AKO Fratmen gear up for 2014 season with mini-camp in Amherstburg

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The Windsor AKO Fratmen’s goal of winning another OFC title has started in Amherstburg.

The Fratmen conducted a three-day mini-camp at the Libro Centre last Friday through Sunday. Head coach Mike LaChance said players from across Canada took part in the five practices that occurred over the three days. A total of 75 players participated in the mini-camp with coaches evaluating players they saw in advance of the team’s main training camp, which opens July 20.

LaChance said he liked the level of talent that was on the field during the mini-camp.

“This team is extremely talented,” he said. “Physically, we are going to be a bigger team. There’s a lot of competition for a lot of spots.”

The Fratmen could even be a better team than the one that won a championship a year ago.

“That is saying something,” said LaChance. “We were pretty good last year.”

Winning a championship is the only goal, he suggested.

“If we don’t win a championship this year, we failed,” he said. “We’re coming off a championship.”

The AKO Fratmen’s relationship with Amherstburg started when they played their 2011 playoff run here. LaChance said they were impressed and that recreation staff were accommodating.

“The management here is outstanding. They treated us the right way,” said LaChance.

LaChance said director of recreation and culture Dean Collver and the staff at the Libro Centre “did a great job in drawing us out here and treating us right. We’re appreciative for that.”

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