Devin Rattie (12) and Brad Richards (obscured from view) of the Georgetown Rebels repelled Oakville-Trafalgar's Matt Grunwald's bid for a kill during the Halton AAAA senior boys' championship in Oakville Monday. O-T defeated the Rebels in three games.
For the second year in a row, the Georgetown Rebels will have to use the side-door route in order to return to the Ontario high school senior boys' volleyball championships after getting nosed out for the Halton Secondary School Athletic Association AAAA title on Monday at Sheridan College in Oakville. Undefeated Oakville-Trafalgar claimed the Halton crown by scores of 27-25, 19-25, 15-13 in a tense match that featured several lead changes, except in the second set when the Rebels were in dominant form. Georgetown looked poised to add yet another Halton-champion banner to its gymnasium wall, leading 9-6 in the deciding game before O-T rallied. Despite the loss, the 8-2 Rebels will play in today's Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference Challenge best-of5 semi-final against host Thomas More of Hamilton, while Oakville-Trafalgar faces Brebeuf. Then, another win will be required on Friday in the GHAC final if the Rebels want to qualify for this year's OFSAA tourney, to be held Nov. 24-25 at Barrie Innisdale. "I think our boys thought they had O-T in that third game, but (OakvilleTrafalgar) have a tall team and it just seemed near the end that they were hitting off the top of our blocks instead of us being right on them," said Rebel coach Sheri Nairn. "But I was proud of the way they played and it was not through a lack of effort for sure. We still get a chance to go to the show and I know the players will be hungry after losing like this." Nairn said she was impressed with the performance of Millar Galbraith in the middle hitter position in the absence of Aaron Hnatiw, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. Galbraith, usually attacking from the flanks, hasn't played in the middle spot all season yet was an effective point generator for the Rebels. O-T's juniors eliminated Georgetown at the semi-final stage with a 2522, 27-25 win Friday.