This update was sitting in our draft articles... sorry for the delay. Here is the UTM Rawlings Power Rankings Update for June 4.
Midget Tier 1
No real adjustments this week, as for the most part the top-10 group was not in an event where they interacted much with each other. Waterloo went 7-0-0 down in Columbus, crushing several of the teams in the course of the weekend. Guelph Gators won the Humber Softball Classic, earning the win over Brampton (A) in the final game. None of the teams ahead of Guelph were in the Humber event. Similar situation this week in Barrie, as many of the T1 U19 teams aren’t participating. Chance for Six Nations, UTM, and Milton to improve their ranking perhaps? Watch out for the Vikings 02 squad, who may just steal the event.
Midget Tier 2
Similar to Midget 1, not much change to the Top-10. We have bumped Springfield into the top-5 following a good show this past weekend for them at the Humber Tier 1 event. There is a nice Tier 2 group participating in Barrie this weekend, so we should get a sense of whether or not our assessment of the top-10 is accurate. LaSalle, Waterloo, and Kitchener are all missing, and the Vikings 01 team is playing in the T1 group. Chance for Cambridge to show some improvement vs last weekend. Also watch Palmerston and Tavistock this weekend as well.
Bantam Tier 1
As mentioned above, we consider Vaughan 02 to possibly be the favorite in the U19 T1 Barrie Bash this weekend, we shall see how our pick goes. We keep them in the #1 position again, despite very little game interaction with other Bantam 1 teams. The Vikings should/are aware that there are many Tier 1 Bantam teams that are very capable, and some equal or better than some of the mid-range U19 Tier 1 teams the Vikings have been facing. Good tournament for the Bantam 1 group this weekend in Barrie. Miss North, Brampton, UTM, Brantford all participating.
Bantam Tier 2
Oakville Angels 03 – playing up in Tier 1 this weekend at the Bash, good move for this team – challenge themselves mid-season. Vaughan holds the number 2 spot. Palmerston is in the 3rd spot. We have Kingston and London with some big gains this week. Springfield’s two teams are also making noise and look to be very capable against the top teams in this category.
We’ve extended our U114 Novice rankings to the Top-20 this week. Sure there remains some debate here, but there are many capable teams near the top. There are two big Novice events this weekend in Barrie, and next week at the UTM Stratford event. Should see some movers and shakers. Perhaps a telling sign of who the top teams are… are the 10 teams that expressed a want to play “elite” at the Big Show, versus being just part of the main draw. Kudos, to the first year clubs like Halton 05, Whitby 05 for stepping up to the challenge next weekend.