Any predictions for these divisions? Who will win, who will surprise etc.?
In tier one, Gloucester and Mother Teresa might be the preseason favourites. Though Woodroffe, Notre Dame and West Carleton may be intriguing as well. Sir Wil and CB tend to be decent and could give Gloucester a run in the east.
In A - it is a three horse race with Deslauriers, Ashbury, and OIS. Ashbury with out Jean Pierre wont be the same, but they have very good coaching and last year, their supporting cast came up big in several games to play tough all season long. Deslauriers losing Shariff is huge, but you know that they will be very athletic and get after people defensively. Right now, I would have to call this matchup even without knowing how their teams will respond to losing key players.
AA - St. Matts and Merivale have to be the favourites but if Peloso is back at St. Paul, then they are definitely better than anticipated. St. Joes moves from AAA, where they always seem to be a playoff contender to AA but I have no clue what they have coming back or what their junior team was like. Holy Trinity might make some noise in this division as well. Any other surprises?
AAA/AAAA - with three ofsaa births for these teams up for grabs, it will be interesting to see how this all unfolds. I really do not see any weak teams in this division. Many people have Louis Riel and St. Pats as the early season favourites and I will not challenge that at this point. I will say though that Sacred Heart and St. Petes met in the junior final two years ago and I am sure that they view themselves (as do I) as contenders this year too. With Ryan Evans back and considering their juniors went to the finals last year, Earl has to be in the mix as well. I know that SRB has hopes of contending for an ofsaa spot having finished tied for first last year with Sacred Heart and returning all but two players from that team. Glebe will always be a tough matchup with the number of people they get to choose from each year being way more than any other public high school in the city and the great coaching they have. I have no clue who Hillcrest and All Saints has coming back or moving up from their junior teams, but they have been quite solid for the last few years so it should be interesting for them as well. What about St. Pius? On another thread people have given them some love. Are they for real? Who are their key players? I am looking forward to seeing them compete this year too. Should be very competitive division all around.