Round 1 Talking Points

Round 1 Talking Points from Ottawa Swans Loss to Toronto Rebels

On May 27, the Ottawa Swans kicked off the season against their bitter rivals, Toronto Rebels.

The game began favourably for the Swans as they took the lead early in the first quarter. With
quick transitions and excellent use of space, they managed to get an upper hand on their rivals.
However, that lead was quickly lost in the second quarter as the Rebels managed to push ahead
before halftime. The second half had a similar theme, as the Swans equalized in the third quarter
and lost the lead again in the fourth. The match ended 27 (4.3) to 49 (7.7) to the Rebels.

In a post-match interview with Club President Yaser Abou Elenein, he spoke positively about the
team’s performance, saying “They’re a very good side. We have more training and fitness work
to improve on. Our boys fought very hard, with great effort from a lot of our new players”. When
asked about what the Swans’ did in the first and third quarters to improve their tactics, he
explained that with the wind on their back, they found it easier to move the ball up the field and
get their forwards involved. An area he wishes to improve on is the defensive end, as the team
lost Corey Herrington during the match to a knee injury.

The team fought to the end and were proud of their performance. The next match for the Ottawa
Swans is an away game on June 3rd against Central Blues. Let’s go Swans!

 Ali Boty

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