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The 2015/16 school year is now past the half way mark and Donnan Lacrosse has shown excellent promise for it student-athletes. The program was built on the principle of providing a strong athletic foundation for its students while allowing them to enhance their lacrosse skills. The students have embraced this philosophy as they have been enjoying the different activities as well as the regular lacrosse training.

The Fall focus was on field lacrosse skill development as the students were instructed on the basic skills of the field game. This was the first exposure for many of the students to the field lacrosse sport and they took to it very quickly. Several of the students traveled to Denver in late October to play in their first ever field lacrosse tournament and their growth in the sport was clearly evident. It was a great experience and no one will forget spending Halloween in Denver.

When the snow hit the students moved indoors to start box lacrosse. The excitement and energy from field lacrosse carried over to the box game. Our focus continued to be on the fundamentals and it has become very clear that all the time dedicated to sticks skills has been extremely beneficial. The improvement in the skills has been phenomenal. Much of the credit goes to Jason Knight, our lead teacher at Donnan, who has been committed since Day 1 to helping the students improve in the classroom and the field.

We are now preparing to send many of our Donnan Lacrosse student-athletes to the Best of the West Tournament in Las Vegas. This will be another opportunity to experience the field lacrosse game and show our improvement. We are excited about this event and all the other events in the future that will be open to our Donnan Lacrosse program.

We are now in the process of recruiting for the 2016/17 school year for our next batch of energetic student-athletes. Donnan Lacrosse is open to all students entering Grade 5 or 6. If your child is interested in the program please contact Paul Rai at paul.rai@epsb.ca or call 780-465-5461 x185.

Don’t Pull Your Goalie

Posted: December 30, 2015 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, General Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse

After a tragic auto accident in June, the Penn State men’s lacrosse team lost their friend, 21-year-old red shirt sophomore goalie Connor Darcey. The team created this tribute video in his memory. To watch the video go to:  http://laxmag.us/cdarcey

As we move into 2016 it’s important to be grateful for the wonderful lacrosse memories we have from 2015 and look forward to even more in 2016. For Vimy Lacrosse the past year has been exceptional and we are excited about the great opportunities for our players in 2016.

Happy New Year!

Only two weeks left before the start of the Winter Lacrosse Camp. The custom SC-1X Under Armour shafts and the Headline heads have arrived for all of our participants. The camp will run into early March and will offer participants an opportunity to develop their lacrosse skills and play in controlled scrimmages. The objective of the camp will be to allow players to work on their lacrosse skills in a supportive learning environment. We believe at Vimy Lacrosse that the development of the basic skills leads to a better lacrosse player.

There are approximately 5 spots open in each group. To register for the Winter Lacrosse, please visit http://www.aadie.ca and login to AAD Registration to create your profile. If you have registered with us previously, please use your current profile.

Cost: $$415 for Minityke/Tyke and Novice

$450 for all other age groups

All Sessions @ Leduc Recreation Centre (Field House)

(30 runners and 4 goalies available at each level).

Bantam/Midget/Junior Girls (2003 birthyear and older) – Tuesday Evenings/Sunday Afternoons
Minityke/Tyke (08, 09, 10 birthyears) – Sunday mornings
Novice (06, 07 birthyear) – Sunday mornings
Pee Wee Minor (05 birthyear) – Sunday afternoons
Pee Wee Major and Bantam Minor (03, 04 birthyear) – Saturday evenings
Bantam/Midget (00, 01, 02, birthyear) – Saturday evenings

(Please note that we will do our best to groups players on ability and will move players around to promote the best learning environment)

For more information on the program please email Paul Rai at paul.rai@epsb.ca. To find out more information on Vimy Lacrosse please visit http://vimyedmonton.ca/lacrosse/ .

Team Australia Day 7 at the WILC

Posted: September 25, 2015 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse
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Yesterday the Australian team played Serbia. The winner of the game would proceed to play England and give itself the opportunity to play for fifth place in the event. Serbia is coached by Edmonton resident Stu Sterparn, who I have known for almost 15 years after playing with him with the Edmonton Outlaws and winning a couple of President Cups together. One thing I will say about Stu is that he loves the game of lacrosse and he cares about helping the game out. Stu was brought into coach by Brian Gorodetsky, another Edmontonian, currently living in Serbia. Brian has been in Serbia for several years and five years ago started box lacrosse in the country. He was able to gather some equipment up with help from some of his North American contacts and get the sport started in the country. Five years later he was able to bring a team to the World Championship and he is playing in the event. This is what lacrosse is all about. It is about playing the sport, not about the politics and bureaucracy that can suck the energy out of the game. It is about getting people interested in the sport and experiencing the joy of competition. I have the utmost respect for Stu and Brian, paying out of their own pockets to assist in bringing the country of Serbia to Onondaga for the World Championship. Stu and Brian were also joined by another young Edmonton lacrosse player, Taylor Yaremovich, so Edmonton was going to be strongly represented in this game.

Serbia is led by Ilija Gajic, Alex Gajic and Nik Bilic, three players with NLL experience. After watching their previous game on video it was obvious those three players were leading the team as well as coaching the players on the floor. Everything was going to be running though those three players. I also knew there would not be a lot of structure to the Serbia team as their inexperienced lineup would make that difficult. They would be setting some picks and shooting away. When we were in the warm up we learned that Ilija Gajic would not be playing as he broke his wrist in the previous game. This would give us an advantage.

The game ended up following the same pattern as our game against the Turkey team. We were very sloppy. I think we came into the game a little complacent. Our energy levels were not what they were against Finland. There were some players in different roles and that may have caused some problems, but I think the mental focus of the team was not where it needed to be. We struggled all game to get a good lead on the Serbs. Whenever we had a lead we surrendered it and we were even down late in the third quarter 11 – 10. Nik Bilic, for Serbia, was on fire. We did not defend him well and he scored with ease on us. We paid the price for not being focused on defense.

In the end we pulled off the victory 17 – 13, but it was far from a pretty win. In a competition such as this one, there are going to be games where things do not go exactly as planned. The team has played six games so far and won five of them. There has been a lot of success so I will not make too much of the Serbia game. I do know the England game will be a battle. They have a world class goaltender in net and some strong offensive players. Our focus today will need to be sharp and our execution perfect. If there was one game where we need to stay out of the penalty box, it is this one. We struggle with the discipline and for once I do hope we can win that part of the game.

It has been a grind for these Australian players. They have been here for almost three weeks and I am sure they are getting worn down. I respect their efforts and their compete level. Even when the team is not doing well, the players work hard. It is getting near the end of the event and the next two games are so important in the final standings. A lot of work ahead, but also a lot of fun.

The best part of this video is that the Vimy Lacrosse name travels across North America and is found on the lacrosse fields of Massachusetts.

Game of Inches

Posted: March 31, 2015 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, College Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse

Vimy_logo_BigGreat video showing that the fine line of winning and losing is determined by inches.

Vimy_logo_BigThere are just over 3 weeks left until the Vimy Lacrosse Spring Break Camp and we are happy to announce that Mike DeGirolamo has been added as our goalie instructor for the camp.  Mike was drafted by the Edmonton Rush in 2014 and has played Junior A lacrosse in Alberta for the past four years.  In 2013, Mike played for the Okotoks Raiders and was an integral part of the team that won the provincial title and proceeded to play in the Minto Cup.  Mike worked with the goalies during Vimy’s Winter Lacrosse program and brings a strong technical background of the position.  He has been one of the top goalies in the Alberta Junior A league and has experience at the  National level.  Mike joins Jeff Cornwall and Ryan Dilks of the Edmonton Rush as instructors at this year’s camp.  There are only 30 spots left at the camp and we again are looking at very exciting two days.  To register please click on this link.