September 22 to September 28 /2003
Things look to be starting on a positive note this year for the Wesmen as they knocked off their alumni 3-0 for the first time ever last week.
“We played really well,” said Coach Diane Scott. “Our offensive is much more in sync than it was a year ago.” Scott was also happy to see players from a storied past that includes 7 National Champions out on the court again.
“It’s always important to have the former players out, it maintains the connection with the past and to the history of the program. It is great to show respect to the former players.”
This week the Wesmen will practice in the lead up to their first CIS action of the year when they travel west for the Regina Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The competition features six Canada West teams, and will give the 2002-03 silver medal winning Wesmen a taste of what they will be facing during the regular season that starts next month.
“It is a great opportunity to see these teams right off the bat,” says Scott. “And it still comes down to how we play in Canada West that will ultimately determine whether we get a spot in Nationals.
Coach Tanya McKay’s squad split up for an inter-squad game last week and she was happy with what she witnessed.
“It was a good, up-tempo game,” said McKay. “And the girls were happy to be in a game situation after all the early season practices. ”
“They all looked really fit,” said McKay. “It was a great game to watch.”
It was a good week of practice for Coach Dave Crook’s team. The squad also engaged in its annual inter-squad game on Wednesday evening, where many of the newcomers showed a lot of promise. But that has made some decisions a little more difficult for the Wesmen bench boss still contemplating his final roster.
“Some of these guys are making it really hard,” says Crook. “It has been a pleasant surprise.”
“He was very good, both defensively and offensively getting out and running the floor,” says Crook.
On a somber note, the Canadian University Basketball Community was shocked and saddened last week, when learning of the sudden death of the University of Victoria Men’s Basketball coach Guy Vetrie. The long time CIS coach headed up the Vikes for 15 seasons and this year was going to coach his son on the team.
Wesmen coach Larry McKay added a bit of international flavour to practice last week. Marcel Gromandowski, a member of the Polish National Junior Team, and cousin of Wesmen Women’s Volleyball team member Kristen Brisebois, was in town visiting family when he dropped by the Duckworth Centre. McKay recognized him right away.
“He was the best player on the floor when Poland beat us in a big game during the World Championships,” said McKay, who coached Team Canada’s entry in the tournament in Iran during the summer. Poland went on to win the competition.