James Bond-sized egos need to be checked

Some Colts players not taking practice serious

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on December 19, 2013
Colts assistant coach Vaughn Martin on the bench.
Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now

AMHERST - Sitting at No. 2 in the league standings, the Amherst Junior C Colts are on the cusp of greatness but to achieve greatness they will need to drop the egos.

"We have very good individual players but to be a championship team you have to play as a team," said Vaughn Martin, Colts assistant coach. "Trying to get guys to practice is something we've had to struggle with because with great talent comes big egos."

The Colts will face their biggest test of the season on Sunday when they host the Spryfield Silver and Black Attack, the leagues number one team.

"We've had a hard time getting guys to practice. We tried to hold them accountable by saying that if you don't practice you don't play," said Martin. "At that age you have parents calling and people going on facebook, but the New York Rangers and Yankees are talented but they don't always win championships."

Martin said his team could win the Atlantic Championship if they would pull together.

"A championship team is no different than a works site. You need plumbers, electricians, carpenters and the labourers who clean up the floor," he said. "They are all important and if we can get everybody to row the boat in the same direction we can beat any team.

"But we have a few players who think they're in a James Bond film," added Martin. "They think they can say their name and everyone rolls over and dies. That's not the way it is."

Sunday's game starts at 4 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.