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Tryouts for the 2015-16 Season Will Be Posted Shortly
Preds Rep Team Tryout Dates Set For Week of September 14 to 20
Dates for the Predators Indoor Team Tryouts have been set for September 14 to 20.
Details are being finalized and dates and times for each age division will be posted shortly.
Coaches Needed For 2015-16 Season
Tryouts for the Preds rep teams is fast approaching. Most of the details for the upcoming season have been finalized, but we still require a few more coaches in order to complete all rosters.
Coaches joining the Preds will receive
- reimbursement for coaching expenses
- a honourarium
- Preds gear
- all coaching level courses paid for
- coaching resources and assistance as needed.
If you are interested in joining our coaching staff, please email Paul at email@example.com or call 519-570-2977.
Preds Youth Programs Now Accepting Athletes For Fall of 2015
The Preds Youth Programs (Mini/Pee Wee Preds, Junior Preds and Youth League) are now open and accepting athletes for the fall session. The programs are very popular and fill up quickly, so secure your spot and sign up early.
|Mini/Pee Wee Preds:||A volleyball program for the youngest athletes. Open to boys and girls born from 2006 to 2011 inclusive.
We offer two sessions which start on Saturday, October 17 and Wedneday, October 21.
|Junior Preds:||The very popular and highly successful Junior Preds program is open to boys and girls in grades 5 and 6.
We offer two sessions which start on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22.
Only 30 athletes will be accepted into each session.
|Youth League:||The Preds Youth League is a program intended for boys and girls in grades 7 and 8 that combines the teaching of volleyball skills with team play. One session will be offered starting on Sunday, October 18.|
Joel Rudd Selected to Junior National Team
The KW Predators are very pleased to announce that one of our own, Joel Rudd (17U), has just been selected for the Canadian National Junior Team. Joel, who plays for Darren O'Neil and Jim Shantz on the 17U Preds Purple Team, has had a summer to remember.
Joel started the summer being selected to the Ontario Beach Team with his partner, Matt Sears, who is also a member of the 17U Preds Purple Team. He them went to the tryouts for the 18U Indoor Provincial Team, where he was selected to be a member of the Ontario Provincial Red Team.
While at the NTCC tournament in Edmonton, Joel's Red team had a great tournament, losing only one match, a close semi-final loss to Alberta 17U, but rebounded to win the Bronze medal against Alberta 18U.
During the course of the tournament, Joel impressed Junior National Team selectors with his play and was rewarded with a selection to the Junior National Team.
Congratulations Joel on a great accomplishment. You make the whole Predator family proud. Go Preds Go.
Few Spots Still Available For Club Camp
The Elite Volleyball Camp for Club Athletes is just one week away. There are still a few openings for this camp. The club camp will feature some of the best coaches in the province as guest coaches. They would include:
Dustin Reid - Head Coach of Ryerson Univeristy Women's Volleyball Team
Melissa Bartlett - Head Coach of Western University Women's Volleyball Team
Shayne White - Assistant Coach of University of Waterloo Men's Team
Richard Eddy - Head Coach of University of Waterloo Women's Team
Mark Eddy - Assistant Coach of University of Waterloo Women's Team
Preds On The Beach
Preds beach athletes have had a busy summer, participating on the main and satellite tours. Under the tutelage of Darren O'Neil, Duncan Cairns and Randy Sears, many of our athletes have had significant results. Results of tournaments played to date appear below.
|Ella Ethier/Amanda Takacs||June 7||Emerald Lake||1st in 12U Premier|
|Hannah Camrass/Maya Sokolowski||June 27||Ashbridges||1st in 15U Championship|
|Braeden Sears/E. Vlemmix||June 13||Port Stanley||2nd in 13U Premier|
|Braeden Sears/E. Vlemmix||June 27||Wasaga||2nd in 14U Premier|
|Briana Anton/Calista Grant||June 28||Ashbridges||2nd in 14U Championship|
|Abbey Greenfield/Claire Gagne||June 28||Ashbridges||2nd in 18U Premier|
|Trevor Carlson/Josh Janzen||June 20||Grand Bend||2nd in 15U Premier|
|Addison Mahoney/Claire Mellow||June 7||Emerald Lake||3rd in 12U Premier|
|Makayla Harte/Angela Freiburger||June 13||Beach Blast||3rd in 13U Championship|
|Vivian Huang/Brooklyn Winter||June 13||Beach Blast||3rd in 13U Championship|
|Vivian Huang/Brooklyn Winter||June 20||Emerald Lake||3rd in 13U Premier|
|Vivian Huang/Brooklyn Winter||July 4||Hamilton Sandbox||3rd in 14U Championship|
|Devin Gerth/Veronika Kemperman||May 30||Emerald Lake||3rd in 14U Championship|
|Devin Gerth/Veronika Kemperman||June 27||Wasaga||3rd in 14U Championship|
|Kassey Remillard/Madeline Ruddock||June 13||Hamilton Sandbox||3rd in 14U Championship|
|Hannah Camrass/Maya Sokolowski||June 20||Emerald Lake||3rd in 15U Premier|
|Abbey Greenfield/Claire Gagne||June 6||Ashbridges||3rd in 18U Premier|
|Alden Hasanagic/C. Fraresso||May 30||Ashbridges||3rd in 18 Premier|
|Ella Ethier/Amanda Takacs||May 16||Beach Blast||5th in 13U Premier|
|Ella Ethier/Amanda Takacs||June 20||Grand Bend||5th in 13U Premier|
|Rachel Morell/Madison Schill||June 27||Ashbridges||5th in 12U Premier|
|Addison Mahoney/Claire Mellow||June 20||Grand Bend||5th in 13U Premier|
|Ashley Van Rooyen/MacKenzie Casey||June 7||Emerald Lake||5th in 12U Premier|
|Makayla Harte/Ashley Freiburger||June 7||Emerald Lake||5th in 13U Premier|
|Makayla Harte/Ashley Freiburger||June 20||Grand Bend||5th in 13U Premier|
|Makayla Harte/Ashley Freiburger||June 27||Ashbridges||5th in 13U Championship|
|Vivian Huang/Brooklyn Winter||June 7||Emerald Lake||5th in 13U Premier|
|Vivian Huang/Brooklyn Winter||June 27||Ashbridges||5th in 13U Trillium|
|Marcella Bojanowicz/Paulina Downar||June 27||Ashbridges||5th in 13U Challenger|
|Braeden Sears/E. Vlemmix||June 6||Ashbridges||5th in 13U Premier|
|Cory Carlson/Evan Dodd||June 20||Grand Bend||5th in 13U Premier|
|Briana Anton/Calista Grant||May 20||Emerald Lake||5th in 14U Premier|
|Hannah Camrass/Maya Sokolowski||June 6||Ashbridges||5th in 15U Championship|
|Abbey Greenfield/Claire Gagne||June 27||Ashbridges||5th in 18U Premier|
|Alden Hasanagic/C. Fraresso||June 6||Ashbridges||5th in 18U Championship|
|Makayla Harte/Ashley Freiburger||June 6||Ashbridges||9th in 13U Championship|
|Marcella Bojanowicz/Paulina Downar||June 20||Emerald Lake||9th in 13U Premier|
|Devin Gerth/Veronika Kemperman||June 20||Grand Bend||9th in 15U Premier|
|J. Cameron/T. Thurlow||May 20||Emerald Lake||9th in 14U Premier|
|J. Cameron/T. Thurlow||June 21||Grand Bend||9th in 14U Premier|
|J. Cameron/T. Thurlow||June 27||Wasaga||9th in 14U Premier|
|Kassey Remillard/Madeline Ruddock||June 28||Ashbridges||9th in14U Championship|
Emerald Lake turns GOLD for Preds 12U beach duo Takacs/Ethier
Amanda Takacs and Ella Ethier earned their first beach volleyball medals, winning gold at the Emerald Lake OVA Satellite tournament on June 7. Competing in the 12U category, Takas and Ethier beat out seven other teams to come out on top.
Joining Takacs/ Ethier in the four team Pool A were clubmates Addison Mahoney/ Claire Mellow and Ashley Van Rooyen/Mackenzie Casey. Mahoney/ Mellow finished first in the pool, while Takacs/ Ethier split each of their round robin matches and finished third with Van Rooyen/ Casey finishing fourth amidst the very competitive group.
Crossing over for the first round of the playoffs, Takacs/Ethier faced the second place finisher in the opposite pool. After barely losing the first set, they stormed back to take the second convincingly, then won the third set to complete the comeback. The semi-final featured a rematch with Mahoney/Mellow, who had won their first playoff. After a fierce three-set match, Takacs/Ethier came away with the victory, earning a spot in the final. The loss in the semi gave Mahoney/ Mellow a strong top four finish. Meanwhile, Van Rooyen/Casey lost their first playoff game in a close battle against the eventual silver medal winners. In the final, Takacs/Ethier again jumped ahead and won the first set, but lost the second to force yet another tie-breaker. They would not be denied the victory Ė and won in dramatic style by finishing their opponents off with an amazing back court shot after an exciting rally.
The tournament set the stage for a terrific beach season, with all three teams showing great ball movement, energy and skill. And itíll only get better! The three 12U teams (along with a fourth duo, Madison Schill and Rachel Morell, who did not compete at Emerald Lake), are members of the Preds Advanced 2ís beach training program led by Darren OíNeil and Duncan Cairns. Go Preds!
Record Setting 500 Attend Preds Banquet
A record 500 athletes, coaches, and family members attended the 2014-15 Preds banquet, which was held at RIM Park in Waterloo, breaking the previous record of 390 people.
The night started with an introduction by our Masters of Ceremonies, Ellen Carlson and Darren O'Neil, followed by dinner. That was followed by our keynote speaker, Richard Eddy, Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Women's team, who gave a inspiring talk on the steps needed to take your game to the next level. A synopsis on each teams' accomplishments and award presentations took us to the end of the evening. Below are the winners of the awards that were presented at the banquet.
|OVA All-Star:||Philip Tasedan, 18U Boys Purple|
|5 Year Award Winners:||Kate Byca
Award of Excellence Winners
|11U Girls||Lauren Hovey||14U Girls Purple||Madison Coolman|
|11U Boys||Brady Patterson||14U Boys||Ryan Hackbart|
|12U Girls Altitude||Mackenzie Casy||15U Girls Black||Denisa Ratiu|
|12U Girls Wild||Jadyne Lajeunesse||15U Girls Purple||Maya Sokolowski|
|12U Girls Extreme||Claire Mellow||15U Boys||Cody Mitchell|
|13U Girls Black||Abbey Israel||16U Girls Purple||Lorena Tasedan|
|13U Girls Purple||Brynn Morgan||16U Boys Black||Nick Morton|
|13U Boys||Sebastien Mawhinney||16U Boys Purple||Liam Schoneveld|
|14U Girls Black||Julia Angus|
Nine Preds Teams Crack Top 10 In Province
Nine Preds teams have finished there OVA season with a top 10 finish in the province.
Leading the way are the 15U Boys team coached by Lynn Vicic, Jason Gropp and Neu Moua, who have ranked in the provnicial top 5 all year. The 15U Boys had a great provincial tournaments, finishing undefeated after the first two days on competition, only to fall short in two three game losses, a semi-final loss to Durham Attack and bronze medal loss to the Patriots from Toronto.
The 18U boys came into the provincial championships ranked ninth in the province and after a great weekend where they played their best volleyball of the season, came away as the fourth best team in the province. On day one, the boys swept the competition to finish first in their pool. On day two the boys continued their great play, finishing second in their pool, which meant that they would continue in Division 1, Tier I on the last day of competition. In the quarter-finals, the 18U boys had the tough task of playing their clubmates, the 17U boys. In one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament, the 18U boys prevailed, winning in 3 games. This advanced the boys to the semi-finals against the eventual champions Pakmen 17U Gold. The Pakmen proved to be too much as the boys succumbed in two straight games. A similar result in the bronze medal match gave the boys their final placing of 4th in Ontario. Great tournament boys.
The 17U Boys, coached by Darren O'Neil and Jim Shantz, played some of their best volleyball during the first weekend of provincials to finish tied for 5th in the province. After a tough first day, the boys regrouped to play very well on day 2 to keep their hopes for a provincial medal alive. In the pre-quarters the boys had a tough outing against the Pakmen Black team, but outlasted the team from Mississauga to win in 3 tough games. The quarter-final pitted the 17U Preds against the top-seeded team in the province, Pakmen Gold. In another tough match, the Preds fell in two games to finish their 17U season tied for 5th.
The 17U boys also decided to compete in the 18U provincials. The boys earned the right to be in Division 1, Tier 1 (the top division) and came into the tournament ranked 16th. After disposing of Vision from North Bay and the 4th ranked Niagara Rapids, the boys faced off against the 18U Preds for first place in the pool. The boys lost to their clubmates in 2 games to finish 2nd. On the second day of 18U provincials, the boys continued their great play finishing 2nd in their pool again. This meant that they boys would definitely finish in the top 10 in the provnice in 18U. In their pre-quarter, the boys again defeated the Rapids meaning they would play the 18U Preds again, but this time in the quarter-final. In a great match, the boys lost a close 3 game match to finish their 18U season tied for 5th in the province.
The 13U Boys, coached by Ellen Carlson, Phil McKee and Jason Ezinga also finished 5th. The 13U boys had a great season, finishing in the top 4 in every tournament played this year. At the championships, the boys went through the first two days with only one loss, putting them in a quarter-final match against the always tough Pakmen from Mississauga. Unfortunately, the boys were unable to defeat the Pakmen which ended their tournament and put them in a tie for 5th place in the province.
The16U Boys, coached by Kelvin Hui, were the only team in the group of 4, to walk away with a medal. The boys played 3 great days of volleyball, only to find themselves playing for a Division 1, Tier II gold medal after only one loss. The boys did not let the disappointment of being knocked out of Tier I keep them down, as they rallied on the last day to win all their games, win a gold medal, and finish a respectable 9th overall in the province.
The 14U boys started day 1 of the provincial champions slowly, dropping two out of three matches to finish in 3rd place in their pool after day 1. This meant that the boys would have to finish first in their pool on day 2 if they wished to finish in the top 10 in the province. In a total turnaround, the boys swept the competition on the second day, winning all three of their matches, to finish first in their pool. Unfortunately, the boys could not maintain their momentum during the pre-quarters on day 3, losing in two games to Durham Attack to finish in a tie for 9th in the province.
The 14U Girls Purple came in the championships playing some of their best volleyball of the season. After day 1, the girls found themselves in first place in their pool. On day 2, the girls knew they needed to finish in the top 3 in their pool if they were to have any chance of finishing in the top 16 in the province. Despite some very tough competition, the girls snuck into 3rd to advance the pre-quarters of the top division. The girls played a tough match against the Georgian Cubs, who proved to be too strong, losing in 2 games. This loss put the girls in a tie for 9th in the province, a massive improvement from the 24th place ranking that they entered the championships with. Well done girls!
The last team to finish in the top 10 in the first two weeks of the championships were the 15U Girls Purple Team, coached by Justin Collins, Mike Praught and Tyrone Dowling. The girls started slowly, losing 3 very close matches on the Friday, but turned their fortunes around on the Saturday to finish first in their pool, advancing them to the Division 1, Tier 1 playoffs. In their pre-quarter, the Preds faced the 2nd ranked team from Forest City. In a very close and competitive match, the Preds fell in 3 games losing 15-13 in the third game. This loss put the Preds in a tie for 9th place in the province.
The championships continue this weekend, April 24-26, with the 14U Girls, 14U Boys, 18U Girls and 18U Boys championship all taking place. Go Preds!!
ArchivesPhilip Tasedan Selected As An OVA All-Star - April 23, 2015
Preds Place 4 Teams In Top Ten - April 23, 2015
Duncan Cairns Joins Preds Beach Staff - April 4, 2015
14U Girls Win Silver At Bugarski Cup - March 28, 2015
15U Purple Girls Win Louisville Gold - March 14, 2015
Mota and Jenkins Win Intercollegiate Honours - March 7, 2015
13U Boys Just Miss Out On Medals - March 7, 2015
13U Boys Win Silver At MacGregor Cup - February 7, 2015
16U Boys Bronzed In 17U Tournament - January 31, 2015
15U Boys Win McGregor Cup Silver - January 24, 2015
14U Girls Black Just Miss Out On Medals - January 17, 2015
14U Girls Look For More - January 17, 2015
15U Boys Qualify For U.S. Nationals - January 17, 2015
14U Boys Give Preds Another Gold - January 10, 2015
13U Boys Win Their First Medal - Gold - January 10, 2015
16U Boys Capture The Christmas Spirit - December 16, 2014
15U Boys Keep Piling Up Medals - December 13, 2014
Preds 14U Purple Capture Silver At Provincial Cup - November 29, 2014
Girls 14U Black Cap Successful Day For Preds By Winning Provincial Cup Bronze - November 29, 2014
13U Boys Just Miss Medals at Provincial Cup - November 29, 2014
Preds "Play Day" A Huge Success - November 22, 2014
15U Boys Win Provincial Cup Gold - November 15, 2014
11U Girls Debut at 13U Provincial Cup - November 15, 2014
14U Girls Purple Open Season at 15U Provincial Cup - November 15, 2014
Preds Rep Teams Preparing For 2014-15 Season - September, 2014
Megan Gilmore and Duncan Cairns Join Preds Coaching Staff - July 31, 2014
Gerth and Kemperman Win Beach Gold - July 27, 2014
14U Boys Off To U.S. Nationals - June 26, 2014
Richard Eddy Selected As U of W Coach - May 3, 2014
400 Attend Preds Banquet - May 9, 2014
Cori Sears Sign With Windsor Lancers - April 15, 2014
WCSSAA All-Stars Name For 2014 - April 10, 2014
WCSSAA All-Stars Name For 2014 - April 10, 2014
District 8 All-Stars Selected - April 5, 2014
16U Girls Black Win Provincial Gold - March 30, 2014
18U Preds Purple Selected Kitchener Post Team of the Week - Mar. 29, 2014
Preds Abby Jenkins Signs With Brock - Mar. 29, 2014