CORNER BROOK Jonathan Snow wants to see one thing from his basketball team this weekend: a competitive spirit.
Snow, who is the student athletics and recreation co-ordinator at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, is the head coach of the Grenfell Campus Warriors men’s basketball team. He will lead his charges into battle this weekend at the Holland College Basketball Tip-Off Tournament this weekend in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
The host Holland College Hurricanes is one of the small collleges in Atlantic Canada who participate in the Atlantic College Athletic Association. The Warriors will also match wits on the hardwood against ACAA entries Dalhousie Agriculture College Rams and University of King’s College Blue Devils.
Snow believes his squad will be in tough playing against teams in the ACAA, especially the Hurricanes, who have a dozen or so games under their belts and some of the those games were against Atlantic University Sport (AUS) teams like St. Francis Xavier and Acadia University.
“They’re going to be really strong so our goal is to be competitive,” Snow said Tuesday.
According to Snow, the key to success for his charges is to stick with their gameplan and to not panic at any time.
“I think a lot of times when you go into these types of tournaments against teams you know nothing about you get down two or three baskets or six or seven points and everybody tries to do it themselves,” he said. “If we stay within ourselves and play our game we’ll be OK.”
Snow, who has Cliff Bluechardt serving as an assistant coach again this year, said his squad is looking good early in the season.
“We got more size and more quickness this year,” he said.
It will be a busy weekend for Grenfell teams as the women’s basketball team is also heading to Charlottetown for the tip-off tournament and the women’s volleyball team is off to Mount Saint Vincent in Halifax for a tip-off tournament that also features Mount Saint Vincent, St. Anne’s University, with rookie Danielle Walsh of Corner Brook, and Dalhousie Agriculture College Rams.
Snow said having Grenfell teams invited to ACAA tournaments is a really big step for the university. He believes it’s a stepping stone in his long-term goal of having Grenfell teams participate under the ACAA umbrella.
“This is an opportunity to gauge where we are with our programs,” he said. “It’s really a chance to see where our teams are and where we need to go to improve.”
The Warriors roster includes Hamza Ballouk, Jordan Gale, Tim Goosney, Matt Gushue, Jeff Mollins, Ryan Oxford, Nick Park, Peter Rose, Ryan Rose, Andrew Smith, Mark Strickland and Dylan White.