(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Warlocks Novice rep team is gaining experience but, with only two veterans on their club, they have been forced to learn on the fly.
“At the start of the year, [we were] scared to get hit and hit the other team because we are a very small team,” said coach Cody Robinet. “As the year has progressed, they are now hitting and going after loose balls – which is huge to us as a coaching staff.”
With only two wins so far on the season, the Novices have been in tight against older and more experienced clubs in their zone; Wallaceburg, Sarnia, and London. Despite this, they are getting stronger every game.
“Our coaching goal for this year is to teach these kids all the basic of lacrosse,” said Robinet. “It has been a very tough year in the win and loss column … but the kids, as a group, have come a long way since the start of the season. They know how to set up on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor, when that wasn’t the case at the start of the year, [and it] seemed like no one knew [their] position besides the kids that played with us last year.”
Goalie Austin Senay has proven to be a godsend as first-year novice.
“Our goalie, this year, is awesome,” stated Robinet. “He is doing very well and has been standing on his head all year long. It’s a little difficult for him, due to the size of him, but he has been playing outstanding all year long.”
Out front is where the coaching staff is pushing for inroads as the new players adjust to the higher age bracket and a different coaching style from their previous season in tyke.
“As for defence and offence, it’s a building year for all these kids,” said Robinet. “We have only coached three [of these] kids in the past years … so, we basically started from the beginning.”
The two majors on their team are Logan Gough and Isaac Gelinas.
In addition to Senay, the minors include Ethan Bastien, Caleb Whitson, Zachary Cvetkovski, Remi Bacon, Lucas Heaney, Reed Forbes, Owen Arthur, Jamie Smith, Jacob Levesque, Denver Boismier, Max Heath, Gavin Philpott, Keegan McIntyre, and Jack Bennett.
The Novices are getting stronger with every game and are preparing for the upcoming Zone 7 championship and, in August, Provincials.
In Zone 7, the Warlocks will be challenged by their more experienced divisional rivals, but at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival in Whitby the Warlocks will be playing in their own skill bracket against similar teams.
“We are really focusing on setting up, defence, playing your position and man, and not playing the chasing game,” said Robinet of his teams’ preparations for the Ontario Lacrosse Festival. “Offence – we are really focusing on the set-up, constant moving of your feet, passing of the ball, and not wasting any possession when we have the ball. When it comes time for provincials, we will be ready to play. Our zone this year is very strong. When we play with the same calibre we are [at Provincials], we will prove that we have the skill and smarts to play.”
The Novices are next in action this Sunday as they host the London Blue Devils at 11am and 2pm at Forest Glade Arena. Both games will be preceded by the Tykes who play at 10am and 1pm.
On Saturday, the Warlock Bantams will be in action at 10am and 1pm, the Midgets at 12noon and 2pm, and the Intermediate Girls at 12noon and 3pm. All games are at Forest Glade Arena against the Wallaceburg Griffins.
Come out and enjoy some exciting lacrosse action!
For more information on the Windsor Warlocks lacrosse club and its programs, visit their official website.