STM's Annual Dodgeball Tournament: Lots of dodging, ducking, dipping, and diving!
By: Collin Do
Buzzing with excitement, last minute plans and encouragement, the gymnasium was filled on March 22nd with students who had come to watch and play in STM’s annual Dodgeball Tournament.
It was team against team, three matches going at once. Players were lined up against the walls and bleachers, waiting for the moment the whistle would blow to dash to the centre line, while others sat atop the bleachers, cheering and waiting for their turn. Faces smeared with war paint, heads wrapped in headbands, some teams even donning handmade team shirts; the energy put into the tournament was evident. The gym, already bustling with enthusiasm and lively music, turned into a battlefield when players ran, leaped, dodged and threw in the nick of time to eliminate members of the opposing team.
When asked for their thoughts on the tournament, Carol Giang of Team Carol replied, “Everyone is cheering. It’s all good." Brian Connor of Squad Awesome, who first faced Team Carol, concurred: “It’s great. Love it.” Everyone participating or watching the games seemed to be having fun, whether it was actively ducking and dodging swift dodge balls, cheering from the sidelines or just hanging out with friends and occasionally being hit by rogue dodge balls.
There was even one fan there, Christabelle Marques, who was “rooting for the League of Shadows”, and could be spotted holding a sign that read “I♥#21”, presumably a member of the aforementioned team.
The tournament was entertaining, got hearts pumping, sweat forming and teeth flashing in grins. However, there was some confusion over how the game and rounds were to be played. “It’s quite exciting. Lots of balls flying everywhere,” commented Justin Centanni. “The rules are strange," said Nigel Cheriyan of Team Carol as he expressed confusion after the first round, shrugging his shoulders as he mentioned how his team "didn't know any of the rules." A little unfamiliarity with the rules didn’t stop anyone from playing. Maybe it was because she played back in grade 9, but Kia Nurse of the All Stars team found that, “It was fun. It was easy."
The same could be said for the teachers who were also present and playing. Or at least the same could be said for Mr. John, who had thought “…the students would be more challenging,” and that it was “…kind of like shooting goldfish in a fish tank.” Mr. Herrell, on the other hand, thought the tournament was “…too painful for an old person.”
Throughout the games, Student Council members refereed and managed the teams and matches. Aside from minor confusion about the rules, which was swiftly cleared up, they did a good job this year organizing another fun and friendly competition of dodgeball. Hopefully, we’ll see the same next year!