BC Lacrosse Association Presents

BC Lacrosse Association Presents
NLL All-Star, Toronto Rock
2004 NLL Champions Cup Winner
2006 NLL All-Star Game MVP
2 x Mann Cup Winner
2004 & 2006 WLA League Scoring Title
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
March 2009
Page 3
’Bellies Brighten Life for Canadian Troops
nized until this time, with the aspiring lacrosse
players lining up east versus west. They’ve all
named themselves KAFcomrades. KAF is the
air base’s designated symbol.
Warrant Officer Tracy Sprague has been acting as the coach. Sprague is a 23-year veteran
from Ottawa and this is his fifth posting to
Afghanistan. He’s got a 15-year-old lacrosseplaying son who is really excited about having
his father coach the team, said Brown.
“Just be patient because we’re getting hit
hard,” said Sprague in one of his e-mails to
Brown.
Contributed Photo
They’ve sent some pictures and intend to
shoot some video of their games and post it on
the internet.
Canadian troops in Kandahar receive lacrosse equipment as an early Christmas present
By: Grant Granger
New Westminster News Leader
There’s a book that’s being passed around the
Canadian forces base in Kandahar that’s getting a little dog-eared these days. It’s called
Lacrosse for Dummies.
A shipment of lacrosse sticks, warm-up
jerseys, balls and assorted New Westminster
Salmonbellies paraphernalia arrived on the
base in December. They got to open it Christmas Eve.
“They were really excited,” said Tracy
Brown, a Burnaby resident who got it all
started.
months to get there, having to jump several
bureaucratic hoops and getting sent to the U.S.
postal depot instead of Canada’s.
“It was the hockey players that got their
hands on it first. Some of them had never tried
it so they all had the T-shirts on and went out to
the rink right away and started playing with it.”
But there was another reason it was a while
before they opened up their Christmas presents
from the Salmonbellies and started playing the
game in their open-air ball hockey arena.
Brown has a friend whose brother, Brent
Vanover, is a rabid Salmonbellies fan stationed
in Afghanistan. She hooked him up with
Salmonbellies president Dan Richardson, who
organized the shipment that took about two
“Their base has been hit really hard with
rockets and this was basically the first time they
had the gear out and open,” said Brown.
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Even some American and Australian soldiers
have come to check it out. No game was orga-
“They look young,” said Richardson. “I was
shocked by the age of some of those kids.”To
be able to see the game we have so much passion for bringing some enjoyment to these guys
that are putting their life on the line was a good
way to start the new year for myself when I got
that e-mail on New Year’s Day.”
Richardson intends to something, such as an
armed forces night, for the troops during the
Western Lacrosse Association season. He’d
like to involve the Westminster Regiment in
some way.
“It’s a real good fit,” said Richardson.
Brown recently said to Richardson, “I have
to buy Brent another Salmonbellies shirt
because his is so worn out.” Richardson immediately replied, “No, no, no. We’ll send him
a couple.”
Richardson put them in the mail this week,
although it’s not as large a shipment as the last
one he sent to Kandahar that’s so well appreciated.
2009 World Police
and Fire Games
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
The World Police and Fire Games are coming to Canada this summer and field lacrosse
will be one of the sports being played at the
event.
Teams from New York, Toronto, Alberta
and BC will compete in the tournament at the
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex across the street
from Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby.
The World Police and Fire Games will be
held July 31 to August 10, 2009. This event
will be drawing more emergency service athletes than the Olympics. There are 40+ venues
spread from Whistler to Chilliwack and 60+
sporting events free to attend -- so a great way
to get the family out.
Local lacrosse volunteer and athlete, Tom
McIntosh, is working to raise the profile
of Canada’s National Summer Sport at the
Games.
“We’re excited to have field lacrosse teams
from Canada and the USA competing in the
tournament,” said McIntosh. “We want the
BC lacrosse community to come out and enjoy
these games with their families.”
McIntosh is in the early stages of planning
skills clinics for youth athletes as part of the
lacrosse tournament. The planned free clinics
will offer the athletes the chance to hone their
skills and learn new skills from high profile
athletes. Out of town teams have already stated
their interest in the skills clinics as well local
stars from the WLA plan to take part. The
lacrosse games get underway July 31 to August
4.
Families can volunteer together or you might
have a sport group or school group who need to
get their volunteer hours in - think of WPFG!!!!
For our lacrosse enthusiasts the Field Lacrosse
Sport Venue will be at the Burnaby Lake
Sports Complex -- get the guys out to support
the sport! So if you know of friends, family,
or co-workers who would like to volunteer
some of their time for a bit of the summer,
please have them register as soon as they can
at www.2009WPFG.ca
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
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By: Teddy Jenner
The moment will forever be stained into the
fabric of my memory; a moment of unbridled
excitement and then… complete heartbreak.
On the doorstep of history and minutes away
from achieving a childhood dream, it was
a feeling that I wouldn’t wish on my worst
enemy.
Moments away from our first ever Mann
Cup, I found myself sitting on the bench next
to Ryan Ward, who I’ve played on countless
teams with since tyke. What made it even more
special was that we, the Victoria Shamrocks,
were on the verge of becoming the first team
to win the Mann Cup on the road since the Six
Nations Chiefs did it back in 1996. After battling back from being completely written off
in the 2002 Mann Cup against the Brampton
Excelsiors where we found ourselves down 3
games to 1, we had done what nobody thought
we could do, we had forced a game 7. Ryan
and I had just finished a shift on offense and as
we passed the water bottle back and forth we
simultaneously looked up at the score board - it
read Victoria 6 Brampton 1, and there was just
over half a game left to play…. Our eyes widened and Wardo looked at me, “WOW, we’re
really gonna do this!’ And we really were!
Then in what seemed like the blink of an eye,
WHAM – we lost 9-8. Our youthful joyousness
shattered. The Mann Cup had eluded us and
our fellow Shamrocks.
That series just added to the lore and luster
that comes with being a Victoria Shamrock,
one of the most storied franchises in lacrosse.
The nights I experienced
going with my family to
the old Memorial Arena
in Victoria to watch the
Victoria Payless were what
dreams were made of. Being able to go home after
games and mimic the creativity of Kevin Alexander,
who, in those days was the
John Grant Jr. of his time,
often caused my mom to
continually tell me to stop
bouncing balls off of the
wall. Witnessing the aggressive and punishing
defense of guys like Bob Cool and Art Webster
allowed me to learn that there was more to the
game than just scoring.
My eyes had born witness to some of the
games best at their best and not all of them
Shamrocks. It sparked a fire inside me that
grew with every goal scored, every game won
and lost and memory after memory. From those
early days, I knew I wanted to be a Victoria
Shamrock.
The moment I pulled on my first Shamrock
jersey was a special one because not only had
I fulfilled a lifelong childhood dream but I was
now a part of that history, a part of tradition,
part of a huge family and even more importantly, I was now walking in the steps of those
I looked up to. I was now somebody who was
admired by the younger generation of lacrosse
fans and players in Victoria. Walking onto the
floor after games to see 50 or so kids waiting
Continued from Cover article:
Gill hits a double hall of fame
induction
Gill now has the tri-fecta of being
named to three halls of fames, so what’s
left for Gill to achieve.
Retired
Shamrock Andy
Turner was the
consummate
leader for the
‘Rocks in the
2000’s
for an autograph and a high five was a high and
something I always made sure I did, because
I was once like them, waiting in the bowels of
Memorial Arena waiting to get Gary and Paul
Gait’s autograph or to shake hands with Tom
Marechek.
Photo:
A Boy, A Stick and
a Shamrock
Photo: BCLA Archives
March 2009
I was blessed to join the Shamrocks during the time when Vancouver teams weren’t
allowed to draft Island so I always knew that
when the time came, the 4 leaf clover would be
on my chest. It’s a huge honour to be accepted
into the fraternity -- one that not just anyone
gets to experience.
Some people may never get the chance
to play for their hometown team or the team
they’ve always wanted to play for. I was lucky
enough to be able to grow up watching some of
the greatest players ever and make my dream
come true.
From being on the only undefeated team in
WLA history my first year going 19-0-1, to
“There ain’t anything left,” laughed
Gill. “I’m going to just sit back and
enjoy this with my family.”
The Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame
2008 induction banquet took place
Thursday February 19, 2009. For more
Hall of Fame information visit their
website at burnabysportshalloffame.ca
The BC Sports Hall of Fame and
Museum Hall of Fame induction Banquet of Champions will take place May
13, 2009 at the Vancouver Convention
Centre Expansion. Tickets are $275
each. For more information visit their
website at bcsportshalloffame.com
playing with the likes of Jim Veltman, John
Tavares, Anthony Cosmo, Derek Malawsky,
Dan Dawson and all the other great players
to have worn the Green and White, to being a
part of the 2003 Mann Cup team which many
claim to be one of the greatest Victoria teams
ever assembled, to playing on one of the worst
teams in Shamrock history, and of course that
memorable Mann Cup game 7, I have experienced all the highs and the lows that come with
the wild beast that is the WLA.
I can say with certainty, I wouldn’t have
wanted to do it with any different group of guys
or for any other team than the Shamrocks!
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
March 2009
Page 5
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
By: Brad Challoner
The 3rd annual Spartan Shootout
successfully took place November
27-29, 2008 in Victoria at Claremont
High School, Finlayson turf field
and the University of Victoria. This
year’s event went off without a hitch
as compared to the torrential weather
experienced in 2007.
To one’s surprise Burnaby Junior Laker Alex
Gajic was the first player selected at the 2009
WLA Entry Draft. The Junior “A” scoring
leader (45G, 50A) and MVP was taken first
overall by the Langley Thunder on February
10th at the Firefighters Club in Burnaby. The
draft consisted of the seven WLA teams taking
they’re picks from the 2008 graduating class of
the BC Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League. In total, 67
players were selected in 11 rounds.
A total of twelve teams competed
in the 3-day event with five Junior
Charles Best Sr. lacrosse team were
teams including Claremont High
champions at the 2008 Claremont
School (2 teams), St. Francis Xavier
Shootout High School lacrosse
(Edmonton), Mercer Island (Seattle)
tournament
and Charles Best (Coquitlam); Seven
Senior teams included Claremont,
The Senior final had Charles Best outlast
St. Francis Xavier, Charles Best, New WestNew
Westminster 11-10 in another great game
minster, Mercer Island (Seattle), Pinetree and
that
went
into double overtime. Robert Church
Vancouver College.
led Best with 4 goals and received MVP tourIn the Junior semi-finals Claremont (red)
nament honours for the Blue Devils.
beat St. Francis Xavier by a goal and ClareThe Claremont Spartan Lacrosse Academy
mont (white) beat Charles Best by 4. In the
has
increased its number to 61 student athletes
Senior semi-finals, New Westminster beat
and
will be well represented at the 2009 High
Mercer Island in a wild overtime game while
School
field lacrosse tournament sending three
Best bettered Claremont 9-7 in another hard
squads.
fought battle.
In the highly unlikely Junior final game, the
split squads of both Claremont teams battled
for the tournament title. Claremont (red) beat
Claremont (white) in a very surprising matchup
which was not predicted. Derek Lecky of Claremont was named tourney MVP.
Claremont coaching staff of Darren Reisig,
Chris McKay and Brian Spaven will also be
competing against high school teams in the
Portland area April 3-5 and exposing a top 20
group to a team camp program in Denver later
in June.
Whether Gajic ever suits up for Langley is
the big question. The most coveted player coming into the draft, he has two older brothers,
Ilija and Nenad, playing for the New Westminster Salmonbellies and rumors were flying that
Alex wouldn’t play anywhere else. The league
states that the only way Alex can end up in a
red jersey is if he sits out for two years and becomes a free-agent, or if Langley makes a deal.
New West had the second overall pick and
went with the 2008 Top Graduating Player,
Curtis Manning (10G, 10A), captain of the
baby ‘Bellies. Manning, one of the best defenders and transition players in Junior “A” last
year is finishing up his senior year with the
SFU Clansmen. He was also drafted by the
Calgary Roughnecks of the NLL last September.
Maple Ridge held the third overall pick and
chose Port Moody native Jarrett Davis who
finished second in Jr. Adanac scoring last
season (25G, 49A). A phenomenal lacrosse
Christmas wish from a
helping hand
Sometimes just wearing the right apparel can
put a person in the right place at the right time.
That’s what happened to lacrosse friend and
medical mentor Dr. Don Hedges.
Hedges, who is the current president of the
Coquitlam Adanacs lacrosse club, has carried
on a medical practice in New Westminster
since 1990.
On top of that, Hedges has generously given of
his time helping various local athletic clubs, as
the team doctor for the Vancouver Whitecaps,
the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club and the New
Westminster high school football team to name
a few. He also finds time to mentor pre-med
students, while teaching advanced kinesiology
at Simon Fraser University.
During the world under-19 field lacrosse championships in Coquitlam last July, Hedges did a
favour for a friend and made time to see Tom
Hayes, the chair of the International Lacrosse
Federation development committee, who had
fallen ill during the tournament.
Instead of wearing a Team Canada top, or an
Adanacs’ shirt, or even the colours of his alma
mater, the University of Illinois, to the checkup,
Hedges chose to wear a golf shirt from Costa
Rica, where he has wintered for the last decade.
Hedge’s choice of clothing proved serendipitous.
Hayes noticed the shirt and asked Hedges
about his knowledge of the Central American
country.
“I always travel with a different group. I’ve
taken several pre-med students, some of them
more than once,…I’ve made it a point to serve
as a mentor for qualified pre-med students who
I meet when I teach kinesiology 241 at SFU,”
Hedges said.
Hayes went on to explain how the ILF was
supporting a Costa Rican effort to start up a
national field lacrosse team. That was all the
prompting Hedges needed.
Hayes put him in touch
with Walter Rojas of the
Costa Rican team, and
Hedges got to work.
He donated some sticks,
balls and other equipment. Dan Richardson
of the New Westminster
Salmonbellies and Bill
Hicks of the Maple Ridge
Burrards also helped out.
Joel Dalgarno of the Maple Ridge Burrards and Ohio
Jeff Gombar of the BC
State Buckeyes offers instruction to a Costa Rican
Lacrosse Association and
lacrosse player.
others chipped in as well.
The donations moved
“It was strange how it came about and a super
Rojas. “We were overwhelmed by your generous donations,” Rojas wrote back. “Right now, chance to get involved,” Manning said, adding
when it seems nobody is eager to help anyone
Hedges is unprecedented in his generosity to
else, you are like a ray of hope for us….Today,
sports.
I can firmly say that the best about lacrosse is
Alexander said it even better: “Ever since
the community of players around it.”
I’ve
been connected with him (Hedges), he has
Hedges took seven lacrosse players with him
always thrown this in, or thrown that in….It’s
on the Christmas holiday junket, including
Burnaby junior grad Brad Richardson, Ohio
pretty inspiring. It kind of makes you re-evaluState scholar athlete Joel Dalgarno and fourthate what you’re connected with.”
year SFU Kinesiology student and former New In fact, for Alexander, watching how Hedges
Westminster junior A captain Curtis Manning.
makes a difference in the lives of those around
Burnaby junior trainer Scott Alexander was
him is understanding how everyone can make a
also one of the group members.
similar impact.
The group arrived in Costa Rica on December
“I’m sure it will be a challenging road to follow
20 returning home on January 5.
but it’s been very eye-opening,” Alexander
The plan was to set aside a day during the
group’s stay to travel to San Jose, the capital of added. “That’s not all there is in it. It’s not just
about pay cheques.”
Costa Rica, where they put on a lacrosse clinic
for the medical staff and players of the Latin
For Hedges, it’s never been the money. It
American country.
started at Kerrisdale Arena in 1973 when he
“It was fun and good for their players, about
witnessed his first game of baggataway.
whom Walter says, ‘Our skills mastery is em“I had never heard of the game before I came
pirical,’” Hedges added.
to Canada, and I don’t pretend to understand
As the son of a poor, working-class family
its effects on those who’ve had the courage and
growing up in Danville, Illinois, Hedges has
good fortune to play it, but I see those effects
unselfishly made the very best of his talents,
in the athletes and I am inspired by them,”
and it shows in those he now mentors.
Hedges added.
Photo: Don Hedges
By: Tom Berridge, Burnaby NOW sports editor
Photo: E Truant
Gajic Goes Number 1 in WLA
Entry Draft
Photo: Tim Scharnberg
Claremont Spartans Fall
Shootout
Curtis Manning was the second
overall selection at the WLA draft
talent, Davis scored
countless goals in the
clutch last year. He’ll
join his brother Aaron
in the Ridge, along
with a handful of other
young offensive threats
that were picked last
season. Davis spends
his winter playing
NCAA Lacrosse with
Bellarmine University in Kentucky.
Langley owned the first round. In addition to
the first pick, they also held the fourth and fifth
overall picks. Adding to their lineup of young
offensive talent they chose Salmonbellie teammates Kyle Belton (31G, 29A) and Alex Turner
(23G, 40A) respectively. One lefty, one righty,
they will complement each other nicely in
Langely. Turner is one of the highest ever picks
from the Interior of BC. The Kamloops native
has already suited up for the San Jose Stealth in
the NLL.
Sixth spot belonged to the Coquitlam Adanacs
and they chose Cory Conway (9G, 29A) from
the Jr. Shamrocks. Conway is a regular in the
line-up of the Portland Lumberjax and is a top
20 scorer in the NLL.
The Nanaimo Timbermen closed out the first
round by selecting 2008 Jr. Shamrock leading
scorer and Captain Cayle Ratcliff (34G, 34A).
Ratcliff practices with the Calgary Roughnecks
in the NLL.
Langley and Nanaimo were the big winners
on draft night. The Thunder had 5 picks in
the first 2 rounds, while Nanaimo had 4. The
Timbermen grabbed the first goaltender at 14th
overall, Matt Flindell (88.29% save average,
4.91 GAA), who was Goaltender of the Year
playing in Victoria.
Every Junior “A” team was represented with
Burnaby leading the pack with 12 drafted players. Coquitlam, New West and Nanaimo each
had 10, Victoria and Poco 6, Surrey 3, Delta 2,
and the Junior “B” league had 8 players drafted
this season. Congratulations to all the players
drafted in 2009, and good luck in the WLA!
In Memoriam
Charles “Chuck” Morphett, who played in
the Mann Cup championships just 26 days after
his 17th birthday, passed away in late January.
Born in Vancouver on September 13, 1918,
Chuck joined brother Bill in the Ricbmond
Farmers’ lineup in 1935, the year the squad fell
to Orillia in the Canadian finals. After toiling
with the Vancouver Burrards between 1937 and
1941, Chuck spent the next four years serving
in the Armed Forces, rejoining the Burrards
at the end of the 1945 campaign. He ended
his playing career with the Indians in 1947.
In his 193-game boxla life, Chuck registered
262 points on 167 goals and 95 assists. He was
predeceased by his older brother Bill, a Charter
member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of
Fame.
March 2009
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Coach’s Corner
By: Bill McBain
The BCLCA with the support of the BCLA
are into another busy season of coach training.
This season marks the start of the Pre-course
Online Coaching Certification program. The
Canadian Lacrosse Association Coaching Chair
is blessed with the support of the BCLA Executive Director Rochelle Winterton and staff.
After the reluctance of the CLA MA/AMA’s
to endorse the new program at the 2008 CLA
AGM, the program may have possibly been
tabled. Once returning to BC, the question was
raised -- do we need the program and if so,
what do we do to make it work for the BCLCA
coaches?
The BCLA Technical Director, Darcy
Rhodes, is very excited about the potential
of the online program applauding the CLA
and BCLA for moving forward with online
coaching certification. This will be the norm in
future years for all sports while lacrosse takes
a front seat with this technology. The BCLA
grasped the program and moved forward with
the BCLCA and coaches entering the program
into the trial stage.
Associations, clubs or individual coaches
simply fill out the BCLA Form 200 (Clinic Application Form) and forward it with the training
(clinic) fee to the BCLA office. The BCLA
office returns a “Password” for each applicant
in either the Community Development or Competitive Introduction stream in box lacrosse,
men’s and women’s field lacrosse.
The online program is multi-dimensional,
allowing not only coaches to access the preclinic material, sign up for clinics and complete
their workbooks, but also permitting learning
facilitators to log-on and access the clinics they
have facilitated and check off the coaches that
have passed.
The coach goes online and follows the
system through from introduction to completion of the applicable workbook at the end of
the season. The question banks are supported
online with portions of the coaching manual
which addresses the applicable subject matter.
Wrong responses require the coach to return to
the online material to find the correct answer
prior to moving to the next question or page.
Once the program sees that the question banks
have been successfully completed the coach
can click on to the training/clinic schedule and
apply to attend a selected session. This request
is forwarded to the BCLA Technical Director
who places the coach into the applicable session. This information shows up in the coach’s
profile and allows the coach to complete the
online workbook on his/her own pace prior to
the next playing season. The completed workbook is electronically sent to the CLA office,
marked, and if successful, again automatically
sent to the NCCP data base and be reflected in
the coach’s passport.
No more chasing clinic fees or workbooks,
no more follow-up paper work. Associations,
clubs, BCLA office, BCLCA and coaches will
have a one stop shop for checking on the progress for all coaches in the program.
The program also contains such resources as:
a drill manual, seasonal planner, practice planner, guides for ethics and support to athletes in
training and coaching DVD’s.
The program, complete with the exception
of the training material, is also available to any
coach in Canada. You simply click on to the
CLA website, click Coaches, click Coaching
Online Program read about it and sign up for
the applicable fee. This gives you all the professional support listed above without the question
banks and work book. Good luck to all who
experience this new coaching technology.
Lacrosse Coach Awarded for Efforts
By: Molly McNulty, Terrace Standard
For the second time, Terry Monture has been
awarded lacrosse coach of the year for Zone 7
in the province.
Monture was nominated during the coaches
special session in early fall and the first time he
was awarded the coach of the year was back in
2006.
Shelley Anderson, president of the Terrace
division of BC Lacrosse, says that in his short
time as a lacrosse coach, he brought the Zone
7 team in Terrace three golds and two silvers at
provincials.
“He’s done very well for sure...He’s always
constantly striving to improve himself and
his coaching abilities to inspire kids to new
heights,” says Anderson.
The award was presented to Monture at the
Terrace Minor Lacrosse year end banquet ceremony held on November 23.
“He was surprised,” says Anderson. “Wasn’t
expecting it, it was nice to catch him unaware.”
Monture has been coaching lacrosse since
the local league began about five years ago
but he has been a coach of many other sports
for more than 25 years, listing off basketball,
hockey and soccer as sports he loves as well as
coached.
“He’s done very well for sure...He’s
always constantly striving to improve
himself and his coaching abilities to
inspire kids to new heights”
Monture believes he was awarded because
of all the time and effort he puts into lacrosse.
“I helped BC Lacrosse do clinics in
Hazelton...helped with a clinic they did in Terrace as well,” says Monture.
Monture is not alone - he has assistance from
Shane Anderson and Steve Buick, who has
been his assistant coach for the past two years.
“It’s important to have good people around
you, I hadn’t been around it [lacrosse] for 35
years, just played it as a kid,” says Monture.
“I knew how to play it, how to teach the skill
level.”
Monture says that Buick has been playing lacrosse for 35 years and that it definitely makes
it easier when you get a guy and lacrosse is his
thing.
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As for the next season Monture says that the
2009 Midget B lacrosse will be the best team
he’s ever had.
“It should be the best year, this group is
going to be spectacular,” says Monture. “This
year everyone that’s playing has minimal two
years experience.”
And with an average of only five to six
games a year before provincials, players with
experience will really help the team succeed.
Monture says that the difference at provincials is that the teams they are up against have
played 40 games in the season. With very few
teams in the area, the Terrace team has to travel
to Prince George for games and to Kitimat to
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LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
March 2009
Page 7
PEPSI BCLA 2009 Youth Field Provincial Results
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
The PEPSI BCLA Field Lacrosse Provincial Championships took place February 19-22 at the Mission
Sports Park. Twenty-six teams from Vancouver
Photo: Paul Yates
peted for youth field lacrosse supremacy in the
Under 16 and Under 19 age groups.
U19-Junior Tier 1 Gold - New Westminster Warlocks
The U19 Tier 1 Warrior Fairplay Awards were: Curtis
Sim (Adanacs), Carlton Schuss (Delta), Jesse Darby (New
West), Kyle Sawyer (Pacific Rim) and Brock Whitely (Port
Coquitlam). U19 Tier 2 Warrior Fairplay Awards were:
Jesse Silk (Mission), Kaymen Petersen (North Island), Josh
Kaiser (South Fraser), Andrew Davies (Valley Attack) and Blair
Pinnock (Victoria). U16 Tier 1 Warrior Fairplay Awards were:
Cory Cop (Adanacs), Chris Case (Kamloops), Alex Margetson (Langley), Spencer England (New West), Calvin Decker
(Oceanside), Tom Arsenault (Pacific Rim), Brenda Bloom
(Ridge Meadows) and Dan Rose (South Fraser). U16 Tier 2
Warrior Fairplay Awards were: Dallas Roy (Adanacs), Tyler
Moleschi (Delta), Zac Jones (Langley), Cole Zambon (Nanaimo), Luke Darby (New West), Carson Schmitz (Richmond),
Clayton Finley (South Fraser) and Evan Bates (Victoria).
The Warrior Fair Play Coaches were: U19 Tier 1 Fair
Play Coach: Tony Delmonico (Adanacs); U19 Tier 2 Fair Play
Coach: Brent Boutilier (Mission); U16 Tier 1 Fair Play Coach:
John Wall (Oceanside); and U16 Tier 2 Fair Play Coach: Aaron
Wildgrove (South Fraser). The Warrior Fair Play Official was
Ed Moffat. The SUBWAY® Team Sportsmanship award
went to the Under 16 Tier 2 Adanacs coached by Scott Hansson,
Ryan Boivin and Matt Wilson.
U16-Midget Tier 1 Gold - Ridge Meadows Rams
Photo: Paul Yates
U16-Midget Tier 2 Gold - Victoria Field Lacrosse
Photo: Veronica Roby
The Warrior Sports Canada Most Valuable Player award
selections were: Under 19 Tier 1 - Blake Duncan (New Westminster); Under 19 Tier 2 – Joel Mitt (Mission); Under 16 Tier
1 – Brett Austin (Adanacs); and Under 16 Tier 2 – Chas Bevan
(Victoria). The SUBWAY® Team Sportsmanship award went
to the Under 16 Tier 2 Adanacs.
Photo: Sandra Comeault
Bronze medal game scores were: Under 19 Tier 1 – Pacific
Rim 11-10 over Delta Footmen; Under 19 Tier 2 – North Island
9-7 over Victoria; Under 16 Tier 1 – Pacific Rim (Victoria) 11-7
over New Westminster; and Under 16 Tier 2 – Delta Footmen
over New Westminster 9-4.
U19-Junior Tier 2 Gold - Mission Mud Dawgs
U14-Bantam Tier 1 Gold - Adanacs
Photo: Paul Yates
New Westminster held off a talented Adanacs squad 11-8
in the Under 19 Tier 1 gold medal match after a 6-6 deadlock in round robin play. The Under 19 Tier 2 title went to
the Mission Mud Dawgs after a miraculous come-from-behind 8-7 victory. Mission came back after a six goal deficit
to beat Valley Attack (Abbotsford). In the Under 16 age
group, the Tier 1 Ridge Meadows team beat a tough Adanacs side 10-8 while the Under 16 Tier 2 Victoria club hit gold
beating the previously unbeaten Adanacs 7-6.
Photo: Paul Yates
Island, the Lower Mainland and the Interior com-
U14-Bantam Tier 2 Gold - Nanaimo Raiders
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. Thirty teams from
Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Interior and Prince George competed for youth field
lacrosse supremacy in the Under 12 and Under 14
age groups.
The Adanacs held off a talented Pacific Rim (Victoria)
squad 10-6 in the Under 14 Tier 1 gold medal match after
a 2-2 draw in round robin play. The Under 14 Tier 2 title
went to the Nanaimo Raiders in an all-Island final. The
Raiders out-paced the Mid-Island team 13-10 in the win. In
the Under 12 age group, the Tier 1 New Westminster team
beat a tough Port Coquitlam side 8-6 while the Under 12
Tier 2 Ridge Meadows club hit gold beating Valley 8-5.
Bronze medal game scores were: Under 14 Tier 1 – Victoria
10-9 over New Westminster; Under 14 Tier 2 – Burnaby 7-6
over Adanacs; Under 12 Tier 1 – Pacific Rim (Victoria) 7-4 over
Adanacs; and Under 12 Tier 2 – Kamloops over Nanaimo 7-6.
The Warrior Sports Canada Most Valuable Player award
selections were: Under 14 Tier 1 – Brendan Zoehner (Adanacs);
Under 14 Tier 2 – Matt Shannik (Burnaby); Under 12 Tier 1
– Marcus Davis (Pacific Rim); and Under 12 Tier 2 – Jeremy
Bosher (Kamloops). The SUBWAY® Team Sportsmanship
award went to the Under 14 Tier 2 Prince George team.
Photo: Jim Gresham
pionships took place February 26 – March 1 at the
Photo: Paul Yates
The PEPSI BCLA Field Lacrosse Provincial Cham-
U12-Pee Wee Tier 1 Gold - New Westminster Warlocks
U12-Pee Wee Tier 2 Gold - Ridge Meadows Rams
The U14 Tier 1 Warrior Fairplay Awards were: Kyle
Anderson (Adanacs), Ryan Vogrig (Burnaby), Reece Callies
(Langley), Jason Delgrosso (New West), Braden Barr (North
Okanagan), Colin Bashford (Pac Rim), Michael Messenger
(South Fraser) and Max Byng (Victoria). U14 Tier 2 Warrior
Fairplay Awards were: Conner Stroup (Adanacs), Dawson
Campbell (Burnaby), Sean LeFebvre (Mid Island), Scott Bauer
(Nanaimo), Jake Bourel (New West), Domenico Sia (Prince
George), Riley Lo (Richmond) and Tysen Stoddart (South
Fraser). U12 Tier 1 Warrior Fairplay Awards were: Michael
Lucarino (Adanacs #1), Rielly Bietenbeck (Langley), Hayden
Goss (New West), Nick Preston (Pacific Rim), Sam Shiel (Port
Coquitlam), and Bradyn Rosset (Victoria). U12 Tier 2 Warrior
Fairplay Awards were: Simone Fortier (Kamloops), Gabby
Jensen (Mission), Curtis Novak (Nanaimo), Iain Varley (New
West), Griffin Whyley (North Island), Mitchell Kinna (Ridge
Meadows), Riley McLaughlin (South Fraser#2) and Braeden
Lundy (Valley).
Warrior Fair Play Coaches were: U14 Tier 1 Brad Hara
(Burnaby); U-14 Tier 2 Scott Stroup (Adanacs); U12 Tier 1 Jason Kump (Langley); and U12 Tier 2 Alex Lohr (Mission). The
Warrior Fair Play Official was Ted Baranyai. The SUBWAY®
Team Sportsmanship award went to the Under 14 Tier 2
Prince George team coached by Bill Barwise and Karl Peet.
Thank you to all the sponsors, partners and volunteers that
made it all happen! Sponsor thanks to: PEPSI Bottling Group,
Warrior Sports Canada, SUBWAY, STA and Wilson International Products. Thanks to the many volunteers: Brent and Jane
Boutiler, Dirk and Tricia Rachfall, Doug Simons, Barb Calve,
Beth McLucas, Tom Stiles, Mike Crondahl, Alex and Laurie
Lohr, Neil Derksen, Peter Knight, Joel Mitt, Phyllis Faubert,
Leah Newcombe, Brenda Bromley, Brad Hara, Nancy Zoehner,
Jody Weatherby, Gil Lowe (officials), Adam Smith (coaches),
Les Smith, Paul Winterton, and all first aid attendants. Our
apologies if we missed you -- our volunteers make these events
the best for our athletes. We applaud you for your work! Thank
you for your commitment to lacrosse.
March 2009
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
Page 8
Lacrosse Ambassadors Taking Sport to Africa
By: Kevin Rothbauer, The Citizen
(Kevin Rothbauer, Cowichan Citizen)
The goodwill of the Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association is about to spread to Africa.
Lissa and Kane Punnett pose before heading to Africa
Two representatives of the CVLA: founding
executive member Lissa Punnett and her son,
intermediate player Kane Punnett, headed to
South Africa to volunteer with the Keiskamma
AIDS Treatment Program in the village of
Hamburg. The Punnetts will be teaching the
sport of lacrosse to children and teenagers in
the community, as well as helping with an
organic garden at the facility.
As part of the CVLA’s efforts to support the
program, a fundraiser held at the end of January, featured a dance and silent auction at the
Moose Lodge.
Lissa Punnett’s sister was working at the
facility and informed her of the need for activities for the youth in the community, many of
whom have been orphaned because of AIDS.
“There are lots of kids there with no parents,” she said. “You have teenagers raising
three or four of their siblings.”
Because the community is lacking in terms
of opportunities for physical activity, Punnett
decided to try teaching Canada’s national
summer sport as part of an after-school program. The British Columbia Lacrosse Association got on board with the CVLA, providing
sticks, balls and duffel bags for the program.
In addition to taking lacrosse to the small
African community, the Punnetts also plan to
contribute to the AIDS Treatment Program by
helping with an organic garden.
“We wanted to do something that is longlasting,” said Lissa. “We asked them where
would be a good place for money to go, and
they said that food is a huge issue, so we
thought we could contribute that way.”
The Punnetts placed orders for seeds
and gardening equipment requested by the
program, and will deliver the items at the
same time they go to teach lacrosse. Through
business donations and the Jan. 31 fundraiser,
Lissa hoped to raise $5,000, all of which will
go towards the organic garden.
Paul Parnell Considers Himself a Lucky Man
Paul Parnell considers himself
a lucky man.
The game of lacrosse gave the Peterborough, Ont.-born athlete a home in the Royal
City, a wife and family, a career in the fire
department and a storied 15 years as one of
the greatest New Westminster players of all
time.
“Lacrosse has been good to me,” said the
70-year-old Parnell. “I guess I got my job because I played lacrosse. I wound up as the fire
chief, and that was an honour.”
But the honour of watching the 5-9 lefthander night-in and night-out plying the
hardwood floor at Queen’s Park Arena was the
Royal City’s alone.
For two decades, Parnell starred first with
Cliff Sepka on the then-named New Westminster O’Keefes and later with Wayne Goss on
the Salmonbellies.
Parnell was named an all-star 14 times in
his career, including eight first-team honours.
He helped New Westminster win five Mann
Cups, earning MVP honours in the Canadian
senior A championships in 1970 and ‘72.
Parnell was also the Western Lacrosse Association MVP in 1965 and playoff MVP and
coach of the year in 1972 when he did double
duty as the ‘Bellies player/coach.
In 16 WLA seasons with Victoria and New
West, Parnell garnered a total of 921 goals, a
record that still stands today.
His lifetime league 112 hat tricks and 73
three-goal games are also unmatched WLA
records. Parnell shares the lifetime Mann Cup
record of nine hat tricks with greats Jack Bionda and Kevin Alexander.
But perhaps the record that stands Parnell
apart from the rest is his record of 195 consecutive games played from June 29, 1961 to
Sept. 24, 1965.
In 1972, torn ankle ligaments and a badly
swollen eye didn’t stop Parnell from leading
the Salmonbellies over Brantford in a fourgame sweep.
One season, a wily doctor decided to put
Parnell’s sprained ankle in a cast as the only
way to keep him off the floor. “He knew I’d
play otherwise,” quipped Parnell.
But, at 37 years of age, Parnell finally
retired after back troubles set in.
Parnell went on to become fire chief in
the New Westminster fire department.
It was a far cry from the days in Peterborough when Parnell was still working
on his game.
Back in Peterborough, a young Parnell
would wander down to the end of the
street and fire balls repeatedly at a target
on the back wall of a hardware store.
(Larry Wright, The Record)
By: Tom Berridge, The Record
He got so good he could hit that target
eight times out of 10 and the storeowner
never once yelled at him to stop, when
the clatter of pots and pans hanging on
the inside walls told him Parnell was out
back again practicing.
“I think he was trying to encourage
me. He never said anything,” joked
Parnell.
Depite his steadily improving shot,
Parnell still regarded himself as a “ball
ragger.”
It was not until 1961, when the Salmonbellies paid a so-called king’s ransom of $200 to
Victoria for Parnell’s rights, that he felt he had
come into his own.
“62 is when I started to reach my potential
as a goal scorer,” he said. “I scored more, I
had a heavy shot, and I started to pick the corners. The coach put me on the odd-man, and
on the odd-man, you get lots of goals.”
In fact, he potted 108 of them, as well as
272 assists, over his league and playoff career.
But the highlights of Parnell’s career are not
what some might expect.
He remembers his first Mann Cup in 1957
when he was 19 years old and called up by
Peterborough.
It was the series that never was when the
team was disqualified for their refusal to not
play without a player the Canadian Lacrosse
Association deemed ineligible.
Their hotel and return flight were revoked,
and the Easterners had to cobble together
enough money on their own to take the train
back home.
In 1969, Parnell joined New West in his old
hometown but lost the Mann Cup in seven
Ex-Salmonbellies superstar Paul Parnell will be inducted into the BC
Sports Hall of Fame at May 2009 ceremony
15 years as one of the greatest New Westminster players of all time.
“Lacrosse has been good to me, I guess I got my job because I played
lacrosse. I wound up as the fire chief, and that was an honour.”
games in a series the Salmonbellies should
have won.
“In 1970 back in New Westminster, we
played Peterborough and won in four straight
and I won my first Mike Kelly award,” Parnell
said.
Parnell grew up in the age of the wooden
stick, no helmets and home-made fibre board
for protection.
“When we played, our defence could score
too. There was no 30-second clock and you
had time to work one-on-one to get a shot
away. But both games have their good points.
But I think our game was the best because we
used wooden sticks and you had to work them
in, and no one wore face masks,” Parnell said.
He also played intermediate football, considered a step below, and he played junior B
hockey as well.
“And I’m still playing hockey,” Parnell
said. “I’m not playing masters’ lacrosse
because I can’t run anymore. Otherwise, I’d
probably still be playing that, too.”
Parnell is a charter member of the Canadian
Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough
and District hall.
He will be joining Goss in the BC Sports
Hall of Fame when the 41st annual induction
ceremony takes place at the newly opened
Vancouver Convention Centre expansion,
May 13.
“I would like to see Cliff Sepka in the hall.
I gelled with Wayne Goss, too, when he came
on. You basically just know what they’re going to do. You have to know the game to do
that,” he said.
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
March 2009
Page 9
Third Years a Charm
On Sunday February 8, 2009, the Wilson Center in Port
Coquitlam was the stage for the Third Annual Free Agent
Midget Draft for the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. This was
the second year the event was hosted in Poco, and with each
year the draft is getting better and better- just like the eligible
players.
The first pick of the 2009 Midget Draft went to the Langley
Thunder who chose Reegan Comeault from the Ridge Meadows Association. According to notes, Comeault has a great
outside shot, likes to distribute the ball well, and is great off
ball picks. Langley head coach Jamie Scott feels these skills
will bring more depth to the intermediate program.
“He’s a dominant player and a quarterback we were looking
for to help us facilitate that role on the Intermediate A team
and progress into Jr A. We wanted someone with enthusiasm
and heart to provide an extra push for the senior players on our
team. Overall we are very very happy with our picks.”
Second overall, the Coquitlam Adanacs picked Eddy Patron from Port Moody. Patron is attributed to have a creative
edge, is a dedicated player, and likes to get inside the play.
“When I’m on the floor I like to get open and find space,”
said Patron, “I’m pumped the Adanacs chose me and I can’t
wait to play at a senior level with competition. I want to bring
my offensive skills to the team and take it from there.”
For the third pick, the Delta Islanders chose Brandon Rouse
from the Langley Association.
“Rouse is an all around great player with a defensive mind,
which will work well with our organization,” said Delta Governor Jim Canil.
Fourth pick went to the hosts of the draft- the Poco Saints,
and they took right handed forward Matt Delmonico from
Port Moody. Matt is excited to have the current Saints players
help him advance his skills.
“They have great ‘D’ with a lot of returning players this
year; I’m really looking forward to everything about moving
up to the next level.”
Nanaimo picked fifth on the afternoon, and decided on Tyler
Berkholtz from the Penticton Association. Timbermen head
coach Tyson Leies said the reports out of the Interior
this year were very good, and had a big factor in their
first round choice.
“Traditionally players from the Okanagan and the
Interior were picked in later rounds due to travel issues and commitments, but their caliber of play up
there is awesome. We wanted to build up our size
and skill and at the same time bring someone in with
a good attitude- Tyler will help us with that, we are
extremely pleased with the pick.”
Sixth overall pick went to the Salmonbellies, who
chose Dylan Quinn from Ridge Meadows to add to
their transition play and provide defensive depth.
The Victoria Shamrocks had the seventh pick of the
first round, and brought in Kurtis Green from the
Saanich Association. Green likes to play the perimeter,
and won a silver medal for box lacrosse at the 2008
Summer Games in Kelowna. Green’s teammate at the
Summer Games- Ethan Garland was chosen eleventh
overall (2nd round) by the Nanaimo Timbermen.
Final pick of the opening round went to the Timbermen who took Quinn Smith from Kamloops.
Aside from the pick shuffling, the only bit of action
came in the third round when Nanaimo traded their
pick to New Westminster in exchange for Trevor
Gains and a second round pick in 2010; subsequently,
the ‘Bellies picked Brandon Bull from Langley. In the
Ridge Meadows Midget Reegan Comeault was chofourth round New West picked Eric Ambercrombie
sen first overall in the 2009 BCJALL Midget draft
from Ridge Meadows and was immediately challenged by a couple of teams. The ‘Bellies insist the
player wasn’t on the draft list because of injury, and the matter
will be discussed at the next Governors meeting.
A big thank you to the hosts Poco Saints,
The Burnaby Lakers didn’t part take in any draft action until
Brad Challoner for broadcasting the draft
the sixth round when they chose Jesse Harrington 45th overall, who is said to be a fast player who is strong on the outside.
on the JuniorA website, all teams and perAll in all the draft went forward with seventeen rounds, and
111 picks all together with Port Coquitlam making the last
sonnel involved, and CONGRATULATIONS
selection. Reegan Comeault becomes the first number one
to all 111 players who were drafted!
draft pick in its three year history to be a forward (2007 #1
pick- goalie Devon Winters to the Surrey Stickmen, and 2008
#1 pick- goalie Ben Harris to the Burnaby Lakers)
Photo: Reynold Comeault
By: Jen Mutas
March 2009
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
Page 10
Lacrosse at Perry’s
Prospect Super Camp
The BC Lacrosse Association
(BCLA) participated in the 2nd
Perry's Prospects Super Camp
Saturday January 10 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The event
provided the BCLA the opportunity to introduce lacrosse to
children who were CTV contest
winners and others who may not
have otherwise been inclined or
able to play the sport.
scooping, cradling, passing, catching and shooting. After the skills
were introduced, relay races and
the BCLA the oppor- games completed each session.
CTV Sportscaster, Perry Solkowstunity to introduce ki, visited the BC Lacrosse station
lacrosse to children a few times, with live TV cutaways for the TV broadcast.
The event provided
who were CTV
Assisting Darcy Rhodes
(BCLA Technical Director) with
contest winners and instruction were current and past
Six other sports participated
others who may not Western Lacrosse Association
players Kyle McEwen, Ryan
in the annual event; Basketball,
McEwen and Steve Hay. Ironihave
otherwise
been
Gymnastics, Sport Fit, Soccer,
cally, Ryan and Kyle were poster
Badminton and Run/Jump/Throw.
inclined or able to
boys for the 2007 BCLA poster
The children ranged from 9-12
and Steve Hay was on the 2008
years of age and were split into
play the sport.
poster adding for a busy autodifferent groups identified as
graph session.
Vancouver professional sports
teams and all were given different
“The energy of the children throughout the
coloured t-shirts to keep. Each group consisted
day was incredible,” said Rhodes. “Every kid
of 35-40 participants and spent 24 minutes at
wanted to learn how to play lacrosse and had a
each session.
lot of fun.”
All 300 kids were split into groups had the
The BCLA set up a display at the event and
opportunity to participate in seven different
drew plenty of interest from the parents viewsports stations to have some fun, learn some
ing the Super Camp.
new skills and perhaps try out a sport they’ve
During the event, each child received
a nutritious lunch served by McDonald's.
never tried before.
Following the event, the children and their
CTV covered the event during the Sunday
parents/guardians are invited to ice skate on the
afternoon NFL Football games and cut in durRichmond Olympic Oval ice surface and all
ing the games for live Super Camp updates.
participating kids took home a goodie bag full
Full coverage of the day’s events aired on the
of surprises! The BCLA also conducted a draw
evening CTV news later that day.
for a Warrior Lacrosse stick to one of the lucky
“The co-ordination of the camp was perfect
participants.
with all stations located in the middle of the
Perry Prospect Super Camp was organized
Olympic Speed-Skating Oval,” stated Rhodes.
by
CTV in partnership with KidSport and par“The facilities were incredible.”
tially brought to you by the Richmond Olympic
At the lacrosse station, participants were
Oval, KidSport, McDonald's and Nike Canada.
taught basic skills of Inter-crosse; trapping,
Photo: Pete Cline
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
BCLA Technical Director Darcy Rhodes hands out a Warrior lacrosse
stick to a lucky camp participant
Dickson
No Longer a Saint
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
The New Westminster Junior Salmonbellies
have been busy in the off-season bolstering
their roster for the 2009 campaign. One of the
most desirable BC Junior A Lacrosse League
free agents in recent memory will now be
wearing the red, blue and white of the Royal
City.
BCJALL All-star Curtis Dickson of Port
Coquitlam will don the ‘Bellies jersey this
year. Dickson, a product of the Port Coquitlam
minor system spent three seasons with the Jr. A
Saints prior to sitting out the 2008 campaign.
As a Saint, Dickson played 53 regular season
games netting 80 goals and 83 assists for 163
points. His nearly 2-point per game average
was tops for the Saints as he lead the team in
scoring in 2005, 2006 and was sixth in 2007
only playing 12 games due to field lacrosse
commitments at Delaware.
In the 2007 regular season he potted 12 goals
and 24 assists in 12 games for PoCo averaging
3 points per game. He had 10 goals and eight
helpers in five playoff games that year. Dickson with his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, will
be a nice addition to the transition-style baby
‘Bellies.
“Being able to sign one of the premiere
Junior players in Canada is a reflection of our
organization and shows that he [Dickson]
has the confidence that we are committed to
winning and putting the best possible team on
the floor every night,” mentioned ‘Bellies Governor Walt Weaver.
Dickson will join the ’Bellies after his
NCAA field lacrosse season with the University of Delaware Blue Hens. Last season with
the UD, Dickson adapted to the college field
game well after recovering from injuries to become one of the team’s most reliable offensive
forces netting 21 goals and 7 assists on 54 shots
in 15 games. As a freshman, he helped lead the
Hens to the Colonial Athletic Association title
and a spot at the NCAA Final Four tournament.
He was also a nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the top men’s player in the NCAA. So
far in the 2009 campaign, Dickson has 11 goals
in three games leading the Hens team scoring.
Dickson is arguably one of the top Canadian
talents playing D1 NCAA college field lacrosse
south of the border. His box lacrosse skill and
field lacrosse endurance will bring a superior
skill set to the table as the ‘Bellies vie for the
BCJALL title, albeit for half a season and
playoffs.
“Curtis is an elite lacrosse athlete with the
ability to get the key goals in close games,”
explained Weaver. “We feel we have a strong
team with a good mix of core players that
should keep us near the top of the league
through the early part of the season and when
Curtis returns from school he will provide us
added leadership.”
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
March 2009
Page 11
No. 3 Simon Fraser Midseason Report
By: William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media
Relations
In their fifth season under Co-Head Coaches
Jeff Cathrea & Brent Hoskins the, 2008 PNCLL
Champion, Simon Fraser University men’s
lacrosse team has reached the mid-point of their
12-game regular season schedule posting a
PNCLL conference record of 4-0 and an overall
record of 6-0.
A consistent Top 10 national contender from
1997-2003, No. 3 marks the highest that Simon
Fraser has been ranked since May 2000 when
the Clan were ranked No. 3 heading into the
USLIA National Championships. Last season,
SFU re-emerged to national prominence climbing from No. 24 to No. 5 before losing 9-8 to
then No. 4 Brigham Young University in the
MCLA Quarterfinals. Simon Fraser has ranked
in the Top 25 since the inception of the MCLA
National Championship format in 1997.
The Clan has outscored their opponents
111-37 in 2009. The six opponents that Simon
Fraser has faced this season have combined to
post a 12-15 (.444) record. SFU is 2-0 versus
opponents ranked in the MCLA’s Div. I Top
25. Undefeated at home in 2009 (4-0), the Clan
have extended their home winning streak to 13
games dating back to April 1, 2006.
Cathrea & Hoskins continue to build one
of the most talented rosters in the MCLA.
Simon Fraser’s 2009 roster features only five
seniors with three freshmen, eight sophomores
and seven juniors. Through seven games, the
Clan’s starting line-up has consisted of five
sophomores, four juniors and one senior with all
twenty-five players registering minutes.
Photo: Michael Desjardins
Simon Fraser entered the 2009 season ranked
No. 5 in CollegeLAX.us Prodigy MCLA Div.
1 Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Clan opened the
season with three wins at home over conference
rivals Boise State University (18-1), Washington
State University (28-2), and University of Idaho
(15-5). Fraser then moved to No. 3 nationally
after a two-game out-of-conference (OOC) road
trip with victories over previous No. 3 Brigham
Young University (17-14) and preseason No. 22
University of Utah (15-6) before returning home
to defeat University of Washington 18-9.
2008 SFU Captains pose with PNCLL Trophy (L-R Calvin Castagner, Ben Johnson, Curtis Manning, Adam Foss)
Known for their high powered offense, the
Clan lead the nation in scoring in 2009 averaging 18.5 goals per game. Leading Fraser on offense has been a trio of juniors. Attackman Ben
Towner, a 2008 MCLA 1ST Team All-American,
currently leads all Clan players with 35 points
(25g, 10a) and sits 3rd in the MCLA in both
goals and points per game. Towner is followed
by captains, Adam Foss at attack with 30 points
(12g, 18a) and 2008 MCLA 1st Team All-American midfielder Russel Thomas with 25 points
(19g, 6a). Junior midfielder Kevin Riley and
sophomores Chris Tessarolo and Ben Davies
have added strong secondary scoring for the
Clan with 20 points (13g, 7a), 12 points (11g,
1a) and 10 points (9g, 1a) respectively.
Leading the Clan’s back end is senior captain
LSM Curtis Manning who was an MCLA 1st
Team All-American in 2008. Sophomore Luke
Genereux returns to provide Manning with
very capable back-up. As a freshman, Genereux
was named to the 2007 PNCLL All-Conference 1st Team before sitting out 2008 to coach
overseas.. At long pole, a trio of sophomores in
Curt Brown, Nathan Clare, and Matt Miyashita
have anchored the Clan defense. Senior’s Calvin
Castagner and Matt Brascia with the addition of
freshman Dan Patterson make Fraser’s defense
one of the deepest in the MCLA. Junior captain
Ben Johnson and sophomore James Poelzer
continue to log heavy minutes at defensive midfield, often drawing the task of shutting down
the opponents top midfield line. Junior Mike
Ripley and Sophomore Dean Stewart have split
equal time in net the past five games backstopping the Clan to a 6-0 record.
Six games remain on the 2009 regular season
schedule, including one versus the No. 12
ranked University of Oregon (April 3) and one
game versus an OOC opponent on the road
against University of Arizona (April 12). The
Clan have one home contest remaining versus
Portland State University (March 28 “Senior
Day”) and also play pivotal conference matchups on the road versus Oregon State University
The Dobbie
Boys
What an introduction to senior lacrosse!
Just 21years-or-age, Dane Dobbie burst
onto the Western Lacrosse Association scene
in 2008, capturing the scoring title in just his
rookie season.
An outstanding achievement but, what
the heck, he was merely following a family
tradition -- get your early training in Fergus,
Ontario, and then sharing your skills with fans
right across Canada.
In the beginning, there was Grandpa Bob
Dobbie.
Robert Dobbie was born in Fergus on January 2, 1933, and began playing lacrosse as a 12
year-old youngster. Within six years, he was
playing seven nights a week with three different clubs -Intermediate in nearby Acton and
Juvenile and Senior “A” in Fergus.
By the time he turned 21 in 1974, the Fergus
senior club dropped back to Intermediate,
prompting Bob to line up with Hamilton’s
senior Tigers.
Then, the West Coast came calling. Victoria
Shamrocks contacted him several times, urging him to “Go West, young man!” and take up
employment that awaited him in a shipyard;
but, as Bob later admitted, “it was the trip
west” that enticed him.
With other transplanted Easterners in the
lineup (Peewee Bradshaw, Nip O’hearn, Jack
Photo: Sandy McKinlay
By: Stan Shillington
Dane Dobbie of Coquitlam Sr Adanacs was the 2008 WLA
co-Rookie of the year
Bionda and netminder Geordie Johnston), the
Shamrocks swept past Peterborough four-one
to capture the 1957 Mann Cup.
Later, Cupid swept Bob back to Fergus
where he married Lois and resumed work with
a hometown company. He lined up with the
Fergus Thistles, now back in senior lacrosse,
for the 1956 season.
The following year, the Dobbies bundled up
their three-month-old son Larry and headed
back to Victoria where he earned his second
Mann Cup ring in a Shamrock uniform.
But, now it was time to settle down in his
Ontario hometown. Bob stayed in playing
shape with the Intermediate Fergus club for
two years before joining the Brampton Excelsiors for three seasons and two more trips to
the Mann Cup playoffs, albeit an unsuccessful
venture.
After retiring as an active player, Bob spent
10 years refereeing senior and professional
lacrosse games as well as conducting clinics
and coaching youngsters like his son Larry.
Like his dad, Larry was a natural athlete,
picking up an unbelievable 1,076 points in four
(April 4), Montana (April 25) and Gonzaga
University (April 26).
The PNCLL Final Four Conference Championships will take place May 2 & 3 at Curtis
High School in Tacoma Washington. The
MCLA National Championship Tournament is
May 12-16 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in
Denver, Colorado.
SFU’s men’s lacrosse is in its 13th season and
competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). Coaches Cathrea & Hoskins
look to lead the Clan into the PNCLL Final Four
Conference Championships for the 12th time
in team history. The team has captured seven
Conference Titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2003 and 2008) and has earned eight
National Championship appearances, placing
2nd in 1999 and most recently reaching the 2008
Quarterfinals. The Clan are proudly sponsored
by Firstar Performance Apparel, Riddell Helmets and Gait Lacrosse. For further information
on Simon Fraser men’s lacrosse please visit
www.sfulacrosse.com.
years with the Elora Junior “A” and “B” teams
between 1975 and 1978. During this period, he
also got into 25 games with the Fergus senior
squad, picking up another 81 points.
But, after just 10 Senior “B” games in 1979,
Larry packed away his stick and gear.
On December 1, 1986, Larry became the
proud father of a youngster be named Dane,
who, obviously, was destined to play lacrosse.
In 2002, Midget-aged Dane picked up 43
points in 11 games before joining the Elora
Junior “B” team for two seasons -- and 167
points.
Then, like Grandpa Bob, Dane was bitten
by the travel bug, heading West to join the
Burnaby Lakers Junior “A” organization. In
the three years between 2005 and 2007, Dane
accumulated 299 league and playoff points to
help Burnaby go to the national championships
each season, winning once.
Coquitlam selected Dane in the first round
of the overage draft and the Adanac fans
couldn’t have been happier.
In his rookie 2008 season, Dane captured
the scoring title with 75 points in 18 games,
shared the rookie-of-the-year honours with
New Westminster goalie Tyler Richards, led
the Three-Star game standings and was named
to the First All-Star Team.
Bob Dobbie scored 426 goals and 161 assists for 587 points in 282 senior games and, in
1984, was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse
Hall of Fame.
Perhaps, someday, his grandson will match,
or better, his achievements.
March 2009
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
Page 12
Salmonbellies Repeat as
Florida NDP Champs
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
was great preparation for the Maryland Lacrosse Club in the finals -- a game that would
prove to be a tale of two halves.
For the second year in a row the New
Westminster Salmonbellies were crowned
champions of the Tournament of Champions
junior field lacrosse tournament in Florida.
This marked the first repeat champions in
Tournament of Champions history.
The Tournament of Champions highlighted
twenty-seven high school aged club lacrosse
teams from around North America (USA and
Canada) during the three day event January
2-4, 2009 at the Wesley Chapel District Park
in Pasco County, Florida.
The Salmonbellies compiled a flawless
tournament record with six straight victories
before reaching the finals. Tournament scores
were: 19-2 over Bamalax; 11-5 over Steel
City Selects (PA); 18-3 over Tampa Bay Fire;
10-7 over Connecticut Hurricanes; 13-4 over
Greene Turtle Fells Point (MD); and 8-7 over
Headstrong Lacrosse Elite of Philadelphia in
the semifinals.
There may have been some lop-sided
scores but, Head Coach Jarret Bradley had a
confident crew who were prepared to defend
their title.
“Coaching a team with this much talent
you have to be confident,” confirmed Bradley.
“We were never over confident and approached each game although it was the finals.
Being defending champs we knew that teams
were gunning for us but I think that helped our
confidence as the tournament went on.”
New West reached the finals after a tight
semifinal match with Headstrong (PA) which
Photo: Steve Goodwin
“We played horrible in the first half – there
were few high points in the first half, but our
defense and goaltender managed to keep the
game tight,” explained the head coach. “In the
second half we finally started to pick up the
loose balls and things started to happen. Once
we started to play with the drive to win everything seemed to come together.”
The Salmonbellies were victorious edging
the Maryland Lacrosse Club 8-7 in the finals.
With time running out, the winning goal was
scored by attackman and tournament MVP
Brandon Goodwin.
“The whole team went crazy and I couldn’t
believe we were so close to defending the
national championship,” said an elated
Goodwin. “I was just glad it went in.”
But the humble New West product knew his
efforts were only as good as his team’s efforts.
“It was a fantastic honour to win the [MVP]
award but this was a team victory,” said
Goodwin. “Every player on our team picked
it up after halftime and I happened to be in the
right spots at the right time.”
Also scoring in the final for New Westminster were Reid Mydske, Matthew Dinsdale,
Tyler Digby, Richard Lachlan and Kevin
Schoemaker.
New West scored four goals in a five-minute span to take its first lead of the game, 7-6,
with 8:16 remaining after trailing 4-2 at halftime. Even though they were the defending
The Salmonbellies field lacrosse team is the first repeat champion at
the tournament of Champions
champions, the Salmonbellies weren’t even
considered one of the top five seeds heading
into the tournament.
“I think after last year, teams have started
to respect the Canadian version of field lacrosse,” noted Bradley. “By playing at a high
pace we force the opposition to make mistakes
and that’s exactly how we scored the final
goal.”
This year’s version of the Salmonbellies
only had seven returning players from the
2008 championship team and was a cohesive
combination of athletes from New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
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LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
March 2009
Page 13
Youth & Collegiate Field Lacrosse
take Centre Stage at 3rd Annual
Maple Leaf Awards
By: William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media
Relations
On Saturday, January 24th, the Simon Fraser
University (SFU) men’s field lacrosse program
hosted the third annual Maple Leaf Awards
in the Panorama Ballroom at Westwood
Plateau Golf & Country Club. Set high above
Coquitlam on Eagle Mountain, a crowd of
approximately 225 lacrosse enthusiasts from
throughout British Columbia attended the annual awards dinner and silent auction that has
quickly become one of Canada’s premier lacrosse events. Presented by Firstar Performance
Apparel, Gait Lacrosse and Riddell Helmets,
the black tie evening continued to celebrate
Canada’s national summer sport by recognizing
youth and collegiate field lacrosse in British
Columbia.
Similar to the NCAA’s Tewaaraton Gala,
the Maple Leaf Awards are the first event of its
kind in Canada. Scott Rintoul, from the TEAM
1040 Sports Radio in Vancouver, returned
for his third year as the evening’s Master of
Ceremonies where, in his opening address, he
discussed the continued rise of Simon Fraser
as one of the leading collegiate field lacrosse
programs in North America, compiling a 25-4
record (.862) since 2006. The Clan has posted
a mere two losses each of the last two seasons,
losing twice to national runner-ups, University
of Oregon, in 2007 and twice to national semifinalists, Brigham Young University, in 2008.
B.C. High
School Field
Lacrosse
Championships
By: Shawn House and LT staff
With much of the field lacrosse fields under a
cold blanket of winter, the 2008-09 high school
field lacrosse season has been snowed under.
But preparations for the season finale are in full
gear and a little snow won’t cool the enthusiasm of these passionate laxers.
The eight annual BC High School Field
Lacrosse Championships was held March, 913, in Coquitlam and New Westminster. The
event is once again hosted by Dr. Charles Best
Secondary School and games will be held in
Coquitlam and New Westminster.
This year’s tournament saw seveneen teams
in Varsity and Junior Varsity from throughout
the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
Based on the Claremont High School Spartan Shootout Lacrosse Tournament, Best will
be the top seed followed by New Westminster
and Claremont. This year’s top three Senior
Varsity teams (Best, New West and Claremont)
look tough and it will be anyone’s bet who
will come out on top. The number 3 seed,
Claremont Spartans, will be looking to be only
the only school to “three-repeat” as high school
champions in tournament history.
Claremont swept both Varsity and Junior
Varsity titles in 2008 with a Varsity 12-8 victory over New Westminster Hyacks and a
Junior Varsity 10-6 win over Heritage Woods.
Gleneagle was the only other school to win
back-to-back BC high school championships in
2004 and 2005.
Spartan Head Coach Darren Reisig’s squad
has continued to work hard this season, but will
After the evening’s opening address, guests
were treated to a three course plated dinner
before celebrating the evening’s award winners. The awards presentation recognized the
2008 BCLA Provincial Champions for all
levels of youth field lacrosse while ushering in
the upcoming collegiate season by introducing
Simon Fraser’s incoming 2009 freshman class,
and celebrating SFU lacrosse 2008 team award
winners, PNCLL All-Conference and MCLA
All-American league honors recipients. New to
the evening’s program, the Awards Dinner &
Silent Auction also acknowledged individual
player awards for the 2008 summer and fall
rosters of the Burnaby Mountain Selects Elite
Touring Teams that competed in Denver, New
York, Charlotte, Baltimore and Florida. Eightythree players in grades 9-12 from Vancouver’s
Lower Mainland, Island and BC Interior were
selected to play for the Selects in 2008, a program designed to train elite student-athletes in a
professional environment to best prepare them
for a collegiate field lacrosse career.
The evening’s most moving moment came
as SFU recognized rising junior, Matt Esaw,
who will forego his senior year of eligibility
in 2009 to serve overseas in the Canadian
Armed Forces. Esaw left for Canadian Forces
Base Edmonton on February 1st where he will
participate in six months of training before his
scheduled departure to Afghanistan in September. The Clan lacrosse tradition is to award
have their work cut out for them after finishing in 3rd place at their own tournament. The
loss of nine grade 12 students to graduation
has made this year more of a challenge for the
Spartans. But this was one team that travelled
to compete at the Ultimate Lacrosse Shootout
held in Annapolis, Maryland in November.
The Spartans played all star club teams from all
over the Eastern States and did extremely well
- they won 5, lost 2 and tied 1.
New Westminster Hyacks, who lost to Best
in the Spartan Shootout, will be looking to
avenge that loss and put their names back on
the trophy for a third time. Many of these
athletes played for their community team and
competed at the Tournament of Champions in
Florida this January. They competed against
some of the top talent in all of high-school
lacrosse from across the U.S. The New West
squad was successful and was the first team to
repeat as Tournament of Champions National
champs. Look out for the Hyacks!
Host Charles Best Blue Devils will be looking to put their names on the senior trophy for
the first time ever with a strong team that hopes
to put it all together. With a Spartan Shootout
title under their belts, the Blue Devils are a
confident squad playing at home. With the loss
coach Daren Fridge, new Head Coach Derek
Lowe, will have some big shoes to fill. This
local lacrosse star is no stranger to a high level
of lacrosse competing with the WLA’s Maple
Ridge Burrards and the Portland LumberJax
of the NLL. Lowe will prepare his group well
and guide his troops to a strong finish.
Other contenders include Heritage Woods,
Pitt Meadows, St. Thomas More and Delta.
Also fielding teams will be Burnaby North,
Vancouver College, Pinetree, Terry Fox and
Riverside. Other potential competing schools
include Tweedsmuir, Kwantlen, Sands,
Seaquam, McNair and Samuel Robertson.
At press time, this tournament was cancelled
due to snowy weather and may be re-scheduled
at a later date.
a player with his “Red” Away Jersey at either
the completion of his academic degree or end
of his four year eligibility as a player. In a very
emotional presentation, Esaw received a standing ovation from all those in attendance as he
was awarded his “Red” #27 jersey, a moment
that will continue to serve as an inspiration for
his teammates.
Concluding the memorable evening was a
keynote interview with one of the game’s biggest
stars, Brodie Merrill. Deemed the “Best Lacrosse Player in the World” by Inside Lacrosse
Magazine in 2006, Brodie is a star in both the
NLL and MLL. Brodie talked about his time
at Georgetown University where he was a two
time All American in 2004 and 2005 and finished his NCAA career as a Tewaaraton Trophy
finalist, an award given to the top American
college lacrosse player. He also discussed his
approach to the game and dedication to hard
work that made him the first pick in the 2005
NLL Entry Draft, en route to being named both
the 2006 NLL Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, MLL Rookie of the
Year in 2005 and back to back Major League
Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year in 2006
and 2007. Merrill also talked about his experience on the International stage where he helped
the Canadian men’s national lacrosse team to
an historic win at the 2006 World Lacrosse
Championship in London, Ontario. Brodie had
an outstanding tournament, being named Best
Defender and earning All-World honours. Currently, Brodie plays for the Portland LumberJax
in the NLL, Rochester Rattlers in the MLL,
works for Reebok and is the assistant athletic
director at The Hill Academy in Ontario.
In addition to the event’s silent auction, a
lucky winner walked away with airfare for two
to New York with Cathay Pacific as the grand
prize for the Balloon Pop. Proceeds raised
from the Maple Leaf Awards benefit the SFU
Lacrosse endowment fund and youth and collegiate field lacrosse in BC.
For a complete list of award winners
or more information on Simon Fraser Lacrosse or Burnaby Mountain Selects
please visit www.sfulacrosse.com or
www.selectslacrosse.com.
March 2009
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
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Truant is New WLA Commissioner
After 10 seasons serving as the Western
Lacrosse Association Commissioner and
Co- Commissioner, Sohen Gill has passed the
reigns to lacrosse enthusiast Ernie Truant.
Truant, a long-time supporter of lacrosse has
been involved in the sport for over 37 years in
various roles. His first job was as a coach in
the South Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Association
where he coached his son Al.
“I was very involved in hockey and a friend
asked if I thought of putting my son into
lacrosse – well, we fell in love with it ever
since,” explained Truant.
After joining the North Burnaby Minor
Lacrosse Association in the 1970’s, Ernie continued to coach under the watchful eye of the
late great Jack Crosby.
Moving through the coaching ranks, Ernie
coached the Burnaby Jr. A Lakers in 1988 with
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Hall of Famer Bob Salt -- but bigger and better
things were ahead for this lacrosse-lifer.
He returned to the bench in 1992 with the
New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies. In the
third year of his tenure, Truant and ex-Simon
Fraser University Basketball head coach Stan
Stewardson, built a team that would compete
for and win the 1994 Minto Cup in seven
games.
“Not too many people knew I was the head
coach of that team,” mentioned Ernie. “Stan
was an incredible coach to work with. The
Minto Cup was a fantastic experience I will
never forget.”
Earlier that Spring prior to the Minto Cup,
Ernie had the scare of his life while watching
a lacrosse game at Queens Park Arena. Sohen
Gill happened to be at that same game and offered some advice that would change Truant’s
life forever.
“Sohen came up to me and said geez Ernie
you look as white as a sheet,” remembered
Truant.
Little did Ernie know that he had suffered
a heart attack and was hours away from near
death.
“If it wasn’t for him [Gill] I wouldn’t have
known I was having a heart attack,” said Truant. “He kinda saved my life – I’ve always
been grateful to him for that.”
Truant would stay close to lacrosse helping
the odd team as they needed a coach or executive help, but his love was staying close to the
Lough Chosen
to Burnaby Hall
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
Long-time and former coach of the storied
Burnaby Junior A Lakers, Dr. Dave Lough, was
inducted into the 2008 class of the Burnaby
Sports Hall of Fame.
Lough learned his trade in eastern Canada
and excelled in Junior lacrosse under the
watchful eye of arguably the greatest coach
of his time, the legendary Jim Bishop of the
Oshawa Green Gaels.
Dr. David Lough has sent more Junior
A lacrosse teams to consecutive Minto Cup
finals than any other coach in the history of
Photo: Jeff Gombar
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
Ernie Truant is the 2009
WLA Commissioner
WLA game as he held the role of WLA Game
Commissioner for over 7 seasons.
So why take on the overall commissioner
job?
“I’ve been a game commissioner for some
time and feel I can handle the job [Commissioner] while adding a few things I’ve learned
over the years,” said Truant.
Truant will serve the WLA Commissioner
duties very well working closely with his old
friend Sohen Gill. Ernie will surely be open to
any advice Gill may offer in the next chapter of
his lacrosse experiences.
“I enjoy all aspects of lacrosse and it’s a
great sport – we hope everyone comes out this
season and enjoys some of the best lacrosse
players in the World,” said Truant.
box lacrosse. Lough guided the Burnaby Lakers to 12 Minto Cup championships, winning
five times in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and ‘05.
In 13 seasons as a co-coach of the Junior A
Lakers, Lough’s only losing season was the
first season in 1995. During his tenure, Lough
fashioned a career league record of 248 wins
and just 36 losses, winning 10 regular season
titles from 1996 to 2002, and again in 2004 and
2006 through ‘07. In the playoffs, the Lakers
were almost unbeatable, taking 12 straight BC
titles, winning 82 times and losing just 15. In
12 consecutive appearances at the Minto, under
Lough, Burnaby featured in 10 final title series
or games in a row. His overall career coaching
record with the Junior A Lakers was 365 wins
and 81 losses.
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
March 2009
Looking Ahead to the
’09 BCJALL Season
By: Brad Challoner
The ice is still in at most arenas around the
province but every BC Junior “A” Lacrosse
League team is training for 2009. This year is
special as the first group of Midget draftees
from ‘07 will finally enter the league. It will
still be a war for first as New West, Victoria
and Coquitlam battle it out, but the rest of the
league is wide open. Nanaimo will make a
strong push for fourth, and the Langley Thunder (ex-South Fraser Stickmen), will look for
new beginnings in their new home, the Langley
Events Centre. The first game is still over a
month away, but we would like to weigh in and
take an early look at the teams and see what
each team will look like come May.
The New Westminster Salmonbellies are
the favourites heading into 2009. They made
a big splash this off-season signing University
of Delaware and ex-Poco Saint standout Curtis
Dickson. Dickson sat out the 2008 box season
but amassed 153 points over three Junior “A”
seasons. He’ll be joined by a strong group of
returning players including Kevin Crowley,
Eric Lewthwaite and goaltender Ray Hodgkinson. This is the team that played for the Minto
Cup in 2007 with many players who were
rookies back then who are now 21 year-old
vets.
The 2008 Minto experience will help the
Victoria Shamrocks who will battle for first.
They made it as far as a team could go by
reaching the Minto Cup final and losing. That
experience left a bad taste in the mouths of
skilled players like Matt Yager, Mike Pires
and Joel Henry who will look for redemption
in‘09. Off season signings Nate Clare and Ben
Towner make their offence even more lethal.
The Rocks return a solid defensive core but
will have to fill the big shoes of graduating
Goalie of the Year Matt Flindell.
Coquitlam lost a lot of fire power to graduation but with strong drafting and player development they will still finish near the top.
Returners Jordan Weir and Mike Krgovich
combined for 28 power play goals last season.
Matt Beers will step in as the undisputed leader
of the defense and rookie Robert Church, who
led Intermediate “A” in scoring, will add to
the goal scoring punch. The A’s have the best
bench with Head Coach Dan Perrault returning for another season while adding Dwight
Maetche bringing years of NLL goaltending
experience that will help the A’s back end.
Rounding out the top four will be the
Nanaimo Timbermen. Their fifth season in
the league will be their best season to date. A
new ownership group is in place with Tyson
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Leies, Forbes Mitchell, Paul Meakes and Dave
Bremner.
“We feel with the young talent we have
signed, the upcoming draft and with good people in place, we will be the team to be reckoned
with this season,” noted Coach Leies.
Superstar Cody Bremner finished second in
goal scoring last season and took home rookie
of the year honours just ahead of his teammate
Colton Clark. Jonathan Diplock will be a team
leader in his fourth season -- Ryan Forslund
and Matt Wray will add leadership as veterans.
The Delta Islanders could surprise a lot of
people this season and make a playoff run.
Greg Rennie, the new bench boss, is a well
respected member of the lacrosse community
in Delta and has had success in all levels.
Returning home are Dane Stevens and Jason
Jones who were dealt at the deadline last
season. They will run the offence with Robbie
Campbell works the left side. Intermediate star
Logan Schuss should make a seamless jump
into Junior joining his brother Carlton. The
Islanders are a crash and bang kind of team and
will push Poco, Langley and Burnaby based on
their toughness alone.
The Port Coquitlam Saints have some offensive upside. Jordan Flaman, Darcy Cummings
and Trevor Evans are the top guns, but all three
players may have a tougher time against tough
the D’s of a Coquitlam or New West. It will be
interesting to watch their 2007 draft picks, as
this may be the first team to really benefit from
the draft.
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Page 15
Everyone said 2008 was going to be the end
of the Burnaby Lakers dynasty and they still
managed to get to the league finals. They only
have a couple players left from the good ole
days in Shaun Dhaliwal and Matt Miyashita
and the third set of new coaches in as many
years. Burnaby has struggled at the Intermediate ranks the past few years but the have always
remained resilient and know what it takes to
win. They’ll have to keep their fingers crossed
that some of there 2007 draft picks can step in
the line up and make a difference. There is an
outside chance they miss the playoffs for the
first time since…my memory doesn’t go back
that far.
It’s a new beginning for the Langley Thunder. Unfortunately they might still be a few
seasons away from big successes. A team that
has taken the draft very seriously they hope
their picks from 2007 will make an impact.
They have the benefit of Head Coach Jamie
Scott who coached their Intermediates last
season, who knows the talent coming up. One
thing Langley doesn’t lack is heart, and Scott
will have his players running for 60 minutes.
It’s a new era for Junior “A” lacrosse in BC
with players from every corner of the province
participating this season. Promotion is at an alltime high with some teams broadcasting games
on the internet or through local cable channels,
so get out and support your local Junior “A”
team. There is plenty to be excited about. We’ll
see you in the summer heat.
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March 2009
LacrosseTalk British Columbia Lacrosse Association
Page 16
Canadian Women’s Roster Named for 2009 World Cup
Ottawa, Ontario, February 16, 2009
-- The 18 players selected to represent
Canada at the 2009 FIL World Cup
(Federation of International Lacrosse)
in Prague, Czech Republic, June 18-27,
2009 were recently announced by Team
Canada Head Coach, Lisa Miller.
Leading the way for Team Canada will be Dana Dobbie
(‘03-U19), two-time ACC Player of the Year, 2008 leader in
draw controls, eclipsing the NCAA single-season record with
123, and one of three 2008 Tewaaraton Award finalists for the
Lacrosse Player of the Year.
Returning Team Canada veterans include Tami Rayner
(Jones) (‘95-U19, ’97, ’01, 05), Kylee White (Reade) (’95-U19,
’01, ’05), Jess Brownridge (’99-U19, ’01, ’05) and Lindsey Hart
(’99-U19, ’01, ’05).
In a lead-up competition in San Diego, Team Canada was
defeated by the four-time and defending NCAA Division 1
Champions, Northwestern University, and earned a victory
against currently ranked 19, University of Denver.
The Women’s World Cup competitions have been held every
four years since 1982. In the 27- year history of the event,
Canada has finished as high as 3rd. Canada is currently ranked
4th based on their performance at the last World Cup held in
Annapolis, Maryland in 2005.
Team Canada will open their World Cup competition against
the defending Champions, Australia, on Thursday, June 18th.
CUFLA Announces All-Star Teams
and Award Winners
By: Tim Murdoch
Down Memory Lane with Stan Shillington
Josh Wasson earned Honorable Mention as CUFLA’s league
MVP. Wasson was the league’s high scorer for 2008, notching
34 goals and 15 assists for 49 points during the regular season.
Wasson plays for the Toronto Rock in the NLL, and he also won
two Mann Cups (‘06, ‘07) with the Peterborough Lakers Jr. A
team.
Luke LaCava, a junior attackman at McGill University won
the league’s 2008 Outstanding Attackman award. LaCava led
all players with nine goals in the CUFLA 2008 playoffs and
was named the Under Armour Player of the Game in McGill’s
runner-up finish in the national championship. LaCava played
high school lacrosse at New Jersey prep school power, the Lawrenceville School.
CUFLA’s Outstanding Goalie for 2008 is Calvin Thomas
from Trent University. Thomas’ sparkling 7.5 goals against average was second best in the league in 2008, and he led his team to
the semi-finals of the national championship.
Jesse Thomas and the Trent University program were named
the 2008 Coaching Staff of the Year. Trent went undefeated at
10-0 in CUFLA East and earned a trip to CUFLA’s Final Four in
just its second year in the league.
The prestigious award for Most Valuable Graduating Player
will be shared by McMaster University’s Tommy Hurley and
Bishop’s University’s Audi Glass. Hurley, a perennial CUFLA
All-Canadian, has been the key to McMaster’s on-field success
over the past four years. Glass, a native of Ohio, led the Bishop’s
Gaiters’ defense and proved to be a dominating force on Long
Stick Midfielder.
Established in 1985 the Canadian University Field Lacrosse
Association (www.cufla.org ) is Canada’s premier university lacrosse league and features student-athletes from ten universities
across Ontario (Brock, Carleton, Guelph, Laurentian, McMaster,
Queen’s, Toronto, Trent, Western, Wilfred Laurier) and two
universities from Quebec (Bishop’s and McGill). The league
(Winchester, MA/University of North Carolina ’09), Jessica
Brownridge (Whitby, ON), Alana Chan (Omemee, ON/George
Mason ’09), Christine Comeau (Whitby, ON/Longwood University
’09), Vanessa Cox (Newton, MA/MIT-coach), Dana Dobbie (Guelph,
ON/Loyola College-coach), Crysti Foote (Suffern, NY/Columbia
University-coach), Julie Foote (Suffern, NY), Abbey Friend
(Canandaigua, NY/Richmond University ’09), Amanda Friend
(Canandaigua, NY), Kalley Greer (Whitby, ON/Tenafly, NJ), Katie
Guy (Whitby, ON), Kristen Haldeman (Watertown, MA), Lindsey
Hart (Vineland, ON/University at Albany-coach), Brooke McKenzie
(Redwood City, CA/Stanford University-coach), Tami Rayner
(Oshawa, ON), Brittany Scott (Albany, NY/University at Albanycoach), and Kylee White (London, ON/Loyola College). Alternates
include Caitlin Fifield (North Babylon, NY/Richmond University
’10) and Sierra Smith-Hart (Whitby, ON/University of Louisville
’11). The 2009 coaching staff will consist of Head Coach Lisa
Miller, Head Coach (Harvard University) and assistants Amy Bokker
(Stanford University) and Lisa Kloidt (Hamilton College), manager
Lynz Keys (Virginia Tech) and Athletic Therapist Jay Hart.
Bill Barbour
Jay Thorimbert headlines CUFLA’s 2008 league awards. A
senior at the University of Guelph, Thorimbert won CUFLA’s
Outstanding Midfielder for 2008 and was named the league’s
Most Valuable Player. Thorimbert plays in the National Lacrosse
League for the Boston Blazers and he is a product of the Niagara
Thunderhawks’ Junior B box lacrosse program.
Brock University’s Reid Acton and McGill University’s
Brendan Farrer share the 2008 Most Valuable Defensive Player.
Brock’s Acton was also selected the league’s Rookie of the Year
for 2008. Acton was a member of Canada’s Under-19 Team in
2008 and attended the Westminster School in the US. Farrer is a
native of Oakville, Ontario and plays Junior A box lacrosse for
the Burlington Chiefs.
The 2009 Team Canada roster includes: Katie Brooks
Guelph Gryphon attacker turned back by a
McGill defender in 2008 CUFLA action
features several players from the ranks of the National Lacrosse
League and plays a fall season that culminates in the Bagattaway
Cup, the Canadian university national championship.
CUFLA All-Canada 2008 Team - All Canada West at attack
-- Kenny Burst, Brock University; Chad Evans, Brock and
Justin Wilson-Kirby, University of Guelph. At midfield -- Jay
Thorimbert, Guelph
Jordan Coffey, Brock and Tony Walker, McMaster University.
Drawman -- Jay Thorimbert, Guelph. Defensive midfield -Mike Cameron, Guelph. Long-stick midfield -- Tait Johnson,
McMaster University. On defense -- Reid Acton, Brock; Mike
Gillan, Guelph and Fishleigh, Guelph.
Goalkeeper -- Marc Nano, University of Western Ontario.
All Canada East at attack -- Nick Moreau, McGill University;
Luke LaCava, McGill and Mike Dube, Bishop’s University. At
midfield -- Josh Wasson, Trent University; Scott Bailey, McGill
and Mac O’Brien, Trent. Drawman -- Jackson Gair, Bishop’s.
Defensive midfield -- David Pinckney, McGill.
Long-stick midfielder -- Audi Glass, Bishop’s. On defense
– Audi Glass, Bishop’s; Brendan Farrer, McGill and Strat Allen,
Queen’s. Goalkeeper -- Kalvin Thomas, Trent.
CUFLA 2008 League Awards were: Most Valuable Player:
Jay Thorimbert, Guelph; Honorable Mention-MVP: Josh Wasson, Trent; Most Valuable Defenseman (tie): Reid Acton, Brock
& Brendan Farrer, McGill; Outstanding Midfielder: Jay Thorimbert, Guelph; Outstanding Attackman: Luke LaCava, McGill
Outstanding Goalie: Calvin Thomas, Trent; Rookie of the
Year: Reid Acton, Brock; and Coaching Staff of the Year: Jesse
Thomas and his staff at Trent University.
Bill Barbour was a rough, rugged lacrosse athlete, most often
playing brilliantly but, at times, with bull-headed irascibility.
Either way, his unpredictable demeanor always excited Vancouver fans and irritated the foe.
William Donald Barbour was born in Comox, BC, on July 25,
1935, but spent his formative years in Vancouver’s East end Renfrew district.
A natural athlete, he soon caught the eye of the community’s
soccer and lacrosse guru, Pop Phillips. And, while Bill excelled at
baseball and soccer, he had a preference for the rough-and-tumble
boxla game.
Although a few weeks shy of. his 17th birthday, Bill joined Jack
McKinnon’s Junior Futurity squad in 1952, the forerunner of the
1954 and 1956 Minto Cup champions.
After enjoying one national and two provincial victories, Bill
turned senior in 1956 with Vancouver -- but the fans already had an
inkling of what to expect. In 1954, the senior PNE Indians called
him up for a game, Bill obliging with a hat-trick. Six more “call-up”
games in 1955 resulted in another 11 goals.
Then came 1956 -- his first, full year at the senior level produced
50 goals in 27 games, plus 105 minutes in penalty time. He was the
unanimous choice for Rookie-of-the-Year honours.
As a goal scorer, a power-play set-up man and a hard-hitting
defenseman, Bill was outstanding, but he did have an Achilles heel
-- his mouth and temper.
In 1958, he was suspended for 10 games for manhandling a
referee, and, two years later, was fined $100 and suspended eight
games for publicly criticizing league officials. Only two other
players were assessed more misconduct penalties in Western senior
lacrosse history.
A back injury also plagued Bill during his 13-year career, limiting him to just six games in 1962, nine games in 1964 and none in
1965.
Bill was a major cog in Vancouver’s 1961 victory over Brampton
for the Canadian title. In doing so, he was named the Mann Cup
series’ Most Valuable Player. He was also a valuable member of
three more Vancouver Mann Cup championship teams -- 1963,
1964 and 1967.
Over his 346-game senior career, the three-time All-Star accumulated 676 points on 398 goals and 178 assists. Oh, yes, his penalty
minutes totaled 865. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse
Hall of Fame in 1985.
Unhappily, Bill Barbour passed away on December 4, 2008.
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Bantam Girls join
National Tournament stage in 2009
Harris. “The committee felt
that this age bracket would be
the best based on the number
of players currently playing in
the various provinces.”
Photo: Sideline Hotshots
“The future of women's
box lacrosse looks promising,” said CLA General
Manger David Miriguay.
“The addition of more championships will be based on
the ability of our provinces
to field teams in other age
groups. I could see us having
a Midget event in a couple
of years with the caveat that
the aging girls are also being
replaced at the lower age
categories to continually feed
the system.”
Bantam Girls will compete for the first time at Nationals at the Ontario Lacrosse
Festival August 4-8
By: LacrosseTalk Staff
The 2009 minor box lacrosse season on
the national stage will feature the addition of
the Bantam Girls to the Youth Box Lacrosse
Nationals format for 2009. The Bantam Girls
championship will bring provincial teams together from across Canada to compete for the
first all-female box lacrosse national title.
The Bantam Girls National box lacrosse
tournament will be played along side the Pee
Wee and Bantam National tournaments this
August. The Pee Wee event was resurrected
in 2004, while the Bantams the year later have
run annually at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival.
The Midget Nationals was revived for the first
time last summer in Calgary after being mothballed since 1992.
The move made by the Canadian Lacrosse
Association (CLA) to feature a national championship for Bantam Girls will allow female
players to develop and excel in the sport at
Dallas Eliuk
Announces
Retirement
Goaltending great retires after 18year career in Philly & Portland
Dallas Eliuk announced his retirement on
Tuesday, following a legendary 18-year playing
career. He played 15 seasons in Philadelphia
before playing the final three seasons of his
career in Portland. Eliuk will remain with the
LumberJax as a coach.
After a distinguished 18-year professional
indoor lacrosse career that includes four Championships, nine All-Pro Awards and two championship game Most Valuable Player Awards,
future hall-of-fame goalie Dallas Eliuk has decided to retire, the Vancouver, British Columbia
native announced.
“After 38 years of play in the sport I love, I
have the utmost respect for lacrosse and an
unwavering desire to serve the game, my team
and the fans,” said Eliuk. “As the utilization of
an elite level, and advance the structure of
lacrosse nation-wide.
“One of the key goals in the CLA strategic
plan is to increase participation by women in
lacrosse,” reported CLA President Joey Harris. “One of the fastest areas of growth is in
girls playing box lacrosse. We feel that that
the transition of skills between the box game
and the women's field game will develop much
like it has with the men, providing more opportunities for women to play whichever form
of lacrosse they prefer.”
This year, up to seven MA’s or AMA’s have
indicated intention to participate in the Bantam
Girl’s national, including the Lacrosse Associations of Alberta, British Columbia, Iroquois,
Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New
Brunswick. By targeting the Bantams is a true
indication that there are plenty of 13 and 14
year old girl box lacrosse participants.
“As with any new program, you look where
the likelihood of success is greatest,” explained
Photo: BCLA Archive
In 2006, CLA Member
Associations reported approximately 2,272 girls were playing in female box lacrosse
leagues, not including girls on
boy’s teams – which would
increase the overall number of
girls in box lacrosse. In 2007,
that number was 2606 with a
small drop reported for 2008
of 2312 girls.
A female competing in box lacrosse was
nothing new as many would be placed on
boy’s teams. But once a certain age their
participation would drop off, girls would leave
the sport and not be retained. But since the late
90’s, the growth of all female teams competing
against each other has grown. And there may
be a method to develop our women with the
indoor game and transition them at some point
to women’s field lacrosse.
“The key is getting the girls to pick up a
stick and embrace the game of lacrosse, explained Harris. “This is a great opportunity for
women playing a form of lacrosse in general.
Once that is done, and like the boys, they will
look at the field game and give it a try.”
One only needs to look at the men’s and
women’s field lacrosse national teams. At
some point, most of those athletes grew up
with box lacrosse and honed their skills outdoors at the club and or collegiate level. This
could be the needed boost for women’s field
The NLL’s all-time saves leader
with 6,356 saves and the first
player to appear in 200 games,
Eliuk spent his first 15 seasons
with the Philadelphia Wings.
With the Wings, Eliuk earned
All-Pro Honors from 1992-2000,
won four Champion’s Cups
(1994, 1995, 1998, 2001), earned
the Champion’s Cup MVP award
twice (1998 and 2001) and appeared in every All-Star game
through 2006.
“Dallas Eliuk is the greatest goalie to ever play in the NLL,” said
Portland Head Coach/General
Eliuk in action with the WLA Burnaby
Manager Derek Keenan. “He was
Lakers in the early 1990’s
a pioneer in lacrosse. He brought
athleticism to the goaltending position and
my goaltending has been greatly diminished,
never cheated with big, oversized equipment.
and in view of the challenges the franchise has
Every save Dallas made in the NLL was made
faced over the last few seasons, I’ve made the
honestly and with flare. He will obviously be
decision to support the Jax this year through as- missed as a player but certainly never forgotsistant coaching and continued ambassadorship ten.”
of the sport in schools and the community.”
Citing family reasons, Eliuk requested a trade
“I’m also looking forward to a few less blows
to Portland shortly before the franchise began
to the face and head as my wife and I prepare
play during the 2006 season. In his first year
for the arrival of our first child this spring.”
with the team in 2006, Eliuk guided the Jax
lacrosse to help grow the numbers nationwide.
“The number of women playing women's
field lacrosse has been slightly decreasing over
the last few years,” commented Harris. “We
feel lacrosse can mirror what has happened in
hockey where women’s youth hockey has exploded due to the increased opportunity to play
girls and the success of the women's national
team program. While some women’s field
“purists” feel this is a threat to their version
we feel it is an opportunity to bring more girls
into lacrosse which would spill over into both
versions.”
Team BC’s first Bantam Girls Head Coach,
Richard Browning, has coached girl’s box lacrosse in New Westminster since its inception
some 8 years ago and is looking forward to the
challenge.
“It’s exciting for the kids and a great opportunity,” mentioned Browning. “One of the
reasons I got involved was I felt comfortable
and have been involved with the girls game for
some time.”
The outlook for the Team BC Bantam Girls
team is very positive with some exceptional
lacrosse talent -- the bigger job will be to build
a cohesive team concept.
“In terms of expectations, I think there is a
good outlook towards it [the team] and there’s
a group of good athletes,” said Browning.
“The task for the coaches is to determine the
type of team and bring them together. “
The Bantam Girls Nationals will run
alongside the Pee Wee and Bantam National
tournaments at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival
at Whitby’s Iroquois Park. The Pee Wee and
Bantam boys tournaments run August 2-8
while the Bantam girls August 4-8.
“We're looking forward to seeing some
outstanding athletes and great lacrosse teams,”
said Ontario Lacrosse Festival Marketing
Director Ron MacSpadyen. “TV coverage is
lined up for the finals and we really believe
this tournament is adding a unique flavour to
the Ontario Lacrosse Festival.”
The addition of the Bantam Girls will prove
to be a great success and will be the catalyst to
larger participation at future tournaments.
“It gives them [the girls] a goal to shoot
for,” said Browning. “It’s a great stepping
stone hopefully they can keep building on it.”
to an 11-5 record, making Portland the first
expansion team to ever win its division. During
the historic season, Eliuk stopped 76.8% of the
shots he faced and only allowed 11.09 goalsper-game.
A year later, Eliuk again posted solid numbers,
finishing with a goals-against-average of 12.24
and stopping 76.24% of the shots he faced. The
2007 season also represented the ninth time
during Eliuk’s career that he made 400 saves or
more during the season.
During his final season in 2008, Eliuk saved his
best performance for his last. In the West Division Championship, Eliuk stepped in for the
injured Matt Disher and stopped 35 of the 43
shots he faced as Portland won the West Division Title 16-12 over the Calgary Roughnecks.
The West Division Championship epitomized
Eliuk’s playing career. In 24 career postseason
games, Eliuk stopped 76.41% of the shots and
only allowed 11.71 goals-per-game.
In addition to his 6,356 saves, Eliuk retires
with a career saves percentage of 76.24% and a
career goals-against-average of 12.24.
Eliuk was also an eight-time All-Star in the
Western Lacrosse Association, a five-time
Playoff MVP, three-time Goaltender of the
Year, and one-time MVP.
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Lacrosse
Fitness 101:
2 Minutes for
Speeding
By: Jeff Cathrea, B.Sc. Kinesiology
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Remember the anti-speeding ad campaign “Speed
Kills”? These ads were used to remind people to slow
down while driving. Well, in the sport of lacrosse,
these ads certainly ring true, speed does kill, it kills
your opponent. So how does an athlete get fast if they
are not naturally blessed with blinding speed or lightning fast quickness? The answer lies in your SAQ’s.
Speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) drills are exercises that train the neuromuscular system to activate
your fast twitch muscle fibers. Your nervous system
needs conditioning the same way your muscular
system or aerobic system needs training. By developing your nervous system to become more efficient,
essentially what you are doing is teaching your body
how to activate its full potential of muscle fibers for a
specific movement. Once your body is able to turn on
all the muscle fibers of a muscle body, the movement
is going to become much more efficient as a direct
result of increased nervous system activation. This
increased efficiency will lead to increased speed, a
quicker first step and lightning fast reflexes.
So how does one effectively train the nervous
system? The golden rule for developing speed and
quickness is this: “In order to get fast, you must train
fast.” This may sound very simplistic (and it should),
however, many athletes fail to adopt this strategy
while speed training. Consider this, if athletes need to
perform each drill to the fastest of their current athletic potential, then how long should each maximal
effort last for? To answer this it is important to realize
which energy system is responsible to fuel fast twitch
muscle fiber activation.
The first energy store used in explosive movement
is creatine phosphate (PCr). This energy source is
stored in muscle cells and is burned up in approximately 4-10 seconds of explosive activity. Therefore,
any movement pattern that is designed to be concentrated on increasing speed should not be performed
any longer than 10 seconds. This does not sound like
a long time, but consider that most elite level lacrosse
players take less than 10 seconds to sprint the full
length of the floor! Because it takes approximately
2-2.5 minutes for the body to naturally replenish the
PCr stores, rest time should follow a 1:12 to 1:20
work (exercise) to rest ratio. The number of sets of
movement patterns will depend on the current fitness
level of each athlete, but can range from 5-12 sets of
4-10 seconds of movement. Speed training can be
implemented 3-5 times a week into regular training
sessions or practices.
What types of exercises can I use to train speed?
Essentially the answer lies within your (or your trainer’s) imagination. Find out which movement patterns
you are performing slow while playing and mimic
these movements in explosive 4-10 second intervals.
The movements should start out basic to begin with
by using both feet or hands (for example, a side to
side bounding motion), leading to more complex
patterns where the bounding distance can increase
and finally progressing to single foot or hand patterns.
Finally, it is important to remember the golden rule of
speed training when implementing speed drills into
workouts or practice. “In order to get fast, you must
train fast”. So make sure these drills are done directly
after warm up at the beginning of your training session of practice not at the end as to achieve the full
speed potential of each movement.
By following my recipe for speed, not only will
you develop blazing speed, awesome lateral movement and blinding quickness but you will become
trained assassins, killing your opponents with speed.
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Remember, don’t just train…La-X-Train!
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