Certainly they will need to be in better form than they have been in the VMSL to begin the year if they plan to return with any type of medal, let alone the trophy itself.

Pool B looks wide open as there are a whole slew of sides that appear to be making their tournament debuts. Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, all provinces who have won this title before, look to be sending first timers. Northwest Territories are likely just down to make up the numbers. With the best players in Ontario and Quebec playing in Tier 3 leagues, the amateur men's game seems to have been watered down somewhat, as was evidenced by the thrashing Ontario took in the final at the hands of BC last year. Watch for an unpredictable five days of round robin play as I would say there is no clear favourite coming in on this side of the draw.
 

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Alberta 4-1 Newfies

Can't find any CCB updates anywhere, their first match should be winding down around now
 

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Alberta 4-1 Newfies

Can't find any CCB updates anywhere, their first match should be winding down around now
Looks like a 2-1 win for CCB over Manitoba. Caleb Clarke and Milad Mehrabi on target; Manitoba with a man sent off.

Not sure where you got the 4-1 update...NFLD v AB hasn't started yet...?
 

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BC Women Live right now:

Coming off a big 5-0 W over Manitoba yesterday. Quebec beat NS and plays Manitoba today. If both sides win again it sets up their match Saturday as a pseudo-semi final. The GD against Manitoba could come in handy and make a draw enough for the BC girls.

Men live at 1:30 against the hosts. It is a must win for Newfoundland after they got blitzed 5-2 by Alberta yesterday. Arguably a must win for CCB as well given how strong Edmonton look.
 

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The commentator is definitely having a bit of a battle. I think that I have heard at least six different variations of Milad Mehrabi's last name at this point. This commentator is liable to hurt himself if he keeps this up.
 
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