February 11, 2019

Frosty full-court game a first

The roadsters may have beaten Sunday’s snow. But they couldn’t beat the cold.

The first full-court game of the new year was as much a battle against the icy elements as it was a clash between opposing teams. It truly was all about surviving the sting of the evil multi-coloured plastic ball.

“It was bouncier than usual,” said Coach of the orb that had been hardened by the frigid temperatures. “Certainly it didn’t want to settle down so you couldn’t take it as cleanly as you might have wanted.”

Nouvelle Guy said that presented challenges to the roadsters to receiving passes. That meant simplifying the game to its base elements of taking shots and the goalie and hoping for a lucky break or rebound.

“You just try to watch for those rebounds because those balls are hard,” Nouvelle Guy said.

Coach, who was playing his first game in more than a year, said the cold conditions were a familiar memory of his youth, so he knew the importance of keeping his feet moving while still controlling the pace of the game.

“I think we showed we had to slow it down because we didn’t have the fitness,” he said.

For Nouvelle Guy’s team in both games, that proved easier said than done, as his side struggled to execute. But the veteran roadster took encouragement from the bolstered numbers, especially the addition of a new recruit, Moe.

Posted by jaysuburb at February 11, 2019 08:26 PM

Not really. The rest of the court has patches of ice. The problem is the eastern end of the courts don't get enough sun to thaw completely, then the sub-freezing temperatures overnight turn what has thawed back into solid ice. It would take a concerted effort of hacking and chopping to get rid of it all. Temperatures are supposed to be above freezing day and night by the middle of next week, so we should be good next week.

Posted by: Living Legend at March 2, 2019 05:23 PM

Is there enough room for a three quarter court game with one goalie?

Posted by: Nouvelle at March 2, 2019 04:56 PM

There is still ice, 2-3 inches thick and very hard, on about 1/3 of the court, where the shade persists.

Posted by: Living Legend at March 2, 2019 01:26 PM

See the Facebook page for a photo of how it looks.

Posted by: Living Legend at February 23, 2019 03:38 PM

The courts are still not playable. There is a thick layer of ice underneath the snow and slush.

Posted by: Living Legend at February 23, 2019 03:37 PM

Courts are looking rough. I'll swing by tomorrow and assess more closely. Check back here later in the day for an update.

Posted by: Living Legend at February 22, 2019 06:13 PM

Sunday's game is CANCELLED. There's too much snow and frozen slush on the court. Hopefully the thaw moves in this week.

Posted by: Living Legend at February 16, 2019 06:01 PM

Closing comments until Saturday for check-ins. Hopefully this snow is gone by Sunday ;-)

Posted by: Living Legend at February 12, 2019 11:39 PM