“It was a grind all the way, in both teams you could see the physical fatigue, [and] mental [fatigue].”
Having lost five of their last six regular season games, the T-Birds’ bats finally came to life this past weekend.
The bronze medal may have even more weight behind it, as UBC is set to face the University of Calgary Dinos Just last weekend, the Dinos defeated the Thunderbirds to claim the Canada West title.
UBC has fallen to 4-7 within their conference to open the season.
If the UBC batters can get going again as they did on Sunday, the Thunderbirds offence is going to be formidable and difficult to slow down going forward in the season.
The decision was made by the schools Board of Governors on January 13 — two weeks before students were alerted.
After dropping both regular season match ups between the teams, the Thunderbirds had their work cut out for them as they faced a conference heavyweight.
“It was an opportunity for some other players to step up to the challenge.”
It turns out that if you write ‘Part 1’ in an article title, the good people at The Ubyssey will inevitably ask you where ‘Part 2’ is.
The Thunderbirds didn’t disappoint, winning a tight 2-1 game in exciting fashion –it wasn't an easy win, though.
Here’s a list of some of the major social media accounts for UBC’s varsity teams. I have checked my list twice and I’m going to tell you which T-Birds accounts are naughty or nice for social media cruising.
“We looked like we wanted to play a soft, fancy, Harlem Globetrotter game, and it doesn’t work,” said UBC’s head coach Sven Butenschon following the loss.
“We shot ourselves in the foot… all we needed to do was keep playing the same game we were playing, and with a little extra push it would have come,” said UBC head coach Graham Thomas following the loss on Saturday. “In the third we just didn’t come out with the same jump and the desperation to win.”
If there was a way for a team to comfortably finish an undefeated season, it would be the way the T-Birds did.
The pair of victories over the weekend would give Coach Thomas his 99th and 100th career wins with the team.